Auckland car hire deals

The top deals for car hire in Auckland and what you need to know to drive around the city and its surrounds.

Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city, and one of the most popular places to begin touring the country. It is ideally located in the North Island, with short scenic drives leading to many popular destinations and attractions.

When looking at car hire in Auckland, the choice can be overwhelming. Here are the top deals to help you make the most of your time and money.

Top Auckland car hire deals

Europcar AU Europcar AU

Up to 20% off base rate

Valid for rentals until 16 December 2018 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Must book 21 days in advanced and a minimum of 2-days rental to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Enterprise Rent a Car USA Enterprise Rent a Car USA

Up to 10% off New Zealand car hire

Valid until 31 December 2018. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

15% off the 5+ day hires

Valid on select dates until 16 December 2018 in Australia or New Zealand. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

10% off New Zealand car hire

Valid until 16 December 2018. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

25% off premium hire insurance

Get up to 25% off on your car rental when you purchase GoZen Cover. Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&C's apply.

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Road rules: What to know about driving in Auckland

  • Give way to the right: Yield to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right.
  • 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.
  • You may encounter 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.
  • 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.
  • Road conditions change with weather events such as snow and ice in the winter: Always check local road and weather warnings and adjust your route if necessary.

Popular Auckland driving routes

Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula

An easy half-day’s drive from Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula boasts a stunning coastline hugged by lush, ecologically unique rainforest. Drive through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge, take a walk through Cathedral Cove and dig your own spa at Hot Water Beach.

Auckland to Rotorua

Allow a couple of days to get the most out of this one. Take a detour to Hobbiton Village, see the glow worms at Waitomo caves and drive through Rotorua’s awe-inspiring volcanic and geothermal landscapes. And don’t miss Te Puia where you can see kiwi birds up close, explore the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and witness powerful geyser eruptions.

Auckland to Wellington

For a longer road trip, head from one major city to another. 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.

FAQs about car hire

What side of the road do you drive on in Auckland?
The left-hand side.This applies to the entire country of New Zealand.

Do I need an international driver's licence to drive in Auckland?
No. A valid driver’s licence from your home country will suffice for visits up to 12 months. Alternatively you can use an international driving permit, but you don’t need to have both.

Who offers cheap car hire from Auckland airport?
Thrifty, Europcar, Hertz, Budget and Avis are the major car hire companies operating from Auckland Airport. There are also a number of smaller companies, such as GO Rentals, A2B Car Rentals and New Zealand Rental Car Hire.

I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Auckland?
Yes. However, the vehicle weight limit may be lower. Click here to work out if restrictions apply to your licence.

How does car insurance work?

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.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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