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Why rent a classic car from RentAClassic?  Our Journey

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist and poet

RentAClassic Owner Stephen TannerI’m Stephen Tanner and I formed RentAClassic in 2012, six years after I came to visit New Zealand with my eldest son James. Ostensibly we were touring the country to see if it could fulfill a lifelong dream about relocating the family from the UK, but what a great excuse for a driving holiday too! The country and people exceeded our expectations but our rental car certainly didn’t. I couldn’t believe my choice was limited to driving such a boring blandmobile across such stunning surroundings and uncrowded roads. And so I decided if we did make it over, others should get the opportunity to enjoy some quality characterful cars that complemented the wonderful driving environment. And now we love hearing our customers share their stories…..and how much more they enjoyed their rental cars!

Helping drivers to Drive Alive

We all like to think we’re good drivers, but we can always learn to be better drivers, which in turn makes our roads safer and more enjoyable for all. So RentAClassic contributes to doing just that in our local community. I help out at the Open Road Driver Training scheme run by the Red Cross in Nelson, where we mentor newly arrived refugees to pass their driving test. Having a driving licence means they’ve got a far better chance of re-settling their families in the community and getting local employment. To date we’ve helped 4 guys to pass, and they only passed on 1 or 2 grey hairs to me!

I also host a live show on Fresh FM Community Radio called Drive Alive. Along with the show’s sponsor, Garry Dunns Driver Training School, we talk about roadcraft tips and techniques to help make us all better drivers, what are good and bad habits, road safety and our love hate relationships with cars. And we also play some pretty cool driving music along the lines of these best ever driving songs IMHO! Hear us every second Wednesday evening at 8pm on 104.8/107.2 FM in Nelson, 95.0 in Golden Bay or 88.9 in Blenheim, or download the podcasts from the website.

The journey is the reward.
Chinese proverb

Our Services

Escorted ‘Drive 5’ Day & Multi-day Tours

RentAClassic not only hire out premium sports and convertible cars that you get to drive, we can take you on guided day tours too. Our ‘Drive 5’ trips escort you round wonderful locations in the Top of the South Island, with you swapping between and getting to drive up to 5 different cars for the day! We go on set days or we can arrange custom dates for groups. Come and sample true motoring delights at   


Chauffeur Tours with Roam James

Would you rather be driven in one of our cars for a few hours, as a treat for an individual, or to arrive somewhere in style? We’re licensed to drive you in any of our cars.

Or want to tour in luxury on an itinerary lasting hours or weeks with 1 or 2 others, with a safe, friendly driver to look after you? We offer a chauffeur driven service in our majesterial Daimler Six limousine that’s just the right balance between classic style and modern safety with oodles of personality – find out more at


Self drive classic (and modern) sports and convertible car hire

RentAClassic aims to provide you with an experience you’ll remember for all the right reasons. Car rental doesn’t have to be boring or just a means of getting from A to B, the journey itself can be so much more. We only hire cars we love to own, and we look after them as if we were driving them ourselves because that’s indeed what we get a kick out of doing. And given my family depends on them as well, you can be sure they’re maintained to the highest standards. The 1972 MG BGT has been in the family for over 40 years, and is perhaps THE classic everyday British sports car. The 1999 Saab 9-3 convertible has been owned for far less but is a timeless and elegant design. Is the the Saab a true classic? Well maybe not by an age definition, but it does come from the last millennium and they sadly don’t make them anymore so that helps! Stephen Bayley well known UK design commentator noted Saabs had inimitable presence and that “Driving topless is one of life’s pleasures; enjoy the Saab Convertible while you can“.  The 2001 Alfa Spider V6 is the most modern of all but that shape was an instant classic – the headlights alone won design awards. Our definition is if it’s a car that’s characterful, different and desirable, it’s a classic, and on that count we think all our cars more hit the mark. Driving a car roofless involves all your senses, it makes you feel more a part of the world you’re journeying through – and what a glorious part of the world to feel part of…

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain, Author


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