Tour the fabulous South Island of New Zealand in a Mazda MX5 convertible coupe, enjoy the clean air and see the great scenery in the best way possible.

It's time to plan your trip and enjoy the roads of the gorgeous South Island (and North Island if you have the time). Please feel free to ask for routes, ideas and information.

MX5 Rentals Ltd is a New Zealand owned and operated company operating out of Christchurch specialising in hiring out these great sports cars, offering you the experience of touring our beautiful country in a quick, economical and reliable two seater sports coupe at a reasonable cost.

Our rental 1.8 and 2.0 litre Mazda MX5 Roadsters (Miata in the USA, Mazda Roadster in Japan) provide a comfortable open air experience, similar to motorcycle touring but without the helmet, extra clothing and windchill factor.
If you are just visiting New Zealand for the first time, on your honeymoon or a seasoned MX5 owner the Mazda MX5's are a great touring car and a pleasure to drive.

We now have available:
Mark 2 (or NB to the enthusiast) Mazda MX5 with 1.8 litre motor and 6 speed manual gearbox
Mark 3 (or NC) newer, faster and more luxurious current model MX5 with 2 litre motor and 5 speed manual.

NC MX5 above Akaroa Harbour

Open air motoring at a reasonable cost

In New Zealand's summer the weather is normally excellent but on the cool days or if rain threatens, just lift the the weather-proof roof and clip it into place in less than 20 seconds. Continue on your way in warmth and comfort!
All cars are also fitted with radio and CD player with a lead for your ipod or mp3, a good heater, air conditioning and SRS twin airbags.

Planning suggestions
If you are planning your holiday in the South Island and want to cover the southern highlights like the Southern Lakes, Wanaka and Queenstown, we suggest flying in to Christchurch (reliable, all weather airport) where you can pick up your MX5 and start your break with a day or two to look around Christchurch, perhaps take a day trip to Akaroa, then head south, taking the more quieter, scenic route along the edge of the foothills through Darfield and Staveley to Geraldine and on to Fairlie and Tekapo. Take the next few days to enjoy the great lakes, mountains and roads through to Queenstown. When time presses move westward via the Haast Pass to travel north on H6, stopping for the glaciers and enjoying fabulous Westland and the National Park. If you don't have time to explore further north turn right after Hokitika to return to Christchurch via the scenic Arthurs Pass, only a 3 hours drive. If more time is available continue north up the beautiful West Coast to the Nelson area and return down the unforgettable Kaikoura coast. But then you must drive the mountain passes too. So much to see! So little time!

Fabulous views and curvy roads
Roads here in New Zealand are generally well made and have relatively little traffic, especially in the South Island, making the agile Mazda a good choice for holiday travel. The superb New Zealand scenery looks even better on a warm, blue-sky summer day from an open-top MX5: the experience will enhance your holiday travel.

Touring in a group with friends and sharing the experiences is a great way to see the South Island. Please contact us well ahead to ensure bookings for multiple vehicles. We can offer up to 12 MX5's.

Free Christchurch airport delivery/drop-off, NZ touring atlas and accommodation guides.

kaikoura coastline

What our clients have to say......

Hi Ron, Thanks again for such smooth organisation of the car hire. We had a great time and hope to do it again before too long. Warmest regards, Phil and Moira

All in all we had a great time driving in NZ and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone (in a 5 of course!). I would say that the roads in the South Island are MX-5 Nirvana! -

It was a fantastic experience and I will have great things to say about MX5 Rentals to anyone traveling to to New Zealand and the South Island. The trips success was due to the car ability to make the most of the environment - as well as the company and scenery. I look forward to using you again. - Jonathan, Sydney.
More client photos and comments

Click for a small selection of our favourite NZ roads........



Mazda Mark 3 NC at Bealey bridge, Highway 73

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Mazda Mark 3 NC




  • Excess Reduction insurance available .
  • Free Christchurch airport or hotel pick up and drop off
  • No rental company signage so you will not stand out as tourists.
  • NZ wide 24 hr AA Breakdown Cover
  • NZ touring maps and guides in each car
  • Drivers preferd to be at least 25 years of age.



Remember - the journey is more important than the destination!