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Search and Compare Car Rental in Whakatāne

Ohope Beach, Whakatane

The riverside town of Whakatāne is situated in the eastern Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand’s North Island. Find the best available rates on car rental in the area with VroomVroomVroom.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Whakatāne

Vehicle ClassesEconomy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Number of Depots1

Whakatāne Airport Collection

Have a car waiting from the moment you touch ground by hiring through one of our airport rental partners. We work with nine rental brands that service Whakatāne Airport (WHK), offering a wide selection of vehicles at great rates that we compare for you.

Rental Car Depot in Whakatāne

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

Hertz logo72 McAlister Street, Whakatāne 3120
7:30am - 5:00pm weekdays.
9:00am - 11:00am, 5:00pm - 5:30pm Saturday.
8:00am - 8:30am, 5:00pm - 5:30pm Sunday.

Frequently Asked Questions for Whakatāne Car Rental

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

Yes. While this is likely to incur a one-way fee from our car rental partner, we make sure to include this fee when comparing rates for you.

How far is Whakatāne from Tauranga?

It takes just under an hour to drive your rental car from Whakatāne to Tauranga via the Pacific Coast Highway.

How far is Whakatāne from Whakatāne Airport?

It’s about a 10-minute drive from Whakatāne Airport into town.

Drive to discover the sunshine capital of New Zealand

Nestled on the eastern Bay of Plenty coastline, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is Whakatane. 'Make your summer last longer' is the town's slogan, as it leads New Zealand in sunshine hours. Close by is Ohope Beach, with 11 kilometres of white sand and gentle breakers. Whakatane is the starting point for trips to White Island/Whakaari, New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Not sure where to start? Check out our list of things to do in Whakatane while exploring the Bay of Plenty region.


White Island Tours

Address: 15 The Strand, Whakatane 3020, New Zealand

What better way to boast about your travel experiences than with the story of how you risked your life to explore the inner crater of New Zealand's only active marine volcano! Don't worry, White Island Tours have been doing this for over 21 years, offering a unique experience to get up close and personal with the hot rock. The tour comprises 6 hours of insightful ecological adventure fun, making it worth every cent.

Diveworks Dolphin & Seal Encounters

Address: 96 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand

Enjoy 3-4 hours of swimming with the dolphins and other sea animals such as seals, gannets, penguins, albatross, whales and all sorts of fish species. If you'd prefer to stay dry, enjoy watching the whales and dolphins from the boat. Another option is a tour of the Moutohora Island Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about the 23 years of personal involvement and scientific research of this conservation project.

Whakatane Astronomical Society

Address: 22 Hurinui Ave, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand

Head to Whakatane's only observatory that is a voluntary, non-profit organisation. It operates purely for people interested in amateur astronomy. The society was founded in September 1960 and has been operating the small observatory since 1964. An incredible way to see the night sky and its wonders at an affordable price.

Whirinaki Forest Park

Address: 3079 New Zealand

Whakatane is not just beach and coast. It is also an access point to some of the North Island's most stunning mature forests. The Whirinaki Forest Park is a one hour, forty five minute drive from Whakatane. It features high numbers of rare native birds, walking and mountain bike tracks, and accommodation huts and campgrounds.

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