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Rental Period

Rates are based on a minimum rental period of one day (24-hours from the time the rental starts). At Thrifty we allow a 59-minute grace period, after which an extra hour is charged at one fifth the daily rate, to a maximum of four hours after which a full day will be charged. On wholesale (inclusive tour voucher) rentals an extra full day will be charged.


Comprehensive Motor Vehicle Insurance including third party and public liability is included in our rates. An accident damage excess (ADE) does apply.

Accident Damage Excess (ADE)

ADE applies to all rentals. This excess may be reduced (at the renter's option) at the time of rental by purchasing Accident Excess Reduction (AER). The rates of ADE are subject to change without notice, but current rates (including GST) range from $2925 - $3375.

The renter will be fully liable for any damage to the Thrifty vehicle and any third party property, if the terms and conditions of the rental agreement are breached.

Accident Excess Reduction (AER)

Purchase of AER at time of hire reduces the ADE to between $270 - $337.50.

Airport / Ferry Terminal Service Charges (AFSC)

Rentals commencing at airports and inter-island ferry terminals are subject to a nominal Service Charge (AFSC).


Renters will be required to leave credit card details as a deposit. Renters with no credit card will be required to leave a deposit (cash or travelers cheques are acceptable but we do not accept personal cheques) equivalent to the total cost of the rental including any sundry charges (including applicable Accident Damage Excess (ADE) – reduced or full, Accident Excess Reduction (AER), baby seats, ski racks, chains, etc), plus a further NZ$100 fuel bond.

(ADE and fuel bonds are refundable when vehicle is returned upon completion of the hire, undamaged and full of fuel – refunds may take up to 10 working days to process)

Renter Qualification

The minimum rental age is 21 years. There is no maximum rental age. All intending drivers must present a valid full national driving licence, which has been held for at least one year. A current International Driving Licence must accompany driving licences issued in a language other than English.

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. Additional non employee authorised drivers must be notified to Thrifty and listed on the rental agreement.

Cancellation / No Show Fee

In the event this booking is cancelled within 48 hours of scheduled pickup or if a booking is not cancelled and the customer does not pick up the vehicle (no-show), the customers credit card will be charged with a cancellation fee equivalent to the first days rental charges (as calculated should the rental have taken place). 


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