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Sunset over Auckland Harbour

Are you looking for a cheap car hire in Auckland?  We are experts in rental cars and our booking system does all the hard work for you. We compare car rental from suppliers such as Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz. With VroomVroomVroom, you will have access to plenty of great prices on car rental across New Zealand. 

The 'City of Sails' has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world, with miles of coastline to sail from. Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world. It sits between the Manukau and Waitemata harbours. Auckland was recently rated as the third most liveable city in the world. Natural attractions, including 48 volcanoes, surround the city. A hire car is a perfect way to see the greater Auckland area.

Reasons to book car rental with VroomVroomVroom

Auckland is a great city to start your New Zealand adventure. There are plenty of reasons to book your car hire with VroomVroomVroom.

  • Choose by size or by price: You can choose the car brand and rate that will best suit you. Do you need a compact city car? Or do you need a wagon for the whole family? VroomVroomVroom compares rental cars of all different sizes across the country.
  • Book in advance: This will ensure you get the best deal possible. Supply and demand drive our car hire rates. This means the more rental cars available, the cheaper they should be.
  • Pick up from a location that suits you: We have depots in the Auckland city centre as well as the international airport. Additionally, you can find rental cars in locations around New Zealand.
  • Hire a campervan: Would you prefer a campervan hire in Auckland? If you are planning to go on a road trip in New Zealand, VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect campervan rental. See our Campervan Hire Auckland page for more information. You can also see holiday parks and camping sites. If you would like ideas of where to go or what to see, check out our Auckland Guide. Our guide provides a list of attractions, accommodation and restaurants.

Driving tips in Auckland

For a city of over a million people, Auckland does have issues with traffic. You can move around the city suburbs using the motorway system, but try to avoid peak times. If you are ready to hit the road, all you need is your cheap car rental and our trusty travel guide. VroomVroomVroom can help you discover what Auckland has to offer.

Auckland Airport is the country's busiest. We can assist you in finding a cheap rental car direct from the airport so that you can get on the road immediately. Remember that there is a toll road in the city: the Northern Gateway toll. You can read more about toll roads and driving tips in Auckland here

When is the best time to visit Auckland?

The best time to visit Auckland is during the summer months. While it will be warmer during this period, rainfall is still frequent.  There are some big events over the summer. Visitors can watch an outdoor movie at Silo Park on Friday nights, or check out the free Music in Parks program.

For food lovers, the Taste of Auckland offers an array of local culinary samples in November. There is something for everyone in Auckland: nature, arts, culture, shopping and sports. We have put together some suggestions to help you make the most of the city. Please see Auckland on a Budget.

For more information, read our guide to travelling in Auckland with a rental car

Useful Guide to exploring the City of Sails in your car hire

Auckland is one of the most exciting places to visit in New Zealand because of its numerous attractions. You can travel to the top of one of the volcanoes. One Tree Hill, Maungawhau (Mount Eden) or Rangitoto are all superb. You can also check out any of Auckland's vibrant markets, such as Otara or Avondale for a unique local experience or try boutique shopping in the inner city village of Parnell.


Wild on Waiheke

Address: 82 Onetangi Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971

Archery at Wild Estate Vineyard

Roam wild for the day! A diverse range of fun outdoor activities (including archery, wildtag and laser claybird shooting), a licensed restaurant and brewery, all set within the magic of Waiheke Island vineyard. Alternately, hit the tasting room to sample wine and craft beer produced on site. While parents enjoy a pint of chilled beer, their kids can have fun at the children's playground which features a giant trampoline. If you are coming from downtown Auckland, you can take the ferry to the island. 

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

Address: 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei

Discover life under the sea at Kelly Tarltons.  Every generation will love this visit as you embark on a journey into the depths of the ocean.  You can also experience Antarctica with the replica  Scott Base which is very popular with visitors to the aquarium.  Be sure to check their website to check feeding times for the penguins and stingrays.

Auckland Fine Wine & Food Tours 

Address: 36A Formby Ave, Point Chevalier, Auckland 1022, New Zealand

amazing view during a wine and food tour in auckland

Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 6 years running, the Auckland Fine Wine & Food Tours is a boutique personalised tours, with a max of nine guests per tour. Wine writer Phil Parker is your individual guide, for full and half day tour options in Waiheke, West Auckland and Foodie tours, from $USD 149.00.

