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Ski Ezi 2021

The NZ ski season is here, check below for all the details you need when renting a car this winter.

The New Zealand ski season is underway, check out below for some key details for the winter season.

2021 Ski Resort Winter Opening Dates

Mt Ruapehu (North Island) 

Whakapapa - June 4 to October 25

Turoa - July 2 to October 25

Cardrona Alpine Resort (South Island) - June 12 to October 17

Treble Cone (South Island) - June 26 to September 26

The Remarkables (South Island) - June 26 to October 17

Coronet Peak (South Island) - June 19 to September 26

Mt Hutt (South Island) - June 11 to October 17

Opening details on the smaller Club Ski Fields can be found here. 

Ski Racks

Ski Racks are only available on selected Ezi vehicles, these include:

  • Toyota Prado
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota RAV4 AWD

Snow Chains

Snow Chains can be an absolute essential when traveling in New Zealand during the winter months. The mountain roads can be affected by snowfall, so it’s best to always carry chains and know how to use them.  Snow chains are only available from our South Island branches (Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin).

Many of the NZ ski fields have unsealed or steep, snow-covered access roads so our range of 4-wheel drives, SUVs and utes are ideal for these conditions. Recommended vehicles are our Toyota Highlanders, Toyota RAV4 AWDs, Toyota Hilux Utes or Toyota Prados, however you can rent and use snow chains on all our Ezi Car Rental vehicles.

This video from Cardrona Alpine Resort shows you how to fit them.

Winter Driving

Driving in New Zealand in winter can be challenging, so we recommend you always check the latest weather road conditions and read the Winter Driving Guide. To see how the latest snow conditions before heading up the mountain, always check the latest New Zealand ski field snow reports. 


The Backyard Travel Family  

This article was originally published on backyardtravelfamily.com and was written by Jen. Jen is a super organiser when it comes to travel. Having travelled extensively in Europe and Africa, has lived in London and the USA and holidayed in many parts of Asia, she is not a newbie to the travel space. Jen has three young children, 5 and under and travels around New Zealand with them.

Photos courtesy of The Backyard Travel Family.

Related Information

  • How do I book a rental car with Ezi Car Rental?

    The fastest and easiest way to book is on our website.

    If you prefer, you can email us your booking information at [email protected]

    If you want to talk to someone, you can call us toll free on:

    • 0800 545 000 from New Zealand
    • 1800 129 102 from Australia
    • +64 9 254 4397 from any other international country
  • What is the age/condition of Ezi Car Rental cars?

    We have a a large fleet of rental cars with mostly latest model 2019-2020 vehicles.

    Ezi Car Rental’s small and medium cars offer great value for money for travelers who are budget conscious, but still want a comfortable, late model vehicle with all the benefits. This includes 24 hour Roadside Assistance, unlimited kilometers, two drivers included in the base hire cost, and unrivaled depot locations.

    You can be assured that all vehicles are meticulously maintained, groomed and of the highest quality.

  • How do I pay for my rental car?

    When booking with Ezi Car Rental, you don’t have to pay anything up front. However please give us a call or email us if you’d like to do so.

    Please note that we do NOT accept Cash as a form of payment.

    We accept:

    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • American Express
    • Credit cards
    • Debit cards

    These cards must show the main driver's name, signature and card number, with the applicable logo. Cash, prepaid and reloadable debit cards, gift cards and Travel cards, are NOT accepted for payment or to use as a bond for security purposes. 

    A credit card transaction fee of 2.2% for Mastercard and Visa and 4% for American Express applies to the total rental charges including GST (but excluding any Airport and Ferry fees and the GST on these fees) where a credit card is used for payment.

    A minimum pre-authorisation of $400* is required as security on all Mastercard and Visa debit card payments. All holds on debit cards funds are released upon return of the rental car if no damage or fees are owing on the hire. It can take up to 7 working days for your bank to operate the release. Please note this is a hold on a credit card meaning it doesn't show as a transaction on your statement. 

