Car Rental in Auckland
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Where to rent a car in Auckland
Major and minor car hire companies have their offices and hubs set up in and around the surrounding areas of central Auckland, which gives travellers easy access to the said services. Most of these companies, especially the international brands, are settled within the main circuit, tucked near the University of Auckland area and around Downtown, while others are located within the Auckland Airport and its surrounds. These companies offer a wide-range of car types (from luxury to economy), including sedans, vans, limousines, and others. Others offer unlimited mileage options, while some play on their capacity to offer competitive prices. Bookings and reservations for the majority of the companies can be done by phone, where the chosen company and its representative may offer quotations upon inquiry. Others allow online booking, and still others allow booking upon arrival (especially those who are arriving at the airport). Travellers may schedule pick-up and drop-off of rental vehicles depending on their preferred areas, although usually this service is utilised by arriving travellers through the Auckland Airport. Some of the car hire companies that serve the city include Apex Car Rentals, Blue Campers, Omega Rental Cars, Avis, Smart Car, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, Rent a Dent, Tiki Rentals, Apex, Jucy, USAVE Car and Truck Rentals, and others. Some may accommodate special requests, such as GPS services and chauffeur services, although others won't accommodate these.
What to expect when renting a car from Auckland
Auckland is covered by three main motorway systems that run around the city and through the Downtown area. These include the Northern motorway, the Southern motorway, and the North-Western motorway, which serves as access roads to the central business district and other major destinations in and around the city. Most of the bigger roads are clogged during peak hours, (peak hours are during weekdays, between 7:00 to 9:00 in the morning, and in the afternoon between 3:30 to 6:00 in the evening; weekdays generally have heavier traffic than weekends; Saturday afternoons are the busiest times during the weekends) and travellers sometimes find a longer but quite economical way to get around this. They seek the help of other roads, including the Harbour Bridge, with its 4-4 layout that changes to 5-3 to allow easier passage to the direction that has heavier traffic. Other things to note are motorway on-ramps. These on-ramps have traffic lights operating during busy periods to ease intersections and allow easier traffic. Do not try to run the red light when you're at a stop – cameras are operating to catch you.
Outside the city centre however, travellers will somewhat be shocked to know that traffic is not an issue, and it is a joy to drive around the countryside.
Getting to your destination
Get in touch with your Maori links and visit the beautiful lakeside area of Rotorua. Enjoy the Lake Rotorua, the hot springs, mud pools and spas, and check out the geysers.
Reach Rotorua by driving northwest on Victoria Street to Federal Street, and following State Highway 1 and 2 to State highway 27 in Mangatarata. Continue on to State Highway 27 and then follow it through Tapapa, where you'd be linked to State Highway 5 on to Rotorua.
Themed gardens that are perfect for day trips and picnics; that is what Hamilton is all about. Hamilton is a semi-busy city near Auckland, and it is visited for its relaxing aura and laid back activities for the whole family.
Drive to Hamilton by following State Highway 1 towards Norton Road and Anglesea Street towards Hamilton central.
Skydiving and parachuting, fishing, dolphin watching, beaches, and a whole lot more awaits travellers who are going to Paihia, the main tourist town in the Bay of Islands. Discover endless possibilities here.
Reach Paihia by driving towards Victoria Street to Federal Street and State Highway 1, which goes to State Highway 11 in Kawakwa. Continue on to State Highway 11 to reach Paihia.