New Zealand Discount Car Rental: When Is the Best Time To Visit?

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New Zealand Discount Car Rental: When Is the Best Time To Visit?


New Zealand has a population of around 4.9 million inhabitants. Yet this beautiful island draws in almost 3.9 million visitors through its doors each year.

If you're one of almost 4 million planning to visit this year, you might wonder when's the best time to visit. Well, the truth is no matter what time of the year you visit New Zealand, you'll have a fantastic experience. But to get the most out of your trip, you need to know the times that best suit your travel plans.

The best time for a cheap car rental differs from the best weather.

After plenty of research, we determined the best times to visit. So, read on to discover when you should venture through The Land of the Long White Cloud!

  • The Best Time to Enjoy New Zealand's Weather

    The Best Time to Enjoy New Zealand's Weather

    Although New Zealand is only 1,000 miles long, the climate differs from north to south. The north has a warm subtropical climate, while the far south has a cool temperate climate.

    Since the country is in the southern hemisphere, the summer begins in October and ends in March. If you want to enjoy blue skies, visit in January or February. These are the hottest months where there are highs of around 77°F.

    New Zealand's winter months are June, July, and August. If you enjoy winter activities like skiing, this is the best time to visit!

  • The High Season in New Zealand

    The high season in New Zealand runs from early December to early March. January is particularly busy as the sun is out, and most locals take vacations during this period.

    The biggest upside to visiting during this time is the ambiance. Bars, restaurants, and streets come alive with a carnival-like atmosphere.

    Unfortunately, the cost rises in accommodation, rentals, and airline tickets. You should book activities in advance, including restaurants, if there is a place you want to eat.

  • The Low Season in New Zealand

    If you like plenty of personal space and a discount car rental, the low season is the time for you. The price of travel expenses drops significantly except for ski resorts down south.

    It takes place from June - September. A great way to get away from the crowds if you're from the northern hemisphere.

    July is the coldest month. Auckland has an average temperature of 52°F while Christchurch has an average of 43°F.

  • The Shoulder Season in New Zealand

    The shoulder season is arguably the best time to visit New Zealand. It offers the best value for money, fantastic accommodation, and small car rental deals. And to top it off, the weather is still mild enough to explore the outdoors.

    So when is the shoulder season?

    Well, there are two seasons. The first is from late March to late May. The next is early September to late November.

    There is still a lively atmosphere in towns, and you're likely to pick up a few bargains along your journey. Especially compact car rentals!

You Know the Season for a Cheap Car Rental and More

After reading our guide to New Zealand, you now know the best season for every aspect. Including the best time to find a cheap car rental.

Whether you visit in June or January, you'll have an unforgettable experience here. And a trip you can tick off your bucket list.

Now that you know when to visit, it's time to search for New Zealand car rentals. And plan your journey through our breathtaking country!

Steps to rent a Compact car

  • 1. Select a vehicle

    Enter the location and time to search for a great range of Compact.

    Select a vehicle
  • 2. Fill in the booking form

    Enter your personal information carefully to ensure there are no problems later.

    Fill in the booking form
  • 3. Booking confirmation

    Complete the reservation and confirm the booking.

    Booking confirmation
  • 4. Pick up the vehicle

    Print the voucher and check you have all the relevant documents you need to collect your rental.

    Pick up the vehicle

Reasons for choosing EZU for Compact car rental

  • High Quality Customer Service

    Free airport and hotel pick-up service

    Open and honest - no hidden costs

    Fast and efficient team

    Warm and friendly

  • Hot Deals

    Great deals from only $19.99/day!

    No cancellation fees

    No Debit Card and EFTPOS fees.

    Credit Card fees limited to 2%.

  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance

    We provide 24-Hour Roadside Assistance with every car rental. Simply phone the AA on 0800 734 543 with your registration number if you find yourself in a difficult situation.

  • Convenient location

    Each of our branches are located less than 5 minutes' drive from the airport. We offer you a free pick-up service from the airport or hotel to our branch. Simply ring 0800 676710 when you are ready and our friendly team will pick you up.

  • Great choice of models

    Choose from our extensive range of modern, top-quality vehicles. These are well maintained by our own skilled mechanic on site. Where else to you get such wonderful vehicles at such an affordable rate?

  • More Optional Extras

    We are big on safety at EZU. We offer you car seats and booster seats that comply with the law. For your convenience we also offer other things to make your trip more enjoyable.

What do Compact renters say

Real reviews from people who rent Compact cars. Hope these reviews will help you.

What you need to know about traffic rules in New Zealand

New Zealand is definitely a paradise for road trips. The traffic is light, the road is good, and out of the window you can see the beautiful scenery of the north and south Islands. If you are coming to New Zealand for the first time, it is best to understand the New Zealand traffic rules before starting your road trip to avoid unnecessary violations.

  • Keep left

  • Pedestrians first

  • Keep speed down

  • Fasten Seat Belt

What insurance can I buy if I rent a Compact car?


    $0.00 Per Day


    Not recommend

    Excess in the event of damage or loss: $4000 - $6000.

    A pre-authorisation of $1000 will be put on your credit card for this option.


    $35.00 Per Day

    Best option


    NO excess; Zero liability.

    NO credit card pre-authorisation required.


    $25.00 Per Day

    Low risk

    Partial protection

    Excess in the event of damage or loss: $500.

    A pre-authorisation of $500 will be put on your credit card for this option.

Compact car rental Optional Extras

  • Car Seats

    Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size whenever they travel in a car. We offer a range of car seat sizes to suit your child, from infants to school age. All of our car seats meet New Zealand/Australian Standard AS/NZ 1754.

  • Booster Seats

    International best practice recommends the use of an appropriate child restraint (or booster seat) until your child either reaches 148 cm tall or turns 11 years old. We offer booster seats for older children to keep them safe and secure while travelling.

  • Navigation Device

    The most recently updated system with 20+ different languages installed. Great for locations where mobile phone coverage is unavailable.

  • Snow Chain

    Carrying snow chains is highly recommended during the New Zealand Winter season (June to August). At this time, some roads may only be passable when snow chains are fitted. All tyre sizes are available so please ask.

  • Chilly Bins

    We've got chilly bins to keep your drinks, cans and seafood cool even under the hot sun. Every great journey starts with a cool chilly bin.

  • Rice Cooker

    Great for cooking meals while travelling. We have two sizes available: Small (5cups) and Large (8 cups)

What Other branch does EZU?

Christchurch Branch

Auckland Branch

Queenstown Branch

Rotorua Branch

Wellington Branch

What car models does EZU offer?

  • Intermediate


    More comfortable space and better travel experience

  • SUV


    Ideal for great visibility and hill/mountain work.

  • People Mover

    People Mover

    Accommodate more passengers and more space for luggage

  • Campervans


    The best choice for vacation travel

  • Bus


    The best choice for group travel.