Quiver South - Off Road Policy

Are you coming to New Zealand to immerse yourselves in the rugged landscapes, black sand beaches and tropical rainforests?

When you hire from Quiver South, you are hiring from us with our permission to drive on unpaved roads, beaches, gravel and dirt tracks. That is as long as they are legal to drive on.

This makes us the only vehicle rental company in New Zealand that gives you that opportunity to get off the beaten path and fully explore New Zealand on unpaved roads.

There are a number of things to think about when you go off-road here and the conservation of our beloved environment is number one on the list.


Here is the Department of Conservations (DOCs) list of must do’s when driving off-road in New Zealand:

  • Avoid sensitive areas. Alpine landscapes, swamps, waterways, sand dunes and river beds are easily damaged by vehicles.

  • Abide by the laws and regulations covering all vehicles and drivers. (Legal Roads Only)

  • Stay on track. Avoid widening them.

  • Keep the environment clean. Take all your rubbish with you.

  • Respect wildlife, look but don’t disturb. Keep your distance.

  • Find out if a permit is required for access. If your trip crosses private land obtain permission.

  • Leave gates as you find them.

  • Always thoroughly clean your vehicle before and after trips to minimise spreading weeds and diseases.

  • Respect the right of others for quiet enjoyment. Avoid noisy driving. Give way to walkers, cyclists, horse riders and others.

  • Be prepared for the unexpected. Drive at a speed which will allow you to stop if a hazard arises.

  • If winching is necessary, use another vehicle. If you must use a tree. use webbing or padding to prevent damage to the tree.

  • Cross waterways with care. Use designated crossings where possible.


Quiver South takes this responsibility very seriously and must stress that our trippers protect the environment and themselves while Four Wheel Drive Camping in New Zealand.


To ensure your safety and prevent you from accidental damage to the vehicle and the land, here are the Quiver South guidelines that must be followed:

  • You will have a full vehicle introduction from us when you arrive and only when you are 100% comfortable and understand the operations of the vehicle will you continue on your journey.

  • Take some time to get used to the vehicle driving experience on our roads. While being an experience to put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel, the off-road components on our vehicles make for a driving experience you may never experienced before. It’s the best fun you can have with your pants on.

  • Take time to get used to New Zealand roads. If going off-road, Do your homework and plan your route pre-trip.

  • In New Zealand we drive on the left.

  • Be safe and pull over when tired and take a break.

  • Pull over in a safe and timely manner to let other vehicles pass.

  • When going off-road, please stay on the tracks to avoid widening them.

  • Only legal public roads, dirt and gravel tracks and beaches to be explored. Permission must be granted on private land.

  • You cannot drive our Campers on purposely made 4WD Vehicle Trails made for serious off-roading.

  • You must be able to drive a Manual Transmission. All of our vehicles have a Manual Gearbox.

  • When exploring with only one vehicle, please do not push your limit and be mindful that if you get stuck, it can be difficult to get out. Recovery will be at your own cost.

  • When crossing rivers, only do so in shallow areas when the river is no higher than the bottom door frame.

  • Be mindful of weather changes. It can change dramatically and very quickly. Be prepared.

  • In spring and summer, be mindful of snow melt off the mountains raising river water levels.

  • Have the time of your life exploring New Zealand.



Compulsory 4WD Insurance & Information

To ensure that we’re able to provide such a service to our travellers from all around the world, we needed to include a Compulsory 4WD insurance in the trip package. This is essential for us to remain in operation and provide you with this unique experience and is charged at a per day rate of NZ$30.

What it covers:

  • Third party vehicle and property damage.

  • Break in, fire or theft of the vehicle.

  • The vehicles camping equipment and possessions.

What it does not cover:

  • Any damage to Quiver South Vehicle.

  • Vehicle recovery costs.

  • Traveller responsible for up to $10,000 of any mechanical or body damage to vehicle.


Fully Refundable Security deposit

In the days leading up to your arrival, we will be in contact to collect the vehicle security deposit. This is to be payed by Credit Card and will be a total of NZ$2500. This deposit covers you for the first $2,500 of $10,000 of any recovery or damage that may be caused during your trip. The full amount is refundable post trip and can take up to 14 days to process.

  • Credit Card Deposit - NZ$2500.

  • Fully Refundable.

  • Covers $2500 of up to $10,000 of Vehicle Damage and Recovery.


Liability Reduction Option

To reduce the Liability, Quiver South offers a Liability Reduction Option. If the Liability Reduction Option is taken, the traveller will not have to pay a liability for any damage to the Vehicle, subject to the rules of conduct being followed (vehicle being driven on legal roads and to terms of agreement). This cover includes unlimited tyre and windscreen cover for accidental damage. However the Liability Reduction Option does not provide cover for the costs of any damage attributable to Vehicle rollover. The reduction option is charged at a per day rate of NZ$50.

  • If this option is taken, there will be no security deposit to pay.

  • Full Cover for Vehicle Damage. (If terms of agreement are not broken).

  • Includes Tyre and Windscreen Damage.

  • Does not include Vehicle Rollover.

  • Does not include Recovery Cost.