Thrifty Rental Cars Ltd NZ - NZ Travel

Thrifty Rental Cars Ltd NZ

Thrifty Rental Cars
Thrifty Car Rental hires the latest model cars, wagons, 4WD's and minibuses from over 20 city, airport and ferry terminal locations throughout New Zealand.

Thrifty Rentals Depots Around New Zealand

Depots: 31 locations including airports, major towns and cities.

North Island:

  • Kerikeri City
  • Whangarei City
  • Auckland City
  • Auckland Domestic Airport
  • Auckland International Airport
  • Hamilton City
  • Hamilton Airport
  • Tauranga Airport
  • Pukekohe
  • Rotorua Airport
  • Taupo Airport
  • Napier Airport
  • Gisborne Airport
  • New Plymouth Airport
  • Palmerston North Airport
  • Wellington Ferry Terminal
  • Wellington Airport

South Island:

  • Nelson Airport
  • Blenheim Airport
  • Picton Ferry
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika Airport
  • Christchurch City
  • Christchurch Airport
  • Queenstown Airport
  • Dunedin City 
  • Dunedin Airport
  • Invercargill City 
  • Invercargill Airport
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Help Notes

Effective from 01 June 2011 - 31 March 2013

Rates: Determined by date of pick up for entire hire. A rental day is 24 hours. 

Drivers Age: Minimum 21 Years, no maximum age. 

Drivers Licence: All drivers must produce a valid full driver's licence, which has been held for at least 12 months, at the commencement of the rental. If the national drivers licence is not in English, a valid international driving permit is also required. 

Branch Hours: Auckland City - 8.00am - 6.00pm daily. All city branches Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9.00am - 12.00pm. Sunday by pre-arrangement only. All scheduled flights are met on arrival.
NOTE: Some individual depots may be closed on Public Holidays - however Airport Depots will be open each day. 

Christchurch Rail: A pick can be orgainised for clients at the Christchurch Railway Station if required. Clients can arrange vehicle drop off with a key drop box facilities. These options are on a request basis only. 

Airport and Ferry Pickup Fees: A NZ$34.50 fee applies each collection (paid direct). 

Ferry Crossing: There are depots conveniently located on either side of Cook Strait. You must leave your car on one side and collect a fresh car on the other side. If you wish to change your pre-booked crossing date you are required to give at least 72 hours notice. Please allow a minimum of one hour before sailing to complete drop off procedures. You can take the car across on the ferry but must return it to the original island and pay relevant costs for vehicle on the ferry. 

Transfers: Thrifty deliver to most hotels, motels and offices within a 10-kilometre radius of the Thrifty location. On request and subject to availability 9.00am - 4.00pm weekdays only.


Minimum Hire:

  • All rentals less than 5 days will incur a one way fee of NZ$50 (payable direct).
  • Multi island hires of 10 days or more are exempt from this fee (hire must include minimum 3 days per island e.g. 3 days North Island and 7 days South Island).

Rates Include:

  • GST
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • Comprehensive insurance
  • 24 hour emergency roadside service
  • Ski Racks & Snow Chains (if required) must be requested at time of reservation (Christchurch and Queenstown pick ups only)

Rates Exclude:

  • Accident Damages Excess (unless paying an inclusive rate)
  • Security/Fuel Bond
  • Optional Renter Protection Services
  • Location Service Charge for airport and ferry terminals
  • One Way Fees
  • Optional Extras (baby seats, GPS Units )
  • All extras are subject to Government Stamp Duty and GST at a rate of 15%.

Insurance Excess:

A Bond of NZ$2990 is payable on pick up (credit card imprint)

A bond of NZ$3,450 is payable direct (credit card imprint).

Insurance Excess Waiver: (Excess Reduction Fee)  


Paying NZ$25.55 per day (non refundable) reduces the excess to NZ$276.


Paying NZ$25.55 per day reduces bond to NZ$345 (per rental sector, per island).


Total Protection Package (TPP)
The excess can be reduced to NIL by purchasing TPP. All car groups the fee is NZ$33.75 per day or NZ$168.75 per week to a max of NZ$506.25 for a month or longer (per rental sector, per island).


