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Compare Minibus And Minivan Rental Range 19/03/2017
Are you looking at hiring a minibus or minivan but are unsure which model you need? 7 seater? 19 seater? Petrol or diesel? With so many choices, it might be hard to know what to choose. Luckily, we can help you.

Selecting the minivan you need is entirely depending on your requirements and what you are looking to use the vehicle for. Do you need space for more passengers or would you rather more space for luggage? Are you looking to do long road trips or do you need it just around town? All these will dictate the choice you make when selecting your minivan.

So what options are available? The following vehicles are in our range:

7 Seat Minivan
Our 7 seat minivans are 2002/3 Mazda MPVs with 2300cc petrol motors and come in automatic transmission. These are recommended for 6 adults or 3 adults and 4 children. Whilst not overly generous, the boot space is big enough to store a couple of suitcases and the back seat has the ability to fold down the middle, giving you access to your suitcases from inside the minivan.

Our standard 8 seat minivans are 2000-20002 Toyota Estimas with twin side doors for easy access and a rear seat that moves to allow either extra luggage room or leg room. The luggage compartment has enough space to fit a couple of suitcases in it but is not a good option if you have a lot of luggage. This makes them ideal for small groups or a family heading for a trip or family event.

4WD Premium 8 Seater
Our range of 4WD premium 8 seater minivans are 2014 Ssangyong Stavic's 8 seat diesel people movers with hi-low 4WD. The 2.0L turbo diesel has plenty of power to get you where you need to go, off road and on.

10 Seater Minivan

Our 10 seater minivans are 2014-2016 Toyota Hiace petrol vans available in both automatic and manual transmission. All 10 seats have seat belts and there is enough space in the boot to fit a couple of overnight bags. This van comes with a tow bar, giving you an option of a luggage trailer for those who need extra space.  This is available for an extra $25 per day.

12 Seater Minivan
Our 12 seater minivan range includes the Ford Transit, Volkswagen Crafter, Toyota Hiace Jumbo and the new LDV vans. All models are 2010 and newer and are available in automatic and manual transmission. They are all equipped with air conditioning, airbags and all seats are belted. The rear cargo compartment is caged and allows a large amount of luggage to be stacked up to the roof if necessary.

Premium 14 Seater Minivan
Recently added to our fleet, the 2015 LDV 14 seater minivans are similar in size to the Ford Transit but have a high roof, giving you more space inside for moving around with ease. Each seat has an adjustable back. However, please not that with all seats in use, luggage space is compromised. So if you have a large amount of luggage, you may want to hire a luggage trailer.

17 Seater Minivan
Our newly added range of 17 seater minivans are the new model Ford Transit. These feature seats that go all the way to the rear. While this is excellent for fitting more passengers, you will need to rent a luggage trailer if you are intending to transport luggage.

19 Seater Minibus
Our 19 seater minibus is the Toyota Coaster and is an ideal vehicle for those looking to travel together with a large group. As with most of these types of vehicles, the luggage space is limited, with almost no on-board capacity. So it is recommended that you hire a luggage trailer if you have luggage to take with you. We currently only have one of these in our range and it is manual.

If you are looking to hire a minivan, we have no doubt that one of these minivans will suit your requirements. All of them can be book through our website along with any extras you may require.  So get in gear and book yours today!
Effective Van Rentals For Trades, Families And More! 01/03/2017
If you’re looking for a cheap, reliable, and spacious van for hire in Auckland, look no further than James Blond Ltd.
We have been one of Auckland’s leading choices for van rental options since 2004 and with a range of commercial Vans we have something to suit almost any requirement. We offer the best value van rental Auckland wide.
Whether you have new whitegoods that need picking up, your business has stock to transport, or you just want a vehicle with the space to move your furniture, our rental vans will get the job done.Our rental vans will allow you to move with ease, without relying on external companies or relatives. Load up one of our large vans with all your belongings and make the process a breeze. 

If it is people you are needing to transport and not goods then, renting a van is the ideal solution. Arranging travel for a sports group or family and friends can be overwhelming, but James Blond can offer you a great value hire van to suit your needs.

