The Cost of Car Rental in Niue
Can you afford to rent a car in Niue? Niue offers a wide range of car rental vehicles at reasonable prices, so there’s bound to be something to suit your needs and budget. From small budget cars to spacious family vehicles to people-moving vans, you have options in Niue but just how much is it going to cost you? Get an idea of car rental daily rates, as well as other costs associated with Niue car rentals and see how much it costs to rent a car in Niue in this guide.
Before we get into the cost of renting a car in Niue, bookmark the Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost? for its full budget overview.
Tips to Save Money on Car Rental
- Almost all of Niue’s car rentals do deals where your rent for seven days and pay for six
- Look out for deals in the low season (November-April)
- Don’t feel obligated to hire a car as soon as you arrive. Many accommodations offer free airport transfers, while car rental companies offer rental deliveries for free, so you can rent a vehicle for fewer days
- Be sure to compare your options, as Niue’s car rentals have varying prices and inclusions – see some of your options in The Best Car Rentals in Niue
- Travelling in the high season (June-September)? Book early so you’re not left with just expensive cars to rent.
See How to Save Money on Car Rental in Niue for more tips.
The Price of Budget Cars
Budget car prices: NZ$40-$55 per day
Niue’s budget cars tend to refer to small cars, usually models such as Mazda Demio, Toyota Passo, Toyota IST or something similar. These cars typically fit four to five people including the driver.
Engines are small, around 1.3l to 1.5l, so you may need to refuel a little more often than more premium cars (although note that driving distances are quite short in Niue).
Budget cars are sometimes some of the oldest cars in the rental company’s fleet.
The Price of Premium Cars
Premium car prices: NZ$60-$100 per day
Premium cars in Niue tend to refer to larger cars and newer model cars. Car models might include Mitsi Pajero, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Wingroad, Mazda MPV, Toyota Wish and something similar.
4WD cars are sometimes an option and tend to be at the higher end of the price spectrum. However, note that car rental companies will not allow you to go off-roading or use dirt tracks even in 4WD vehicles as per their rental agreement.
Premium vehicles typically sit five to six people and have more space for luggage. Engine sizes are around 1.8l where you’ll often find that you only need to fuel up once for a seven to 10-day rental.
The Price of Vans
Van prices: NZ$60-$200 per day
Should you have a larger group to move around Niue, vans are available to hire at rental companies such as Niue Rentals and Alofi Rentals. Van models consist of the likes of Nissan Vanette, Nissan Caravan, Toyota Hiace or something similar. There are vans available seating from six to 15 people. Vans tend to be older vehicles of 10-12 years old.
Normal car licenses are accepted to drive vans in Niue, as long as you have obtained a Niue Driver’s License.
Additional Costs for Hiring a Vehicle
Of course, there’s always going to be more associated costs with hiring a car than the simple daily rate itself. Some additional costs to consider include insurance, fuel and the Niue Driver’s License. Note that airport and accommodation drop-off pick-up is usually free, as is roadside assistance.
Optional insurance: Excess reduction NZ$10-$25 per day
Standard insurance is typically included in Niue’s car rentals which typically only covers collisions (check the car rental’s terms and conditions to see what type of damage the insurance includes). With the standard insurance, there is usually a liability excess of NZ$2,000-$3,000. Customers are offered the opportunity to reduce the excess to NZ$0-$500 by paying NZ$10-$25 per day.
Petrol: NZ$2.60+ per litre
Petrol in Niue is at least NZ$2.60 per litre (2020). Note that this price can increase.
Niue Driver’s License: NZ$22.50
Visitors wishing to drive in Niue must obtain a Niue Driver’s License from the Police Station, which costs NZ$22.50. Find out more in How to Get a Niue Driver’s License.
Additional Drivers: NZ$0-$10
While some car rental companies allow other drivers to be added for free, some will charge a small fee to add a driver, typically around NZ$10.