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Finding a Cheap Car Rental at Auckland Airport Is Now Easy

Airplane landing at Auckland airport

VroomVroomVroom can help you find an affordable car rental at Auckland Airport. We compare car hire deals from Europcar, Budget, Avis, Hertz, and Thrifty. You will not pay any booking fees when you reserve a rental car with us.

Auckland Airport is often triumphant at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. It provides access to some of the North Island's top tourist attractions. The domestic terminal connects to the international terminal via a walkway. It should take you around 15 minutes to walk. Passengers can take one of the frequent shuttle buses.

Location Overview

Auckland Airport is located in the suburb of Mangere and is just a 24-minute drive south from the city centre of Auckland via State Highway 20. The airport serves as a great starting point for your open road adventure and spectacular drives such as the Pacific Coast Highway, Coromandel Peninsula​, Bay of Islands and Hawke’s Bay. Auckland Airport is also a short drive away from vibrant towns and cities such as Piha, Matakana, Orewa, Karangahake Gorge, Wellsford and Rotorua.

The airport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, connecting people with both international and domestic flights. The international terminal is open 24 hours a day, while the domestic terminal is open from 4:30 am to 11 pm on weekdays and from 5 am to 11 pm on weekends. Both terminals are connected by an open-air signposted walkaway.

There are 6 car hire companies at Auckland Airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. International rental desks can be found in the arrivals area on the ground floor. For domestic, car rental operators are located on the ground floor of the multi-level car park building just outside the terminal. Auckland Airport provides three car parks, including Economy Parking, Standard Parking and Executive Parking.

Car Rental Overview

Auckland Airport address: Ray Emery Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

Number of on-site suppliers: 6. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Number of off-site suppliers: 1. East Coast Car Rentals.

Car rental opening hours: Car rental is available from 4 am until 2:30 am at Auckland Airport, 7 days per week.

Which Car Hire Locations are Open Early Or Late in Auckland Airport?

Need to pick up/drop off a hire car early morning or late evening? These depots have extended hours.

Avis logo​Avis Auckland​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 4 am to 2 am.
Budget logoBudget Auckland​​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 4 am to 2 am.
Enterprise logoEnterprise Auckland​​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 2 am​.
Hertz logoHertz Auckland​​ Airport:
Monday to Friday from 5 am to 2 am​.
Saturday and Sunday from 5 am to 1:30 am.
Thrifty logoThrifty Auckland​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 2:30 am.

Customer Reviews & Feedback for Renting at Auckland Airport

The best way to get an idea of renting a car is to read about fellow traveller’s real recent experiences. Our team have reached out to some of our customers who recently rented from Auckland Airport and their experiences are shared below.

Sonia (September 2019): Sonia picked up her rental car from Europcar at Auckland Airport. She booked a compact car for 5 days and rated the condition of the car a 10/10. She said she had to wait for 10 minutes for the keys to be brought to the counter but the front counter staff were very good.

Why Rent a Car in Auckland Airport at VroomVroomVroom?

  1. Great rates - With our comparative pricing, we offer you great savings. We only work with the most trusted suppliers like Europcar, Budget, Avis, Thrifty, and Hertz.
  2. Convenience - Apart from the airport, you can also pick up and drop off your car rental in any of the depots located across Auckland.
  3. Wide selection of vehicles - Do you prefer a bigger vehicle? We also compare campervan hire deals from New Zealand's leading suppliers.
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Driving Tips in Auckland Airport

It should take you just under 30 minutes to get to central Auckland from the airport. The fastest route from the airport to the city is the South Western Motorway, which meets the SH16 Northwestern Motorway.

In New Zealand, drivers must keep to the left side of the road. Roads may be challenging if you are heading to locations outside of Auckland. There are three toll roads in the North Island, including the Northern Gateway Toll Road, Tauranga Eastern Link and the Takitimu Drive Toll Road. For more driving tips, click here​.

FAQs About Hiring a Car From Auckland Airport

Where do I collect my rental car at Auckland Airport?

