10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue
10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue

10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue

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How to Get a Cheaper Car Rental in Niue

Stretch those dollars a little further in Niue by saving money on car rental! With rental cars being just about the only way to travel around Niue, you have no cheaper public transport options available to you. With that in mind, we’ve put together some tips to save money on car rental in Niue.

Before we get into how to save money on a car rental in Niue, bookmark the Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost? for its full budget overview, as well as The Travel Guide to Niue on a Budget for more advice.

1. Rent for Seven Days, Pay for Six

This is the most popular car rental deal you will find in Niue: Pay for six days and you will get an additional day for free. Even if a car rental company is not advertising this deal, make sure you bring it up, as almost all of Niue’s car rental companies are happy to negotiate long-term rentals if it means getting your business.

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2. Or Just Rent a Car for Fewer Days

While having a rental car for your entire stay in Niue is super convenient, note that you can go a few days without a car if you’re looking to save money. Bearing in mind that many accommodations offer free airport transfers and car rental companies are willing to drop off vehicles at your accommodation free of charge, it might make more sense to just hire a car for three or four days, for instance, to explore the island on those days. Just make sure you are staying in accommodation, in Alofi or a village with plenty to do while you don’t have a car!

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3. Choose a Small Car

Niue has an ultra-affordable range of budget cars, which are usually small and fit four to five people. Small cars have the lowest daily rates of NZ$40-$55 per day while premium cars are around NZ$60-$100 per day. While small cars might have smaller engines, this doesn’t impact the cost of fuel too significantly bearing in mind that driving distances are quite short in Niue. Compare the cost of rental cars in How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Car in Niue?

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4. Look Out for Low Season Deals

The low season in Niue is between November and April where you can find deals on Niue’s accommodations, as well as some of Niue’s car rentals! Car rental companies like Tropicana Rentals have been known to do 15% off the rental rate on some of their larger vehicles during the quieter season. Even if a low season deal isn’t advertised, it doesn’t hurt to ask. See more benefits for travelling in the low season in the 10 Reasons to Travel in the Low Season in Niue.

10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue(c) Niue Tourism

5. Book Early if Travelling in the High Season

On the flip side, if you’re planning on travelling to Niue in the high season (June to October) and moreover during the whale season (July to September), make sure that you book your car rental as soon as you can. Not only do the best value cars go first, but all of Niue’s rental cars can be booked up in the high season. You don’t want to be left with the most expensive car rental vehicles or nothing at all!

10 Ways to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue(c) Mike Bhana - Niue Tourism

6. Compare Niue’s Car Rental Companies

This might seem like an obvious one, but don’t just go with the first car rental company you see. With a bit of research, you can find the best deal for you. Niue has six car rental companies, as well as accommodations offering their own cars to rent (more on that in point #9), some of which we compare in The Best Car Rentals in Niue.

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7. Travel with Friends

Hiring a car just for yourself isn’t particularly good for the planet or your wallet. When it comes to car rental, the more the merrier! That way, you can split the cost of renting a car and enjoy a much cheaper holiday in Niue. Invite some friends to travel Niue with you.

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8. Go Through the Car Inspection Thoroughly

Make sure you go through the car inspection thoroughly when picking up your rental vehicle. That way, you shouldn’t receive a nasty fee for damages you didn’t cause just because it was accidentally missed during the car inspection. Some of Niue’s car rentals are pretty old so will have some wear and tear. Don’t be shy about pointing out all of the dents and tiny scratches to the car rental staff while doing the inspection to make sure they jot them down on the car rental paperwork.

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9. See if Your Accommodation Includes Car Rental

That’s right, some accommodations in Niue actually offer a rental car, either for a fee similar to the car rental companies or, as is the case for most accommodations offering this service, for free! Compare these accommodations in the 5 Accommodations in Niue with Car Rental.

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10. Return the Car with a Full Tank of Fuel

Like most car rental companies around the world, Niue’s car rental companies will charge you a fee for returning the car with less than a full tank of gas, as well as the cost for the additional fuel added. Refuelling fees range from NZ$15 to $50! Niue only has one fuel station, which you can read up about in The Gas Station in Niue.

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Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Niue. She knows the island inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Niue’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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