South Island Wildlife Trip (7 days)

Explore some of the South Island’s significant locations for wildlife on this self-drive trip.
Start your wildlife tour off in Christchurch where entry to both Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the International Antarctic Centre is included. Head south for a stay in Oamaru, known for its blue penguins, where you join a guided tour of the penguin colony. Carry on down the east coast to Dunedin. The Otago Peninsula offers close encounters with wildlife including penguins, albatross, seals and pelagic birds.  Enjoy a wildlife tour with great opportunities to photograph the local wildlife. Dunedin marks the start of your journey on the Southern Scenic Route, travelling south through small towns and rural communities into The Catlins Forest Park. The Catlins are home to an abundance of wildlife and Nugget Point is a stunning place to view seals and penguins.
Finish your wildlife trip travelling through some of the most lush and fertile farmland in the country to arrive in Invercargill, New Zealand’s most southern city. 

Standard Package Features:

  • 1 night at Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Heritage Court Motor Lodge in a (Premium Studio) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Whistling Frog Resort in a (One Bedroom Chalets) – or similar
  • 1 night at Ascot Park Invercargill in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Entry to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve - See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea, Tuatara and other native icons. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also home to introduced and exotic breeds. Make your own way around the park and animals will eat right out of your hand.
  • Entry to the International Antarctic Centre - The Snow & Ice Experience gives visitors the opportunity to have fun in real snow & ice or get 'exchillarated' in the Antarctic Storm. Watch feeding time in the The New Zealand Penguin Encounter, home to 26 Little Blue penguins. Take an exciting outdoor ride, over a purpose built adventure course, on a genuine Antarctic vehicle - the Hagglund . Cruise down to Antarctica in the NEW 4D EXTREME Theatre, this cruise offers something …. unexpected!
  • Day Viewing at Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony - This is a 20-minute commentary, followed by an extended guided tour of the breeding colony. The longer track, further insight into the establishment of the colony, the anatomy of the penguins, and direct interaction with our staff makes this a more comprehensive tour. Following the tour, you are then allowed to walk the self-guided track as well.
  • Elm Wildlife Peninsular Tour - This award-winning five-six hour tour visits the beautiful Otago Peninsula and it's wildlife hotspots. The private conservation area ensures exclusivity with brilliant opportunities to photograph the local wildlife.

Superior Package Features:

  • 1 night at Distinction Christchurch in a (Studio Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Poshtel Oamaru in a (Superior Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Distinction Dunedin Hotel in a (Studio Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Catlins Country Retreat in a (Rhodo Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Quest Invercargill in a (Executive Studio Apartment) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Entry to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve - See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea, Tuatara and other native icons. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also home to introduced and exotic breeds. Make your own way around the park and animals will eat right out of your hand.
  • Entry to the International Antarctic Centre - The Snow & Ice Experience gives visitors the opportunity to have fun in real snow & ice or get 'exchillarated' in the Antarctic Storm. Watch feeding time in the The New Zealand Penguin Encounter, home to 26 Little Blue penguins. Take an exciting outdoor ride, over a purpose built adventure course, on a genuine Antarctic vehicle - the Hagglund . Cruise down to Antarctica in the NEW 4D EXTREME Theatre, this cruise offers something …. unexpected!
  • Day Viewing at Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony - This is a 20-minute commentary, followed by an extended guided tour of the breeding colony. The longer track, further insight into the establishment of the colony, the anatomy of the penguins, and direct interaction with our staff makes this a more comprehensive tour. Following the tour, you are then allowed to walk the self-guided track as well.
  • Monarch Wildlife Cruises - The Otago Peninsula Package. Depart on a scenic bus tour, guests get to travel along the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula, followed by an extended look around the Hoopers and Papanui inlet systems. Then get taken on a one hour tour of the Royal Albatross Centre  and a visit to the hilltop observatory, then you will have an hour's free time to purchase lunch from the Albatross Cafe before moving on to the Penguin Place Conservation and Rehabilitation Reserve where you’ll enjoy a 90 minute guided walking tour of the reserve. Lastly, get on a boat cruise to see a range of local wildlife from the water and then a leisurely cruise along the Otago Harbour.