Our rental vans also can provide businesses with cost-effective, convenient and flexible vehicle solutions. Our vehicles can be used to supplement your fleet, or as an alternative for buying or leasing. Our fleet is available for daily, weekly and monthly rentals.
It is important to assess your needs correctly and our best advice is to go for the perfect sized van that will suit your needs. We have a wide variety of shapes, sizes and models to choose from which makes allocating one to your specific needs an easy process.
Your options with James Blond Ltd are wide – we have Standard Vans, Rear Seat Vans and Jumbo Vans.
Our Standard Vans are all 2006 or newer Toyota Hiace models.  Our petrol vans are all twin side door vans and are available as either manual or automatic. As the Automatic models are most popular – make sure you choose this transmission in your booking if required. These rental vans are simple and easy to drive with 3 seats across the front. Almost all of our rental vans are fitted with air conditioning to help keep you cool on a hot day or keep the van from fogging up in the winter.

In terms of load capacity our standard rental vans are 2.8 metres from the back of the front seats to the rear of the rental van with the width around 1.4 metres and the height around 1.5metres. This means that if you are wanting to carry a queen size bed in the van it will not fit unless the mattress is flexible and the base is able to be broken down. You can carry a fridge in your rental van although if you transport it on its side you should stand it for about 30mins before switching back on.

Our Rear Seat Vans are a good option for those of you who need to carry both a bit of stuff and more than three passengers. We have some current shape Toyota Hiace vans that have a rear seat fitted giving you seating for 5 or 6 in comfort but still allowing 2 metres of clear space behind the rear seat to the back door for whatever you may need to carry.

These vans are fitted with air-conditioning to make for a comfortable drive and have tie hooks in the rear if you need to secure your load. Numbers in this class are limited so an early booking would be recommended especially for events such as the round Taupo cycle ride where we have had a number of teams use one of our vans as a support vehicle.
Our Jumbo Vans give you extra space above and beyond the Rear Seat vans and are a great option if you don’t want to drive a truck.We have a couple of 2011 twin door Ford Transit jumbo vans with interior dimensions of 1900mm high 1600mm wide and 3300mm long. This gives a capacity of around 10 cubic metres. This means our Jumbo Vans have as much space as our smaller trucks.

We have also now added a 2012 Fiat Ducato auto and this has a slightly larger capacity of 12 cubic metres. As we currently only have one of these – booking are essential.
Our Jumbo Vans have tie hooks in the floor so you can strap down the bulkiest load and the power and performance of a turbo diesel engine which provides more than enough power to transport the heaviest item.
Once you have chosen the rental van for your requirements you will find that we have upfront pricing.

Your total van hire costs will include:
  • Your daily/weekly hire charge: This is calculated as a cost per day figure. Because this rate lowers the longer you hire your van, it’s worthwhile to check the cost difference between renting for the exact amount of time you think you’ll need the van, and giving yourself a few days’ lee way.
  • Distance charge: Unlimited kms.
  • Insurance:standard insurance excess of $2000
  • Bond: We take a refundable bond on all rentals with a $200 refundable payable on all of our commercial, minibus and older rental cars but all premium cars have a $500 refundable bond..
  • GST
Over the years James Blond Ltd have developed a fleet that includes over 17 current shape Toyota Hiace vans available in both petrol and diesel. 
We are constantly looking to improve our fleet and add new models and different styles of vehicle so if we don’t have what you need - give us a call and discuss your requirements with our staff and we will do our best to work out something.
If you are needing to transport items across Cooks Strait (from the North Island to the South Island) you can take your James Blond Ltd rental van on the ferry to the South Island. In fact, we can offer you a wholesale rate on your crossing should you wish.
If a van is not going to give you sufficient capacity check out our large range of trucks.
No matter what your requirement is we are certain that James Blond Ltd can help you with the right type of rental van for your needs.

Vans, more vans, lots of vans! 06/02/2017
When you’re in the need to move groups of people from point A to point B a standard car is simply not going to cut it. Your best solution is to hire a People Mover, Minibus, Van or Family Van. This is where James Blond Ltd stands apart from other vehicle rental companies in New Zealand. We can cover all of your vehicle hiring needs and boast one of the widest ranges of rental people movers, minibuses, and vans in Auckland.

