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There’s a lot to be said for having your own
wheels on holiday. You can drive down that
inviting country lane or cute village you’ve
spied. Driving in a foreign country is not so
different to driving in New Zealand. You soon
get used to driving on the other side, and
the major roads let you cover long distances
in good time. If you opt for the minor roads,
you’ll avoid the tolls and see much more of
the countryside. These days you don’t even
have to worry about those relationship testing
moments where the navigator mutters
“I think that was our exit…” as you race past
an off ramp. For a little extra, you can have a
slightly bossy but very knowledgeable GPS
system that’ll tell you exactly how to get to
where you’re going. There’s a huge range of
car types on offer, and if you’re worried about
your carbon footprint you can even opt for
a more eco-friendly diesel or hybrid model.
If you’re going to be on the road for a longer
period of time, you should consider a lease
arrangement – you’ll get a brand new car with
full factory warranty plus the usual benefits
of a rental car such as unlimited kilometres
and comprehensive insurance. Once all that’s
sorted, you’re ready to hit the road!.
Touring by Rental Car
Driving in the UK
Exploring England, Ireland, Scotland and
Wales is easy. In the countryside, the roads are
excellent, well signposted and largely toll free.
Distances between towns are short and driving
is on the left-hand side of the road, same as in
In Europe the free wheeling experience
becomes more challenging with driving on the
right hand side of the road. Don’t be put off,
roads and autobahns are well surfaced and
clearly signposted. Most major roads do have
tolls so it is often cheaper and more scenic to
stay on the secondary roads.
Take into consideration the size of the vehicle
you require. We strongly recommend a
minimum 1.4 litre for two adults. If the vehicle
is to be used for day touring from a central
base and not for transporting your luggage, a
smaller vehicle may be adequate. We suggest
you book your car before leaving home as this
will save money and ensure you get the car of
Take into consideration the size of the vehicle you require. We strongly recommend a compact size car for two adults. If the vehicle is to be used for day touring from a central base and not for transporting your luggage, a smaller vehicle may be adequate. We suggest you book your car before leaving home as this will save money and ensure you get the car of your choice.
Things to think about:
• What driver’s licence is needed
• Minimum age requirements (varies from country to country)
• Additional driver fees
• One way rental fees
• Optional equipment eg. child seats, roof racks
• Non waivable excess
• Fuel policy
• Collision Damage Waiver & Theft Protection Insurance are included - you may be offered additional insurance options when you pick up your car