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Hiring a car from Auckland airport

Whether you like shopping, museums, markets or high octane sports, Auckland city has something for you. Close to the sea and bordered by national parks, there is no shortage of things to see and do. The trouble will be cramming it all in to one holiday!

Why hire a car at Auckland Airport?

That all important first mile - driving out of the airport:

60-second guide to Auckland airport

in its own head

"If you want to experience hospitality and culture against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery then we're the southern hemisphere city to head for."

but more realistically

In terms of offering the holidaymaker a bit of everything, it truly doesn't get much better than Auckland. Whether you’re looking for adrenalin pumped thrills or laid-back living, you can find it in abundance here.

the vibe

Voted the city with the fifth best quality of life in the world by The Economist, the vibe is a happy one, as you can imagine.

the natives

It seems that everyone in New Zealand is genuinely happy – perhaps that’s not surprising when you take a look around at how beautiful the landscape is. Expect to be made very welcome as soon as you arrive.

the weather

From January to March it stays nice and warm, averaging in the mid-20s, while winters are pretty mild and damp.

the local speciality

Obviously, being an island, seafood is hugely popular, especially fused with Asian flavours. Like the British, they're also very fond of fish and chips.

the celebrity

The legendary Kiwi rugby player Jonah Lomu comes from South Auckland.

did you know?

Auckland is known as The City of Sails because there are so many yachts in the harbour - typicallly around 135,000.

they say

"Wherever you stay in Auckland, you're never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, idyllic holiday islands, outstanding food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife." - www.aucklandnz.com

Auckland airport Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

Once you've stretched your legs and picked up your luggage, head for the airport's arrivals hall, where you'll find a number of car hire desks.

What should I buy at duty free?

You don’t have to spend much time in the New Zealand to become familiar with the Silver Fern. This endemic fern is plentiful on both the north and south islands and is, alongside the Kiwi bird, a national emblem. The duty free store stocks a range of souvenirs inspired by the fern including artwork, jewellery and clothing.

Are there any cashpoints?

There are a number of cash machines and Travelex sites around the airport.

Where's the best place to eat?

Long haul flights can be dehydrating. Top up with a choice of refreshing fruits from the Tank Bar, or, if you fancy something truly different, pop to 1Above on the first floor and sample the world’s first aerotonic flight beverage. It’s designed to combat thirst and the effects of jetlag.

The secret tip

If people say Kia Ora to you, they’re not offering you a soft drink, but a greeting. Kia Ora is the Maori way of saying 'Hi’.

Auckland airport the gateway to...

Muriwai Beach

Distance: 36 miles

Swap the driving seat for a saddle. Muriwai Beach Riding Centre offers daily horse treks along the black volcanic sands of Muriwai. Suitable for beginners, but book in advance to avoid disappointment. Yee-haw.

Te Henga (Bethells Beach)

Distance: 30 miles

Head north-west out of the airport and cruise along the suitably titled Scenic Drive. This road takes you through the Waitakere Ranges, where you can go bird-spotting for the famous Kiwi. This chicken-sized bird is flightless so keep an eye on the road, not the palm leaves hanging above it. At the end of your journey is Te Henga, a pristine beach named after the Maori word for sand.

Puhoi River

Distance: 39 miles

For something truly different, sign up for a kayak adventure here. Set out from the bohemian, historic village of Puhoi for a local paddle, or take the two-hour trip downstream to the Wenderholm Regional Park. Suitable for beginners. All safety equipment supplied and no, the Kookaburra’s who hang out there aren’t laughing at you. Well, maybe just a little.

Auckland airport the gateway to...

Muriwai Beach

Distance: 36 miles

Swap the driving seat for a saddle. Muriwai Beach Riding Centre offers daily horse treks along the black volcanic sands of Muriwai. Suitable for beginners, but book in advance to avoid disappointment. Yee-haw.

Te Henga (Bethells Beach)

Distance: 30 miles

Head north-west out of the airport and cruise along the suitably titled Scenic Drive. This road takes you through the Waitakere Ranges, where you can go bird-spotting for the famous Kiwi. This chicken-sized bird is flightless so keep an eye on the road, not the palm leaves hanging above it. At the end of your journey is Te Henga, a pristine beach named after the Maori word for sand.

Puhoi River

Distance: 39 miles

For something truly different, sign up for a kayak adventure here. Set out from the bohemian, historic village of Puhoi for a local paddle, or take the two-hour trip downstream to the Wenderholm Regional Park. Suitable for beginners. All safety equipment supplied and no, the Kookaburra’s who hang out there aren’t laughing at you. Well, maybe just a little.