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Mike Yardley: Haast Pass Highway

December 22, 2014, Joel Blog

The glorious Haast Highway, a pitch-perfect road journey, was the last mountain pass to be constructed over the Southern Alps, and still exudes a “final frontier” sense of escapism. Connecting Central Otago with the West Coast, the Haast Pass wasn’t completed until 1966 and only received its complete tarmac surface in 1995. The pass route […]

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Thrifty to hire scooters from Picton over summer

December 16, 2014, Joel Blog

This week Thrifty launched their new fleet of scooters – available at their two Picton locations through summer. The EURO 50, 49cc scooters will be available from December 16 2014 and will give visitors to the region another option for getting around. Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner thinks the scooters will be an attractive option […]

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Mike Yardley: Coromandel’s Pacific Coast

November 25, 2014, Joel Blog

The medley of sun-kissed pickings along Coromandel’s Pacific Coast are as a sweet and succulent as holiday berries. Few New Zealand beaches can compare to the sweeping magnificence of Whangamata’s main ocean beach, renowned amongst surfies as a most reliable performer, with the legendary “Whanga bar” delivering the best breaks. Big game fishing, golf, mountain […]

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Thrifty challenges rental car customer pain points

November 3, 2014, Joel Blog

Thrifty Car Rental is offering heavily reduced rental vehicle rates (up to 50% off) exclusively for AA Members. The all-inclusive product features late model vehicles and is available year round across all Thrifty New Zealand locations. Three years ago Thrifty signed an exclusive partnership with The Automobile Association New Zealand (AA), seeing the partnership marketed […]

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Mike Yardley: Road-tripping the Coromandel Peninsula

October 31, 2014, Joel Blog

The mighty Coromandel peninsula is holiday-making in excelsis. Blessed with bucket loads of sunshine, lighting up its sapphire waters and warming long stretches of sugar-sand beaches, it’s the glint of gold that powered its first flush of population growth in the late 19th century. Before succumbing to the shoreline pleasures, dip into the region’s pioneering past, […]

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Stop, stay a while

October 15, 2014, Joel Blog

5 great rest areas in the South Island Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Yogi Berra said, “When you come to a fork in the road… take it.” Sometimes, you’ll want to relax and enjoy the journey. Other times you’ll just need to […]

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Thrifty Highlander auction aims to keep NZ’s lifeguards moving

August 14, 2014, Joel Blog

The auction of a brand new vehicle valued at over $80,000 will begin tomorrow in a bid to keep New Zealand’s surf lifeguards moving. As one of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s valued partners, Thrifty Car Rental will list a brand new Toyota Highlander Limited ZR which has a recommended retail price of $80,990 on […]

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Thrifty secures government rental car contract

April 17, 2014, Joel Blog

Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand government agencies. The tender was granted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and is the first “All-of-Government” agreement for car rental services. Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner says the deal is a win- win for […]

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Thrifty rated best in customer service

February 4, 2014, Joel Blog

In a survey of over 2,500 New Zealand consumers, Thrifty Car Rental has achieved the highest five star rating in two key categories as part of the 2014 Canstar Blue award for car hire. Voted best overall in customer service, and achieving another five star rating for its online and phone booking process, Thrifty was […]

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Thrifty is proud to sponsor the 2013 Kepler Mountain Run

October 25, 2013, Joel Blog

Thrifty is proud to be sponsoring the world-famous Kepler Challenge Mountain Run again this year, a grueling 60km event considered the ‘jewel in New Zealand’s mountain running calendar’. With our support fully behind this unique occasion it seemed only appropriate that we should have a representative competing, and Carly Wilson, the Communications Manager for Thrifty […]

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