Car Rental in Auckland
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and a modern metropolis offering many exciting attractions. The city is home to many of New Zealand’s leading cultural institutions and museums and is also an excellent place for shopping, eating and nightlife. New Zealand’s famous picturesque scenery is also just a moment’s drive from the city for you to get the best of both worlds. Auckland is ideal for renting a car as you can fit in all the sights and make excursions out into the wonderful New Zealand countryside.
Where to rent a car in Auckland
You will find most recognizable car rental companies like Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Thrifty and Budget available directly from Auckland Airport when you have arrived for your convenience. Counters are situated in the arrivals hall of the international terminal and on the ground floor of the multistory carpark. Alternatively, most international agencies and several local providers have a presence within the city so you don’t need to collect your vehicle right away. There are also a number of providers with offices just a short trip from the airport providing free shuttle services.
Driving in Auckland
Auckland is a busy city so you can expect the usual rush hour traffic around the CBD and other central areas, but in general the city caters well to vehicle owners with efficient roads and highways and ample parking facilities. Local drivers are much more rule-abiding compared to other parts of the world and the infrastructure is also excellent if you plan on venturing outside the city. Remember that in New Zealand you will be required to drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Parking in Auckland
Travelers with a rental car will find Auckland benefits from extensive parking facilities which includes both parking lots and street parking. If you utilize street parking you get the first 10 minutes free after which a pay and display system is in operation (from 09.00-22.00). Alternatively, you can find hourly and daily parking lots which might offer better value compared to street parking. Hotels in Auckland will usually be able to provide some form of parking upon request and most leading malls will have underground/multistory parking available.
Where to go around Auckland
The best attractions and sites in Auckland are quite spread out so it is definitely of benefit to have your own car. Auckland refers both to Auckland City and to the region of Auckland which includes three other cities – Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere. You will want to make the most of your rental car during your stay in Auckland with excursions out of the city: head to the One Tree Hill beauty spot for incredible views over the city and visit the famous Hobbiton Film Set in Matamata. If it’s sun-drenched beaches you’re after then the weekend getaway of Matakana is just 45 minutes north of Auckland, or keep going north and you will reach the hikers paradise of Puhoi.
* This information is correct as of December 2018