RENTAL CAR INFORMATION

Yes, we relocate rental cars and motorhomes.

KEY POINTS:

  • We add our driver to your rental agreement close to the relocation date.
  • Some low cost rental agencies don't cover unsealed roads - this applies to the Routeburn Track.
  • Apollo are tricky to deal with - choose another agency.

ADDITIONAL DRIVER FEES

In most cases it is free of charge to add an additional driver.  Some companies will charge you a small fee and in some cases we have negotiated with the company to waive this fee for you.  You should have a good idea of any additional fees for drivers when you hire the car, it should be on their website and/or your rental agreement/confirmation details.

While New Zealand is  a small country, it isn’t as small as you may think… if you check with your rental car agency about booking a relocation - ensure you are talking to our local Queenstown Branch, agents in the main centres are unlikely to know about Easyhike.

All rental car companies in New Zealand have different policies. ie. some do not allow travel on unsealed roads (the road is unsealed for 10-20 minutes before Routeburn Shelter). If you have a query about your rental car – please first tell us the company you are hiring from.


WE TAKE CARE OF THE DETAILS

You don’t need to do anything differently when picking up your rental car.  We take care of adding our driver to your rental agreement a couple of days prior.  We just need to know the agency you are hiring your car from and your booking name/number.  Once you have collected the car, tell us description of the car so we can find it in the car park (rego number is ideal).

INSURANCE

Easyhike won’t relocate a car/camper if our driver isn’t insured.  Depending on the rental car company, it is usually quick and easy to add our driver to your rental agreement as an additional driver for insurance purposes.  We take care of this a few days prior to you walking the track.

Our driver will be insured under the insurance option you choose with your rental company.  

IMPORTANT

If your chosen rental company does not have an office in or near Queenstown, please check with us before booking.  Apollo Motorhomes (and other Apollo brands like Hippie Campers) make it very difficult to add an additional driver, we recommend you to not use this company.

ROUTEBURN TRACK - UNSEALED ROAD

The Routeburn road is unsealed for approx 10-20 minutes on the way to the Routeburn Shelter.  Some rental agencies do not provide insurance cover on unsealed roads. (See list on the right)

WINDSCREEN & FLAT TYRE COVER

We recommend you choose full insurance cover on your rental car or camper when you drive in New Zealand.  Windscreen stone chips or flat tyres can be common on our roads, and these costs can really add up.  Part of the road to the Routeburn Shelter is unsealed, which is fine for most cars to travel on, but drivers need to exercise extra caution.

We don’t take any responsibility for windscreen damage or flat tyres while we are relocating your car.

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