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Welcome to RentAClassic

European Sports and Convertible Car Hire and Tours, Nelson & Christchurch, New Zealand.

Drive Something Different...

Book your Classic Car adventure today.

Our customers & cars speak for themselves

"Fantastic experience - the only difficulty was handing the keys back!"

Nicholas, NZ
Jaguar XK8

"Well, if you want a bit of fun touring around don't hire a standard car, try a classic."

Geoff, UK
Saab 9-3 convertible

"...made our trip so much more memorable, the car was a dream to drive..."

Tony, Australia

"I'm a mechanic by trade, and couldn't fault this car."

Paul, Australia
Mercedes SLK

"She looked and drove beautifully and was 100% reliable."

Simon, UK
1975 Alfa Spider

"We had an awesome day….. my husband just loved it !!!! And so did I !!!!"                                     

Valerie, NZ

Let the adventure begin...

An extraordinary country deserves a very special hire car. Rent a classic or modern luxury sports and convertible car from our Nelson or Christchurch bases and experience the joys of travel through our stunning South Island scenery with uncrowded roads and gorgeously sunny climate. We now offer pickups from Picton Ferry or drop offs at Queenstown for hires of over 5 days.



Our Cars

Check out our wheels. We’ve got enough to go around for everyone.

From Nelson

Right car, wrong location? We can relocate for hires of 5 days or more.

From Christchurch

Get the full low down on all our vehicles. From specs, to space to drive-ability.

Why rent a classic from RentAClassic?

Just because you can…drive something different that is.  Very few places in the world offer these sort of cars for hire so why not indulge yourself in a rather exclusive treat on some of the world’s best driving roads. And our characterful cars certainly create some wonderfully memorable experiences, as our customers can affirm.

“A master GT, what a great way to see the country, we had an awesome trip and the Jag was amazing.”

“What a fantastic car for our South Island Road Trip! It has made the long drives more fun and being able to drive some of the coastal roads with the top down will be an unforgettable experience.”

An extraordinarily beautiful region deserves an extraordinary hire car. You could hire an ordinary modern hatchback, but where’s the joy in that? On a self drive holiday, your hire car is second only to your accommodation as the place you’ll spend most time in, so choose it well. All our cars are presented and maintained to a high standard, as we drive our loved ones round in them too!

Classic Car Touring - we Escort, you Spider, Jaguar, MG...

Driving multiple iconic cars + stunning scenery + amazing roads + delightful places + premium hotels = the ideal grown up Road Trip.

Take a look at some of our escorted Classic Car Tours to get you started on your luxury get away now.

'Swap n Go' Road Trips

1 or more Days, up to 5 Cars & 12 Companions, unlimited fun! Share the delights as well as the cars while we escort you on superb drives to beautiful locations around our wonderful South Island.

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Come Tour with us…

Share the Joy...

Hire cars with character for your self drive holiday, vineyard tour, getaway weekend, making an entrance, a present they’ll remember long after the day….or just pure self indulgent adventure. These cars are made to escape from the ordinary, to live a little, to have fun – isn’t that an experience worth sharing?

Our Very Happy Customers

Driving their Dream!

"Girls roadie to Brunner. Fabulous weather, fab cars, hood down both ways, fur coats perfect! Loved it!"

Julie, NZ
Mercedes SLK

"See the wonderful South Island in a beautiful car. What an absolute joy! We'll be back." 'There's no sensation to compare with this. Suspended animation, a state of bliss.' (circa Pink Floyd 1996)

Ron, Australia
Jaguar XK8

"What a car!! Have had a fantastic 3 days cruising through the spectacular South Isle. Nelson - Greymouth via Arthurs Pass and up the West Coast home to Nelson. MG didn't miss a beat; would love to take it home with me to AUSTRALIA! Thanks Stephen!"                                                                                              

Barry, Australia

"What a brilliant drive - just one day of typical downpour over Arthurs Pass, (stayed totally dry!). Exceeded my high expectations - only way to see the South Island. Return after 25 years - still empty, curving, beautiful roads...."

David, UK
Saab 9-3

"A wonderful 2 week trip around the South Island - the car was a joy - perfect for the open roads of NZ! Mountains were higher, valleys deeper, skies bluer - all because of the wonderful Saab convertible. Stephen was fantastic to deal with - kind and thoughtful!"

Piers, UK
Saab 9-3

"This little car made our week! Touring wine country with the top down and just eating up the mountain roads - excellent fun! Thanks Stephen for your help."

Dominic, Australia
Mercedes SLK

"What a fantastic car for our South Island Road Trip! It has made the long drives more fun and being able to drive some of the coastal roads with the top down will be an unforgettable experience."

William, Hong Kong
Mercedes SLK

"A true gent a master GT what a great way to see the country, thank you. We had an awesome trip and the jag was amazing a true GT. I can't recommend your service more highly."

Patric, UK
Jaguar XK8

"Great weekend away to celebrate our engagement. Not sure if she said yes because of the ring or the car….We will be back."

Richard, NZ

"Perfect roof down weather and very hard to wipe the smile off our faces. The Saab's a beaut."   

Andy, NZ
Saab 9-3

"Lively, responsive and corners beautifully, just point and go. What a wonderful drive. After 4 days I just wanted to keep on going. A real pleasure, Thank You!"

Laurence, London UK
Alfa Spider V6

"What a stunning vehicle! Perfect on a stunning Nelson day with the top down. A must do for all car and nature lovers."

Tony, Auckland NZ
Alfa Spider V6

"An absolute dream to drive, best fun on four wheels!"

Sarah Tauranga, NZ
Alfa Spider V6

Tailor made for your Special Day...or holiday...or any number of days....!

We love hearing our customers share their stories about the squeals of delight from the surprise present, a first date, their wedding, honeymoon, holiday or anniversaries, and the many discussions they get into with folk about the cars as they tour. All our cars are maintained to  high standards, owned either by us or partnering individuals. One lady who rode in the Saab convertible liked it so much, she went out and bought one! So why not make your driving experience almost as memorable as the stunning land you’ll journey through?

All our prices include comprehensive insurance, unlimited km and roadside assistance across both islands, and a personal familiarisation session and documentation for your chosen car.

Need Inspiration?

Check out our TravelBlogue to get the latest on the must-do destinations…
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Many routes from 2 branches - Christchurch or Nelson

The Nelson region is ideal for convertible top down driving on surprisingly uncrowded roads, being one of the most consistently sunny places in New Zealand. Even when it’s not, you’ll still stay super snug and dry in all our cars. And with luxury sports and convertible car hire from Christchurch as well, you can easily take the fun right round the whole of the fantastic South Island.

The South Island is blessed with majestic, ever-changing scenery and roads that go for miles and miles ….and miles! Our bases located within 10 minutes of two of the busiest airports in New Zealand, are ideally situated to give some of the best scenic tour start and finish points. And for hires of over 5 days, that can now also include pick ups from Picton Ferry, or drop offs at Queenstown.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.

 – ST AUGUSTINE, Philosopher

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