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A car rental from Auckland International Airport will stand you in good stead for any kind of visit, business or pleasure. The sprawling city is best traversed with your own set of wheels. And should you have the opportunity to leave the city limits and explore New Zealand, a rental vehicle is the way to go.

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Auckland International Airport rental car pick up locations

There are both on-airport and off-airport providers supplying rental cars at Auckland Airport. The airport suppliers have counters inside the international terminal, while off-airport suppliers have depots nearby. The vast majority of the former category provide free shuttles to get arriving and departing customers from the airport to the depot and vice versa.

On-airport rental providers at Auckland International Airport include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, and Budget. Off-airport providers include Ezi Car Rental, Bargain Car Rentals, Go Rentals, Omega, Snap Rentals, Alamo, Enterprise, and Jucy.

Check the map below for the locations of the various suppliers.

Auckland International Airport car hire: What you need to know

Auckland, a sprawling metropolis spread across a narrow isthmus, has plenty to offer any visitor. The bustling and globally-connected CBD sits on the shore of the sparkling Waitemata Harbour, and beyond that spreads the beautiful expanse of the island-dotted Hauraki Gulf. With access to two harbours, beaches of many kinds, museums, diverse dining opportunities, and plenty of things to do, this is a city that has it all.

Airport guide

Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL) is the largest air travel hub in New Zealand with flights to and from an array of global destinations. It has an international terminal and a domestic terminal which are connected by a 500m-long signposted walkway and a free terminal transfer bus.

The international terminal has many different dining and shopping outlets, some before and many after security. These range from high-end stores to convenience shops, grab-and-go snacks to sit-down restaurants. There are amenities, airline lounges, ATMs, currency exchange outlets, free WiFi, and long-term and short-term parking options. You can ask any questions at information kiosks situated around the terminal.

Rental car counters are located next to the arrivals area of the international terminal, on the ground floor. At the domestic terminal, they are located on the ground floor of the carpark building directly opposite the terminal.

Auckland Harbour Bridge with lights reflecting on the water.

Driving tips for your Auckland rental car

Whether you are planning to zip around the city or head out on New Zealand’s highways for a scenic road trip, it’s important to stay safe on the roads. These tips will give a head start to anyone driving in Auckland for the first time—or New Zealand for the first time.

  • Drive on the left! New Zealand is a left-driving country, which means that drivers sit on the right-hand side of the car. This may take some getting used to for those coming from right-driving countries. If necessary, plan an hour or two to practice driving on the left on the roads near the airport before hitting the motorways.
  • Default speed limits in Auckland and the surrounding areas are set at 50 kilometres per hour for urban or built-up areas, and 100 kph for motorways, highways, and open roads. However, you’ll find many variations to these limits—for example, the Waterview tunnel not far from the airport has a limit of 80 kph. Always pay attention to posted signs.
  • Head outside of Auckland and you are likely to come across roads which are steep and winding. Take extra care on these sections and make sure that you are reducing your speed to suit the road and the weather conditions.
  • New Zealand’s main highways tend to pass through a lot of small towns rather than bypassing them. Keep an eye out for speed signs and reduce your speed when required.
  • Roundabouts are common in Auckland and throughout the country. There are several near the airport. Always enter a roundabout by turning left, and give way to any vehicles already on it.
  • The blood alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over in New Zealand is 0.05%. The limit for drivers under 20 is zero.

Where to go with a hire car from Auckland Airport

There are myriad directions you could take with your own set of wheels in Auckland! Not only does the city have many fantastic things to see and do, but the surrounding areas are full of enticing attractions.

To start you off with some travel ideas, we’ve put together a list of top destinations within a few hours of Auckland. Start your planning!

Waiheke Island

An afternoon view of Little Palm Beach, Waiheke Island.This trip requires a short journey on the car ferry, but is well worth it. Spend a few days or even a week on this small but mighty island which is packed with top-notch swimming beaches and world-class wineries. Everything is within easy reach on this paradise isle with a rental car—just be sure to organise alternative transport when enjoying the fruits of the Waiheke vines!