Security/Fuel Bond: NZ$115+ GST


Payments: Thrifty New Zealand welcomes payment by credit cards, debit cards or cash.  Thrifty accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club cards.  A credit card surcharge of 1.5% will be applied to any credit card transaction on all reservations. The credit card or debit card must be in the name of the authorised renter. We do not accept personal cheques. Renters will be required to leave credit card or debit card details as a deposit.  Renters with no credit card or debit card will be required to leave a cash deposit equivalent to the applicable excess plus a further NZ$115 fuel bond. Cash deposits are refundable when the vehicle is returned undamaged and full of fuel.  Refunds may take up to 10 working days to process. Cash is unable to be refunded at the branch. Refunds can be issued as a cheque posted to an address provided, or direct credited to a nominated bank account.


Additional Drivers: There is no extra charge for additional drivers. Minimum rental age and other requirements for additional drivers will be the same as for the renter. All non drivers/passengers must be listed on the rental agreement.


Extras: Thrifty does not offer baby capsules only baby seats from 6 months of age.  Baby Seats (6 months - 3 1/2 years) and Booster Seats (3 1/2 years and over) for NZ$33.75 per item per rental sector. Baby seats are not bolted down but attached by the seatbet only. Baby Seats are not provided in courtesy transfer vehicles. GPS Navigational Units are available for NZ$11.25 per day from limited locations.


Ski Racks and Snow Chains: (Christchurch and Queenstown pick ups only) Free of Charge for categories CDMR, CDAR & IDAR. Racks and Chains cannot be fitted to vehicle categories EDMR and FDAR.  For FWAR, IFAR, PFAR and PVAR categories a fee of NZD$10+GST per day applies (paid direct). Ski Racks and Chains must be requested at time of reservation.


Car Classifications: Thrifty does not guarantee specific models within the class range requested. Conditions of hire subject to change without notice.

Vehicle Types:
Group ECAR - Hyundai Getz (or similar)
Group ECAR Click image to zoom
  • Small
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 4 Doors
  • 1.4 - 1.5 litre Engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seats: 2-4 People
  • Luggage: 2 Small
Group ICMR/CCAR - Toyota Corolla/Ford Focus (or similar)
Group ICMR/CCAR Click image to zoom
  • Compact
  • 5 speed Manual or Automatic Transmission
  • 5 Ddoor Hatchback or Sedan
  • 1.8 - 2.0 litre engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seats: 4 People
  • Luggage: 2 large, 1 small
Group ICAR - Toyota Camry (or similar)
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  • Intermediate
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 4 Door Sedan/Hatchback
  • 2.2 - 2.4 litre engine
  • Air Conditioning/Heating
  • Seats: 5 people
  • Luggage: 2 large, 2 small
Group FCAR - Toyota Aurion Auto or similar
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  • Large
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 5 Door
  • 3.5-4.0 litre engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seats: 5 People
  • Luggage: 2 large, 2 small
Group IFAR - Toyota Rav(or similar)
Group IFAR Click image to zoom
  • Medium 4WD
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 4 x 4 Wheelbase
  • 2.4 litre engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seats: 5 People
  • Luggage: 2 large, 2 small
Group FFAR - Toyota Highlander (or similar)
Group FFAR Click image to zoom
  • Large
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 5 Door
  • 4.0 litre engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seats: 5-7 People
  • Luggage: 3 large, 2 small
Group PFAR - Toyota Prado 4WD or similar
Group PFAR Click image to zoom
  • Large
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 4 x 4 Wheel base
  • 3.4 litre engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seats: 5-7 People
  • Luggage: 4 large, 2 small
Group LVAR - Toyota Previa (or similar)
Group LVAR Click image to zoom
  • Luxury Mini Van
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 5 Door Van
  • 2.4 litre Engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seats: 6-8 People
  • Luggage: 2 large, 2 small
XVAR - Toyota Hiace or similar
Group XVAR Click image to zoom
  • Minibus
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Long Wheel base
  • 2.5 Turbo Diesel
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seats: 12 People
  • Luggage: 5 large, 5 small

Information displayed on these pages are representative of products and services available through ANZCRO. ANZCRO does not take responsibility for failure of any individual products or services to provide accurate information, or for the accuracy of photographs supplied by the product/service providers for use in these pages.


Other Information: These details are indicative of the vehicle that will be supplied under your booking. Actual vehicles may vary according to year of manufacture and availability, but your vehicle will be suitable for the required number of persons and have equivalent or better specifications to those listed in this website. Vehicles cannot be requested by make, model, year of manufacture or features.