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Auckland car hire

What you need to know to drive around the city and its surrounds for less than $25 a day.

Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city and one of the most popular places to begin touring the country. Its location in the North Island means you can fill your days with short scenic drives and epic road trips.

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to car hire and destinations to explore. Here's a snapshot of the kinds of cars (and their prices) as well as popular driving routes and hot tips to help you make the most of your time and money.

Find your ride for your Auckland adventure

Compare hire cars and prices in Auckland

When looking at car hire in Auckland, the choice can be overwhelming, so we've done the numbers for you to make it that much easier.

Our figures are based on a quote from our engine for a rental car from Auckland Airport for 5 days, booked a month in advance for a driver aged 30+. Prices were retrieved on 9 October 2018.

Small economy car

  • Car: Suzuki Swift
  • Seats: Five
  • Luggage: One large bag, one small bag
  • Rental company: East Coast Rentals
  • Cost: $120.49 for 5 days or $24.12 per day

Medium car

  • Car: Toyota Corolla Hatch
  • Seats: Five
  • Luggage: One large bag, one small bag
  • Rental company: Drive NZ
  • Cost: $157.05 for 5 days or $31.41 per day

Large car

  • Car: Toyota Camry
  • Seats: Five
  • Luggage: Two large bags, one small bag
  • Rental company: East Coast Rentals
  • Cost: $197.96 for 5 days or $39.59 per day

SUV

  • Car: Toyota RAV4 4x4
  • Seats: Five
  • Luggage: Three large bags
  • Rental company: Dollar
  • Cost: $240.52 for 5 days or $48.10 per day

Prices mentioned above were retrieved on 9 October 2018 and change constantly. Get the latest prices for your car hire today.


Car hire locations in Auckland

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty can all be found around Auckland including the Auckland International Airport.

There are also a number of smaller companies, such as GO Rentals, A2B Car Rentals and New Zealand Rental Car Hire that can be found at the airport and throughout the CBD.

4 popular driving routes in Auckland

1. Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula

  • How long is the drive? 294km, one way
  • How long do I need? One to two days
  • Must-sees along the way: Karangahake Gorge, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Driving Creek Railway

An easy half-day's drive from Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula boasts a stunning coastline hugged by lush, ecologically unique rainforest.

In one day you can see the highlights including digging your own spa at Hot Water Beach or take your time and add in some bushwalks and a ride on the scenic train.


2. Auckland to Rotorua

  • How long is the drive? 736km
  • How long do I need? Two to four days
  • Must-sees along the way: Hobbiton, Waikato River, Lake Taupo, Huka Falls, Pureora Forest Park, Waitomo Caves, Te Puia Pohutu Geyser

Allow at least a couple of days to get the most out of this one.

Take a detour or two along the way as you drive along the region's awe-inspiring volcanic and geothermal landscapes.


3. Auckland to Wellington

  • How long is the drive? 1,500km, round trip
  • How long do I need? One week
  • Must-sees along the way: Hobbiton, Manawatu Gorge, Wellington Cable Car, Karori Wildlife Park, Weta Caves, Tongariro National Park

For a longer road trip, head from one major city to another and loop back around if you have the time. Choose to travel west via Hamilton, New Plymouth, the Kapiti Coast and Whanganui National Park.

Or, head east, continuing past Hobbiton Village and Rotorua to Manawatu Gorge and the Martinborough wine region.


4. Auckland to Cape Reinga

  • How long is the drive? 958km, round trip
  • How long do I need? One to four days
  • Must-sees along the way: Mangawhai, Whangarei, Bay of Islands, Doubtless Bay, Puheke Beach, Cape Reinga, Ninety Mile Beach, Opononi

Head north for a look around the laidback Northland where you can travel all the way up to the tip of New Zealand.

Stop to take in the long, windy beaches, sand dunes and picturesque seaside wineries along the way.

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Tips for driving in Auckland

  • International drivers. You are allowed to use your Australian driver's licence for visits of up to 12 months. Alternatively, you can use an International Driving Permit, but you don't need to have both.
  • Unsealed roads. While the majority of New Zealand's roads are sealed, it's important to know how to drive safely on unsealed roads, just in case.
  • Road conditions. Roads can be steep, narrow and windy as many curve around mountains. Give yourself more than enough time to travel from place to place as routes can take longer than expected. Conditions can change quickly with weather events such as snow and ice in the winter so check local road and weather warnings and adjust your route if necessary.
  • Speed limits. On the open road, the default speed limit is 100km/h. In urban areas, it's 50km/h.
  • Impaired driving. The blood alcohol limit for drivers is 0.05 and your insurance policy may not cover you for accidents that occur while there is alcohol in your system.
  • Drive on the left. New Zealanders drive on the left side of the road. When on multi-lane roads, you must yield to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right.

Car hire in Auckland FAQ

  • Provisional licences. Most of the big-brand rental companies will rent a car to a driver with a provisional licence but the vehicle weight limit may be lower. Click here to work out if restrictions apply to your licence.
  • Car insurance. Car insurance can be purchased as part of your car hire or you can choose your own insurance provider. If you have travel insurance, your policy may already cover car hire. Check with your insurance provider and if you need to purchase car hire insurance separately you can compare policies here.

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