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Car Hire Options at tauranga Airport

There's a range of car hire companies operating at Tauranga Airport.  The good news is that you'll find them all here. We bring together all the leading rental vehicle brands - meaning you don't have waste time trawling the Internet for options or pay exorbitant walk-up prices at the airport rental counter. Book now and save!

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 Quote box at the top of the page to instantly compare a huge choice of vehicles at the very best prices.

Mt Manganui near Tauranga

Car Rental Brands

At Tauranga Airport all the car rental companies we offer have check-ins the arrivals terminal. So this avoids you having to waste time waiting for shuttle transfers to off-airport depots. 

Car rental brands we offer at Tauranga Airport:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Keddy

Why Renting a Car Makes Sense

Tauranga Airport is located 6 - 7 kilometres from central Tauranga in one direction and Mt Maunganui in the other.  Apart from renting a car, you can get into either town by taxi.

One of the key reasons for renting a car when you’re visiting Tauranga and Mount Maunganui 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. 

Public transport to get around can be a real cost saver. BUT the problem is it severely constrains where you can go. And when. If you’ve got limited time, do you want to waste it standing around waiting for buses? We didn’t think so!

Taxis are another option. They give travel flexibility, but relying on them can quickly become painfully expensive as fares add up.

Taxi fares depend on your destination and traffic. Typically the fare from Tauranga Airport into central Tauranga is $12 - $20. The fare to downtown Mt Maunganui is likely to be between $10 and $18. If you're going further afield, such as to Papamoa, the fare is going to be up to $30 or more.

Low daily rental rates plus unlimited kilometres means that hiring a rental car is usually your most cost effective option and allows you to make the most of your limited time.

We offer some suggestions at the bottom of the page about places around Tauranga you might want to visit. Having a rental car makes getting to them easy.  

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Tauranga Airport Car Rental Tips

Petrol Stations

If you're dropping off your rental car at Tauranga Airport 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.

As you can see from the map below there are plenty of petrol stations around the airport. The closest is The Gull and Z Petrol stations on Hewletts Road next to the airport are both open 24 hours.

Book Early

Tauranga and Mount Maunganui are extremely popular holiday destinations for New Zealanders and international tourists alike.

During peak periods demand for rentals cars can outstrip supply. So to avoid missing out, it's a smart idea to lock in your booking as early as possible.

Driving from the airport

Tauranga Airport is less than 10 minutes from Tauranga city centre and seven minutes from central Mount Maunganui. 

Driving into both Tauranga and Mt Maunganui is dead easy. Once you've collected your rental car, take the road out of the airport (Jean Batten Drive) to State Highway 2. If you're going to Tauranga, turn left and follow the road for 5 km. It'll take you over the Tauranga Harbour bridge and into central Tauranga.

If you're heading into central Mount Maunganui, there are several routes, but the most scenic is along Marine Parade. This will take you 10 - 15 minutes (assuming you don't stop to take in the view).  After leaving the airport along Jean Batten Drive turn right onto State Highway 2. Follow this for 1 km and at the roundabout take the second exit onto Golf Road. Follow this just under 1 km and then turn left into Marine Parade. Then drive 4 km along Marine Parade and you'll be in central Mount Manganui and at the foot of the famous Mount.

Average economy rental price

  • 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

Attractions Near tauranga / mt manganui

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions you might like to consider checking out. For more ideas, check out the Bay of Plenty Tourism website....

Mt Maunganui

A true jewel in the Bay of Plenty, Mt Maunganui is easily accessed from central Tauranga - just a 10 minute drive in your rental car. The ‘Mount’ is just across the harbour, a sandbar with sheltered Pilot Bay on one side and a fantastic surf beach on the sea side.

The mountain itself, Mauao, rises 232 metres above sea level. Several historical Maori pa (villages) were once built on this extinct volcanic cone, which you will see if you walk around it. The main well maintained track that spans the mountain is approximately 3.5 km long, and suitable for strollers too. There are several other pathways to the top of Mauao, from where you will be rewarded with views in every direction, along the Bay of Plenty coastline and inland to the Kaimai mountain ranges.

Reward yourself afterwards with an ice cream on the glorious white sandy beach, which is consistently voted one of the top in the world. The main beach at Mt Maunganui often hosts sporting events but it’s ideal for sunning and swimming year round. Just across the road there’s an array of restaurants and cafes, equally suited for evening alfresco dining as to a lazy brunch. The main street also houses a number of art galleries, gift stores and fashion boutiques.

