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Why do we call Auckland the 'City of Sails'? Because it has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world! It also has a lot of coastline to sail those boats from, as it sits on an isthmus between two harbours: the Manukau and the Waitemata. It is the largest Polynesian city in the world. There's really no better way to see Auckland than in a car hire. 

It could just as easily be called the city of volcanoes, there's around 48 of them in the greater Auckland area.  Its Maori name is Tamaki Makaurau, which means 'Tamaki desired by many lovers'. And no wonder! Who wouldn't desire a city with two harbours, stunning volcanic mountains, and a cosmopolitan population? There's something for everyone in Auckland: nature, arts, culture, shopping and sports. 

Approximately one in four New Zealanders live in Auckland; it has a  population of more than 1.4 million people. In 2016, it was rated as number 3 in a list of most liveable cities in the world. 

Auckland Airport is the country's busiest, so chances are you will pass through Auckland at some point in your travels. Don't rush off! Stay and explore; there's no better way than in the comfort of a rental vehicle. We can also sort you out with a cheap rental car direct from the airport, so that you can get on the road immediately. 

Tips to booking a car rental through us

  1. Compare and save - We are experts in rental cars and our booking system does all the hard work for you.  When you need to hire a car in Auckland, simply fill in the search box with your travel details, and with a single click of the search button we will display vehicles available through Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz. The savings are right at your finger tips.
  2. Choose by size or by price - You can choose the car brand and rate that will best suit you and your travelling needs. Do you need an economical compact city car? Or do you need a wagon for the whole family? No matter which,  VroomVroomVroom will have the best car for your needs.
  3. Book well in advance - This will ensure you get the best deal possible. Car hire rates are based on supply and demand. This means the more rental cars available, the cheaper they should be.
  4. Cancel at anytime with no charge - VroomVroomVroom knows that plans may change. That's why we negotiated hard with the suppliers to ensure that if you need to cancel or modify your booking, you will not be charged. 
  5. Pick up from a location that suits you - We have depots in the Auckland city centre as well as the suburbs and airport. 

Now that you have your ideal car rental organised, at the best price possible, you are ready to hit the road.  If you need ideas of where to go, or what to do, check out our Auckland Guide for a list of attractions, accommodation, and restaurants. 

Do you prefer a campervan hire in Auckland?

If you're planning to go on a road trip in Auckland, VroomVroomVroom can also help you find the perfect campervan hire. Check out our Campervan Hire Auckland page to see a list of motorhomes and campervans, as well as holiday parks and camping sites. 

Want some inside knowledge on great value activities in Auckland?

Auckland is a great city with lots to offer, but like many big cities, it can be expensive. We've put some good value ideas together in our Cheap as Chips menu: Auckland on a Budget.

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

Must dos include:

  • Travel to the top of one of the volcanoes. One Tree Hill, Maungawhau (Mount Eden) or Rangitoto are all superb.
  • Check out any of Auckland's vibrant markets, such as Otara or Avondale for a unique local experience. 
  • Try boutique shopping in the inner city village of Parnell.

For a city of just over a million people, Auckland does have issues with traffic. You can easily 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 to help you see the best of what Auckland has to offer.



Attractions

Waiheke Island

This island is the jewel in the crown of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. It has  been voted as the Number 5 Global Destination to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet, and the Number 4 best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. What makes it so special? It has gorgeous beaches, secret bays, internationally acclaimed wines, vineyard dining with views to die for, a lively arts scene...do you need any more convincing?  It is accessible by a scenic ferry ride of just 35 minutes from downtown Auckland. Leave the rental car for a day as there is secure and affordable parking in the Auckland Council car park at Downtown, and go. 

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.

Spookers

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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Accommodation

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. 

Ezibed.com

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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Want to explore more of Auckland? Check out our travel guides below...

005 (2).JPG Auckland Airport Travel Guide: Things to do near the Auckland airport

005 (2).JPG Penrose Travel Guide: Things to do near Penrose, Auckland

005 (2).JPG East Tamaki Travel Guide: Things to do near East Tamaki, Auckland


   Have you been to any of these places? Share your experience below...

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Auckland city Events 2016

Summer Events in Auckland

The sun is shining, and Aucklanders come out to play! There's some huge events on over summer.  Watch a movie on Friday nights outdooors at Silo Park, or check out the free Music in Parks programme run by the Auckland City Council. 

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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