No matter if you need transport for your family, work, church or social event - James Blond Ltd have 6,7,8,10,11, 12 and now 19 seat options in both manual and automatic transmissions for hire.  Hire one, hire two – in fact, we can assist with transporting up to 350 passengers via people movers, minibus, or van rental.

Our range will suit all budgets and you can select from standard or premium vans. You can either control your costs or travel in a bit of luxury.

All of our premium fleet are guaranteed to be less than 4 years old at the time you rent them and so these are covered by the factory warranty. Our older models are covered by our roadside assistance program.

What kind of selection is available at James Blond Ltd if you are looking for a larger vehicle? We have 7 Seat People Movers, 8 Seat Family Vans, 10-12 & 14 seat minibuses, and even 19 seat minibuses.

Our 7 seat People Mover range are 2002/3 Mazda MPV's. These are 2300cc petrol and whilst they have 7 seat belts are recommended for a maximum of 6 adults as the seating configuration with a very small bench seat in the rear for three passengers would be uncomfortable on a longer journey but these vehicles will accommodate four adults and three children quite comfortably Whilst these vans are not over generous in the luggage department there is a well in the boot that gives it the capacity to store a couple of suitcases.

The configuration of seats in the middle could let you store excess baggage between the two middle seats without impacting too much on the available space in the van.

Our standard 8 seat minivans are 2000/1/2 Toyota Estima’s have twin side doors for easy access and a rear seat that moves to allow for a bit more luggage or leg room in the rear. They are ideal for a small group or family heading away on a trip or to a family event. They are however somewhat limited in overall luggage space and whilst fine if you are travelling with overnight bags there is not enough space for more than a couple of suitcases. 

This year we have added a couple of 2014 Ssangyong Stavic's 8 seat diesel people movers with hi low 4WD. They truly are “go anywhere” vehicles. With a 2.0litre turbo diesel engine there is plenty of power to get you and your friends wherever you need to go. Standard on demand 4wd helps you get out of the tightest situation should you find yourself in one!

Our 10 seat vans are 2014/16 Toyota Hiace petrol vans. These are available in either manual or automatic. All seats are fitted with seat belts for safety. As these vans are the standard long wheel base van rather than the jumbo version (the 12 seat minivans) cargo space is somewhat limited and best suited to a couple of overnight bags. We have fitted tow bars to most of them and a luggage trailer is available at $25 per day if required.

Our 12 seat minivans are a mix of Ford Transit, Volkswagen Crafter, Toyota Hiace Jumbo and the new LDV vans all are 2010 or newer. We have both manual and automatic available.

These vehicles are all equipped with air-conditioning and airbags and all seats are belted. The vans also have a cargo cage in the rear allowing for a large amount of luggage that can if needed be stacked to the roof. Some vans are also fitted with a tow bar and a luggage trailer is available for $25 per day if required. These vans are as big as you get on a car licence and have space to burn.

If you are needing a minivan but need more interior space – you should look at our 2015 LDV 14 seat minivans. These are a large van of a similar size to a Transit but with a higher roof meaning that it will take the tallest people with ease. Each person has their own comfortable seat with an adjustable back rest.

However even though this is a large van once you put all the seats in you do so to the detriment of luggage space, so if you hire this van you should be aware that there is almost no luggage space and if you are heading away as a group you may wish to select the luggage trailer as an option when booking.
These vans are the perfect option for tradies who might need to hire a vehicle to transport their tools, and items of trade for a period of time. The headspace inside (without the seats) allows for large items to be moved with ease.
The latest addition to our fleet is the 19 seat Toyota Coaster. It is ideal for people looking to take away a large group all in the one vehicle. This minibus can be driven on a car licence and offers you the chance to get all the "team" in one vehicle. We currently only have one of these and it is manual.

Outside of peak holiday periods you can hire our vehicles for periods as short as 24 hours. This is a perfect solution for you if you are wanting a larger vehicle to transport people or items for a short period of time.
If you are wanting a long term hire – check out our rates. You are sure to find they are highly competitive in the Auckland market and may even be the best to be found.

