Do you need to rent a van for a trip across Auckland, from outside of the country? If you’ve never needed to hire a 12-seater van from abroad, there are a few things you should know. There are various models and capacities to choose from, and they’re all cheaper than you’d expect. It’s always better to go into an adventure with your eyes wide open, so make sure you pay attention to the following.
1) Prepare To Drive On The Left Side Of The Road
Unless you’ve travelled before, you might not realise that not everyone drives the same way you do. Although there are very few countries that use the left side of the road, New Zealand is one of them. Driving on the left side of the road will be a major change. Most people don’t get it right until they’ve driven for a couple of days, but it’s possible to change sides of the road, and car, and still manage to drive.
2) Make Sure That Your Driver’s License Is Translated Into English
If you live in a country where English isn’t the first language, you’ll need to have your driver’s license translated into English. You can’t do this yourself, nor can you translate the information in person if you get stopped. Visit the consulate, or your embassy, and get your license authorised. You can also get it approved by a New Zealand Transport Agency service when you arrive in the country.
3) It’s Better To Hire Your Van In Advance
Planning your travels can be stressful, especially if you’ve never travelled before. In New Zealand, the prices for van rentals – even 12-seaters – can be quite cheap if you book them in advance. Prices for van rentals also fluctuate, depending on if it’s peak season or not. For example, prices from December to February will be at a higher cost than in the off-peak season. Booking in advance not only means that you save money, but you also won’t need to worry about finding transportation for you and your group when you get off the plane.
Travelling with a group of friends and family can be fun as you go on adventures together. The last thing you want to do is experience a problem with your van rental when you arrive in New Zealand and are jet-lagged from the flight. Finding cheap, 12 seater van hire in Auckland is possible if you book in advance, and adequately prepare yourself for the trip.