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Situated on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Gisborne is renowned for its wineries and beaches. Kick start your next adventure with low rates on local car rental by comparing with VroomVroomVroom.

Quick Facts on Renting a Car from Gisborne

Vehicle ClassesCompact, Sport, Wagon/Estate, SUV
Number of Depots1
Car Rental BrandsThrifty

Gisborne Airport Collection

If you’re arriving in Gisborne by plane, you also have the option of collecting your rental car directly from Gisborne Airport (GIS). We work with four rental brands that service the airport, ensuring you get the best rates available and a vehicle that suits your needs.

Car Rental Depot in Gisborne

We compare rates from this local depot for rental cars right out of Gisborne:

Thrifty logo387 Childers Road, Gisborne 4010
8:00am - 4:30pm weekdays.
Closed weekends.

Frequently Asked Questions for Gisborne Car Rental

Can I pick up my rental car in Gisborne and drop it off somewhere else?

Yes, but you may be charged a one-way fee by our car rental partner. We will include the additional charge in the rates we compare for you.

How far is Gisborne from Gisborne Airport when driving my rental car to it?

It’s a three-minute drive from Gisborne Airport to the heart of Gisborne via Chalmers Road.

How far is Gisborne from Hamilton when driving my rental car to it?

It takes just under five hours via State Highway 2 to drive from Hamilton to Gisborne.

Our Guide to Visiting Gisborne

This city boasts of being one of the first in the world to watch the sun rise everyday. We all know that the sun rises in the east, right? You can find Gisborne on the east coast of the Eastland region and it's one of the brightest and cheeriest places in the country.


Blitz Surf School

Address: 34 Wainui Rd, Inner Kaiti, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand

Want to do it like the pros you've been watching from the beach? Blitz Surf School operates out of the Blitz Surf shop and will take you to all the best spots for group or private lessons. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the newest craze, they can sort you out for that too.

Haurata High Country Retreat

Address: 1257 Makaretu Rd, Matawai, Gisborne 4092, New Zealand

Approximately 65 km from Gisborne city and 24 km east of Matawai village, is a spot for magnificent adventure! Haurata is a great way to complete an around the East Cape journey, the perfect accommodation for cyclists, a walking group destination, a relaxing yet fun-filled and romantic getaway, or a unique family holiday.

Eastwood Hill Arboretum

Address: 2392 Wharekopae Rd, Gisborne 4072, New Zealand

This is a 135-hectare garden wonder, started over 100 years ago by pioneering conservationist Douglas Cook. Nearby is the stunning Rere Waterfall, a magnificent wall of water, 20 metres wide and 10 metres tall. This is a great spot for swimming and picnicking. You've also got to try the Rere Rockslide. Pick up an inflatable device from the Gisborne I-site, and race over 60 metres of exhilaration, as the fast flowing Wharekopae River speeds over moss-covered sandstone to a freshwater pool below.

Tairawhiti Museum

Address: 10 Stout St, Gisborne, 4010, New Zealand

Your next destination has to be the Tairawhiti Museum because it's one of New Zealand's best! The museum and gallery offer Kiwi contemporary art exhibitions. It's a brilliant place to get a taste of New Zealand's culture, heritage and history.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Address: 2392 Wharekopae Rd, Gisborne 4072, New Zealand

After a 30-minute drive through vineyards and farmland, you'll have to make a stop at Eastwoodhill, New Zealand's National Arboretum. This stunning collection of plant life covers 135 hectares and pulls in 8,000 visitors from across the globe each year.

Captain Cook's Landing Site

Address: Kaiti Beach Road in Gisborne

Captain Cook's Landing Site commemorates the first Europeans arriving in New Zealand. There stand granite monuments of Captain James Cook and Nicholas Young, members of the crew that first sighted this land. From here, you can go to Titirangi Domain, Kaiti Hill to get the best view of the white cliffs of Young Nick's head. Ride up from Ranfurly Street to stop at the various lookouts or save gas and take the walkways to enjoy the picnic places and the resident trees.

James Cook Observatory

Address: 5 Titirangi Dr, Inner Kaiti, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand

While you're still in Titirangi, you can drop by the Cook Memorial Observatory. The observatory's prominently dubbed as the most easterly observatory in the world and it has three telescopes that are free to use to get a closer look at the night sky. Visit in the evening when the sky and the stars are at their best and most beautiful.

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Happy Customer Reviews for Gisborne Car Hire
Rating: 4.7 / 5 based on 12 reviews
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Romano S.
    Date: 12 Apr 2021
    Feedback: Very happy and friendly staff. Even upgraded our car without extra charge.
    Rating: 5/5 😀
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Karen R.
    Date: 14 Feb 2021
    Feedback: Excellent service. Great to pick up keys and car at airport. My husband needs a wheel chair so it is great we don’t have to go far to get the car and return. The price is very good too. Thanks
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Ezra D.
    Date: 11 Feb 2020
    Feedback: Easy as! Thanks
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Curtis T.
    Date: 12 Mar 2019
    Feedback: Does this include insurance?
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Kim M.
    Date: 11 Jan 2019
    Feedback: Simple and straight forward. Love it
    Rating: 5/5 😀