James Blond Ltd will have a People Mover, Van, or Minibus to suit your needs. All of our vehicles can be delivered to Auckland Airport, your hotel, your motel or you can collect from our premises. All of our people mover, van and minibus rentals include unlimited mileage, GST and standard insurance. We are also one of the few companies that gives you the chance to reduce your insurance excess down to zero.
Ssangyong Korando AWD - SUV's are in demand 11/12/2016
Choosing a vehicle to rent can be a daunting task – especially if you feel you aren’t all that clued up on what all the fancy names mean. James Blond Ltd have a superb array of rental vehicles to choose from and will definitely have a style to suit your requirements.

One of our most popular choices for our customers has been the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) SUV rental range and due to the demand received for these we have now added a number of them to our fleet.
We have chosen the 2016 Ssangyong Korando, petrol automatic which has a higher specification level than the 2wd model. If you are going south or heading for the snow these have 18 inch wheels and heated leather seats. You’ll be surprised at what kind of a difference having a warm backside makes on a long, otherwise cold journey!
All-Wheel Drives have some similarities to a 4WD system but there's no question that AWD improves traction. If you are needing a vehicle for a trip to the mountains for skiing – this is a great safety feature to have. The reason an AWD has this ability is that it allows all four wheels to spin, which can be helpful if two of them are on a slick or slippery surface.
So why choose the Ssangyong Korando? Unlike some other AWD SUVs the Korando can cope with the demands of an equipment heavy road tip. It has large storage bins, reach and rake adjustment for the steering wheel and generous equipment levels. Korando’s offer decent leg and headroom for your rear passengers, and generous luggage space. Inside, it is huge and has most of its rivals beaten, with nearly 500 litres of luggage space with the seats up and 1,300 litres with them down.
Unusually for an SUV, you can fit three adults across the back bench. There’s plenty of leg and head room, and with no central lump in the floor the person in the middle won’t feel short-changed either.
All of the doors have storage bins, and the boot itself is a match for the best SUVs.

All Korandos come with front, side and window airbags, as well as a stability system that will help you to regain control of the car if it starts to skid, and a brake assist function that prevents you rolling backwards when performing a hill start.

No matter how big the interior of a vehicle is, if you are road tripping there is always extra items that you want or need to take with you. If this is you then we have roof rails for rent if required. These can easily expand the space you have if you rent a Ssangyong Korado from us.

Keep in mind that our rates on these vehicles include unlimited mileage, GST and standard insurance, so you can take the vehicle almost anywhere in NZ without the stress of mileage charges. You are even welcome to take the vehicle to the South Island and enjoy the sights down there as long as you return the vehicle to Auckland. This helps set James Blond apart from other rental companies.

