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Car hire at Auckland Airport

Car hire at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport is located approximately 20km and a 25 minute drive away from the city of Auckland New Zealand. To reach the major city from the airport, just follow the 20A road onto the 20 road and then onto road 1.

What I need to know

The Auckland Airport car hire service comprises a number of different companies. It is a good idea to compare car hire prices on the Holiday Autos site before setting off on your journey to ensure you get the right deal for you and the best vehicle for your trip.

Where to pick up my car

Auckland Airport car rental services are spread across different terminals. If you land in the international terminal, you’ll find the companies next to the arrivals area on the ground floor. Meanwhile, domestic travellers who are renting a car will need to visit the ground floor of the multi-level car park building directly opposite the domestic terminal forecourt to pick up their motor.

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Where to go

Auckland - a major city in the north of New Zealand’s( North Island - is a popular destination for people landing at Auckland Airport, with its high-end culture, stunning harbours and natural features. However, it is possible to travel further afield by car to destinations like Hamilton and Wellington - the country’s capital city.

Nearby Auckland Airport

The major city of Auckland is a short drive away from the airport, but you can also reach a number of green areas within an hour. Riverhill Forest and Woodhill Forest are both just under one hour away by road and it’s a mere half hour drive to Waitemata Harbour.

Longer drives

If you feel like a road trip, drive the 1.5 hours to Hamilton, famed for its Hamilton Gardens, which feature elaborate themes. Wellington - New Zealand’s capital - is another viable option by road. While it will take you almost 8 hours to motor there, the nation’s breathtaking scenery is sure to keep you occupied along the way.

Eating and drinking

If you’re looking for a glitzy dining experience then book a table on Auckland’s waterfront. The Viaduct area of the waterfront boasts over 30 bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, people who are catching a show will find the Arts Precinct a charming and convenient area to dine.

Things to do

Waiheke Island provides the perfect day out for wine lovers, with its host of vineyards, not to mention its hiking and zip lining opportunities. Rangitoto Island, meanwhile, offers a more active day with caves and volcanoes to explore, and the opportunity for kayaking.


The Sky Tower is one of the iconic sights of Auckland, and visitors should not miss a trip to this stand-out piece of architecture. Museums in Auckland include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand Maritime Museum and the Museum of Transport and Technology.