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Car Hire Options at New Plymouth Airport

There's a range of car hire companies operating at New Plymouth Airport. You'll find them here and can easily compare their best deals in one place. 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.

To maximise your savings it's a good idea to book your car early, especially for travel during peak periods. Just put your travel details into the Search box at the top of the page to instantly compare a huge choice of vehicles at the very best prices.

On-Airport Rental Brands

At New Plymouth Airport all the car rental companies have check-in counters. So, unlike many airports, there are no "off-airport" rental companies which require you taking shuttle transfers to their depots.

Car rental counters are located in the Arrivals area of the terminal.

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New Plymouth Airport Car Hire Tips

Why renting a car makes sense

One of the key reasons for renting a car when you’re visiting New Plymouth is the freedom and flexibility it offers. 

With a rental car you’re free to explore at your own pace and on your schedule — not someone else’s. 

If you're visiting New Plymouth and staying put in town, then a rental car isn't essential. The airport is only 12 km from the centre of town and there is a shuttle service available, plus taxis.

The cost of a shuttle depends on the number of passengers — for the first person a one-way fare is $28.

A taxi is more expensive with a one-way trip into central New Plymouth costing $30-$50 plus a $5 airport fee.

With those prices in mind, hiring a rental car may well be a better option for you consider. In addition, having a rental car gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel at your own pace and roam further afield exploring the area.

We offer some suggestions below about places around New Plymouth to visit. Having a rental car makes getting to them easy.  

Driving from the airport

New Plymouth Airport is just 12 km from the city and a straight forward drive that usually only takes 15 minutes.

Once you've collected your rental car, follow the road from the airport for 2 km. Then turn right onto State Highway 3. Follow the road for 10km which will take you through Bell Block and Fitzroy before arriving in central New Plymouth.

Return with a full tank

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.

If you're driving from New Plymouth there are petrol stations en route to the airport. The closest to the airport is Bell Block Motors. The Z station in Waiwhakaiho (Fitzroy) is open 24 hours.

  • Bell Block Motors
    1 Wills Rd, Bell Block
  • Z Waiwhakaiho
    Cnr Devon Road and Smart Road

Attractions Near New Plymouth

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A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring New Plymouth and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions you might like to consider checking out.

For more ideas, check out the New Plymouth Tourism website....

Egmont National Park

Mount Taranaki

There’s a multitude of landscapes to be found within Egmont National Park. Its prevailing feature is the peak of Mount Taranaki rising from the horizon, surrounded by wetlands, waterfalls, bush and forest.

As you go higher, rimu and rata trees give way to totara and amahi, then melt into sub-alpine shrubbery and rainforest. The 'Goblin Forest', on the central slopes of Taranaki, is so named for its gnarly and mossy trees.

Egmont National Park is easily accessible, with about a dozen individual entrances. A mass of varied walking tracks caters to all levels of hiking ability and experience. Many short walks are clustered around East Egmont and Dawson Falls.

The top trails include the Goblin Forest day walk, a short voyage passing gurgling springs and waterfalls to the Wilkies Pools, a beautiful rocky spot formed by ancient lava flows. The two-day Pouakai Circuit traverses the Ahukawakawa Swamp as well as what remains of the Pouakai volcano. Then there’s a 5-day walk that circles the mountain — the Around the Mountain circuit.

Looking to conquer the mountain itself? There’s a ski field on the eastern slopes of Taranaki. Scaling it on foot is possible but should only be undertaken in good weather by experienced hikers with appropriate gear. The climb takes a full day. The summit of Mt Taranaki is sacred to local Maori.

Mt Taranaki is over 100,000 years old, a dormant volcano that hasn’t erupted for a few centuries. According to mythology, Taranaki once lived alongside the other central plateau volcanoes (Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe). Taranaki fled west after becoming embroiled in a love triangle, carving out the path of the Whanganui River along its escape route.

Egmont National Park lies about 30 minutes drive from central New Plymouth in your rental car. There are three main entry points to the national park, from Manaia Road, Egmont Road and Pembroke Road.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre

Govette-Brewster Art Gallery

Behold the first and only museum of contemporary art in New Zealand, right here in New Plymouth. Significantly, this is also the country’s first facility devoted to just one artist — Len Lye.

