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Car Hire Options at Rotorua Airport
There's a range of car hire companies operating at Rotorua 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 Rotorua 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.
Use our price comparison search tool to find the best prices for these on-airport car rental brands at Rotorua Airport:
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Rotorua Airport Car Hire Tips
Why renting a car makes sense
Rotorua Airport is located just eight kilometres from the Rotorua CBD. Apart from renting a car, you can get into town by shuttle services, taxis or bus.
The cost of a shuttle depends on the number of passengers and your destination. A shared one-way ride for one adult into Rotorua is around $22. But being a shared-ride can mean it's a slow trip with multiple stops as people get dropped off en route. Alternatively you can book a shuttle for exclusive use and this is around $78.
Taxis have the advantage of being quicker, but are typically more expensive than shuttles. Fares are $25-$48 depending on traffic and exclude a $5 airport fee.
Buses are the cheapest option, but also the slowest and least convenient.
Depending on your travel plans, a rental car may well be a more cost effective 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 have some suggestions at the bottom of the page.
Driving from the airport
Rotorua Airport is only a 10-15 minute drive into the centre of Rotorua and about a one-hour drive to Tauranga, Whakatane and Taupo.
Driving into Rotorua is straight forward. Once you've collected your rental car, take the road out of the airport and turn right onto State Highway 30. Follow this for 5.7 km to the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto State Highway 30/State Highway 30A. Follow this for 3km and then turn right into Fenton Street which takes you into the middle of town.
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.
There are plenty of petrol stations between Rotorua and the airport. The closest is Caltex at 520 Te Ngae Road, (open 24 hours).
Attractions Near rotorua
A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Rotorua and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions you might like to consider checking out. For more ideas, check out the Destination Rotorua website....
Geothermal geysers and Maori culture are practically synonymous with Rotorua, and you’ll find both at Te Puia, one of the town’s top drawcards, and often described as a living cultural centre.
Nestled in the Te Whakarewarewa valley — which the Te Arawa people called home for generations — the complex spans 70 hectares. Within it lies a multitude of natural geothermal wonders: hot springs, mud pools and fascinating silica formations. A must-see while you’re here is the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, renowned as the most reliable geyser on earth. It erupts constantly throughout the day to a height of 30 metres, usually for a few minutes at a time. Navigate around the steamy, sulphuric thermal valley yourself, or take a guided tour. Amid the native bush are many native birds. There is even a kiwi centre, which is part of a national breeding project. Inside the nocturnal kiwi house, you’ll have an opportunity to see this unique native bird up close.
The national schools of Maori carving and weaving are found at Te Puia. You can watch masterful artists and their students at work, learn about the history and processes involved, and buy their handiwork at the gift shop. It is truly incredible to see what they can achieve with wood, stone and bone. Nowhere is this traditional aspect of heritage better preserved than at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.
Guided tours allow you to experience the best of Te Puia, from a traditional welcome to a delicious hangi feast and live cultural performance, complete with poi dancing, haka, stick games and melodious singing. Hospitality is key to the experience and Te Puia’s Maori guides are proud to share their ancestry and pass on stories handed down for generations.
Te Puia can be found on Hemo Rd, which is less than 10-minutes’ drive from downtown Rotorua.
Billed as the most colourful volcanic area in the country, the Wai-o-tapu geothermal landscapes were thousands of years in the making. Here lies one of the most extensive geothermal systems in all of New Zealand.
Today there are clearly defined tracks to follow that guide you through the full gamut of diverse attractions here. It’s truly a surreal experience, with craters, terraces, steaming vents, bubbling mud and vivid springs and pools, all set against a lush backdrop of native bush. Follow one, two or all three of the walks, with each option taking between half an hour and 75 minutes.
Don’t miss the Mud Pool (a former mud volcano which has eroded away) or the beautiful and unique Champagne Pool, a striking sight with its vibrant green and orange hues.
