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How to save $50 on taxis in Christchurch by renting a Thrifty Metro Car

July 2, 2015, Joel Blog

Last week we invited Clare, one of our valued customers, to try out our Metro car service during a day down in Christchurch. Our intrepid photographer James tagged along for the ride.             9:13am The last time I visited the garden city on business I relied on taxis to get […] full post

Mike Yardley – Fiordland

July 1, 2015, Joel Blog

Our time-locked, freeze-framed southern fiords of Milford and Doubtful  Sounds serve up a dual journey of superlatives. With such a strong suit of natural treasures on its doorstep, Te Anau delivers a far richer encounter as a Fiordland base, than trying to speed-date the region from Queenstown. Te Anau Te Anau’s Wildife Centre, starring our […] full post

Mike Yardley – Taupo to Tongariro

June 1, 2015, Joel Blog

Dashing north from Taupo, the fabled Waikato River begins its meandering journey from the mighty lake with a bang. Only 5 kilometres upstream, the graceful glassy free-flowing waters are suddenly coralled into a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock, roaring and rumbling at high speed before bursting over the Huka Falls and crashing into a […] full post

Mike Yardley – The Catlins

May 1, 2015, Joel Blog

The pristine wilderness of the deep South is the perfect setting to stretch the legs and inject a health kick into a photogenic road trip. Skirting the South Otago Coast, the Catlins district, wedged between Invercargill and Balclutha, is a powder-keg of rugged natural wonders. Follow the Southern Scenic Route signposts, off State Highway at […] full post

Snow Much Fun Competition

, Joel Blog

With winter on the way – it’s not all bad news! Over the next 6 weeks we are running a Facebook competition each week to help you have ‘Snow Much Fun’ this winter. Every Monday (starting 4 May and ending 12 June) we’ll post a competition on the Thrifty Car Rentals New Zealand Facebook page […] full post

Mike Yardley – Wild West Coast

April 15, 2015, Joel Blog

Coastline-hugging highways are proven performers that excel in delivering epic scenery. The South Island is blessed to have one of the world’s best in State Highway 6. The West Coast Highway, wedged between the booming Tasman surf and the Southern Alps, threads its way from Charleston to Haast. But the specific section that rides the […] full post

Mike Yardley: Central Otago gold rush!

March 31, 2015, Joel Blog

Whether it is clad in autumn’s foliage finery, dappled in winter snow, or sprigged up by the first blossoms of spring, Central Otago’s Highway 85 traverses a landscape of awe and saga. Best enjoyed as a self-drive road trip, just south of Oamaru, turn off State Highway 1 at Palmerston, which takes you on to […] full post

Mike Yardley: Kawakawa to Kerikeri

February 27, 2015, Joel Blog

History and scenery are a mesmerising combination for the road-tripper and Double K, Kawakawa to Kerikeri, fits that bill perfectly, being steeped in some of New Zealand’s grandest heritage.  55km north of Whangarei, or 200km north of Auckland, State Highway 1 guides you into the embracing clutches of Kawakawa. Proudly strutting down the main street, Gabriel […] full post

Thrifty launch new travel app with a focus on ease and safety

February 2, 2015, Joel Blog

Thrifty Car Rental have responded to recent concerns regarding tourist driving by partnering with GeoZone to launch a new mobile app that aims to make tripping around New Zealand easier and safer. The app features a road safety video that simply explains the ins and outs of driving on New Zealand roads for international visitors. […] full post

Thrifty to launch a fleet of scooters in Wellington

January 28, 2015, Joel Blog

Today Thrifty Car Rental launched a fleet of scooters in Wellington. The scooters were trialled in Picton over the Christmas holidays and owing to their success Thrifty have bought a fleet to Wellington. The EURO 50, 49cc scooters will be available from January 28 2015 and will give both locals and visitors to the region another […] full post
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