When hiring through us you have the peace of mind that your vehicle is fully covered by the factory warranty roadside assistance and this is available 24/7 right throughout NZ.
Our SUVs offer plenty of flexibility with seating capacity, power, and luggage room. Whether you are going on a weekend family trip or exploring the countryside we are sure you will find our AWD Premium SUV’s ideal for your needs.
Airport Rentals Easy With James Blond 28/11/2016
Often arriving at an airport marks the beginning of your journey and not the end. Auckland provides you with many different options of car rental companies. On arrival in a new city, you are tired and eager to get out of the airport zone and out on the adventure that has brought you there. More often than not, though, rental car companies have slow and tedious processes that must be worked through in order to allow you to obtain a car to drive away with. It can be hours waiting for paperwork and dragging your luggage around with you.
James Blond Car Rental pride ourselves in being able to offer you, a traveller to Auckland, a user-friendly, efficient and very practical version of what other car hire companies require. Our system is professional and streamlined. This allows you to be processed promptly and get you on your way as quickly as possible. A number of our previous clients have commented that James Blond Ltd take all the stress away from arrival and departure at the airports.
We have one of the widest ranges of rental cars in Auckland -  from the cheapest economy car through to late model and brand new Toyota’s and an extensive range of SUV's – James Blond Ltd can cater for your travelling needs. If there are more than 5 of you travelling, then we can offer you our rental minivans which give you the choice of 6.7,8.10,12,14 or 19 seat minibuses. We even offer a 24-hour rental period if you are in Auckland just for 1 day – say a concert or special event (there are certain restrictions to this) which other companies do not do.
Please Note: All airport bookings must be a minimum of four days.
Whether you arrive at the Domestic terminal or the International terminal, James Blond car rental will get your trip off to a great start! Just get off the plane, into the shuttle, into your rental car and away you drive. At the end of your rental, you can simply pack your bags and drive to the airport whenever it suits you.
Arriving in Auckland
James Blond Airport Car Rental has an arrangement with Aeroparks - one of the leading Park and Ride services at Auckland Airport. When you arrive at either the Domestic or International Airports you will be met by one of Aeroparks shuttles no matter what time of the day or night you arrive. This service requires a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to ensure that we are able to meet your needs and also to transfer your vehicle to the airport for you. A one off fee of $35.00 is payable for this service. You will then be taken to their base and you will be given the keys to your rental car. Copies of your contracts and all breakdown information and your GPS unit (if ordered) will be in the glovebox of the car. 
To find the pickup point at the International Terminal: Turn left out of the customs hall, and exit the building through door 11 which is located at the far left hand corner of the International Terminal (between McDonalds and the i-site information centre) turn right and wait underneath the overhead clock for the shuttle. Download PDF here
To find the pickup point at the Domestic Terminal (if flying Air New Zealand) is located in the centre lane of the carpark/pick up and drop off point outside the terminal this lane is bordered by concrete barriers. Download PDF here 

To find the pickup point at the Domestic Terminal (if flying Jetstar) is located outside DOOR 7 of the Domestic terminal. Download PDF here
As Aeroparks operate as an agency of James Blond Car Rental, no payment is ever to be exchanged between you and Aeroparks. You will however need to show your ID to our agents before collecting your car. Questions can be answered by calling our office on 0800 525 663 from any phone during our business hours of 8am to 5pm 7 days a week. 
Leaving Auckland
If you thought collecting your rental car from James Blond Car Rental was easy at the Airports, dropping it off before you depart is even easier! Simply self-drive your car to our agents, Aeroparks, at 112 Pavillion Drive, Airport Oaks (click here for a map). You do need to ensure that the vehicle has a full tank of fuel and any accident damage, no matter how minor, has been reported to our agents. Once the car has been checked back into their system, Aeroparks, will transfer you to the airport. You should allow an extra 15 to 20 minutes prior to your expected check in time at the airport to ensure everything runs smoothly. 
So next time you are heading to Auckland, check out James Blond first for your car hire. Look at our testimonials and give us a go and see just how exceptional our service is!
Things to think about when renting a car 17/10/2016
For most of us there comes a time when we need to rent a car.  However, this isn’t as simple as signing a form and driving off. There are things you need to be aware of and questions you should ask the company before you drive away. 
Car Rental Check List

This is to avoid any confusion or unexpected bills at the end of your trip. Some questions are:
  • Do I take care of the insurance or does the car company?
  • Who pays for the fuel and when and how, eg is there a fuel card?
  • Where can I take the car? Can I drive to another country?
  • What happens if I have an accident?
  • Do I really need all the extras the company offers?

Some things to give more thought to or straight out avoid are:

Prepaid gas.  Companies like to make money and this is one way they are trying to get every dollar they can.  Unless you really won’t have time to refill the car, remember they will charge you for them having to refuel it. This only works out in your favour if you have real time constraints.  Otherwise, refuel it yourself.

Keep a look out for gas stations near the rental place, then fill up the car there on the way out and back.  This will save time and money.

Before signing up to car rental insurance check with your own personal insurance company.  Most companies will cover your rental car anyway so you don’t need an extra policy.

If your personal insurance company doesn’t cover the rental car, check if your credit card does.  If you pay with your credit card, normally that card will cover the insurance on it.

Loss of use insurance – If the car has been damaged and needs to be repaired your credit card may offer loss of use insurance.  Most insurance policies don’t cover this so it’s good to know most credit cards do.

