Travel one-way through NZ for $1

Ever wondered what happens to the rental cars that are driven from one side of the country to another? How do car-rental companies get those cars back to the depot?

Well, one may assume that they use a truck to relocate the vehicle, but that can be quite expensive. That’s why car rental companies came up with a ‘one-way’ deal that benefits both them and any would-be travellers wanting to take a cross-country road trip.

One-way deals give you the opportunity to relocate the vehicles for a car rental company at a ridiculously low price. All you have to do is find a pick-up and drop-off location that suits your travel plans and both parties benefit.

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For a limited time, Europcar is offering an amazing inter-island one-way deal on car rentals. Yep, for as little as $1, you can book a one-way rental, picking up a car on the South Island and dropping it off on the North Island, crossing the islands via ferry. Even the ferry cost of the vehicle is included in that crazy $1 rental fee.

There are some costs that are not included in the $1 fee, but you can find out all about them at

This one-way deal is only valid for Queenstown to Auckland or Christchurch to Auckland routes.

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.