Relocating cars across New Zealand
30.04.2013 - 01.05.2013
Most countries you visit on holiday you'd typically visit one, maybe two places. New Zealand is somewhere people go to travel and hiring cars or camper vans is very popular. I remember a statistic from last time I was here that 60% of vehicles in NZ are rentals. Now most people start at the top and work their way down meaning a build up of rental cars in the south. When you rent a car most will be a bit clapped out as they will have driven the length of the UK in 10 days constantly for the age of the car. Most will have way over 200,000 km on the clock.
We'd heard about this and a quick google for 'relocate cars NZ' bought us a number of sites where we could log in and relocate an old banger for them, we went with transfercar.co.nz You get a set number of days and kms to get to you location. Insurance is covered, all you need to pay is a $1 admin fee. We put ourselves down to help out the rental companies.
24 hours before hand we got our confirmation, we had 48 hours to get a 5door hatchback or bigger from Queenstown to Christchurch. This would cost over $100 on the bus and we where quoted $220 from another hire company. You can drive the car anything up to 900km (the journey is just under 500km) and you get a tank of petrol free, return it empty.
Dropping mum and dad off at Queenstown airport for their return flight to Brisbane, we strolled over to the Budget desk to pick up the keys to our clap out of a car. Going through the paper work I checked the insurance was included in our $1
"I'd bloody hope so, it's $50,000 of kit you have there"
What? For our measly $1, about £0.55 in real money we had a Toyota Highlander; a 7 seater, V6, 4WD with heated seats, leather trim, cruise control and even 4 cup holders! As the kiwis would say, "sweet as".
This thing is an absolute beast! Perfect for the scenic drive throught the mountains of south island to Lake Tekapo then onto Christchurch.
We even considered sleeping in it, it's that large. I'm gutted that we'd already booked our other car and couldn't do another relocation! It's going to feel like a Mini Cooper after this bad boy!