Don’t be afraid to bargain, if they are low on cheaper rental cars or overall busy you may be able to get an upgrade at a cheaper cost.  Doesn’t hurt to ask right?

If you are already under a company such as AAA or an airline rewards scheme, check their websites first. A lot of reward programmes and certain companies have deals or offers on car rentals, so check there first.

Check your rental car properly before you leave the lot.  Take photos or a video of any damage, anything loose or questionable so that you don’t get stung for it when you get back.  Make sure they know about it, even better write it down and get them to sign it that you didn’t do it.

If you have to leave a car in a lot or somewhere for the company to pick up later, again take photos or a video of the car in the condition you left it.  If it is vandalised before the company collects it you may be blamed and have to pay.
If you rent a car oversees check on the details of taking the car across borders to other countries.

Make sure your insurance covers this and what the company says on the matter.

We hope this article makes renting a car a little more “safe” for you.
The advantages of an independent car rental company 29/08/2016
When you go to rent a car you may find a large number of companies, but did you know that most companies are owned by the same four major companies?  You see Avis owns Budget, Zipcar and Payless.  Hertz owns Dollar and Thrifty.  Enterprise owns Alamo and National. Advantage owns E-Z Rent-A-Car.  If, however you look beyond the big companies that own everything you will find more competition and more choices.  Independent car rental companies have the advantage of offering more customer care and are generally more flexible.  They get to care and support the customer rather than the shareholders.  Independent companies have more freedom as they don’t have to answer to one over-all company, it’s just the customer and them. 

Independent Car Rental
Pricing is another advantage, Independent companies have the freedom to do what they wish with pricing while the major companies have a set overall price.  Independent companies are local so they deal with local prices and local companies whereas major companies have to deal with the corporate side of things.  Because independent car rental companies only answer to themselves and their customers and don’t have to worry about the corporate side, the shareholders etc. they make the experience more personal.  They are able to care about the customer and their customer’s satisfaction.

James Blond Ltd is happily one of these independent car companies who pride themselves on happy customers.  We offer a wide range of top of the line vehicles.  We are the largest stand-alone rental company in Auckland.  We offer a pick-you-up and drop-you-off service from the airport or will even deliver your rental to your hotel.  We will have your rental ready for you no matter what time your flight lands, day or night.  We have regular deals and specials.  Give us a call today or fill out our online form.  With such a large range of cars we are sure to have what you want from our small vehicles to our 19 seater minibus, to our trucks and trailers.  Come and see what an independent car company can do for you.
Do I need a photo drivers licence to hire a car in New Zealand? 11/08/2016
The short answer to this question is yes.  It is law in New Zealand (NZ) that you carry your driver’s licence and driving permit at all times.  In most cases this must be a full licence held for a minimum of three years.  

If your Drivers licence or permit is not in English you must also carry an English translation approved by Land Transport NZ or a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate or by the authority that issued your licence.  Further on this the NZ transport agency states you can drive in NZ if:

·         You have a current and valid overseas licence or driving permit
·         You haven’t been disqualified or suspended in NZ
·         You came into NZ less than 12 months ago
·         Your overseas licence is in English or you have an accurate translation
·         You haven’t been granted a NZ drivers licence since you last entered NZ

If you don’t meet ALL of these requirements, you must apply for a NZ drivers licence to drive in NZ.  You can drive for a maximum of 12 months each time you come into NZ.  Your overseas drivers licence allow you to drive a car or a light vehicle with a gross laden weight of no more than 6000kg.  If you have a full overseas motorcycle licence you can ride any size motorcycle.  If your car or motorcycle licence is less than full you may be able to drive but with more restrictions.

Once all that is sorted welcome to New Zealand.  Please remember we drive on the left side of the road, it is also a good idea to review our New Zealand road code to familiarize yourself with our road laws.  There are many roads that are unsealed and many are one way, we have many one car bridges and other such things on our road you need to be aware of and know how to drive these safely.  Our country is a beautiful place to do road trips in with many scenic drives around. 

