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Get the most out of the City of Sails, with a hassle-free hire car

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, with representatives from many of the Pacific Islands making up the population and adding to our maritime vibe. 

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, a cosmopolitan population? There's something for everyone in Auckland; from nature, arts, cullture, shopping and sports. 

Approximately one in four New Zealanders live in Auckland, it has a  population of more than 1.4 million people. Just this year it 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 car. 

Top tips to booking a car rental in Auckland or from Auckland Airport

Compare and Save - We are experts in rental cars and our booking system does all the hard work for you.  When you need to book a rental 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.

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 vehicle for just you and your beloved? Or do you need a wagon for the whole family? No matter which,  VroomVroomVroom can get you sorted.

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.

Cancel at anytime with no charge - VroomVroomVroom know that plans may change. That's why we negotiated hard with the suppliers to ensure that if you need to cancel, you will not be charged. How cool is that? 

Once you've chosen your dream car rental in Auckland, you can now grab your car keys and embark on an unforgettable road trip adventure! 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. 

There's plenty to do in Auckland once the temperature drops.  Waiheke Island, just 35 minutes from downtown Auckland by ferry, and has it's own micro-climate that is a little warmer and drier than Auckland itself. It was recently voted as the number 5 global destination to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet. 

Don't miss the art galleries, museums, and markets. Have a look at our events page to see what is on in the city. 

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 how to get value on 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 great value ideas together in our Cheap as Chips menu: Auckland on a Budget. 

Your guide to exploring the City of Sails in your car hire

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, and the largest Polynesian city in the world. It's geography is unique, situated between two harbours, and dotted with 48 volcanic cones. If you are after shopping, beaches, cafes or culture, you will find it in Auckland. 

Must dos include:

  •  Travelling to the top of one of the volcanoes. One Tree Hill, Maungawhau (Mt Eden) or Rangitoto are all superb. 
  • Check out any of Auckland's vibrant markets, such as Otara or Avondale for a unique, local experience. 
  • Get on the water, be it as simple as the ferry to Waiheke Island, or an all day harbour cruise. 

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.

 01_ThingsToDo.pngThings to Do |  01_Sleep.png Places to Stay |  01_PlacesToEat.png Places to Eat

 01_ThingsToDo.pngTHINGS TO DO

Waiheke Island

This island is the jewel in the crown of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. It has recently been voted 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 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, there is secure and affordable parking in the Auckland council car park at Downtown, and go. 

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

01_location.pngAddress: 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.


01_location.pngAddress: 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka

30mins 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 5 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

01_location.pngAddress: 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau
New Zealand's largest amusement/ theme park is perfect for anyone. 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

01_location.pngAddress: Westhaven Reserve, Bottom of Curran St, Herne Bay

Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or the take easy going type, the Harbour Bridge offers two unique attractions fit for you. Jumping 40m off 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 1 ½ sightseeing tour is a NZ MUST DO!

Sky Tower

01_location.pngAddress: 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 .

Onehunga night Market 

01_location.pngAddress: Under Dressmart, 151 Arthur St, Onehunga
Every Thursday night from 6pm - 10pm

New Lynn night market 

01_location.pngAddress: New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn
Every Thursday night from 5.30pm - 9pm

Otara markets

01_location.pngAddress: Newbury Street, off East Tamaki Road, Otara 
Every Saturday from 6am - 12pm

01_Sleep.png PLACES TO STAY

003.jpg Skycity Grand Hotel

01_location.pngAddress: 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.

003.jpg Waldorf Stadium Apartments Hotel

01_location.pngAddress: 40 Beach Road, Auckland

You wouldn't have believed it could be possible in the heart of the city, but if it's spacious apartments you're needing, we've found them.  Modern room with full kitchen facilities, including dishwasher and in-room laundry.  But wait there's more, complimentary Wi-Fi, pool, gym and tennis court.  Close to waterfront entertainment and shops.  These apartments just keep getting better.

003.jpg 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.

004.jpg 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!” Unlike most salvaged like backpacker hostels, 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.

If you are looking for a last minute hotel deal in Auckland, don't fret because Ezibed is here to help you., 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. 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, you can now find amazing last minute deals and you can book yourself a great room the smart way!

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

01_location.pngAddress: 9 Pah Road, Epsom

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 

01_location.pngAddress: 210 Symonds Street

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 

01_location.pngAddress: Level 1 Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

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!

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...

Auckland Events Winter 2016

Auckland city Events 2016

Winter is a time for culture in Auckland. Wrap up warm, grab an umbrella, and turn up the heater in your rental car, so that you can get out and about. 

Aotea Ice Rink - Aotea Square June 17 to July 24

Auckland may be a sub-tropical city, but for a few weeks there is an icy winter wonderland in the centre of the city. Aotea Square is turned into an ice rink, with a 35-metre,  double-lane ice slide set up alongside. The rink is run by Paradice Ice Skating. This year there will be a light display and life-sized polar bear, penguin and seal sculptures.  

New Zealand International Film Festival

The best of world cinema will be playing in venues through the Auckland CBD, including the fabulous art-deco Civic Theatre from 14 to 31 July. 

Rugby Action at Eden Park

Catch a live game at Eden Park when the Auckland Blues take on Aussie teams the Brumbies and the Waratahs in July. 

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