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 […] full post

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 […] full post

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, […] full post

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 […] full post

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 […] full post

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 […] full post

Like Thrifty and Love the Savings

May 10, 2016 Blog

Over the next 8 weeks we’re giving 1 lucky Facebook fan each week the chance to win a weekend rental and get out and explore NZ! All you have to do is like Thrifty and you are in the draw! The weekly winner will be drawn at random each Friday.   There aren’t too many […] full post

Surf Rental Donation 2016

March 23, 2016 Blog

As a proud charity partner of Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Thrifty gave four deserving clubs the opportunity to win a share of $2,500 in car rental via an online social media voting competition. The votes were tallied on 22 March 2016 and it was incredibly close!! Congratulations to Whiritoa, winners of our $1,000 car […] full post

Christchurch rental car firms to cluster in new $10m hub

February 22, 2016 Blog

Five of Christchurch’s biggest car rental brands are joining forces to return to the central city. Avis and its subsidiary Budget; Hertz, Thrifty, and Apex are all going into a new International Rental Car Precinct to be built on the corner of Manchester and Kilmore sts. The $10 million three-storey complex will be built by […] full post

Mike Yardley – Wairarapa

October 1, 2015 Blog

As the darling buds of spring start to reveal their colours, and our famed vineyards exhibit green shoots of seasonal promise, it’s a refreshing time for road-tripping the Wairarapa.  I pointed the car north from Wellington, traversing the dramatic and intimidating slopes of the Rimutaka Ranges.  From Featherston, turn off State Highway 2 onto State […] full post