Car Hire at Auckland International Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Whether you want to experience Auckland’s buzzing city life, escape to the far north for dune boarding and driving on the beach or sailing across to an island full of wild landscapes and even wilder activities, you can find the best car hire at Auckland International Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Auckland International Airport
There are five car hire companies with desks at Auckland International Airport: Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Auckland International Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Z Skyway petrol station located on the airport site so you don’t have to worry about filling your rental car before returning it. Head west onto Tom Pearce Drive, towards George Bolt Memorial Drive, then take the second exit at the roundabout. The petrol station will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Auckland International Airport
Auckland International Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. The airport is situated 25km to the south of Auckland city centre and 15km west of Manukau in the south on the shore of the Manukau Harbour. The three main motorway systems running through Auckland are the Northern Motorway (from Orewa to the Central Motorway Junction), the Southern Motorway (from past Bombay Hills, where it merges to the Waikato Expressway) and the Northwestern Motorway (from Auckland Port to Westgate).
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Auckland International Airport.
One of the highlights of Kaitaia is breath-taking 90 mile Beach. This is one beach you can actually drive you car along – yes on the sand! Alternatively, it is also somewhere to sea and dune surf, swim, and sunbathe. Kaitaia itself is a small town in Northland and the largest town before Cape Reinga. Peaceful, beautiful and remote, Kaitaia is a romantic escape from the bustle of big cities. Those who love horse trekking, fishing, surfing, kayaking, diving, golfing, hiking or quad biking should make Kaitaia their first stop.
Kaitaia is a stunning 4 and a half hour drive from Auckland International Airport along the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Head southeast from the airport on the 20A highway. Take exit 15 for Queenstown Road Route 12, merging with Route 12 further along the road. Take the ramp for State Highway 1 to Auckland and continue on this highway until you reach Kaitaia.
Pure unadulterated paradise – that is the only way to describe Waiheke Island. Here, secluded beaches, vineyards and olive groves make up the spectacular natural landscapes. This place is jam packed with things to do from walking and hiking and adrenalin fuelled sports like caving, bungy jumping and white water rafting to sedate pastimes including golf, sailing and diving. Museums, galleries, Maori culture and local arts and crafts offer plenty for the culture vulture while romantics can just stroll white sandy beaches, gaze at the milky way above the island’s vast starry skies or enjoy a romantic meal by the waterside as the sun sets behind the ocean.
Waiheke Island is just under 2 hours drive and ferry from Auckland International Airport. Get on the state highway 20A until you get to a right turning for Urban Route 5. Follow signs for the Waiheke Island Half Moon Bay ferry.
With a huge Polynesian and Asian community, Auckland is a diverse city with plenty going for it. Museums, art galleries, fabulous brunch spot and beach cafes, bohemian boutiques and high street stores, wining, dining, theatre and comedy make Auckland the buzzing city it is. The sparkling harbour is lined with cool water-side bars where you can gaze out at the shimmering yachts that moor there. Takapuna Beach and Mission Bay are the closest beaches on which to while away hot sunny New Zealand days.
It takes just 25 minutes to drive to Auckland from the airport. Get on State Highway 20A taking exit 15 for Queenstown Road. Take the Route 1 ramp to merge onto State Highway 1 and follow signs for the city centre.
There is a range of parking options in Auckland. Most parking is in car parks which cost from $3.00 per hour depending on the location and up to $17.00 for a full day’s parking. There is also pat and display parking on the street which is charged at $4.00 for two hours short stay. The first 10 minutes parking is free throughout the city. Parking charges apply from 9am to 10pm. Some hotels in Auckland also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change