Hiring a Child Seat with rental vehicles in New Zealand

Use the 'Comments' field on the booking form to indicate the age and height & weight of the children requiring baby and/or booster seats. This will ensure that the hire company is as best prepared for your arrival and vehicle pick-up as possible. Please do note that child seats are on request and therefore subject to supplier availability.

You can supply your own child seat as long as it conforms to New Zealand Standard NZS 1754.

Whilst we always endeavor to publish the latest available information and pricing as these are managed by our suppliers they are subject to change beyond our control. Therefore the below should be treated as a guide as to what can be expected from each rental company with respect to Child seating.

Car - Child Restraint Hire Rates Table

Rates are inclusive of GST but nett of any taxes and fees that a supplier may charge based on pick-up location. Updated February 2020

Child Seat
Alamo
Child Seat $34.78 per Hire
AVIS
Child Seat $15 per Day
Budget
Child Seat $15 per Day
Enterprise
Child Seat $34.78 per Hire
Europcar
Child Seat $14.95 per Day
Firefly
Child Seat $50 per Hire
Go Rentals
Child Seat $45 per Hire
Hertz
Child Seat $59.80 per Hire

Campervan - Child Restraint Rates Table

Child Seat
Apollo Motorhomes
Child Seat $35 per Hire*
Britz
Child Seat $36 per Hire
Cheapa Campas
Child Seat $35 per Hire*
Discover NZ Motorhomes
Child Seat $50 per Hire
Happy Campers
Child Seat $45 per Hire
Hippie Campers
Child Seat $35 per Hire*
JUCY Campers
Child Seat $40 per Hire
Kiwi Campers
Child Seat $45 per Hire
Maui Motorhomes
Child Seat $36 per Hire
Maui Elite Motorhomes
Child Seat $36 per Hire
Mighty Campervans
Child Seat $36 per Hire
Pacific Horizon
Child Seat $35 per Hire
Road Runner Rentals
Child Seat $50 per Hire
Spaceships Campervans
Child Seat $50 per Hire
Star RV Motorhomes
Child Seat $35 per Hire*
Travellers Autobarn
Child Seat $45 per Day
Tui Group
Child Seat $40 per Hire
Wendekreisen
Child Seat $25 per Hire

*Apollo, Cheapa Campa, Hippie Campers and Star RV do not accommodate infants under 6 months


Child Restraint Information

  • Children under the age of 4 must use a child seat
  • Children aged between 4 and 7 must use a booster seat
  • Campervans and Motorhomes - child and booster seats are not permitted in the rear-facing seats

Your responsibilities as the driver

As the driver, you must make sure that any child under five years is properly restrained by an approved child restraint. They must not travel in the car if you can't put them in an approved child restraint.

Children aged five to seven years must use a child restraint if there's one available. Otherwise they must use a safety belt if one is available. If there are no child restraints or safety belts available, they must travel in the back seat.

Children aged 8 to 14 years must use a safety belt if one is available. Otherwise, they must travel in the back seat.

Note: A child under 15 years old may sit beside the driver only if the child is restrained by a child restraint or safety belt (whichever is appropriate for their age).

As a general rule, if your child's head is higher than the back of the child restraint, it's time to move them into the next type of child restraint. (A child can wear an adult safety belt when the belt crosses their pelvis, not their tummy.)

Some restraints fit the shape of some vehicle seats better than others. Make sure the child restraint you rent or buy fits your vehicle seats properly and ask if you can return it if you find it doesn't fit properly.

The Plunket Society recommends that you keep your baby in a rear-facing restraint until they are one year old. This is the safest position for them, and many child restraints now allow for this.

  • Using safety belts correctly - Safety belts are designed to hold one adult. Never put a safety belt around two or more children, and never put a child on an adult's lap with the belt around them both
  • Standards markings - A child restraint must meet an approved standard. Child restraints certified for use in New Zealand will show an 'S' mark (New Zealand Standard NZS 1754), or a tick (Australian Standard AS 1754), or an 'E' mark (European Standard ECE 44). Restraints that comply with the United States Standard (FMVSS 213) must, in addition to any other markings, display the New Zealand Standard 'S' mark, to show they have been certified for use in New Zealand
  • Airbag information - It's important that you never put a child, in a rear-facing child restraint, in the front seat of a car that has a passenger airbag. The child could be seriously injured or killed if the airbag is activated.

All child restraints, including forward-facing restraints, are best installed in the rear passenger seat (not in the front). If you must use a forward-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat (eg, because there aren't any rear seats), move the passenger seat back as far as it will go. If you can switch the front passenger airbag off in your vehicle then do this, but remember to switch it on again when the seat is used by an adult.

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