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Car Hire Options at Auckland Airport
There's a huge range of car hire companies operating at Auckland Airport. Big-name international brands like Avis and Hertz are well known and trusted. There are also many independent local brands offering competitive prices.
The good news is that you'll find them all here.
We bring together all the leading rental vehicle brands, as well as many of the independents.
This means you don't have waste time trawling the Internet looking for options. Or have to pay exorbitant walk-up prices at the airport rental counter.
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For the biggest savings, book early. Especially for travel during peak periods when rental firms all increase their prices.
On-Airport Rental Brands
"On-Airport" means these rental companies have check-in desks within the airport terminal.
The big advantage of this for you is convenience and speed. Once you've checked in you can jump in your car and get going. No waiting around for transfer vans.
But it does come at a cost. The fees are higher than off airport rental companies to offset the costs of being at the airport.
If you're arriving on an international flight you'll find rental counters next to the arrivals area on the ground floor of the international terminal.
Travellers on domestic flights can find counters are located on the ground floor of the car park building opposite the domestic terminal.
On-airport brands we offer:
Off-Airport Rental Brands
"Off-Airport" companies don't have check-in desks within the airport. This means you'll need to make your way to their depot to check in and collect your car.
Most provide free shuttle services and will collect you from the terminal. This gets arranged when you make your booking & you'll need to let them know when you've arrived.
Some depots are within the airport grounds and so only a few minutes drive. Others are off the airport grounds and so take longer to get to.
Off-airport car hire options aren't as fast or convenient as using on-airport rentals. But the big advantage is they are usually much cheaper.
Below are a few of the many off-airport operators we have available. These are all close to the airport terminals, (3 km or less), and provide free transfers to their depots.
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Auckland Airport Car Rental Tips
Compare prices of on-airport and off-airport brands. If you're not in a big rush, hiring a vehicle from off-airport rental depots can result in big savings.
But you will have to take extra time with the shuttle transfer. Transfers are usually free, but limited to opening hours, so check when you book.
Stop at a nearby petrol station and top up the tank before returning your vehicle. The extra 5 or 10 minutes this takes will definitely save you money.
If you return the car with the tank not full then the rental company will charge a high price to top up the tank. These charges can be excessive, such as a $2.50 a litre surcharge on top of the fuel cost. Not a nice surprise to later find this charge on your credit card.
There are two 'Z' brand petrol stations open 24 hours right at the airport.
Driving from the airport
Auckland Airport is south of the city. If you're going into central Auckland, head North on George Bolt Memorial Drive (route 20A). This joins the South Western Motorway (route 20), then follow the signs. Depending on the time of day, it will take you 30 minutes to well over an hour getting into central Auckland.
If you're heading South, from the airport turn right into Tom Pearce Drive (route 20B). Follow the signs. These will take you onto the South Western Motorway (route 20) and then to the Southern Motorway (route 1).
If you can, try to avoid driving during rush-hour periods.
Auckland traffic can be a nightmare during rush-hour and mean you'll be stuck in gridlock. Getting frustrated in gridlock isn't the greatest start to a trip.
Should your flight arrival time mean you can't avoid rush hour traffic, here are a couple of things to consider...
Are you going to be staying in central Auckland for a few days before travelling further afield? If so, do you need a car immediately?
If not, instead of driving take the Airporter Bus, a shuttle, Uber or taxi into town. Let someone else drive and fight the traffic whilst you relax. Then pick up your rental car from the city when you're ready to head out of town.
This will save you stress, plus save on city parking fees and rental charges. This is especially worth considering if you're exhausted after a long flight. And much safer.
Here's another option if you are arriving during rush-hour and need a car immediately. Wait until the peak traffic is over before heading into the city or south. Instead spend some time doing a little sightseeing around the airport area. We list some ideas below.
Attractions Near Auckland Airport
A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time. Here are a few places near Auckland Airport you might like to check out. For more ideas, check out the Tourism Auckland website....
Villa Maria Estate
For over fifty years Villa Maria has been producing some of New Zealand's finest wines. A five minute drive from Auckland Airport, the Villa Maria Estate is a must-visit for wine buffs.
Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's best known wineries and recognised in the top fifty wineries of the world.
The winery offers guided tastings through its range of wines. It's open seven days a week, with tours of the premises beginning at 11am and 3pm. The site of the winery is an extinct volcanic crater. This gives stunning views of the vineyard and the surrounding harbour.
The crater is a natural amphitheater, and so the winery is often used as a venue for local and international music acts.
The vineyard also contains a cafe, which serves fine local cuisine and opens for lunch seven days a week. So if you've got a hankering for a little wine, pop over to the Villa Maria Estate.
Auckland Botanical Gardens
The Auckland Botanic Gardens provide a unique insight into the native flora New Zealand is so famed for. They are a 20 minute drive from the Airport. You'll find them just off the Southern Motorway. Parking is free.
The Botanic Gardens contain over ten-thousand plants covering sixty-four hectares of land. Approximately 80% of the species within the gardens are native to New Zealand, so you won't find them anywhere else in the world.
As well as native plants, the gardens also contain a wide-variety of species from around the globe. The Potter Children's Garden is a perfect location to unleash the little ones. Hands-on learning is encouraged, so fear not if your child loves to touch!
Plant-spotting aside, the gardens are also the perfect place to clear your lungs and take a stroll. The park grounds cover sixty-four acres and are bursting with well-maintained walking tracks. ach is each dotted with informative panels on the surrounding plants.
A cafe inside the visitors' center is open for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. The cafe has spectacular views of the gardens.
Butterfly Creek is a great place for families. It's so close to the airport that you'll barely have time to get out of first gear before you're pulling into its car park.
As well as butterflies, the creek is home to a range of other wildlife. This includes monkeys, alligators, insects, tarantulas, and even goats. The wildlife is divided into several areas, including a petting-zoo, a butterfly encounter and an insect area.
There are regular animal encounters through the day. During these, spectators can see animals feed and interact with staff. The crocodile feeding is particularly enthralling.
A miniature train runs around a wetland situated behind Butterfly Creek. There is a also full playground and an adventure rope-course for kids to blow off a little steam.
As with most attractions, Butterfly Creek contains a cafe-restaurant. This offers hot and cold food as well as cooked meals.
Opening times vary throughout the year.
Rainbow's End Theme Park
Rainbow's End is a great destination for families looking for a fun day out. It's about a 15-minute drive from Auckland Airport.
Smaller than most overseas theme-parks, it still has many of the thrill-seeker rides and attractions you'd expect. Lines are usually short, allowing your kids to keep hopping back on their favourite rides.
The most prominent ride is the Fearfall. Here, riders get hoisted up an 18-storey tower before a terrifying plunge back to the ground.
The park also contains several roller-coasters, including New Zealand's only corkscrew coaster. The Log Flume is a local favourite, and has left many a visitor soaked head-to-toe.
Those with younger children will be more at home at Kidz Kingdom. This is an area especially designated for children's rides. Rides within include a carousel, train, and a miniature roller-coaster.
The park has go-kart tracks, as well as dodgems and lots of arcade machines. There are also eateries scattered about the park, mainly serving fast-food and soft-drinks.
Rainbow's End is open every day of the year, bar Christmas. It's located west of Auckland Airport, at Manukau. You'll find it on the corner of Manukau Junction and Great South Road. Just look for the Fearfall Tower.