Rental Cars NZ Blog

08Jul2014

Great news for our Picton Rental Car Customers! Rental Cars New Zealand has recently confirmed a new agreement with our property owners which means that we are committed to the Picton, Blenheim and wider Marlborough rental car market.

In the last few years we have sadly seen a number of rental car companies close down or pull out of the Picton market including Ezi-Rent Car Hire Picton and Bargain Rental Cars Picton.

As an independent family owned business we are proud to be one of the few true New Zealand owned and operated companies in the Picton & Marlborough region. Our Picton office operates 7 days per week and also provides Blenheim Airport Car Rentals.

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08Jul2014

If you need to hire snow chains in Christchurch this winter, give Rental Cars New Zealand a phone call.

We have a large range of snow chains for rent to fit most models of cars. We hire them out to our Rental Car customers as well as customers with their own vehicles.

If you are planning a road trip in the South Island and expect to drive through any of the alpine passes we recommend that you carry snow chains for your own peace of mind and safety.

Rental Cars New Zealand is open 7 days, Telephone +64 3 961 5880 or 0800 888 358

 

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28May2014

Depending on where you plan to drive in your rental vehicle during winter will make a difference to whether you need snow chains or not.

If you planning a trip through any high country or alpine pass route in the South Island during winter then we would recommend that you carry snow chains. There are some roads in the South Island e.g. The Milford Road where it is law to carry snow chains in your vehicle during winter months. In other areas including the Queenstown Lakes District, the Council recommend that chains should always be carried during winter, and advise that drivers can be fined for ignoring snow chain fitting signs. Some of the key roads and passes to be aware of are Arthurs Pass, Lewis Pass, Lindis Pass, Porters Pass, and The Crown Range. During winter storms other roads and passes may also be affected.

In the North Island, it is less likely to need snow chains although The Desert Road in the Central North Island experiences snow several times during most winter periods.

While some New Zealand drivers are very familiar with driving on snow or ice, a number of overseas visitors driving rental cars find the conditions very challenging. Heavy braking and acceleration, excessive speed, and sudden changes or direction can all lead to a loss of traction. In snow and ice, snow chains will assist with handling but will not totally eliminate the risk of losing control of your vehicle.

Some other winter driving tips for a safer trip include:
Drive with your head lights on (even during the day)
Allow enough time to comfortably reach your destination. Allow for delays
Be aware of black ice (especially on corners) which is common in shaded frost prone areas
Leave enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front to stop safely
Be ready for the unexpected e.g. animals on the road, slips & rockfalls
Avoid sudden changes of speed and direction
Be aware that New Zealand roads can be more challenging than in other countries
Keep up to date with the road conditions via Transit New Zealand, AA Roadwatch etc.

Our advice to our rental car customers is to always carry chains if planning to drive around the South Island during winter. In the North Island we recommend staying up to date with weather and road conditions and carrying chains when necessary.

Rental Cars New Zealand carries a large stock of snow chains at our Christchurch Depot for both our car hire and snow chain hire customers.

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23May2014

New Zealand’s largest sporting event for Intermediate and Middle School students takes place in Tauranga in September 2014. From the 7th to the 12th of September more than 6500 competitors from nearly 200 schools will compete against the best of their age in a variety of individual and team sports including; tennis, golf, swimming, squash, multi-sport, rugby, league, netball, hockey, football and more. Continue reading

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07May2014

What is the most famous thing about Taupo?

If your rental car trip takes you through the central North Island of New Zealand, make sure that you stop and check out McDonald’s Taupo.

Last year this McDonald’s outlet was voted number 1 on the list of world’s coolest McDonald’s out of 35,000 locations worldwide.

So what makes McDonald’s Taupo so cool? Well, it is totally unique in that it includes an old Douglas DC3 Aircraft as part of the restaurant. The plane was built in 1943 and was used commercially in New Zealand up until 1984. It was later purchased by the Mayor of Taupo and was originally destined to become an office for a car company until it was purchased by McDonald’s.

While the plane is possibly not as famous as some other local attractions such as Lake Taupo or The Huka Falls, we think that it is worth stopping to see what put Taupo ahead of rival locations such as New York, London, and Rome!

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17Apr2014

There a number of ways to save money and get the lowest cost rental car depending on your individual needs and circumstances. Continue reading

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14Apr2014

Who would want to complete a half marathon?

How about a half marathon where you are entertained by musicians along the way; where you get the option to enjoy gourmet food tastings, gelatos, and chocolate; where you receive an award winning bottle of Marlborough wine at the finish line; and where there are there are no tedious formal prize ceremonies at the end – just a big party!

All of this set amongst a stunning landscape which includes some of Marlborough’s most famous Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vineyards and the backdrop of the Richmond Ranges. Continue reading

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31Mar2014

Rental Cars New Zealand has relocated from Cuba Street in Wellington City to our new home in Freight Drive next to Wellington Airport.

Being less than 1 kilometre from the Wellington Airport terminal building allows us to provide a more efficient and convenient rental car service to our customers.

Rental Cars New Zealand opened in Wellington in November 2013 having taken over an existing Wellington based rental car business. This is our 4th location and compliments our other branch locations which are located at; Auckland Airport; Picton; and Christchurch.

Rental Cars New Zealand offers a wide range of rental vehicles from small hatch backs through to 12 seat minibuses at some of the best prices you will find anywhere in New Zealand.

 

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20Mar2014

In February and March 2015, New Zealand along with Australia will host the ICC Cricket World Cup.

According to the official event website, it is expected that more than 1 million fans will attend matches throughout New Zealand & Australia with more than a billion people expected to view broadcast matches. There is no doubt about it, this will be one of the most followed sporting events in the world. Continue reading

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06Feb2014

One of the most appealing things about visiting Central Otago is the slower pace of life, the peace, tranquillity, open spaces and lack of population. Driving through rows of vineyards and orchards, and alongside beautiful lakes and spectacular mountain ranges, there is a feeling that life in this part of New Zealand has always been this relaxed.

However in the 1860s and 70s life was quite different due to one thing…..gold! During this period the region went through a huge increase in population and the landscape was changed forever as thousands of people from as far away as America and China dug and washed away millions of cubic metres of hillsides and riverbanks in their search for gold. Continue reading

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