Thrifty Car Rental Review

For a 15 day Auckland Return the Cheapest car available is Suzuki Swift (or similar), 5 door, 1.3 litre, air conditioning, radio with CD player, air bag and central locking.
For the cheapest 4 door sedan 2.4 litre is Toyota Camry Sportivo (or similar)- a medium car for 5 people, 4 or 5 door (sedan, hatch or wagon), 2.0-2.3 litre, automatic, air conditioning, radio with CD player, air bag(s) and central locking. See the table for a detailed comparison with four other top rental companies.

Thrifty have a total of 27 branches in New Zealand with 15 on the North Island and 12 on the South Island. All city/downtown locations are generally open from 0800-1630hrs Mon-Fri and 0900-1200hrs Sat. Vehicle pickups and deliveries after hours are on request for these locations.

Child Seats or booster seats can be purchased after your booking is confirmed for NZ$30 plus GST per rental.

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Car Insurance

For retail customers an excess of between NZ$2925-$3375 applies. To reduce the insurance excess you can purchase NZ$27 per day (reduces excess to between NZ$270-$337.50 in the event of any damage and reduces windscreen and tyre excesses down to nil)

Good Points

  • Prices do not differ depending on Season, for example a car rented in summer will cost you the same as a car rented in winter.
  • Hot deals always available
  • You can earn Quantas Frequent Flyer Points

Bad Points

  • If you wish to travel from the North to the South Island you are not permitted to take your Thrifty rental vehicle on a ferry. You must purchase a Multi-Island Hire.

Age Requirement

To drive a Thrifty vehicle you must be over 21 years and hold a full driver’s license for a minimum of 12 months.  If you are aged between 21 -25 years, an under-age add-on will apply.

After Hours Dropping

If you are returning your vehicle in Auckland, Vehicle returns outside of opening hours are to be returned to the BP Petrol Station at the bottom of Khyber Pass Road and the keys handed in to the BP counter staff.


If you have any queries email Thrifty at or call 0800737070 or +6433592720

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2 thoughts on “Thrifty Car Rental Review”

  1. we had chosen thrifty rentals in NZ for our honeymoon. However due to some luggage trouble we were 15 minutes late to pick our car. They didnt respond to us. Later we found out that they had given our car to someone else. They didnt even bother to apologize or arrange another car for us. We called their customer care and still no response. After fighting for like 3 hours with the manager, an employee arranged a car for us(even the employee was of Indian origin and so gave us a car that was booked for someone else). TRUST ME NEVER USE THRIFTY

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