Matakana and Tawharanui

Little more than an hour’s drive north will find you in Matakana, a lovely country town famous for its weekend markets and great restaurants. Nearby is stunning Tāwharanui Peninsula, a regional park that boasts long stretches of sandy surf beach, rolling pastures, and an open sanctuary where a predator-proof fence ensures that native birds can live and flourish freely.

West Coast beaches

Spend summertime at the Piha Beach.Only 45 minutes from the CBD, across a mountain range called the Waitakere Ranges, you’ll find West Auckland’s stunning black-sand surf beaches. These are spectacular, rugged, and ideal for a scenic picnic. There are also many great walking tracks in the mountains which back the coastline—try the hike up to Kitekite falls near Piha beach for a great morning or afternoon of adventure.

Coromandel Peninsula

Thames, the small-town gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula, is just 1.5 hours from Auckland by car. From there, the delights of the holidaymakers’ paradise peninsula spread north and east. These include the incredible rock formations of Cathedral Cove, the hiking tracks in the dense native bush of Coromandel Forest Park, the hot spring bubbling through the sand at Hot Water Beach, and a multitude of laid-back towns and beautiful beaches. Set aside at least a week to explore.

Done exploring Auckland? Why not pick up a rental car in Wellington to see the southern part of the North Island. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Christchurch Airport, get a car rental in Queenstown, or visit Nelson to explore the South Island. The choice is yours!

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Auckland International Airport car hire: Frequently asked questions

What is the cheapest car hire company at Auckland Airport?

In general, off-airport providers like Big Value, Omega, Bargain Rental Cars, and Jucy offer the lowest rates on rental cars from Auckland Airport.

How much does it cost to hire a car at Auckland Airport?

The rates for car hire at Auckland Airport in New Zealand vary widely according to the supplier, the vehicle, and the season. To give an idea of what to expect, an economy or compact car can cost as little as around NZD$30 a day. A luxury car or SUV may cost more than NZD$400 per day.

To find a car that suits your budget, enter your travel dates into GoSee’s search engine and compare the many results listed. You can use filters to see the ones which match your requirements and sort them by lowest price first to find the best deals.

Which car rental suppliers are based in or around Auckland Airport?

Car rental companies supplying Auckland Airport include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, and Budget, Ezi Car Rental, Bargain Car Rentals, Go Rentals, Omega, Snap Rentals, Alamo, Enterprise, and Jucy.

Which car hire companies in Auckland have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The majority of rental suppliers operating in and around Auckland Airport have updated their policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for features such as “Enhanced Cleaning” and “Contactless Pick Up” in the search listing. You can also find more detailed information on each company’s individual website.

Can I collect a car from Auckland Airport and return somewhere else?

Yes, many rental suppliers have depots elsewhere in the country and will allow renters to book a one-way journey. When searching, specify your desired pick-up and drop-off locations to see what is available.

How old do I need to be to rent a car from Auckland Airport?

The majority of rental companies require drivers to be aged 21 or over. Some will charge an extra fee for anyone under the age of 25.

Where do I collect my Auckland Airport rental car?

When you make a booking, you will receive a confirmation that includes detailed instructions for picking up the vehicle. This will involve either heading to the rental counter at the airport or calling to be picked up by a shuttle and taken to the depot.

Where do I return my rental car at Auckland Airport?

You will receive detailed drop-off instructions when you make your booking. This will involve either returning the car to the depot from which you picked it up or to the rental car returns area of the airport carpark.

Do I need to fill up the tank before returning my rental car?

Yes, you should fill up the petrol tank before returning a rental car. If you fail to do so, a refill fee will apply.

What is the speed limit in Auckland?

The default speed limits in Auckland are 50 kph on built-up, residential, or urban roads and 100 kph on highways and open roads. There are many variations to these limits, so you should always check the posted speed limit signs.