Premium Package Features:

  • 1 night at The George Hotel in a (Executive Suite) – or similar
  • 1 night at Pen-y-bryn Lodge in a (Park Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Fletcher Lodge in a (Arran Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Catlins Country Retreat in a (Rhodo Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Beersheba Boutique Accommodation in a (Cottage Room) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner at the Pen-y-bryn Lodge
  • Entry to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve - See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea, Tuatara and other native icons. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also home to introduced and exotic breeds. Make your own way around the park and animals will eat right out of your hand.
  • Entry to the International Antarctic Centre - The Snow & Ice Experience gives visitors the opportunity to have fun in real snow & ice or get 'exchillarated' in the Antarctic Storm. Watch feeding time in the The New Zealand Penguin Encounter, home to 26 Little Blue penguins. Take an exciting outdoor ride, over a purpose built adventure course, on a genuine Antarctic vehicle - the Hagglund . Cruise down to Antarctica in the NEW 4D EXTREME Theatre, this cruise offers something …. unexpected!
  • Day Viewing at Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony - This is a 20-minute commentary, followed by an extended guided tour of the breeding colony. The longer track, further insight into the establishment of the colony, the anatomy of the penguins, and direct interaction with our staff makes this a more comprehensive tour. Following the tour, you are then allowed to walk the self-guided track as well.
  • Monarch Wildlife Cruises - The Otago Peninsula Package. Depart on a scenic bus tour, guests get to travel along the scenic roads of the Otago Peninsula, followed by an extended look around the Hoopers and Papanui inlet systems. Then get taken on a one hour tour of the Royal Albatross Centre  and a visit to the hilltop observatory, then you will have an hour's free time to purchase lunch from the Albatross Cafe before moving on to the Penguin Place Conservation and Rehabilitation Reserve where you’ll enjoy a 90 minute guided walking tour of the reserve. Lastly, get on a boat cruise to see a range of local wildlife from the water and then a leisurely cruise along the Otago Harbour.

Toyota Camry or similar full size sedan automatic

(5 pax / luggage capacity 2 Large + 1 Small suitcases)
Collect: Christchurch Airport
Return: Invercargill Airport
Includes hire, unlimited kilometres and standard motor vehicle insurance and GST.
Airport Collection/Drop / Interislander Ferry Collection/Drop Fee applies (NZ$51.75 – pay direct). One-way hire applies (NZ$57.50 – pay direct). Late ferry fee will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 1830 hours (NZ$57.50 - pay direct).
Discuss insurance buy-down options with Budget staff at time of collection and pay direct for excess reduction should you choose this option.  Rental vehicle hirers will be required to put down a security deposit by credit card issued in their name (minimum NZ$100 + credit card fee). This will not be activated if the vehicle is returned undamaged, on time, to the pre-arranged depot with a full tank of gas.
A full and valid drivers licence must be presented (must be in English).

Toyota Highlander or similar full size SUV automatic

(5 pax / luggage capacity 3 Large + 2 Small suitcases)
Collect: Christchurch Airport
Return: Invercargill Airport
Includes hire, unlimited kilometres and standard motor vehicle insurance and GST.
Airport Collection Fee applies (NZ$51.75 – pay direct). One-way hire applies (NZ$57.50 – pay direct). Late ferry fee will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 1830 hours (NZ$57.50 - pay direct).
Discuss insurance buy-down options with Budget staff at time of collection and pay direct for excess reduction should you choose this option.  Rental vehicle hirers will be required to put down a security deposit by credit card issued in their name (minimum NZ$100 + credit card fee). This will not be activated if the vehicle is returned undamaged, on time, to the pre-arranged depot with a full tank of gas.
A full and valid drivers licence must be presented (must be in English).
For guidelines on driving in New Zealand view www.DriveSafe.org.nz

Standard Accommodation

Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch

The Quality Hotel Elms is situated in a quiet suburban area yet accessible to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer, surrounded by award-winning gardens and is ideally situated midway between the airport and central city. All 97 guest rooms are well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, offering luxurious accommodation in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the area.

Heritage Court Motor Lodge

Heritage Court Motor Lodge offer a friendly, personal service. Guests have a choice of 34 rooms which range from budget to luxury, the units are spacious and set back from the road in a quiet location only two minutes’ drive to the centre of town, and four minutes to the Little Blue Penguin Colony.

