Engine: 1300cc – 1800cc Petrol
Transmission: Automatic or Manual
Seating: 5 seats
Luggage: 2 large + 2 small
Stereo: Sony or JVC plays USB and AUX
Late model hatchback car that is cheaper to hire and cheaper to run. Easy to drive and park around town.
Keep your full driving licence on you at all times while driving.
Minimise distractions: Don't let passengers distract you. Keep your eyes on the road. Before taking off, set up the vehicle with the correct driving position including driver’s seat, steering wheel and rearview mirrors.
Buckle up: Everyone in the vehicle must wear a seatbelt.
Keep left: In New Zealand we drive on the left hand side of the road.
Don’t drive tired and avoid alcohol: Be well rested before your trip and avoid alcohol.
Keep your distance: Keep a generous following distance and increase it as you speed up.
Speed limit: Read road signs to make sure you drive under the speed limit. If the vehicle you hired is a truck, your open road speed limit is 90km/hr. Also drive to the conditions of the road; as weather and road surface changes can change the visibility and stability of the car.
Set up your phone on hands free (driving while using a phone is illegal in NZ). Work out how to use your air conditioning system, stereo and set up GPS unit before taking off.
Plan ahead: Check the weather and road closures before your travel.