Parker is a fourth generation New Zealander, who has lived in Auckland for 40 years.  He had his own physiotherapy practice for 22 years but then followed his love of wine into wine tourism.  Phil has been running his highly recommended, one-man tour company since 2000.  He is also a wine writer, and published author of Random House's guide to NZ wine regions 'The Mad Keen Wine Buff's Road Trip'.

Join Phil as he shows you the beautiful Auckland wine growing countryside and breath-taking coastline. Says Phil,  “wine tours aren't just for the serious wine enthusiast. They are for anyone who's keen to enjoy NZ's world-famous wines, share our beautiful scenery – and most of all – have fun!”

Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Address: Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand

Cheeky Kiwi Travel offers day trips to the most popular attractions, including Auckland and Hobbiton, in small and intimate groups. It also tours around the country showing you the best of New Zealand and great deals on the top activities. 

Tours and trips with Cheeky have been described as fun and informative with  a little bit of cheekiness. The maximum number of guests per trip is 11, which means that they can be more flexible, show you more amazing sites and can really provide you with more information for a real Kiwi Adventure.

The Cheeky Kiwi team is composed of professional and fully licensed, fun and passionate tour guides, who have been working in tourism industry for years. They have a great knowledge of New Zealand, love their job and want to share with you beauties and magic of New Zealand. 


Thirty minutes south of central Auckland, based at the Kingseat Hospital (a former psychiatric hospital) is now the #No.1 haunted theme park in the Southern Hemisphere. With five haunting attractions to choose from such as…the Haunted House, Freaky Forest, Disturbia, Corn Evil and Claustrophobia; you won't be disappointed, but in fact- terrified!

Rainbow's End

New Zealand's largest amusement park has fun for everyone. With so many different rides and attractions to choose from, ranging from mild to extreme thrills, no one will be left out and you'll definitely get your value for money as you have entire day to do whatever you want as many times as possible. Just aim to visit outside of the local school holidays to cut down those waiting times in line.

The Auckland Harbour Bridge

Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or the easy going type, the Harbour Bridge offers two unique attractions fit for you. Jumping from 40 metres off the bridge, and over the Waitemata Harbour with your ankles being strapped to a bungee chord made up of hundreds of thousands of rubber bands, or climbing the famous landmark to venture on an hour and a half sightseeing tour is a New Zealand MUST DO!

The Red Boats

Trips leave from Z-Pier, Westhaven

Auckland might be known as 'The City of Sails', but not everyone has access to a yacht! What you can do is spend a day on the water with Red Boats. They can fit you into one of their public fishing trips, or take you on a cruise under the Harbour Bridge and through the upper harbour to the historic Riverhead Tavern. If you have a group of your own, talk to them about a charter! Call them on 0800redboats or (09) 834 7337.

Time Unlimited Tours

A unique aspect of New Zealand is Tikanga Maori, or Maori culture. Learn about Auckland in a holistic way by taking a tour with award-winning Time Unlimited Tours. They offer whole or half-day driven tours if you don't feel like tackling Auckland traffic for a day, or try a walking tour of Auckland's wild west coast.  

Sky Tower

Address: Cnr Federal & Victoria Street

Whether it's to admire the 360 panoramic views, indulge in the fine dining from a range of restaurants, or  walk around the edge of the tower's rim, this tallest man-made structure in the country is not to be missed. 

Auckland Markets

Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world, as well as having a diverse mix of other cultures and ethnicities. This diversity is all brought together by the market atmosphere. With authentic food and fresh produce, clothing, accessories, jewellery, fashion, arts and crafts and entertainment  these popular markets are a unique New Zealand experience .

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Skycity Grand Hotel

Address: 90 Federal St, Auckland

You'll be ticking all the boxes when you choose to stay here.  This hotel encompasses all the luxuries of location, views and high end living.  Located in the heart of Auckland CBD, just a 10 minute stroll to the waterfront and close to Queen St shops.  You'll also be treated to free Wi-Fi, 24 hour room services and cardio room.

Hotel DeBrett 

Ranked #1 of 76 hotels in the city by TripAdvisor 2014, named as one of Metro's Top 50 Auckland Restaurants for 2013 & 2014, ranked as the 58th best hotel in the world on Expedia Insider's Select List plus many, many more awards. This stylishly reinterpreted iconic building will make you feel like a celebrity. Absolutely stunning! Must experience.

Attic Backpackers (Formerly Top Floor Backpackers) 

Although it's ranked 2nd best backpackers lodging accommodation in the city (Tripadvisor), reviews beg to differ and claim the budget accommodation to be the…“best hostel in NZ!” The Attic Backpackers pride themselves with a fresh, stylish, modern contemporary facility that's maintained to the highest of standards. Budget has a whole new meaning at this location. 