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

In the heart of the city, Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin has the CBD on it's doorstep and the beach just ten minutes away.

Whistling Frog Resort

The Catlins accommodation and restaurant resort is close to all the main attractions of this area- McLean Falls, Catlins Cathedral Caves, Historical Logging Site, Tautuku Estuary Boardwalk, Tautuku Beach, Mirror Lake Wilkie, Papatowai Settlement, Catlins Lost Gypsy Gallery, Papatowai Estuary, Catlins Papatowai Country Store & Fuel, Purakaunui Falls, Matai Falls, Horseshoe Falls, & the Historical Rail Trail, Kayaking and Horse Trekking.

Ascot Park Hotel

Ascot Park Hotel is a leading Invercargill hotel and conference venue. Our facilities are world class and many are on call 24/7, including the reception desk and room service.

Superior Accommodation

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Distinction Christchurch is an urban escape, ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Cashel Mall and many more of the attractions of the area. With 179 guest rooms and suites over eleven storeys, Distinction Christchurch is elegant accommodation in the city centre.

Poshtel Oamaru

For luxury accommodation in Oamaru they have your room ready and waiting. it's unconventional, exceptional and altogether memorable. 

Distinction Hotel Dunedin

Distinction Dunedin Hotel is located in the heart of the city, formerly Chief Post Office built in 1937 this hotel combines the historic charm with modern amenities and finishings to create a unique stay for guests whilsts being close to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer. All 121 elegant guest suites and studios are spacious and modern with all of the facilities and furnishings a guest could need.

Catlins Country Retreat

Catlins Farmstay B&B is set on 7 acres of stunning native and exotic landscaped garden. We are located just 5mins off the main highway of the dramatic Catlins coastline and just 10mins to Curio bay where you can see the 160 year old fossil forest, the rare Yellow Eyed penguin and dolphins who frequently visit the bay. Just a 20min drive to Cathedral Caves and waterfalls we are the ideal location to explore the wild natural beauty of The Catlins!

Quest Invercargill

Quest Invercargill serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Invercargill accommodation experience perfect for short or long stays. Quest Invercargill is within walking distance to the popular town centre and Civic Theatre, and is conveniently located close to the Classic Motorcycle Mecca, Invercargill Hospital, Southland Stadium, Rugby Park and Teretonga Raceway Park.

Premium Accommodation

The George Hotel Christchurch

The George is a Boutique Hotel nestled beside Hagley Park and Avon River in the heart of Christchurch's cultural precinct. Hotel facilities include two award-winning restaurants, cocktail bar, bike hire, gift shop, spa facilities and more, guests have access to all the hotel's facilities as well as all the in-room amenities they could need. All 53 stylish guest rooms provide luxury and tranquillity with most rooms offering views across the park or into their own private gardens.

Pen-y-bryn Lodge

This award-winning boutique hotel is in a hillside location, overlooking historic Oamaru with views of the sea and mountains. The property features extensive verandahs, outdoor terraces and peaceful gardens.

Fletcher Lodge

Fletcher Lodge is a boutique Bed and Breakfast in central Dunedin, built in 1923 as a private residence for Sir James Fletcher - a leading industrialist of the times. Fletcher Lodge is richly furnished with period furniture and boasts the unique historic architecture and period features such as leadlight windows with stained glass inserts or ornate plaster ceilings. All five rooms are uniquely decorated and well appointed with all the amenities a guest could need.

Catlins Country Retreat

Catlins Farmstay B&B is set on 7 acres of stunning native and exotic landscaped garden. We are located just 5mins off the main highway of the dramatic Catlins coastline and just 10mins to Curio bay where you can see the 160 year old fossil forest, the rare Yellow Eyed penguin and dolphins who frequently visit the bay. Just a 20min drive to Cathedral Caves and waterfalls we are the ideal location to explore the wild natural beauty of The Catlins!

Beersheba Boutique Accommodation

Beersheba is located in a quiet semi-rural location on the outskirts of Invercargill. The house is surrounded by landscaped gardens and ponds. The guest rooms and the cottage are created to meet the needs of the discerning traveller.

