Cheap Car Rental Auckland 2019
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Published June 09 2019
The Best Car Rental Deals In Auckland
Hiring a Car in Auckland City
Auckland is a wonderful place to visit and has regularly been rated as one of the top cities in the world to live.
Visitors are often surprised at how large and spread out the city is, given its comparatively small population by world standards of just over 1.5M people.
There are plenty of great things to see and do, but getting around without a car can be challenging. Taxis are expensive and public transport currently leaves much to be desired.
If you're on a limited timeframe and trying to pack in as much as possible into your time in Auckland, relying on buses or trains will not suit most people.
Having a rental car to get around gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Auckland and surrounding areas.
But like many cities, Auckland traffic during rush-hour can be a nightmare. So if you can avoid it, try not driving during rush-hour. Peak times for traffic congestion in Auckland are between 7am and 9am in the morning, then between 4pm and 6pm in the evening.
How bad is Auckland rush hour? A Boston Consulting report in March 2019 revealed Auckland's rush-hour traffic is the worst in Australasia. Yes, even worse than Sydney!
If you're going to be based in a downtown hotel for a few days experiencing city attractions like the Viaduct Harbour and Waiheke Island, do you really need a car immediately?
Why not defer picking up your rental car until you're ready to roam further afield? This will save you stress, city parking fees and rental charges. Collecting a rental car from a depot in downtown Auckland is a convenient option to consider.
Below are just a few of the many rental brands in downtown Auckland you can book here:
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Average economy rental
- Jan $62
- Feb $69
- Mar $58
- Apr $51
- May $46
- Jun $46
- Jul $44
- Aug $43
- Sep $43
- Oct $49
- Nov $49
- Dec $55
Average rental duration
- Jan 6 days
- Feb 6 days
- Mar 6 days
- Apr 6 days
- May 5 days
- Jun 5 days
- Jul 5 days
- Aug 5 days
- Sep 5 days
- Oct 6 days
- Nov 5 days
- Dec 5 days
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Attractions around Auckland
A car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Auckland and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions around Auckland you might like to consider checking out. For more ideas, check out the Tourism Auckland website....
Auckland Sky Tower
Standing in the heart of the city, and boasting a myriad of entertainment options, restaurants and even a casino, the Sky Tower is a must-see attraction for all visitors to Auckland. The tower itself was opened in 1997 and soon became Auckland's premier tourist attraction, with over half-a-million visitors per year.
At well over three-hundred metres high, the tower offers 360 degree views stretching up to 80 kilometres from its three spacious viewing decks, which come complete with viewing telescope, information panels, and glass flooring for more courageous souls. Perfect for waving down to those who chose to stay below rather than brave the heights!
While on the subject of adventure-seeking, those of a particularly daring disposition may be interested in the Sky Jump, a bungee-style jump from near the tower's peak, or the Sky Walk, an outdoor trek around the tower's 192 metre high pergola. Visitors looking for a slightly calmer kick can visit the tower's adjacent casino, which houses over 1600 gaming machines and 100 tables, catering for high-rollers as well as those just seeking a cheap thrill. If you're seeking to unwind after a long day of travel the Sky Tower also plays host to ten bars, ranging from the relaxed The Nation's Clubroom sports bar to the more refined X.O.
Hungry patrons can take their pick of a dozen restaurants, with a mix of casual and fine-dining options available. One highlight is Orbit, a 190 metre-high restaurant situated inside the Sky Tower, which gradually rotates giving diners a fantastic opportunity to take in Auckland's views as they simultaneously take in the finest cuisine the city has to offer.
The Sky Tower is located in central Auckland, with ample parking and accommodation available at the tower itself. It is a must see Auckland attraction and deserves a place near the top of your priorities list.
Viaduct Basin & Wynyard Quarter
Viaduct Basin is a lively dining and entertainment precinct on the edge of downtown Auckland’s stunning waterfront with a backdrop of breath taking super yachts. As well as a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants to choose from, it’s also the starting point for lots of Auckland’s exciting harbour activities.
Sailing trips, jet boating, harbour cruises, floatplane flights, whale and dolphin spotting trips, and hands-on saiing an America’s Cup yacht are just some of your options.
There’s also the fascinating Maritime Museum where you can learn about New Zealand’s rich maritime history.
Wander over the lifting Wynyard pedestrian bridge to Wynyard Quarter, Auckland’s most newest waterfront precinct. Here you’ll find family friendly dining, play-spaces and, in the summer, markets and an outdoor cinema. Adjacent is the Auckland Fish Market. As well as being a functioning fish market, you’ll find Auckland’s only dedicated seafood cooking school, a range of places to eat, plus New Zealand wine tasting.
If you plan to visit fabulous Waiheke Island, named as one of the world’s top 10 places to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet, you can take your rental car across to Waiheke on one of the vehicle ferries that leave from Wynyard Quarter.
One Tree Hill
You won’t find a cheaper destination in Auckland than One Tree Hill, an extinct inner-city volcano surrounded by one of the city’s finest parks.
One Tree Hill (or Maungakiekie in Maori), is a 182 metre high peak located just outside the central city. The hill is visible from many city suburbs, particularly the prominent obelisk at its peak. The ‘One Tree’ for which the volcano is named no longer stands on the hill as it was cut down in protest in the year 2000, leading to the peak being colloquially referred to as ‘None Tree Hill’.
The peak is an easy 15 minute drive from downtown Auckland, and well-paved roads allow travelers to drive directly to the summit. However, those looking to tone-up will find the steep ascent to be a fine walk, which will make the magnificent views of the city all the more rewarding.
The view from the peak is quite different to that offered by the Sky Tower, as Auckland’s southern suburbs and central city are more clearly visible. The peak is surrounded by Cornwall Park, as well as the One Tree Hill Domain, creating a 220 hectare public park, which is free to visit.
As well as a multitude of native trees and an 88 hectare farm, the park is home to a quaint cafe, which is perfect for a spot of lunch, or even brunch – the Aucklander’s favourite meal. The park also contains Auckland’s Stardome Observatory, with its two telescopes and planetarium. Access to the park is allowed between 7am and dusk, seven days a week.
The park is most easily accessed from the Pohutukawa Drive gate, just off Green Lane West
Just a ten minute drive along the waterfront from downtown Auckland, Kelly Tarlton’s is an immersive aquarium experience that is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Kelly Tarlton’s was constructed in 1985, making it one of Auckland’s more venerable tourist attractions. The aquarium, which is in reality more a fully-functional sea-life museum, was constructed from the remnants of a sewerage system. But don’t worry, they made sure to clear it all out before putting in the fish and opening it to the public, so you won’t end up with mucky feet!
The aquarium was an early trend-setter as it was one of the first facilities to house curved tanks and make use of conveyor-belts, which allow visitors to stand and gape in awe as fish, stingrays and even sharks gently glide over their heads.
More recently, Kelly Tarlton’s became home to the Antarctic Ice Adventure, a full exhibition of polar marine life, including a recreation of the hut inhabited by famous explorer Captain Scott, and an encounter with real penguins.
Kelly Tarlton’s offers a deep educational experience for young visitors and old, as well as a cheap, well-stocked gift shop. Located at 23 Tamaki Drive and open 9:30 to 5:00, seven days a week, Kelly Tarlton’s is an ideal stop for families exploring Auckland.
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