Start Your Road Trip Adventure with a Car Rental in Auckland

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

Auckland is a large city, in terms of geography. As it is situated on an isthmus, it is long, and narrow, with harbours on both sides. For this reason, a rental car is the best way to get around, and see all the main sights. From the Auckland International Airport in the south, to the North Shore beaches over the harbour bridge, your hire car will get you there in style. 

Here's our top tips to booking a car hire in Auckland or from Auckland Airport.

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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, accommodations, 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. 

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 the 48 volcanic cones. If you are after shopping, beaches, cafes or culture, you will find it in Auckland. 

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


01_location.pngAddress: 91 Small Road, Silverdale

Skis, snowboards, tubes and fun for everyone.  This is an indoor snow park with beginners slope and full feature terrain slope for the experience skier.  All required clothing and equipment is available for hire so you can enjoy the unique experience of skiing inside.  There's also a restaurant and bar for your convenience.

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 the Scott Base which has been 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 bungy 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 Sky City 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 Topfloor 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. 

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 appetite! 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.  Soo 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

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