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Experience the Best of Whangarei with a Cheap Car Rental 

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If you are renting a car in Whangarei, you can compare prices from the trusted suppliers of Budget, Hertz, Avis and Europcar with VroomVroomVroom. A hire car will give you comfort and convenience so you can create your own schedule and design your own itinerary, and it is even better when you know you got a great deal! 

Road Tripping in the Winterless North of New Zealand

Whangarei City —“Bountiful Land” in Maori translation— is the main centre of the Northland Region in New Zealand, at the top of the North Island . Whangarei is only a two-hour drive from the city of Auckland, and has a population of around 50,000.  

There are plenty of cheap car rental options in New Zealand,  why choose VroomVroomVroom?

Firstly, we take all the hard work out of getting the best deal. Just go to our website, give us your dates of travel, the city you'd like to pick up your car from, and presto! We will show you every available car, with the prices displayed on one page, so you can compare all the options at a glance. 

Once you've secured the car you want at the best price, you can plan the rest of your holiday. You can have peace of mind knowing there are no cancellation charges if you change your mind on any details. On top of that, we offer a best price guarantee. 

At present there are limited offers for hire cars in Whangarei, so check out our other New Zealand locations.

Contact our highly trained customer care experts by phone, email or convenient live chat if you need any assistance.

Discover the natural beauty of Whangarei in a car rental

Whangarei is located in the North Island of New Zealand and approximately 2 hours drive north of Auckland. We can help you book a hire car to get there, or find the perfect vehicle for you to explore once you are there. 

Visit the famous tourist spots all over Whangarei. Explore the Mount Parihaka reserves. Take pictures and enjoy a dip on Hatea River or take a boat ride and visit Matakohe/Limestone Island. If you'd like to investigate something quirky, call into Clapham's National Clock Museum in Dent St in the Whangarei Town Basin. It is the largest collection of clocks in the Southern Hemisphere.  After a hard day of adventure, it's always nice to enjoy the comfort of your car hire as you travel to your next destination.


Bream Head Coast Walks

Address: 395 Ody Road RD4 Whangarei 0174, New Zealand

Heads of Whangarei Harbour Bream Head Coast Walks offers two or three-day private unguided walks situated at Whangarei Heads. The walks take in private farmland, stunning ocean and harbour beaches, rural roads, recreational reserves and existing public walkways. Walkers start each day from the immaculately presented purpose-built lodge and walk along well-marked routes experiencing an amazing variety of landscapes.  At the end of the day they return by foot, or in one of the vehicles, for a hot shower and a delicious dinner which is ready with a minimum of effort - everything is pre-prepared by the company.

By day enjoy beautiful and dramatic scenery, by night listen to the moreporks and kiwi, Whangarei Heads is a nature lover's delight.  Bream Head Coast Walks offers a fantastic variety of walking options to suit all interests and fitness levels.

Kiwi North & Whangarei Museum

Address: 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei Northland

Take a breather with Kiwi North; there's something for everyone in one very special place! Kiwi North is one of the “must see” visitor attractions of Northland with 25 hectares of volcanic farmlands and forests where the Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park are hosted. Kiwi House displays NZ's iconic kiwi bird -- this is the only captive kiwi viewing in Northland. Also, Whangarei Museum has extensive collections and special exhibitions, all set in a beautiful park with an original early settler homestead and other historic Victorian buildings.

It's the perfect spot for city views and do a picnic with family and friends.  Snacks and soft drinks are offered at the visitor reception.  If you are getting to the area by campervan and you are a NZMA member, campervan sites are available. Kiwi North organizes special and fun events for the public which include vintage machinery exhibitions, stalls, Edwardian games, among others. Open daily 10am to 4pm, closed 24th & 25th December only.

Whangarei Quarry Gardens 

Address:37a Russell Road, Kensington, Whangarei

Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a subtropical garden oasis created by local volunteers among the remnants of a former stone quarry in the Pukenui/Western Hills district of the city. The 24 hectare site features numerous tropical, subtropical and arid gardens, native forest trails, numerous waterfalls, a lake, a picnic area, and loads of native and exotic flora and fauna.  

