Car hire New Plymouth Airport


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Prior to our rebrand from Airport Rentals and Motorhome Republic
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Travel Taranaki with a New Plymouth car hire

Pick up a New Plymouth rental car and dive into the Taranaki Region. A mix of outdoor adventure opportunities, seaside walkways, and urban delights, this scenic setting on the central west coast of the North Island has something for everyone. Get started on planning your getaway with a car rental deal from GoSee.

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Finding your way in New Plymouth

The freshly updated New Plymouth Airport is a beautiful place to land and begin your journey in the Taranaki Region of New Zealand's North Island. It’s a simple one-floor layout, and you’ll find the rental car counters located next to the baggage claim near the entrance/exit doors. Collect your keys and head outside to your designated car hire and make the short drive to New Plymouth.

Driving tips for New Plymouth region

  • New Plymouth city centre has multiple one-way streets; map your route ahead of time and be sure to pay close attention to signs.
  • Beware of pedestrian crossings throughout the urban areas and near the coastal walkway. 
  • While traffic is minimal compared to major cities, it does pick up significantly during peak hours.
  • If you’re heading out of the city in your New Plymouth Airport car rental, be cautious on the winding country roads and slow down on sharp turns. 
  • Parking in the city is plentiful. Be mindful of time limits and expect to pay by coin, credit card, or app within the city centre.

Visit Mount Taranaki to bring your New Plymouth holiday more on the adventurous side.

Top destinations to visit in a New Plymouth car hire

A New Plymouth exploration will bring you to picturesque coastal walkways.With a wild and rugged coastline, New Plymouth blends seaside charm with city splendour. Sample its trendy cafes, eclectic shops, and art galleries, and check out these scenic sights.

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

Stroll or cycle along the oceanfront enjoying both city and mountain views on a clear day.

Egmont National Park

Situated 30 minutes inland from the city, this native forestland has multiple entrances offering easy to difficult walking trails surrounding its towering Mount Taranaki. 

Fitzroy Beach

Check out the surf or go for a swim at the city’s most popular and most beautiful beach – an idyllic place to watch the sunset.

Car hire features tailored to your New Plymouth trip

If you do not pass by the famed Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, your New Plymouth escapade will be incomplete!Keep these tips in mind when hiring a New Plymouth Airport rental car: 

  • Make sure features like unlimited mileage are included if you plan to explore the nearby national park. Consider an AWD or 4WD if you plan to travel off the beaten path.
  • Hire a GPS with your car hire New Plymouth Airport if you’re exploring outside the city limits, as reception can be limited on the country roads.
  • When choosing a vehicle, don’t forget about your gear. Opt for something that will comfortably fit both your passengers and your sporting equipment. SUV and even van hire New Plymouth might be your best option and those tend to book out earlier.

What our customers say

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I found Moises, the agent who contacted us, very helpful and email responses were quick. This made the booking process very easy and stress free.
Scott Poole
GoSeeTravel team, especially Loma & Aish organised my first booking and later listened carefully and organised an extension amendment with very reasonable pricing. Communication was excellent, Thank you GoSeeTravel team....
Paul Joseph
The booking process is easy and the filtering is well detailed and allows one to only look at cars one is interested in.
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Couldn't get through on Web site. Rang & Amy helped me with booking my rental car in Cairns Australia. The phone dropped out at the last minute & Amy rang me back with the final information. Great service!
Glenn Fabar
Very clear communication and professional team.
Prompt service in a different time zone.
Majella Finn
It was just straight forward and easy. The only thing, which I may have missed, is how the payment works. Do you just hold my card, or do you take the full payment straight away?


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Rental cars New Plymouth Airport: Frequently asked questions

How much is it to hire a car at New Plymouth Airport?

The cost of hiring a car at New Plymouth Airport fluctuates depending on the time of year, car size, and car rental agency. Check up-to-date pricing of New Plymouth car rentals by doing a quick search at the top of this page. To get the best rate and your desired rental time, book early. If you have more questions about the rates, you can call our customer service team for a more accurate rental estimate.

Which car hire agencies are at New Plymouth Airport?

New Plymouth Airport is home to a number of car hire agencies including Avis, Budget, Keddy, and Hertz. 

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or offsite?

Depending on the dates and vehicle needed, the daily rate can fluctuate for both on-site airport rentals and offsite depots. However, depots at off airport location that require a shuttle for pick up and drop off tend to be a bit cheaper.

If you wish to avail of the free pick-up service, you can also contact the rental location phone number listed on your reservation confirmation. In such a case, check the free pick up service policies, including allowable pick up distance and any other restrictions.

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

Multiple car hire companies are adding in free benefits such as enhanced cleaning, contactless pick-up and instant confirmation to best protect customers from COVID-19. This includes Avis New Plymouth Airport, Budget New Plymouth Airport and Hertz.

How old do I have to be to rent a car from New Plymouth Airport?

Hertz New Plymouth allows licensed drivers as young as 18 years old while the other companies require a minimum age of 21 years old. Drivers under the age of 25 will likely incur a young driver’s surcharge.

How far is downtown New Plymouth from New Plymouth Airport?

New Plymouth is a 15-minute drive from the airport (11km).

What is the cheapest car hire agency at New Plymouth Airport?

Each car rental brand offers competitive rates and deals throughout the year. It’s best to book a car rental New Plymouth as soon as possible to get the best price. Compare current rates using the search bar at the top of this page.

Can I rent a car in New Plymouth and return it somewhere else?

Returning a New Plymouth car rental to another location is possible, usually with an additional cost. You can start your trip in New Plymouth and end your tour in Tauranga, Gisborne or even go to Rotorua. Simply type your desired destination into the search box to see what companies allow one way rentals and what they charge for it.

What types of cars can I rent from New Plymouth Airport?

New Plymouth Airport offers a range of vehicles to suit your needs, but supply is not as plentiful as some of our bigger rental locations. Book well in advance to secure your vehicle.

What is the speed limit in New Plymouth?

The designated speed limit in the urban area of New Plymouth is 50 km/h, reaching up to 100 km/h on highways and country roads.