South Island Wildlife Tour  

Based on two travellers sharing one room - per person/share twin basis

 

Standard

Superior

Premium

Full size sedan rental vehicle - 7 x 24 hours

Full size SUV rental vehicle - 7 x 24 hours

01 June 2020 – 31 October 2020

 from NZ$990.00

 from NZ$1070.00

 from NZ$1790.00

NZ$338.00

NZ$375.00

01 November 2020 – 31 March 2021

 from NZ$1040.00

 from NZ$1130.00

 from NZ$1885.00

NZ$413.00

NZ$488.00

01 April 2021 – 31 May 2021

 from NZ$990.00

 from NZ$1070.00

 from NZ$1790.00

NZ$338.00

NZ$375.00

Prices are in New Zealand dollars based on cash or cheque payment only.  

QUOTE ONLY

  • No reservations are held.   Deposit required to proceed with making reservations
  • All pricing is subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary at time of reservation
  • Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, availability of services - we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services actually confirmed
  • All touring is subject to favourable weather, road, flying and sea conditions
  • Cancellation/amendment fees apply

INCLUDES:

  • Items and services as specified in the itinerary only
  • NZ GST at 15% (government imposed tax and subject to change without notice)

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfares are not included
  • Any meals unless otherwise specified within the itinerary
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Any services not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Special event surcharges – surcharges and closeouts may apply
  • Items of a personal nature eg. laundry, internet access, phonecalls, excess luggage etc
  • Any credit card or bank fees
  • Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended
  • Any further Government taxes or duties that may be introduced
  • When renting a vehicle (if applicable)
    • Petrol/oil/CDW insurance for rental vehicle (airport/ferry terminal collection/return fee / bond / excess applies - pay direct)
    • Rental vehicle additional Fees - pay direct
    • GPS Navigational System
    • Car parking fees

All bookings are subject to our normal terms and conditions

Booking Terms and Passenger Information

 
BOOKING TERMS

QUOTE ONLY.  NO RESERVATIONS ARE HELD.  Subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary when travel dates are set.  Additional surcharges may be applicable during Special Events and/or statutory public holidays, e.g. Christmas, Easter etc.  Occasionally due to special event surcharges or supplier requirements etc, deposits or full payment will be required – you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

If you book a holiday with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.

TOUR PAYMENTS AND BOOKING TERMS:

  • Costs are based on the Travel Date selected and are subject to the availability of the accommodation and other services specified.
  • Until we have a confirmed booking from the requested services, we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services confirmed.
  • Once we have finalised all costs based on your confirmed itinerary you will be asked for a non-refundable deposit of no less than $200.00 per person.
  • Full pre-payment is due not later than 35 days prior to arrival in New Zealand.  Bank account details and swift code for international telegraphic transfers will be on the invoice.  Payment by Visa or Mastercard is also accepted at a 3% surcharge.  Credit card payments may only be made in New Zealand Dollars.

BOOKING AMENDMENTS/CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:  

Amendments: The first amendment made to a confirmed booking is free of charge.  Any subsequent amendments made to the same booking will incur a NZ$50.00 fee per service already confirmed.

Cancellation Fees:  

In the event of passengers cancelling their booking, the following cancellation fees will apply on a per person basis (not per booking).

  • 31+ days prior to the client’s arrival, loss of non-refundable deposit plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 40% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (60% refund)
  • 8 to 14 days prior to arrival: 60% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (40% refund)
  • 2 to 7 days prior to arrival: 80% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (20% refund)
  • 0 to 1 days or less prior to arrival: 100% cancellation fee

Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.  Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers. 

COVID19 CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:

Covid19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to Covid19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

If a passenger has been tested positive for Covid19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive Covid19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION AND NEW ZEALAND LAW

It is your responsibility to comply with any New Zealand immigration, customs and/or quarantine regulations when entering New Zealand and to comply with New Zealand laws when in the country.  We will not, under any circumstances, have any liability or responsibility to you if you do not comply with any customs and immigration rules and regulations or if you fail to comply with any laws during your holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

Check in time at most hotels is 2pm or 3pm.  If you are arriving earlier, the hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready.  Alternatively, you may wish to pre-register your hotel room for immediate check in – an extra nights’ charge will apply.  Upon check in, most hotels will request an imprint of your credit card to cover any personal extras.  If you do not have a credit card, they may ask for a cash deposit.

