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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in New Zealand. Car rental in New Zealand includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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New Zealand guide

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Introduction
Auckland, located in the South Pacific Ocean, is 900 miles (1,500 kilometers) southeast of Australia. New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga lie to the North. This remote island country consists of two main islands – known as the North and South islands – and many smaller islands. The total area is approximately 103,737 square miles (268,680 sq km).

Because of its isolation, the country is home to many unique species of flora and fauna. Also due to its remote location, it was one of the last major lands to be settled by humans. Polynesians first settled New Zealand in the 10th century, developing a distinctive Maori culture. Europeans first made contact with the Maori in 1642. In 1840, the islands became a British colony, and Europeans outnumbered Maori by around 1860. New Zealand gained independence from Great Britain in 1947.

Population and language
The population of New Zealand is approximately 4.3 million. Given its relatively large size, much of the country is sparsely inhabited. The population of this former British colony is approximately 57% of European descent. The indigenous Maori are the largest minority (approximately 15% of the total population), followed by Asian (9%) and Polynesian or Pacific Islander (7%). Much of the culture is derived from Maori traditions. Maori is spoken by approximately 4% of the population. Both Maori and English are official languages of New Zealand. Approximately 39% of the population are Protestant, and 13% Roman Catholic, while 32% say that they do not identify with any religion, making New Zealand one of the most secular societies in the world. While people from New Zealand are officially called New Zealanders, they are often known as “Kiwi” both internationally and by locals.

Major cities and tourist destinations
The largest cities in New Zealand include Auckland (1.4 million residents), Wellington (400,000 residents) and Christchurch (375,000 residents). Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia, and the most urban. Even after the recent earthquakes, Christchurch is known as the “Garden City,” with beautiful scenery. Wellington is the capital city. The town of Rotorua is famous for Maori culture and is also home to a number of geysers and hot pools. Napier features beautiful 1930s Art Deco architecture and is famous for its wine, gold course, and wildlife sanctuary.

Outside of the cities, the countryside is sparsely populated. The country is known for its stunning landscapes, which range from rugged mountains to expansive pastures to pristine lakes. The islands are considered one of the most unique biozones on earth due to their remoteness. New Zealand has a wealth of national parks and other out-of-the-way destinations, including Abel Tasman National Park, Tongariro National Park, and Coromandel Peninsula.

Climate
New Zealand is a small country surrounded by ocean. As such, the weather changes frequently. It is not uncommon to experience four seasons in the span of a single day. Temperatures tend to be warmer in the north than in the south. Overall, the climate tends to be mild and temperate, though conditions vary sharply from one region to another. Rainfall and humidity tend to be higher in the west than in the east. While both islands receive plentiful sunshine, snow is possible from June through October on the South Island. Temperatures rarely exceed 86°F (30°C). Daily maximum temperatures rarely fall below 32°F (0°C) except in the mountains. High winds are common, especially in Auckland.

Economy
Historically, New Zealand has had an agrarian economy. The agricultural products New Zealand is known for include dairy products, lamb and mutton, wheat,  wool, and wine. Over the past two decades, the economy of New Zealand has become more industrialized and diversified. Today, along with food processing and agriculture, the country's top industries include banking and insurance, transportation equipment, machinery, textiles, and wood and paper products. GDP is estimated at $124 billion USD, while exports are valued at $38 billion USD and imports at $36 billion USD. The currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD).

Transportation
New Zealand has a major international airport in Auckland. Other international airports are located in Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin. Because of the country's remoteness, flight durations tend to be longer than many travelers realize; even the shortest flights between Australia and New Zealand are longer than 3 hours. Because of the country's strict biosecurity laws, even small quantities of food, plants, animals, dirty footwear, and used camping gear are usually prohibited.

Within New Zealand, buses are an inexpensive way to travel, though services are limited, even between major cities. Cars are the most popular way to travel, especially if you plan to explore areas outside of the major cities. Roads tend to be narrow and winding, so allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Car hire can be a good way to explore each island. However, keep in mind that traveling between the North and South islands requires taking the car across Cook Strait on a ferry, which can be expensive. If you plan to visit both, consider a separate car hire on each island.

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