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A Compact Car Adventure in Auckland

24 hours in auckland

Situated in the scenically stunning country of New Zealand, Auckland is a city filled with vibrant culture, drool-worthy food and endless things to check out. With that being said, it's possible to explore this place even in just 24 hours if you are short on time. By renting a car with VroomVroomVroom, you can see Auckland's highlights in just a day. Don't believe us? Read our guide below.

Recommended car

A compact car is your best option when driving around Auckland. It can get busy in the CBD and inner-city which makes a compact car a great option for zipping around the area. What’s more, is that parking and navigating certain areas is a lot easier when you’ve got a smaller vehicle to get around in.

Useful tips

Are you stopping over in Auckland on your way somewhere else? Why not spend a day exploring the city. Once you land at Auckland Airport you can pick up and return your rental car at the same location. Parking in the city? Auckland has several downtown parking lots that you can pay an hourly or daily fee to use. You will find public parking lots in both George Street and Customs Street.

Nearby depots in Auckland

  • Europcar: 73 Shortland Street, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • Thrifty: 150 Khyber Pass Rd Auckland City, Auckland, 1150, New Zealand
  • Budget: Unit C & D, 206 Victoria Street, Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • Avis: 17-19 Nelson Street, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
  • Hertz: 154 Victoria St West, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Petrol stations

  • BP: 104-108 Fanshawe St Auckland Central, West, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Mobil: 565 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Caltex: 30 Stanley St, Parnell, Auckland 1001, New Zealand

Getting there: You can fly into Auckland Airport and pick up your rental car. Alternatively, you can pick up your rental car from the CBD.

Top things to do in Auckland in 24 hours

For a short stay, the itinerary below will show you the must-see locations everyone should check out in Auckland.

Early morning - Relax at the Viaduct Harbour

viaduct basin in auckland

Filled with harbourside restaurants and gorgeous views, Viaduct Harbour has something for everyone. Explore the stunning waterfront and grab some brekkie at one of the mouthwatering cafes this place boasts. Check out Jones the Grocer or Sierra Cafe and then walk along the harbour and bask in the view, it’s pretty impressive.

Late morning to midday - Shop at Queens Street, High Street and the Britomart Precinct

panoramic view of auckland skyline

After your relaxed start to the day, it’s time to drive your rental car to Queens Street, High Street and the Britomart Precinct. Known as the hot spot for shopping, this place is your one-stop shop - literally! You'll find designer stores here plus various shops to suit everyone's interests. You can park your rental car on the street for a few hours and take a look around. While you’re in the area you can also check out the Sky Tower and Art Gallery.

Afternoon - Drive to Mount Eden Summit

view of auckland at mount eden

After spending your morning in the city, you can hop in your rental car and drive to Mount Eden Summit. You’ll see absolutely stunning views of the city. There are hiking trails to explore as well as cute shops and restaurants along Mount Eden Road where you can stop and have lunch.

Evening - Visit the popular Auckland Night Markets

happy couple watching sunset auckland

The Auckland Night Markets are a foodie's dream come true. Set in different locations depending on the day, the markets are filled with an endless array of food from countless cuisines. Take a look here to see where they will be when you visit.

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