The other must-see attraction here is the Lady Knox Geyser. Lady Knox erupts daily at 10.15 am to explosive heights of up to 20 metres. It is actually set away from the main Wai-o-tapu visitor centre in a separate area; however, walking there is advised against (for safety reasons). Instead, it’s a short and easy drive of just a few minutes to the geyser in your rental car. It’s recommended to plan to arrive at Lady Knox geyser by 9.30am to prepare for the main event. Directions there will be given to you when you purchase your entry tickets to Wai-o-tapu.
On your way out you may like to stop for a bite to eat at the onsite cafe or pick up a souvenir. There are picnic areas across from the visitor centre as well.
The geothermal wonderland of Wai-o-tapu lies almost directly south of Rotorua, a half-hour drive away in your rental car.
The best way to describe Agroventures is as an adventure hub. Part of the Agrodome — a family-friendly complex packed with farmland-related sights and activities — there’s an array of adrenaline pumping activities to be had all in one location. And it's just 15 minutes from downtown Rotorua; an easy drive in your rental car.
The Agrojet is a high-octane jet boat ride, accelerating to 100 km per hour before you can say ‘go’! You’d be hard-pressed to find faster jet boats in New Zealand. The experienced drivers lead you through a thrilling sprint course, wrapping the ride up with a dizzying 360-degree spin.
Bungy was invented in New Zealand and a jump at Agroventures, overlooking the bucolic Paradise Valley, is hard to top.
If you enjoy rope swings (or secretly harbour a desire to be Tarzan) then the Swoop is the ride for you. With this supercharged swing you will be secured into a body harness (either alone, or with one or two other people simultaneously) and elevated to 40 metres high. From there you release your ripcord and plunge back down to earth at speeds of up to 130 km per hour.
For the feeling of freedom that comes with flying through a tunnel, you can’t go past the Freefall Xtreme. Don a flight suit and get atop a wind column, which enables you to do spins, twists and barrel rolls.
Finally, the Shweeb is a unique Kiwi invention for those with a love for speed and a bit of muscle. You will climb into an aerodynamic pod and race around the track, pedalling as fast as you possibly can. Race against the clock, or against friends, at up to 50 km per hour. You can even team up for tandem races. There are prizes for age or country records, and you could add your name to the Rail of Fame. Beat the world record and you could rake in a cash prize to take away! (Or if you’d rather simply take it slow, lie back and pedal slowly around the track, you can of course do that too.)
Supremely tranquil and beautiful, the 5600-hectare Whakarewarewa Forest is known for its mix of native and exotic forest, in particular its majestic Californian redwood trees. It is one of the oldest exotic forests in the country and it has a rich history with local Maori. Nearly 200 tree species were originally planted here in order to determine which types could be cultivated for timber, and the forest continues to play a role in the wider industry today.
There are no predators in the forest, but there are many animals, insects and birds to be found among the canopies of ferns, shrubs and trees, all part of the greater forest ecosystem. Located 5 km from central Rotorua, it’s just a short drive away in your rental car.
Locals refer to it as The Redwoods, and it’s a mecca for outdoor leisure in all forms. The park is ideal for picnics, for one. Walking and hiking are also popular pastimes; tracks range from quick half-hour jaunts to full-day endeavours. Most of the walking trails begin at the Redwoods i-Site. Venturing further will lead you to a view of the city and countryside, including the Blue and Green lakes. There is also the commercial Redwoods Treewalk, which takes you on an ecological journey through the forest, with a bird’s eye view from 12 metres above ground. It is made up of 21 suspension bridges, which traverse from tree to tree. Over the course of a half-hour you’ll come to truly appreciate the grandeur and serenity on display here.
Whakarewarewa Forest is also renowned as a mountain biking mecca — the trails have been rated among the best in the world. Created in partnership with pro bikers, the 160 km of trails cater for all skill levels. And with names like Check It Out and Be Rude Not To, they’re bound to make you smile. You can hike a bike in town or at the trailhead off Waipa State Mill Road across from the forest.