Best day walks in New Zealand

January 11, 2018 Blog

Whether you’re a local or an overseas traveller, you’ve probably heard of some of New Zealand’s famous multi-day hikes. And while our Great Walks are amazing, we know that not everyone has days to spare to take on these epic adventures. Luckily, New Zealand also has some incredible walks that can be made in a day […]

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Tips for taking Instagram worthy photos on your next road trip

January 1, 2018 Blog

We’re pretty lucky that almost everywhere you travel in New Zealand presents amazing photo opportunities. If you’re hiring a rental car for a road trip anytime soon, chances are you’ll be able to capture an Instagram worthy image or two along the way. If you really want to up your gram game, and be the […]

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Sit on a newspaper to treat travel sickness

December 28, 2017 Blog

Asking the hard-hitting questions in preparation for summer holiday travel – Thrifty Car Rental NZ held ‘The Great Kiwi Road Trip Debate’ on its Facebook page to find out from its customers… What’s best, lollies or a petrol station pie? Do back roads get you there faster? Do you keep going to the next town […]

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Long Distance Driving

December 24, 2017 Blog

Thrifty Tips – Long Distance Driving Taking a long distance drive across the country? Planning is the key when it comes to long distance driving.  Making sure you have the car stocked with everything you need as well as planning your route will ensure your journey is safe and enjoyable. You’ll need to pack a […]

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State Highway 1 to reopen

December 6, 2017 Blog South Island

The reopening of State Highway 1 between Blenheim and Christchurch Good news if you are ready for a trip around the South Island, the coastal drive between Blenheim and Christchurch is set to re-open.  NZTA offers some great advice to help you plan your trip.  Before travelling between Picton and Christchurch, check which of the two main […]

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Using Rental Vehicles as Passenger Service Vehicles

November 15, 2017 Blog

What is a Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV)? Vehicle used in a passenger service (ie a vehicle carrying passengers for hire or reward), no matter how many seats it has; OR Vehicle with more than 12 seats (regardless of whether or not it is used for hire or reward); OR heavy motor vehicle with more than […]

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Free relo’s now online!

September 15, 2017 Blog

We have some great news to share with you – free relo’s are now available for booking on our new website! Grab a Thrifty relo and you’ll have 48 hours to get from A to B for free. All you need to do is pay for the fuel & any optional damage cover & we’ll sort the rest. Free relo’s include Wellington to Auckland, […]

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Have a Thrifty Holiday

September 10, 2017 Blog

With summer almost here – the call of a long awaited holiday is top of mind. But with Christmas spending taking its toll on many of our credit cards, a holiday away can sometimes seem out of reach. Thrifty Car Rental General Manager Emma Gardiner says insider tourism knowledge can be the difference between an […]

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Thrifty Car Rental Reassures Tourists

November 17, 2016 Blog

Thrifty Car Rental is reassuring customers that have had to leave rental cars in Kaikōura because of the earthquake, that they will not be charged costs for relocation or any additional unused days. Emma Gardiner, General Manager, Thrifty Car Rental says that the company has up to 30 vehicles located in and around Kaikōura and […]

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The Best Coffee Shops in Christchurch

October 26, 2016 Blog

Christchurch’s best Coffee Breaks So you’ve arrived in Christchurch got a rental car, dropped your bags off at the hotel and headed out to grab a coffee. If you love a smooth, creamy and well-crafted cup o’ joe, check our list of some of the top coffee shops in Christchurch. Their coffees are sure to […]

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