Feeling active? Try your hand at paragliding, fishing, or surfing - there are lots of surf schools to be found here. And at the end of the day you can kick back at the hot salt water pools at the bottom of Mauao. Whatever you’re after, you’re bound to find it in this chilled out holiday town.

Kaiate Falls

Escape to a peaceful paradise at Kaiate Falls in Welcome Bay, a suburb of Tauranga. Also known as Te Rerekawau Falls, the Kaiate Falls are part of a nature reserve that includes plenty of greenery in the form of native bush and forest, and a river that runs through a series of waterfalls.

There are well maintained walking trails throughout the reserve. There is a main loop track you can walk that takes about an hour to complete, with maps, information and pictures along the way. There is plenty of shade and shelter provided by the flax plants and large trees, including puriri and kohekohe.

At the top of the ravine, the Kaiate Stream descends over the edge to form the waterfalls you see. The first waterfall is a stunning three step cascade of multiple falls. The first two steps are clearly visible, while the third is recessed into the bush. The second waterfall is a typical drop or horsetail waterfall stretching some 15 metres.

At the bottom of the lower falls there is a delightful swimming hole just made for cooling dips on a hot day. In between the falls, the track crosses over the stream.

The trip will take about 30 minutes in your rental car from central Tauranga. The road is sealed however in the last kilometre it changes to a gravel surface so be prepared for that. Pack a picnic to bring along, because above the Kaiate Falls carpark is a lovely picnic area to relax in, with great views to Mount Maunganui and the Port of Tauranga.


At Kiwi360 in Te Puke, it’s all about kiwifruit, one of our most recognised exports. Just half an hour along the coast from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty, it makes for a great family outing in your rental car.

Just over 100 years ago the first Chinese gooseberries were planted in New Zealand. They have thrived in the fertile Bay of Plenty, now recognised as the home of the kiwifruit and the place where the very best comes from.

In 1987 Kiwi360 was set up (then known as ‘Kiwifruit Country’) to offer visitors an in depth insight into the furry fruit and the industry that has sprung up around it!

The Kiwi360 complex includes a commercial kiwifruit farm, a retail operation where visitors can purchase kiwifruit inspired mementoes and gifts, and an onsite cafe.

Guided ‘KiwiKart’ tours depart every hour. Climb aboard and whizz through the horticultural theme park. It starts with an odyssey through dozens of different fruit and nut trees, then arriving at the commercial kiwifruit orchard. There are more than 60 varieties of kiwifruit grown at Kiwi360, including the popular gold kiwifruit and the Arguta kiwiberry variety. The experienced hosts will go into great detail about how kiwifruit are grown and the story of how they became a global phenomenon as a super fruit. Plus you’ll get to taste them for yourself, as well as various gourmet products derived from the humble fruit.

Blokart Heaven

Fancy a spot of sailing - on solid ground? The blokart is one of those uniquely Kiwi inventions, an embodiment of our adventurous spirit. In essence, the blokart is a simple concept: a wind propelled go kart! Speedy and compact, they can provide hours of outdoor fun. It was originally devised by inventor Paul Beckett, who had a background in hang gliding and envisioned a wind powered toy for all to enjoy.

Papamoa is the home of the blokart so there’s no better place to give it a go. If you’re staying in Tauranga, Blokart Heaven is a short drive away in your rental car - a 20 minute trip.

No prior experience is needed and you simply need to be 8 years of age or older. Blokarting operates on the same principle as water sailing; even if you haven’t done that before you should pick it up in minutes. You’ll be shown an instructional DVD, and again out on the track. Before long you’ll be whizzing around racing the winds with the breeze in your hair. Instructors will assign you a sail based on your experience, size, and the conditions.

Only a light breeze is needed to get going, as long as there’s wind then the conditions are good for blokarting. You could get up to speeds of 40 km per hour or even higher if the gusts are strong.

Bring a packed lunch with you. And stop in at the pro shop, which has some museum pieces on display, including the very first blokart!

A new addition to Blokart Heaven are the electric drift karts. These three wheeled machines are powered by an electric front wheel, and two drifting wheels at the rear. Steer around the concrete course and get it going sideways!