Car Hire in Auckland
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Renting a car while in Auckland is a great option to discover what the city has to offer. The good thing is you can create your own timetable. See the sights and do the things that you want to do whenever you want. There are many car rental companies that can help you experience a convenient and hassle-free road trip in Auckland.
Where to hire a car in Auckland
Many car rental companies operate at the Auckland Airport and in the city centre, making it convenient to you to book a pick-up and drop-off location anywhere you want within the city of Auckland in New Zealand.
There is a wide range of car rental services in the international and domestic terminals of Auckland Airport. At the international terminal, car rental companies are located next to the arrivals area on the ground floor. On the other hand, domestic travellers can rent a car on the ground floor of the car park building, situated opposite the domestic terminal forecourt. Further, you can rent a car online or call as many of them have international and NZ freephone contact numbers. Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty. Use Skyscanner to learn which of these providers have car rental service in the pick-up and drop-off locations and dates you have chosen.
What to expect when hiring a car from Auckland
Auckland roads have traffic jams especially during rush hour. Though it has a public transport network consisting of buses and trains, it lacks investment, resulting to the city mainly relying on private cars. That is why car rentals are considered a better option especially if you plan cross-city travel and visit nearby locations. Besides, there are many places of interest that may not be accessible through public transport.
If you have an international driving licence or a licence from your home country, you can drive in Auckland, or New Zealand in general, for up to one year.
You can find parking areas anywhere in Auckland. There are Auckland Transport car park buildings in the central business district as well as on-street pay and display parking options. However, parking in the city can be expensive.
Getting to your destination
Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
Drive around Auckland and you will see that it has something for everyone. A family-friendly destination is Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium at the waterfront of Auckland City on Okahu Bay. This attraction is home to more than 30 live animal exhibits. Don’t miss the Antarctic penguin colony exhibit which is the largest of its kind in the world. Visitors can also get up close with sharks in the Animal Adventures exhibit, as well as penguins in the Penguin Discovery.
It is a 12-minute drive from the city centre via Urban Route 6 and Tamaki Drive.
Explore Auckland’s natural beauty by visiting Waitakere Ranges. See the suburb and its art galleries. Enjoy the scenery on the bush walk tracks and relax in the beaches on the west coast.
The site is a 45-minute drive from the city centre. Take Exit 8 off the Northwestern Motorway then the urban arterial straight, through all intersections to Titirangi.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
For New Zealand art, head to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. It offers an interesting visual experience with its extensive collection of national and international artwork. This is considered as the world’s largest permanent collection of New Zealand art. There is no entrance fee, though there may be fees for special exhibits, and it is open daily except on Christmas day.
The art gallery is about 24 minutes by car from the airport, or a short walk from Queen Street in the city centre.