    *The pre-authorisation may differ depending on vehicle type.

    ** Transfercar payment options and Terms and Conditions differ from Ezi, please see the Transfercar website for more details.

  • How do I collect my vehicle?

    Please note that all reservation confirmations contain full vehicle pick up information.

    Click here to find out more about how to collect your Ezi Car Rental vehicle.

  • Am I covered in the unlikely event of a breakdown?

    Should you encounter any problems during your hire with us, please call us first on

    0800 545 000 (free from a public telephone).

    Ezi Car Rental can provide you with all the help and assistance you need if anything should go wrong while out on the road.

    All our rates include: 24 hour First Assistance.

    Mechanical problems

    All mechanical breakdowns are covered by First Assistance. This includes engine faults, cooling systems, electrical faults and vehicle recovery.

    Non-Mechanical/Driver at fault

    All call outs diagnosed as a non-mechanical breakdown at the time of the initial call, will incur a call out fee.

    This includes flat batteries (caused by accessories left on such as lights and doors not closed), wheels and tyres, lost keys, if you get locked out of your car or run out of fuel.

  • What accessories are available from Ezi Car Rental ?

    The following accessories or extras are available and can either be pre-booked online or purchased at pick up:

    • Baby and booster seats
    • GPS navigation
    • Ski racks (selected locations)
    • Snow chains (selected locations)
  • How do I install the baby and booster seats?

    The manuals, which include installation details for the baby and booster seats are found below:

    Evenflo AMP Booster Car Seat

    The Evenflo AMP Booster seat is recommended for children aged four years and above.

     Weight:  13.6 - 49.8 kg

     Height: 102-145 cm

     Age: at least 4 years of age

     Fit: Top of child's ears are at or below the top of the child restraint.


    Evenflo Tribute Convertible Car Seat

    The Evenflo Tribute Baby Seat is both rear and forward facing and is recommended for infants up to toddlers weighing under 18kg.


     Weight: 2.3 - 18 kg

     Height: 48 - 94 cm

     Fit: Top of child’s head is at least 2.5cm below the top of the child restraint seat back.



     Weight: 10 - 18.0 kg

     Height: 71–102 cm

     Age: At least two years of age

     Fit: The top of the child’s ears are at or below the top of child restraint seat back.

  • Do I have to rent snow chains in Winter?

    Snow chains can be an absolute essential when traveling in New Zealand during the winter months. As a result of motor vehicles being caught without chains in sudden snowfalls over winter in the Queenstown Lakes District and Milford Sound, a bylaw has been introduced.

    The bylaw states, "At the direction of an enforcement officer or authorised officer, the driver of any vehicle may be required to fit snow chains to such vehicle on any road, and no person shall drive, or direct or allow such vehicle to be driven without such snow chains fitted."

    Please be aware of this bylaw if you are going to be travelling in these areas during the winter period.

    Non-compliance will result in a $150 fine for Queenstown Lakes District and $750 for Milford Sound.

    Snow chains can be added for as little as $10 a day, up to a maximum of $40 per hire.

  • How to fit snow chains the easy way

    This video from Cardrona Alpine Resort shows you how to fit them:

  • Are there any roads I cannot drive on?

    You can drive Ezi Car Rental cars on any road except:

    • Tasman Valley Road - also known as the Ball Hut access road (Aoraki/Mt Cook)
    • Skippers Canyon Road (Queenstown)
    • Ninety Mile Beach (Northland)
    • Any roads north of Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula

    These roads are not part of normal touring routes and you will not be insured if you drive on these roads, or drive on any beaches or take part in any off road driving at any time during your hire.


Definitely can recommend this car rental. Everything was quick, smooth, the provided car was exactly as promised during the booking and there were no unexpected charges. Online communication was perfect: Ezi contacted me in advance to make sure I have everything in place for my trip and also I was able to alter my booking without any problems.

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