The Visitors Centre and Cafe can accommodate large groups of visitors as well host catered events within the gardens. Entry to the gardens is by voluntary donation, with all money collected going towards maintenance and development.

Poor Knights Islands

The coast of New Zealand is a playground for travellers and locals alike, with so much to offer: whale and dolphin watching, fishing, jet boating, sailing, diving and more. Jet your hire car just up the coast of Whangarei where the Island of Poor Knights is situated. It's a protected marine park that has become a popular destination for a unique and memorable experience in the North Island. It has an abundance of sea life, due to the water around it being protected from all fishing and removal of any shells or coral. Rainbow coloured fish and coral will be there to greet you as you enter an octopus's garden, a breathtaking experience you will never forget. Find a pearl of a car hire deal with the car rental pirates VroomVroomVroom... Yarrrrr, mateys!!!

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Whangarei Falls Holiday Park

Address: 12 Ngunguru Rd, Glenbervie 0173, New Zealand

Whangarei Falls Holiday Park The Whangarei Falls Holiday Park and YHA Backpackers is a cosy holiday park and hostel in semi-rural Whangarei. Located 5kms from the city centre, they are just two minutes walk from the lovely Whangarei Waterfalls Scenic Reserve, and a short drive to the Abbey Caves. Stroll to town along bush-lined riverside walks or laze the day away beside the swimming pool. Evenings are for soaking in the hot tub and sharing stories around the BBQ. The park provides an ideal base for diving and exploring the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve. Beautiful coastal beaches and Tutukaka with its marina are a short drive away. They also arrange diving, fishing, kayaking and snorkelling with pickup from their gate are also available. Local bus stops, shops and a supermarket are all within easy walking distance. If you have additional questions, their wonderful staff are full of information on things to see and do in the greater Whangarei area, and happy to help you plan your trip around Northland. 

Tipu Waterfront Accommodation

Address: 41 North Cove Lane Waipu

If you need a break away from the bustle of the city, Tipu is the perfect waterfront luxury accommodation. Providing tranquility on the shores of on the shores of the Waipu Cove Wildlife Reserve in Bream Bay, Tipu has a contemporary infrastructure, offering designer units with a separate bedroom and kitchenette. All amenities and towels are included. You can also enjoy their continental breakfast on a deck overlooking the lake & stunning landscape.  Among the activities you can do there are kayaking, fishing and surfing options. The historic city of Waipu is only a 5-minute drive away, where you can find restaurants and cafes. 

BK's Pohutukawa Lodge

Address: 362 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei, New Zealand 0121

BK's Pohutukawa Lodge is a well-situated and comfortable motel accommodation located in the heart of Whangarei, which makes it an ideal stay for families or business travellers.  It is close by to many tourist and natural attractions such as Whangarei Falls, restaurants, museums, art galleries and shops. The lodge offers studios with kitchenette and one or two bedroom units. The services include free wireless internet, optional delivery meals and continental breakfast. 

Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park

Address: 21 Ruakaka Beach Road, Ruakaka, NZ

Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park is situated right next to the Ruakaka Beach, 30km south east of Whangarei. This camp is one of the largest ones in New Zealand, offering 225 power sites and 75 tent sites as well as cabins. Ruakaka and Bream Bay are perfect for surfing, kite-sailing, fishing, walking and many other exciting outdoor activities to enjoy while camping. The holiday park also offers a tennis court and playground for families with children. You will also find local markets in Rukaka township and you can visit Waipu Caves and the historic town of  Waipu  within 10 minutes drive south.

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Tonic Restaurant

Address: 239 Kamo Road Whangarei

Tonic restaurant offers amazing a la carte and international cuisine, which includes hot smoked salmon and Toffee Creme Brulee. This nationally awarded restaurant features an intimate atmosphere and provides a excellent dining experience. It is recommended to make a reservation in advance. The restaurant opens daily from 6pm till late. Lunch is served Thursday and Friday only from 11:30am to 2pm.

Parua Bay Tavern

Address: 1034 Whangarei Heads Road Parua Bay 0174

Parua Bay Tavern is the Northland's best gastro pub, situated on the waterfront of Whangarei Heads harbour. Try its classic menu which includes rustic pizzas, fresh sea food dishes, fish and chips, steak, burger and the famous Monteith Pie.

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