On offer at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery is a constantly changing exhibition programme, huge multimedia and kinetic sculptures, and daring work from both local and international artists.

The Govett-Brewster Shop is similarly innovative, with beautifully designed merchandise and desirable limited edition items — it’s not your average souvenir store.

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery was first established in 1970, and a decade later, became home to the archives of local filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye upon his death, working with the Len Lye Foundation. The dedicated Len Lye Centre then opened in 2015 in order to do justice to his extensive body of work.

One of the most innovative artists of the 20th century, Lye worked in film, painting, drawing, textiles, poetry and sculpture. A 62 seat on-site cinema screens Lye’s work allowing audiences to experience his films first-hand, and to see arthouse, experimental and film festival films.

Located in central New Plymouth not far from our rental depot, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is housed within a truly unique building that is suitably modern. With curved, shimmering, mirror-like walls of stainless steel, the building seems almost fluid — a perfect temple for contemporary art. 

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

New Plymouth Walkway

Stretching for 10 km — nearly the length of the city itself — the New Plymouth coastal promenade is made for walking, cycling or skating.

The walkway boasts generous views of the west coast. The curved sea wall offers protection from the waves, with the occasional pier to allow people to make the most of the open coast.

The New Plymouth coastal walkway starts at Hickford Park, weaving through farmland and passing the Waipu lagoons. It follows the coastline closely, beside the New Plymouth golf club, through to Te Rewa Rewa reserve.

The path crosses over the iconic Te Rewa Rewa bridge, with views through to Mt Taranaki. The bridge brings to mind a breaking wave and was named after a nearby pa site; it has won international awards for its design and engineering. The walkway then continues through to the beach and holiday park at Fitzroy, where you can surf or swim.

Coming into town, the New Plymouth coastal walkway takes in the Wind Wand, an iconic local sculpture of fibreglass. This 45-metre tall kinetic piece of art was designed by local artist Len Lye and has pride of place along the promenade. It’s hypnotic to watch as it sways in the wind, and glows red at night.

A variety of other public art pieces and carvings can also be seen along the walkway, which then carries on past the Aquatic Centre, Kawaroa Park and a playground. It finishes at the marina and Ngamotu Beach, where you can take a swim.

Pukekura Park

Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Located in the heart of New Plymouth, Pukekura Park has been transformed from a barren swamp to an inner-city oasis. Opened in 1876, it spans around 52 hectares, including lakes, gardens, bush and wailing trails.

Within Purekura Park lie the Fernery and Display Houses, acclaimed the world over for their design and plant displays. The Fernery is made up of a trio of caverns built into the side of a hill below ground level, with glass ceilings.

The outdoor amphitheatre of the TSB Bowl is a key venue for events, from concerts to major festivals. Next to the TSB Bowl, Brooklands Zoo is also part of Purekura Park.

This family-friendly attraction houses farmyard animals as well as a range of more exotic creatures — the wallaby, lemur, red panda. Walk through the aviary and see an array of colourful birds, or enjoy the tamarin monkeys and capuchin monkeys in their enclosures.

Water features heavily in Purekura Park. A tall fountain was installed to honour Queen Elizabeth’s 1954 visit, with more than a dozen dazzling spray combinations. Close by you’ll find a (man-made) 10-metre waterfall. Stroll over the lake via the Poet’s Bridge, or cross the upper lake on the Boat Shed Bridge.

New Plymouth has two sister cities (Mishima in Japan and Kunming in China), and each is represented with a garden within Purekura Park. The Japanese Hillside was designed in line with a typical Japanese forest and includes a traditional red gate. The Kunming Garden is a traditional Chinese garden complete with pavilion and moon gate entrance.

Other highlights of Purekura Park include Monument Hill, the Aotearoa Sculpture and the Rhododendron Dell, bordered by a grove of rimu, kowhai, and totara trees.

If you pick your rental car up at New Plymouth Airport it will take you about 15 minutes to drive to Pukekura Park.