Car Rental Auckland Airport
Featuring an exquisite blend of city sophistication intertwined with a stunning natural playground, Auckland acts as the perfect starting point for many a road adventure through the heartlands of northern New Zealand. Voted the most liveable city in the world throughout stages of 2021, Auckland itself is brimming with culture, rugged mountain peaks, spectacular waterfront views, and a dazzling skyline. With a rental car, the entirety of New Zealand is your oyster, with something to suit no matter what time of year you visit.
The city of sails could just as easily be dubbed the city of lava, with Auckland home to approximately 53 dormant volcanoes. They encompass some of the most spectacular views and hiking trails across the globe and are certain to get the feet moving and the juices flowing. Of particular interest are some of Auckland’s tallest peaks, in Mt Rangitoto, Mt Eden, and One Tree Hill, which showcase breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city and provide hikers with an opportunity to encounter an array of native wildlife. On top of hiking, enjoy snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, bike riding, star gazing, whale watching and more, all within driving distance from the heartland of Auckland.
If you’re after something with a more urban feel, then Auckland Central is the place to be. With world-class shopping facilities and dining experiences, rich history, local culture, and the iconic Viaduct Harbour, you’re sure to find something exciting to tickle your fancy.
Venture to Greener Pastures in your Car Hire
Jump in your car and explore the countryside with some of Auckland’s most popular getaway destinations. Embark on your journey two hours south and disappear into the magical realm of the world-famous Hobbiton. See where Frodo and Bilbo once called home by immersing yourself in the full J. R. R. Tolkien experience. Take a wander around ‘Middle Earth’ and experience the Hobbit Holes on Bag End, the Double Arched Bridge, and the famous Party Tree before capping off a hard day’s work with a banquet feast fit for a hobbit in the Green Dragon Inn.
Continue your venture further south and head on down to the stunningly beautiful Rotorua. Only a three-hour drive in your car hire from Auckland or an hour south of Hobbiton, Rotorua is a must-see and one of the most popular tourist destinations on the North Island. Check out the bubbling mud pools, geysers, hot springs, and colourful sinter terraces all within walking distance from the Rotorua city centre. Shaped by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago, Rotorua is home to some of the most surreal geothermal wonders of the world. Explore forests, lakes, and geothermal parks in and around this volcanic wonderland.
Learn about the Māori history and local culture at the Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village, canoe – kayak or paddle boat across Lake Rotorua or crank up the heart rate by zip lining through one of New Zealand’s most ancient forests. After a fun-filled adventure, be sure to relax and unwind at one of Rotorua’s naturally heated hot pools, wellness retreats or luxury spa centres to get you ready and raring to go for another day of adventuring.
Get a feel for Everything Auckland in your Car Hire.
Auckland may appear all sunshine and rainbows (and it often is) – brimming with budding life, panoramic views, and spectacular scenery, but if it’s a more metropolitan feel you are after, Auckland Central has you covered. A thrill seekers paradise, start your day with an iconic skywalk or bungee jumping off Sky Tower or the Harbour Bridge. If heights aren’t your jam, don’t sweat Auckland has you covered there as well.
Explore world-class local art exhibitions at the Auckland Art Gallery or the colourful history of the Māori people at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Foodies rejoice by spending time indulging in world-class cuisine in town at the luxurious French Café, dining in with spectacular waterfront views along the Viaduct Harbour or our personal favourite, the Auckland Night Markets. If it’s the sunset you’re chasing, be sure to visit Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour or a little further along the West Coast to the much-loved Piha Beach with its eye-catching black sand, rugged coastlines, and breathtaking views.
The time is now to get a little nifty in your Thrifty and unlock some of the hidden gems Auckland and New Zealand have to offer.