With summer just around the corner and New Zealand moving to a traffic light system that will allow us all to once again get out and explore our beautiful country, it’s time to start planning those summer getaways.

Whilst picking a destination, booking your flights, and finding accommodation are usually at the top of the list, picking an awesome rental car is also a big part of organising your summer holiday.

At GO, we have a large fleet of new and nearly new rental cars to suit all trips – from the big family roadie to a romantic weekend away for two.

One of the most popular categories of rental car here in New Zealand is the 4×4, especially in the South Island.

4×4 rental cars are perfect for exploring the winding and often hilly roads of both the South and the North Island. Not only do they pack a punch when it comes to powering up the hills, but they also have plenty of room for the whole family or a bunch of mates as well as all your luggage.

4×4 rental cars are also super-safe. We have five in our fleet, and all have the highest 5-star ANCAP safety rating making them an awesome choice when you rent a car this summer.

Whether you are looking to rent a 4×4 in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown or Dunedin, we’ve got you covered.

If you are looking to rent a 4×4 in New Zealand this summer, make sure you check out our fleet of five amazing 4×4 rental cars below and book yours today.

Toyota Rav4 AWD

Toyota Rav4 4x4

The first car in our 4×4 lineup is the tried and tested Toyota Rav4. The Rav4 has become one of New Zealand’s most popular rental cars full stop and is one of the best 4x4s for exploring New Zealand. The Rav4 is a 5-seater that can handle three large bags and a further four small bags making it perfect for family roadies.

It features a 2.5L petrol engine which will give you plenty of grunt for those hilly roads. The Rav4 has some great features that include:

>> All Wheel Drive

>> Reversing Camera

>> 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

>> Cruise Control

The Rav4 is a great choice if you are looking for a 4×4 on a budget as these are the oldest of our 4×4 rental cars on the fleet.

Find out more about the Toyota Rav4 and book yours today.

Ford Everest Titanium


Ford Everest Titanium 4x4

One of the newest additions to the GO Rentals fleet, the Ford Everest Titanium is the perfect combination of luxury and capability. It’s also super flexible with the option to change the seating configuration from five to seven seats when you need it.

Everest’s technology inside and out puts you in control of every moment. Voice-activated tech and FordPass Connect give you more connectivity in your car than ever before.

The Ford Everest Titanium has a 2.0L diesel engine and has the capacity for four large bags and six smaller bags depending on how you configure the seats of course. The Ford Everest Titanium in the GO fleet is the latest model and is packed full of features including:

>> 7 Seater Configuration (optional)

>> 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

>> Adaptive Cruise Control

>> Bluetooth Audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

>> Blind Spot Monitoring

Perfect for big families or a bunch of mates heading on a summer roadie, the all-new Ford Everest Titanium is an awesome 4×4 rental for exploring New Zealand.

Find out more about the Ford Everest Titanium and book yours today.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4×4

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4x4

The Ford Ranger is one of New Zealand’s most popular cars. In 2020, Autocar revealed that the Ford Ranger was the most popular car registered in NZ that year and the Wildtrak is a car that is not only impressive to look at, but also comes packed with a bunch of features and accessories that will make you forget you are driving a powerful pickup and feel more like you are driving a luxury car.

According to a WhichCar review, “With power, comfort and functionality to spare, this vehicle would happily serve tradies, serious adventurers, weekend warriors, young parents and grey nomads alike.”

This makes the Wildtrak the perfect car for exploring the roads of New Zealand. With a 3.2L diesel engine, the Wildtrak is the most powerful 4×4 in the GO Rentals fleet and has the space for six large bags and a further four small bags. As you would imagine, the Wildtrak is packed full of features including:

>> Towbar

>> 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

>> Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

>> Adaptive Cruise Control

>> Non-Removable Hard Lid

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak in the GO Rentals fleet is the latest model and offer lots of versatility no matter where you are heading in New Zealand.

Find out more about the Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4×4 and book yours today.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 4x4

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a large and very capable SUV that can take your family and friends anywhere in safety. The Pajero Sport features a 2.4L turbo diesel engine, an 8-speed automatic gearbox with sport mode and the option to expand the seating configuration to seven seats.

In a Stuff review, they described the Pajero Sport as, “Comfortable and refined for a ladder-chassis SUV, impressive transmission, high levels of tech and equipment.

They went on to say, “Mitsubishi has gone full ‘Beast mode’ on the Pajero Sport for 2020”.

The Pajero Sport is one of the most fuel-efficient 4×4 rental cars in our fleet along with the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, with a fuel economy of 8L/100km so you can get the most out of your 4×4 rental when you are exploring our beautiful country this summer.

As you would expect, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is packed full of features including:

>> 7 Seater Configuration (optional)

>> 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

>> Adaptive Cruise Control

>> Blind Spot Monitoring

>> 360° View Monitor

The 8-inch touchscreen display can be used to play music, make calls, check messages and read maps and can be activated using voice control for safety. The Pajero Sport is sure to be one of the most popular 4×4 rental cars in the fleet this year.

Find out more about the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and book yours today.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 4x4

Last but certainly not least in our fleet of 4×4 rental cars is the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. The Land Cruisers in our fleet are two years old and have been road-tested throughout New Zealand, passing every test with flying colours.

The Land Cruiser Prado features a powerful 2.8L diesel engine and a host of dynamic on and off-road technologies, making this a standout SUV. With comprehensive specification, technology, safety and convenience, this SUV is an all-rounder and impresses with creature comforts.

With plenty of room for four large bags and a further six small bags, the Land Cruiser Prado is a great family-sized SUV for exploring New Zealand, no matter who’s on board.

As you would expect, the Land Cruiser comes packed with features including:

>> 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating

>> Satellite Navigation

>> Front Seat Warmers

>> 2899cc Turbo Diesel

Whilst the seat warmers might not get much use in the summer months, the Land Cruiser has been a popular choice over the winter and the range of features packed into the Land Cruiser Prado will ensure it is another popular choice heading into the summer months.

Find out more about the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and book yours today.


If you are thinking about renting a 4×4 vehicle this summer to explore New Zealand, you are not short of options when you rent a car with GO Rentals. Talk to one of the team today if you are not sure about which 4×4 rental is going to be best for your summer roadie and the team will be more than happy to advise you further.

Happy road tripping.