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Taupō has become an increasingly popular tourist destination, as the town sits on the edge of the huge Lake Taupō. There are plenty of outdoor sports on offer such as jet-boating, and biking trails. Be sure to walk along the popular Huka Falls trail if you are in the area.

Quick facts on hiring a car in Taupo

🚗 Vehicle typesCar and SUV.
🔑 No. of depotsTwo car rental depots in Taupo.
✅ Rental brandsAvis and Budget.

Upcoming car rental rates in Taupo*

Compact Car
Compact Car

Starts at NZD $62/day
From December 11, 2023 to December 14, 2023
Compact SUV
Compact SUV

Starts at NZD $64/day
From December 11, 2023 to December 14, 2023
Intermediate Car
Intermediate Car

Starts at NZD $67/day
From December 11, 2023 to December 14, 2023
Intermediate SUV
Intermediate SUV

Starts at NZD $95/day
From December 08, 2023 to December 11, 2023

*Rates last updated on December 05, 2023 Rental rate prices displayed were available in response to a search at 6:01 am on December 05, 2023 by a New Zealand resident aged between 30 and 69 years old, for the specified travel dates, with a pickup and return time of 10:00 am. Rates and vehicle availability may change without notice. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates. Rates include all mandatory fees for the rental and exclude credit card surcharges and extras.

Car rental depots in Taupo

Please note that the depot hours below may change at any time without notice.

Avis Taupo City 61 Spa Rd
  • mon - fri
    08:00 - 17:00
  • sat - sun
    09:00 - 12:00
Budget Taupo Downtown 108 Rifle Range Rd
  • mon - fri
    08:00 - 17:00
  • sat - sun
    08:00 - 12:00

Local expert rental car tips for Taupō

You can go whenever and wherever you like with the convenience of your car hire. If you are 'up the road' in Rotorua and would like to see the sights in Taupō, grab your vehicle there and drive over. Check out our Rotorua page for the best deals.

The region around Taupō can experience stormy weather conditions, particularly south of the lake in Tongariro National Park. If you are travelling to alpine regions take additional care and maintain slower speeds.

Best time to visit Taupō

Because of its central location, Taupō is known as an events centre. In winter, Taupō is a good base for North Island skiing. In summer, there are lots of water based activities to enjoy, either on the lake, or from the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest waterway which originates at the lake. Taupo also hosts a summer concert at the end of January on the shores of the lake.

Sports enthusiasts should definitely visit Taupō as it hosts the annual IRONMAN New Zealand and Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge. Every Labour Weekend, that's at the end of October, Taupō presents Graffiato, New Zealand's premier street art festival featuring a collection of New Zealand's best and most recognised street artists. There are tons of adventure activities in Taupō, which can be hard on the pocket.

Frequently asked questions for Taupō car rental

How much does it cost to hire a car in Taupo?

Prices start at NZD $62 per day for a Compact Car, up to NZD $104 per day for a Compact SUV. Get a live rate for your planned dates and desired vehicle in Taupo.

Can I pick up my rental car in Taupō 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.

What our customers say

Have a look at what VroomVroomVroom customers had to say after they booked a hire car for Taupo.

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Tracey W. (June 2023)