ITINERARIES

The itinerary was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary. 

FORCE MAJEURE

You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.  Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control.  We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS WHEN APPLICABLE:

GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND – LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR RAIL SERVICES

(Northern Explorer; Coastal Pacific; Tranz Alpine)

  • One item of check-in baggage per person
  • Maximum weight for a single bag is 32kgs
  • Bags weighing over 23kgs will require two crew members to lift onto the train – assistance from the passenger may be required
  • Wheeled cabin bags and backpacks are classed as check-in luggage
  • Two additional items of baggage can be purchased for $20.00NZD including GST per piece – pay direct at the station
  • Repack bags available to buy at the station for $10.00NZD – pay direct at the station

BUDGET RENTAL CARS:

Additional fees:

The following fees apply – they are extra and payable direct each time a vehicle is collected in a non-continuous hire. (Non-continuous hires mean hires with more than 24 hours break between them).

NZ$51.75 Airport/Ferry Terminal Collection/Return Fee

NZ$57.50 One Way Fee

Budget Protection Plan - Excess Reduction  Applicable  1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020

Compact, Intermediate and full sized sedans: Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4025.00 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault. This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$28.75 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

SUV, People Movers & Hybrid Sedan:  Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4887.50 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault.  This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$33.35 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

 

$1610.00 incl GST will be charged if a windscreen (front or back) is cracked or broken that require replacement.

Chip on windscreen will cost $69.00 incl GST

 “RSN” (Roadside Assistance Package)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$6.90 per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

Roadside Assistance covers:

  • Out of fuel (Up to $10 fuel delivery)
  • Key replacement for lost keys/keys locked in vehicle
  • Flat Tyre Assistance
  • Tyre Replacement (just the tyre – the rubber) excludes the spare wheel/wheel cover/hubcap
  • Flat Battery

Roadside Assistance PLUS Package (available from April 2019)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$11.50 incl GST per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

  • Covers Roadside Assistance include the benefits as above plus 1 Windscreen replacement free of charge

Credit card

At the time of vehicle collection, clients are required to present a bank issued credit card issued in their name (card must have embossed numbers on front of card).  A preauthorisation will be taken as security and for any additional products and services.  This is payable direct.  The preauthorisation balance will vary, with a minimum of NZ$100.00 and any further amount calculated on estimated payable direct charges (for optional extras such as additional insurance coverage, airport/ferry terminal fees, one-way fees, or accessories such as baby seat, GPS unit etc).  After return of the vehicle, the preauthorisation will be released (approximately 3-days after return of vehicle), and any actual charges will be processed.

The preauthorisation can be made by any major international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Diners Club).  Budget does not accept electronic or prepaid or preloaded or reloaded debit cards or cash payments for excess, bond etc.

Any additional charges over what has been included in the nett rate will be collected direct from the client – eg. fuel, additional coverages, additional hours, accessories, fees etc.

A card transaction may apply.  This fee is general between 2-3% of the total payable direct charges.

Driver Licence/ Minimum Age

All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with a full and accurate English translation shown on the licence) from their home county.  An international driver’s permit must be accompanied by a home country licence.  The international driver’s licence or permit must be in English, or an accurate English translation of the licence or permit must be given.  An accurate English translation means that the translation must be given by a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or an overseas issuing authority or a translation service acceptable to the New Zealand Transport Authority.

There is no maximum age to hire a vehicle.  There is no charge for additional authorised drivers, however they must meet the criteria of the Driver’s Licence requirements.  Additional drivers must be registered on the Budget Rental Agreement, and prior to driving they must visit a Budget branch in New Zealand to show their full and valid driver’s licence.

Driver’s licence must be carried whenever driving in New Zealand.

GPS units are available with rental vehicles at extra cost.  These GPS units can be reserved in advance if requested, but the customer must pay for the unit hire direct to Budget Rentals at the time of collection.  Costs are NZ$11.45 per day, or NZ$57.45 per week, or NZ$114.95 per month incl GST.  In the event of the unit being lost, damaged or stolen while on rent to client, the client will be charged NZ$230.00 incl GST.