FAQ - Coach


Which Drivers Licence shall I hold to drive the Coach 19 seater?
  • Drivers must be over 21 years old and hold a Full Class 1 NZ Drivers Licence for a minimum of 3 years (Australian and UK DL also accepted)
  • If the driver is intending to be rewarded (paid) for driving the passengers then a "PSL" (Passenger Service Licence) and a "P" (Passenger Endorsement) are required.
  • To tow a trailer with this vehicle an NZ Class 2 licence is required
Do you charge for mileage on Coach hires?
Unlimited KM option (Reasonable usage applies - allowance of 400kms per day - If the total kms travelled exceed the allowance, the extra kms will be charged at $0.25 per km)

How much luggage can the Coach accommodate?

Some vehicle models can accommodate 8 to 10 medium/large bags. Some will have storage space under the seats and overhead compartment and it can accommodate small soft bags. Please check with our customer service team for specifications.

What are my options if I need to take more luggage than the vehicle can accommodate?

We would suggest you take our luggage shuttle trailer. Please note: To tow a trailer with this vehicle a NZ Class 2 licence is required

Do you charge a bond for your vehicles?

When securing a reservation with a credit card:
We do not charge a bond provided the hire is secured or paid for by credit card and one of the following insurance covers is bought: Silver, Gold & Platinum. If you decide to buy the Bronze insurance cover, a bond of $250 will be required at the start of your hire. This bond can be paid by cash, Eftpos or debit card.

When securing a reservation with cash, EFTPOS or debit card:

If you are unable to provide a credit card, you can secure your reservation by cash, EFTPOS or debit card. You will be required to purchase our Platinum Insurance Cover and a bond of $250 will apply. This bond can be paid by cash, Eftpos or debit card.

Where can I find information about your insurance options?

If you wish to look at our insurance table please click here

Do I need to put a deposit on my booking?

We require a 50% deposit on all bookings from 01 May to 30 September. This is paid at the time of booking to secure your reservation. If you would prefer to pay in full for your hire at the time of booking please advise our Reservations Team by phone or email.  From 01 October to 30 April full payment is required on all bookings in peak season.

Some classes of vehicles including tail-lift trucks and minibuses require 100% deposit at the time of booking to secure your reservation

Can I smoke in the vehicle?

For the comfort of all our customers, we encourage no smoking in our vehicles. A minimum cleaning fee of $100 will be charged.

Do I need to refuel the vehicle?

Yes. You are responsible to pay for all petrol or diesel used in the vehicle during the period. You are also required to refuel the vehicle immediately prior to return. It is useful to maintain receipts to avoid refuelling charges.

What do I need when I collect my vehicle?

When you come to collect your vehicle you will need a valid, full Driver’s Licence in English and a Credit Card for payment (credit card holder must be present)

Can I extend my hire?

Yes, however, this will depend on availability. We cannot guarantee any extension but will do our best to accommodate your request.

Can I drive off-road or on the beach?

Do not drive our vehicles off road or onto any New Zealand beaches. A minimum penalty of $2,000 may apply.

Can I return my vehicle early? Will I receive a refund?

You can return your vehicle/trailer earlier than the stated end date/time on your contract, however, we will not process a refund for the unused days/hours.

If I cancel my hire after booking what are the procedures?
We have a set of principal cancellation rules that apply to our business:
  • If cancelled up to 14 days prior to pick up – No Fee
  • If cancelled up to 7 days prior to pick up – 25% of Total Rental
  • If cancelled 6 to 1 day prior to pick up – 50% of Total Rental
  • If cancelled on the day of pick up or no show – 100% of Total Rental
  • If a vehicle or trailer is returned early for any reason whatsoever – No refund applies
  • If a 50% deposit has been charged to a credit card over our summer season period (01 October to 30 April), if cancelled within any given timeframe and for any reason whatsoever – No refund applies

What do I do if I have an accident?

If you are in the unfortunate event of an accident with your rental vehicle and a third party we will ask that you do not admit liability in any circumstance. If you are unsure always obtain a police report that will help our insurance company to gauge who was at fault. We also ask you to complete an Accident Form which can be found in the vehicles glove box. This will prompt you to ask the correct questions and to gather the relevant information we need to make a claim on your behalf. All accidents must be reported to a Hireace representative the day it happens. You will also have to complete an insurance form with a representative at one of our branches. We do not guarantee to replace the vehicle if you are liable for the accident.

What should I do if the vehicle has a breakdown?

All of our vehicles are covered by the Automobile Association (AA) 24-hour roadside assistance service for any vehicle-related breakdowns. In the event that you need roadside assistance, please call the AA free phone number 0800 734 543. Please give them your vehicle registration plate number and provide directions to help them locate you.
If the AA is unable to assist you, please contact us on 0800 00 11 22.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: For non-mechanical (driver error) callouts, you will need to pay the applicable fee directly to the AA prior to their attendance.

Mechanical breakdowns covered by the AA Roadside Assistance service include the following:
  • Engine faults
  • Electrical faults
  • Cooling system
  • Vehicle recovery
For all Non-Mechanical breakdowns, the Automobile Association will charge you the relevant call-out fees. Non-mechanical breakdowns include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Running out of fuel
  • Refilling the vehicle with the incorrect fuel (i.e. putting diesel in instead of petrol)
  • Damage to wheels and/or tyres
  • Losing the keys or locking them inside the vehicle
  • Having a flat battery due to the ignition or lights being left on
  • A breakdown as a result of damage caused in an accident, including salvage

What are your blackouts days?

We are closed on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Anzac day open from 1pm

Can I drive on a Restricted Licence?

Unfortunately, we don't rent vehicles on a Restricted Licence

Is a child seat available for hire?

Yes, you can select it during the booking process or request over the phone - By NZ road rules, children must be secure in an approved child restraint (click here for more info)

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