Car rental Kerikeri


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Discover Northland with a Kerikeri Airport car rental 

Pick up a Kerikeri car hire and tick the Far North off your New Zealand bucket list. Kerikeri is a charming town featuring lovely galleries, gardens, and historic stone buildings—a perfect setting for a rejuvenating holiday. A wealth of natural attractions paired with fascinating history gives the town a unique appeal that makes it memorable to all who visit. After a day of sightseeing in the Bay of Islands and exploring the farthest reaches of the North Island, travellers can wind down enjoying fantastic wine and delicious cuisine. Secure a deal on Kerikeri hire car and GoSee it all.

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Picking up Kerikeri Airport car rental

Kerikeri Airport is also known as Bay of Islands Airport and is the primary airport in the region. Direct flights to and from Auckland Airport connect Kerikeri to the rest of the world. There are basic but comfortable amenities for passengers and visitors, such as a large lounge with ample seating and a gorgeous view. There’s lots of parking, luggage storage, free WiFi and a cafe which offers light refreshments. Rent car groups have handy on-airport facilities. Simply collect the keys to your car rentals Kerikeri from the arrivals hall.  

Finding your way around with Kerikeri car rentals 

Keep these driving tips in mind when you pick up your car hire Kerikeri.  

  • Bay of Islands Airport is just 5 kilometres from Kerikeri. Depart the airport onto Twin Coast Discover Highway (Kerikeri Rd) and follow it until it because Wairoa Road, which will take you straight into town. 
  • The town itself is small and a little spread out. There are few service stations up in this part of New Zealand. So if you are Kerikeri road tripping, it is essential to fill up on fuel whenever you get the chance.  
  • Extreme weather can occasionally wreak havoc on the road system in the Far North. Check the forecast for any route disruptions prior to setting out.  
  • If you need real-time information about the area, visit the Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor Centre. It provides a comprehensive information and booking service for accommodation, activities, attractions, and travel in the Bay of Islands. 

Kerikeri stone building

Car hire Kerikeri: Things to see and do  

Rainbow Falls

A quick 6-minute drive in your Kerikeri rental car will bring you to Waipapa Road and this gorgeous plunge waterfall. Enjoy the view from multiple perspectives.  

Kauri Coast

Head up the coast to explore the Waipoua Forest, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and Cape Brett.

Go nautical

A visit to this part of New Zealand means you must get out on the water, whether it’s for a sailing trip, dolphin tour, or scuba dive.

Cape Reinga

The lighthouse at Cape Reinga. Stand in awe at the northernmost accessible point of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide.

Ninety Mile Beach

Check out the sweeping views offered along this wild sandy beach on the west coast 2 hours from Kerikeri. Jump out and take a barefoot stroll along the shore. 

Top tips for rental cars Kerikeri 

  • Car rental supply is more limited in remote locations like Kerikeri, so it is advisable to book your car hire well in advance—particularly when booking large vehicles or people carriers/vans.  
  • Longer bookings can often mean better value. For example, booking a Kerikeri rental car for a week offers a better daily rate than a 3-day rental.  
  • All car rentals have a full tank of fuel at the start of the trip. So it must be returned full during drop-off unless stated on the rental agreement.

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Car rental Kerikeri: Frequently asked questions

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What types of cars can I rent in Kerikeri? 

The types of cars you can rent in Kerikeri are compact, economy, intermediate, large, SUV, and people carriers/vans. Some popular rental brands include Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Toyota, and Suzuki.  If you wish to pick up late model rental cars, you must check the full details of the car wisely.

How old do you have to be to rent a car in Kerikeri? 

Different car hire companies have different age requirements to rent a car in Kerikeri. Certain suppliers will rent to drivers who are at least 18 years old, while others require you to be 21 or 25. In many cases, drivers under the age of 25 must pay a young driver surcharge.  

What is the cheapest car rental in Kerikeri? 

The cheapest car rental in Kerikeri is usually a compact or economy-size model, like the Suzuki Swift or Hyundai I30. However, this can change depending on availability so it is best to search our website for current rates. 

Are one way rentals allowed?

Yes, it is possible to rent vehicles one-way from Kerikeri. Whether you are travelling to Whangarei or Hamilton in your rental car, major auto hire companies will allow you to do that. You can start from Kerikeri and return your hire car in Tauranga or in Rotorua. Simply type your dates into the search function to see availability and associated one-way costs. 

What license do I need? 

You need a full and valid driver’s licence to rent a car in Kerikeri. If your licence is in a language other than English, you may also need to present an International Driver’s Permit or a valid translation document. 

What is the minimum rental period? 

The minimum length or rental duration for hire car Kerikeri is one day, but longer rental periods offer better value for money. 

How do I find the best car rental deals in Kerikeri? 

GoSee lets you compare rental deals across multiple brands with one simple search of your Kerikeri travel dates here on our website. Refine search and use the filters so you can choose among the car rental companies located at the arrivals hall inside the terminal building, or opt for off-airport location suppliers that operate within Kerikeri downtown. All our vehicles listed have different deals attached to them so make sure to check the details carefully to score the best rate.

What is included in the hire rate? 

Most car rentals in Kerikeri include unlimited kilometres. Other inclusions vary according to your chosen rental company. Compare offerings by reading the specifications on each Kerikeri car hire listing. 

Also, make it a habit to read through your rental agreement to check on all the terms and conditions. You may also our contact reservations/support team

How much does it cost to hire a car in Kerikeri?

The car hire price will vary based on several factors like the rental location, pick up date, drop-off date, vehicle availability. But, you can expect to find Kerikeri rental cars for around NZD$74 per day.

Booking with GoSee is so simple, secure, and convenient. Use our booking widget to search and pick offers specific to your preferences and more accurate rental estimate. No booking fees and no applicable cancellation fees on most rental cars!

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Kerikeri Airport (KKE)?

You can get a rental car Kerikeri Airport inside the terminal. Pick up your vehicle keys from the purpose-built car hire space, which adjoins the main terminal building. Companies such as Avis, Budget Car Rentals, Dollar, Far North Rentals, Hertz, Thrifty operate here.

However, if you wish to avail a vehicle rent outside the airport, you may also arrange a free pick up service from suppliers located downtown. Just call the location phone number listed on your chosen company for further assistance.