For international customers, car rental counters are conveniently situated next to the arrivals area on the ground floor. While for domestic, rental car desks can be found on the ground floor of the multi-level car park building, which is directly opposite the domestic terminal forecourt.

Where do I return my rental car at Auckland Airport?

To return your vehicle, just follow the Car Rental Return sign. Please note that your rental car must be returned to the same pick-up location.

Where is the nearest petrol station to refuel the car at Auckland Airport?

The nearest petrol is Z station which is located at George Bolt and Tom Pearce Drive. This petrol station is open 24 hours.

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Auckland Airport?

The Northern Gateway Toll Road is the only toll road you will encounter in Auckland. Find more information about toll charges in New Zealand here​​.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?

No. Unless the car is considered excessively dirty, there may be a cleaning fee charged to your rental.

Kick Start Your New Zealand Adventure From Auckland Airport

There are plenty of attractions to explore in your car rental around the airport, before or after your flight. Here are some of them.



Formula E Indoor Raceway

Address: 36 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Manukau City

Indoor karting has arrived in Auckland! This is your chance to try out the latest drive craze in Australasia. They feature state-of-the-art and Italian-designed race karts; and you can even join their racing competitions. Formula E also boasts of their V8 simulator, which will give you that real life V8 driving experience. This is the perfect place to hold your birthday parties or corporate events because they also cater to groups of at least 15.

Butterfly Creek

Address: 10 Tom Pearce Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

Home to over 700 free-flying exotic butterflies, tropical fishes, birds, lizards, monkeys, giant salt water crocodiles, wetas (one of the world's largest insects), and so much more! Come here for a great family day out with things to do for both children and parents. There's a farmyard full of animals, playground, mini train and a lovely cafe, which you can visit without paying admission to the main park.

Auckland Botanic Gardens

Address: 102 Hill Rd, The Gardens, Auckland 2105, New Zealand

Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Sixty-four hectares of over 10,000 plants from around the world, displayed in themed collections such as the children's garden and African garden. Over summer there are sculptures on display and live music events. It's worth a visit just for the cafe, and is dog-friendly.

Treasure Island Adventure Mini Golf

Address: Tom Pearce Dr, Auckland Airport, 2022, New Zealand (next to Butterfly creek)

An awesome unique mini-putt golf course that's beautifully landscaped to a pirate theme. With pirate ships, cascading waterfalls, haunted treasure caves and shark-infested waters, you will feel like you've been taken to another pirate dimension. Great place for couples and families!

Mangere Bridge Village, a local secret

There is a corner of Auckland very near the airport, which is one of the city's best kept secrets. Mangere Bridge is a quaint seaside village with excellent cafes. At the end of the village, you have access to walkways and cycle paths that skirt the Manukau Harbour. You can follow these paths all the way to Ambury Farm Park, a working farm and regional park. Ambury is a significant habitat for shore birds, and along its coastal boundary you can find good examples of basalt lava flows.

Mangere Bridge is watched over by Mangere Mountain, just one of those 48 volcanoes that dot Auckland. Nearby is the Otuataua Stonefields historic reserve. This archaeological site preserves the evidence of the way of life of pre-colonial Maori, and early settlers. The site is waahi tapu, (sacred) but visitors are invited to explore the fields by following marked walkways.

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Further Afield: Starting your road trip from Auckland Airport

Once you are outside the airport environs, there are plenty of sights to see as you head into the city. Just ten minutes away, over the Mangere Bridge is the town of Onehunga, full of cafes and home to the Dressmart Outlet Mall. From there, it's a short drive to Auckland's iconic One Tree Hill. Wind your way up the mountain for spectacular views of Auckland, including both harbours, the famous bridge, and the Sky Tower. This will really help you to get your bearings. Head over the Harbour Bridge to explore the North Shore, or start a road trip to the Bay of Islands.

Heading south, the motorway system takes you seamlessly onto State Highway 1, to begin your journey to Rotorua, Hamilton or Tauranga.

Want to explore more of Auckland? See our travel guides below:

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