To make your stay much more enjoyable, why not checkout our car rental range? Expereince New Zealand service at its best! With our Auckland Airport pickup service and large selection rental vehicles you are set to have a hassle free and enjoyable holiday. We hope you enjoy your stay here in New Zealand. 
Car rentals for backpackers 04/07/2016
Backpackers, welcome to New Zealand!
Welcome to New Zealand all you adventurers.  If you are looking for a car to use while you are here we now have a “backpackers” range of rental cars.  These cars are well serviced and can be relied upon.  They have unlimited mileage and come with standard insurance.  For added peace of mind we also offer 24/7 roadside assistance.  We do not charge for additional drivers. We also have the option of airport pickup and drop off, which is available 24/7.  We can even deliver to anywhere in Auckland.  So what do we have for you my friends.

RENT ME FROM $13/DAY (*45 days plus)

Backpacker car rental

  Nissan Sunny 2014 Nissan Bluebird 2014 Mazda Demio 2014
Specs HR15 Manual
5 Speed
2WD Front
16.95 KMPL
CVT transmission
15.6 KM/L
129 hp
6000 rpm
Front wheel drive
1.5L, 4 cylinder engine
ABS, ESC, brake override
5 speed
Traction control
Features Push button start
Auto climate control
Keyless entry
Rear view camera
Intelligent key
Sport button
Push start button
Keyless entry
Intelligent Key
Climate control
Remote keyless entry
60/40 Split seat back
USB & auxiliary audio input
Roof spoiler
Tilt adjust steering wheel
So you have your backpack, you have your wheels, now where to go.  There are a few places we recommend are must-see’s.  Rotorua is a favourite place to go among many, mud pools, geysers, the luge, etc., there is so much to do and see.  While there pop over to Taupo to see Huka Falls and do some fishing.  The Corramandal is another must see, beautiful beaches, trails etc.  then what about Waitomo caves, visit the glow worms and do some abseiling.  You can’t forget to visit our capital, Wellington, and the beautiful waterfront.  We hope you enjoy your trip and see some amazing things.
Ski season is here! Are you ready for the mountain? 12/06/2016
Winters here, time for snowboarding, skiing, and all things fun in the snow.  So if you are looking at renting a van or SUV for your winter vacation call us quick as we are running out!  New Zealand has been called a country of all holidays and that is true from beaches to mountains to desserts we have it all in our beautiful New Zealand.  So now it’s time for the snow season, let’s see what we have.

To get up the mountain we suggest the SUV range.  We fell in love with the Ssangyong range of SUVs so that is what we have stocked up on.  This range has space, comfort and more extras you can “chuck a stick at”.  Our first is a 2015 premium small SUV, the Ssangyong Tivoli with a 1600cc engine and great fuel economy.  Next up is our 2015 premium SUV, the Ssangyong Korando 2wd, 2.0L, 5 door hatch with a big boot.  Then is the AWD premium SUV, the 2015 Ssangyong Korando, petrol, auto with 18 inch wheels and heated leather seats, perfect for winter.  Last up is the Nissan X-trails 2016, 2wd with 7 seats.

Let’s look at our van range, we have a large range here.  Starting with the standard van, a Toyota Hiace with twin side door in either manual or auto which has three seats across the front.  The next one up is our rear seat van, another Toyota Hiace which has a rear seat fitted to give seating for five or six but has lots of space.  Then next in line is our jumbo van, 2011 twin door Ford Transit which has as much space as one of our small trucks. Next up is our eight seaters a Toyota Estima with twin side doors, and unlimited mileage. Also we have a 4WD premium 8 seater our 2014 Ssangyong Stavics, a diesel, 4WD, 2.01 turbo diesel with on demand 4WD.  Then we have a 10 seater minivan, another Toyota Hiace petrol in either manual or auto.  We also have 12 seater, a Ford Transit, a Volkswagen Crafter and a Toyota Hiace Jumbo and a new LDV.  We also now have a 14 seater, a 2015 LDV which has a higher roof and each person has their own comfortable seat with an adjustable back rest.  Then our last in this range is our big 19 seater mini-bus, this can be driven on a car licence.

Give us a call and book your choice today and be prepared for the snow.

James Blond Ltd

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