Amora Hotel

Address: 100 Greys Ave Auckland

You just can't beat the location of this charming hotel. Walk everywhere from the Amora; to the Aotea Centre, the Civic Theatre, the Auckland Central Library and art gallery. Enjoy the views into Myers Park. The Amora puts on a great breakfast, and has a beautiful rooftop pool and spa. 

City Lodge

Address: 150 Vincent St Auckland

Enjoy a central location, and the comfort of a 5-star Qualmark rated backpackers. You get the great value of a backpackers, but  a little more comfort, as every room has an ensuite bathroom. You can easily walk to all of the city centre's attractions. 


If you are looking for a last minute hotel deal in Auckland, don't fret because Ezibed is here to help you. Ezibed.com, an online accommodation booking website offers a quick and easy way to book at considerably reduced rates, with fast confirmation to their customers and clients. Ezibed.com guides customers and accommodation providers together and supplies an online market for unsold short term accommodation rooms. Accommodation providers, on the other hand, supply rates, inclusions and rooms available online for last minute bookings. By booking with Ezibed.com, you can now find amazing last minute deals and you can book yourself a great room the smart way!

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Restaurants & Bars

O'Connell St Bistro

Awarded Best Wine Experience in the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2014.  O'Connell St Bistro is located in Auckland's historic central business district and boasts an extensive menu which will satisfy all taste buds.  This modern European styled bistro has a great reputation for its amazing food and cosy, relaxed atmosphere.  Be sure to make this one of you preferred eating spots when you visit Auckland.

One Tree Grill

You'll be impressed the second you step foot into this establishment with their easy to use mini iPad menus.  The surprises keep coming with this lively yet relaxed atmosphere.  Delicious food selected from both sea and land, and cooked in a variety of ways.  Spiced, smoked, roasted or twice-cooked.  Whatever your preference, there will be something on the menu to die for.

The French Cafe Restaurant

Ranked #1 of 1,148 restaurants in the city with 382 Reviews, winner of -Best Service 2014 [Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards] this restaurant provides a relaxing, sophisticated environment that overlooks a beautiful edible garden and courtyard. Fine dining at its best, worth every penny. Bon Appetit!

SidArt Restaurant

Ranked #2 of 1,148 restaurants in the city with 191 Reviews, winner of -Best fine dining and Chef 2014 [Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards] this restaurant takes fine dining to whole new level by not only providing top quality dishes, but by combining those techniques with what the Chef likes to call SidArt- Exquisitely executed presentation that will take your breath away.

Giapo Ice Cream Restaurant

Ranked #3 of 1,148 restaurants in Auckland with 348 Reviews, #10 in the World Best Gelateria Chart  [Dissapore media] Giapo have every right to claim “New Zealand's BEST ice-cream” title.  So many new and creative ice-cream deserts to choose from that are guaranteed to please. Unique to the city only, a must stop taste experience!

Flight 605

Address:  605 New North Rd

Feel like a local in this welcoming neighbourhood bar.  Flight 605 is proud of its enormous collection of New Zealand craft beers. Drop by for some of its famous events; Wings Wednesday, Comedy Cockpit nights, or the Birth of Cool, late on Friday nights. Flight 605 is an easy drive from the CBD, and there's ample parking in surrounding streets. 

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Summer Events in Auckland

Auckland Anniversary Weekend January 28th – 30th
This holiday weekend in Auckland includes the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Regatta. This is a day when Auckland really lives up to its name as the City of Sails, with all kinds of boats racing on the water, from tall ships to tug boats. You can view the action from land, in the Viaduct, or anywhere along the waterfront, in spots such as Mission Bay. Even better though, is to get out on the water with many charter boats offering day cruises. 
All weekend, the harbour area of Auckland is party central. There's the ASB Auckland Seafood Festival runs at Halsey Wharf  showcasing a blend of New Zealand Kai Moana (seafood), live music and celebrity chef demonstrations.
St Jerome's Laneway Festival, an indie music festival will be held on the 30th of January in a new location at Albert Park. 
Splore Music Festival Tapapakanga Reserve February 17-19
Three day sustainable music festival held in the stunning Tapapakanga Reserve, around an hour's drive from the central city. Music, food, and art. Some festival goers arrive by boat, and anchor in the Hauraki Gulf to enjoy the music. 

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