Car rental in Auckland $37*
Visitors to Auckland have more than enough to entertain themselves in the city centre, but there’s so much more to see in the surrounding countryside. Whether you’re taking day trips from New Zealand’s biggest city or you’re starting a mammoth road trip around the North Island, Auckland is a great base to start your explorations – made all the easier with a rental car.
Where to hire a car in Auckland
Auckland is home to New Zealand’s largest airport, and you can find car rental at Auckland Airport through 5 different companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. These companies are found in both the international and domestic terminals.
If you’re looking to hire a car once you’re in the city, the majority of companies are found on the east of the CBD, along Beach Road and The Strand.
What to expect when driving in Auckland
According to research by news website Stuff.co.nz, Auckland is home to 3 of New Zealand’s 4 most congested roads. These are particularly busy when office commuters are in full strength, so try to plan around these times if possible.
Although New Zealand only has 3 toll roads, there are all within reach of Auckland. Be aware of this if you plan to drive to the northern tip of the North Island or east to Tauranga.
Popular road trips from Auckland
Auckland to Coromandel
Across the bay from Auckland, or an hour’s drive around the water, is Coromandel. This town is popular with locals for its pristine beaches and its plethora of bushwalks, but the journey is as beautiful as the destination. As well as the stunning coastline, make sure to take frequent stops to take in the hot springs, the bird sanctuary and the town of Thames.
Auckland to the Bay of Islands
The beauty and tranquillity of the Bay of Islands is hard to match. Just 3 hours away from Auckland, it’s a shame not to visit while you can – although if you can spare a few days to explore the area you’ll be better off. The town of Paihia is a great place to base yourself, but be sure to check out Cape Reinga and Waitangi, the birthplace of modern New Zealand.
Auckland to New Plymouth
New Plymouth is a 5-hour drive south of Auckland, so be sure to take breaks along the way. Hamilton is the only major town on the way, but there are plenty of small places to grab a bite to eat. You can also explore some of New Zealand’s famous natural features, such as the Waitomo glow worm cave, the hot springs at Waingoro and the beaches at Raglan.
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Please note: all information is correct as of December 2018.