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Car Hire Options at Tauranga Airport
There's a range of car hire companies operating at Tauranga 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 Tauranga Airport all the car rental companies offer are 'on-airport' which means they have check-in counters at the airport. This avoids the need to take shuttle transfers to rental car depots and so saves you time..
Car rental counters are located in the Arrivals area of the terminal with the exception of Apex. You will need to walk (approx. 2 minutes) from the terminal building to the Apex office at 21 Jean Batten Place.
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Tauranga Airport Car Hire Tips
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 $18-$36. 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.
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.
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 around the airport. The closest is The Gull and Z Petrol stations on Hewletts Road next to the airport are both open 24 hours.
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....
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 other 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. A well-maintained track spans the mountain, 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 best 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.
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-kept 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.
Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park
New Zealand is world-renowned for its hiking trails, but if you want an undisturbed walk in some of the country’s best native forests and fauna, you don’t have to go too far. Just a half-hour drive from Tauranga in your rental car, Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park borders the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. This ancient subtropical forest features some historic mining and kauri-logging sites, with huts, shelters, and picnic areas sprinkled among over 350 km of hiking trails.
Gold was discovered in the park on Mt Te Aroha in the 1880s, and kauri trees were felled for use in constructing mines, and for the fuel needed in extracting gold. Kauri logging stopped in the 1970s, but gold mining continues even today at Waihi.
Now regenerating, the park marks the furthest south that you will find kauri, and the northern limit for kamahi, red and silver beech trees. It is home to a large number of native birds including the kiwi, kokako, karearea, kaka, whitehead, kererū, and whio.
Pick up a trail map in Tauranga at the visitor centre. Access roads lead directly into the park and clearly signposted trail options — get there from the SH2 (there are exits between Tauranga and Katikati) or head southwest on the SH 29.
While there are plenty of popular tracks to choose from, a recently upgraded car park at the top of Whakamarama Road now provides easy access to the Leyland O’Brien logging tramway track (a 3-hour return walk) and to the longer Ngamarama track (a day’s walk across the Kaimai range).
It’s a half-hour drive in your rental car from Tauranga to the picturesque town of Katikati, known locally as the mural town. Walking the streets you’ll see more than 35 artworks (not just murals, but also sculptures and carvings) honouring the town’s early Maori and pioneer residents, and its timber milling and farming heritage. Pick up a map of the town and its murals from the visitor information centre.
Katikati is also known for its 'Haiku Pathway', a one-of-a-kind 2 km riverside walk that includes over 40 haiku poems, inscribed on river boulders — the largest collection of haikus (and the only haiku path) outside Japan. You can start the pathway at various spots, but if you start at the main entrance you will be greeted with this haiku: 'Strangers they stop and ask me the way if only I knew'.
Bird lovers will also want to visit the Katikati Bird Gardens, which sits directly on the edge of the inner Tauranga harbour on the outskirts of the town. The garden and aviary tour is a 45-60 minute walk through wetlands, and past water lilly ponds, with opportunities to get up close to bantams, pheasants, parrots, parakeets, ducks, swans, and doves. Giant camellias and magnolias brighten up winter skies, while azaleas and lilies show their colours in spring and summer. Tui, heron, fantail and grey warblers frequent the gardens, making this a great place to relax and unwind for an hour or two before you head off again in your rental car.