We arrive in Auckland ~ 23rd october for 5 weeks and plan to drive through both islands, subsequently departing Christchurch. Our conundrum at the moment is do we prebook our car hire (probably on the net) and have peace of mind knowing that it is all arranged, or do we do what a collegue of mine suggests and wait until we arrive and book it cheaper from say an advertisement on a hostel notice board. We will be a few days in Auckland and should have the time to do this if responses (if any!) are favourable.
Thanks in advance