Rotorua car rentals

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Rotorua car rental information

Pick-up locationRotorua
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Rental locations23
Airport locations15

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Rotorua

  • Choosing car hire in Rotorua is a wonderful way to decide how to explore the city and the surrounding landscape on your own steam without having to figure out the public transport in the city or pay heavy taxi fees to explore a little further. Rotorua is home to incredible geothermal parks, flourishing forest lands and various spa and wellness facilities that are easy to travel to if you're driving yourself around the area. You could spend a couple of hours exploring the lakes and then head off to some adventure activities before relaxing in a spa, without having to worry about the timing.
  • If you're flying into the city, you're bound to land at Rotorua International Airport (ROT), the regional airport of the city, roughly located a mere 10 minutes from the city centre. The airport precinct offers car hire in Rotorua through several companies. You'll find the car hire desks located in the Arrivals Hall of the airport as you pass through the luggage claim area. These work on a pre-booked or walk-in basis, though pre-booking is always encouraged to avoid availability issues. As soon as you're done with the paperwork, you'll be taken to the car hire garage and handed the keys to the vehicle.
  • Driving in Rotorua is easy, with few lines of traffic and comfortable roads to travel on, regardless of your car size. If you're driving during the peak season, like in January, expect traffic to be a little heavier. When visiting local attractions during this time, call ahead to book or try to go early to ensure there is parking available. Typically, there is ample parking for your car hire in Rotorua, no matter the time of year. Make sure you stick to the rules of the road and always drive on the left-hand side, and you should be golden.
  • There are no major difficulties when it comes to driving your Rotorua car hire, as the roads are big and comfortable and there's very little traffic. Traffic can get heavier during peak times in the morning and evening due to school and work commutes. The major morning traffic is usually heavier between 07:30 and 08:30, while the evening traffic generally gets busy from 17:00 until around 18:30.
  • Book your rental car in Rotorua at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Rotorua are around 11% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Rotorua

  • How much is gas price in Rotorua?

    The average gas price in Rotorua is ₪24.44 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪293 and ₪391, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Rotorua?

    Economy (Suzuki Swift or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Rotorua.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Rotorua?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Rotorua?

    An Economy car rental in Rotorua costs ₪305 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Rotorua?

    An Intermediate car rental in Rotorua costs ₪238 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Rotorua?

    A Standard car rental in Rotorua costs ₪314 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Rotorua?

    If you're planning on spending time in the city and not venturing out much, the choice of vehicle doesn't make too much difference. A smaller, more compact model will be lighter on fuel and take up less room, so this might be a good choice. If you plan on visiting the attractions in the area and taking an impromptu road trip or twelve, consider looking at a 4x4 to manage the varied terrain. 4x4s are a popular choice for car hire in Rotorua with other hirers.

  • What’s the speed limit in Rotorua?

    Rotorua speed limits are based on the national speed limits in New Zealand and have been deemed safe and appropriate. Just outside the city limits in the areas that aren't built up, you'll be limited to 100 km/h, while the inner city limits can range from 30 km/h to 80 km/h, depending on where you're driving. If you're close to a school or area where children are likely to be, the speed limit should be 30 km/h even if there isn't obvious signage.

  • Where are the best places to park in Rotorua?

    Parking your car hire in Rotorua is pretty easy, with a citywide user-pays parking system in place. There are parking meters throughout the city centre, and parking is usually monitored between 09:00 and 17:00 every weekday. Outside of these times, you're typically able to park for free. Most of the parking spots offer free time-restricted parking that varies per location, and other fees are charged at an hourly rate.

Rotorua car rental reviews and directory

Thrifty

10.0

Wonderful

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10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

3 locations in Rotorua

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1233 Amohau St

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
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Rotorua Ap

+64 7 345 7756

Monday08:00 - 20:00
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Te Ngae Rd

Monday08:00 - 20:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2023

KAYAK
All good!

1 out of 1

Hertz

9.1

Wonderful

7 reviews

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

9.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.8

2 locations in Rotorua

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1233 Amohau St

+64 7 348 4081

Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
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Te Ngae Rd

+64 7 348 4081

Monday08:00 - 20:00
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9.6 Wonderful

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and helpful staff at pick-up (Rotorua airport)

Cons:

Not so friendly or helpful at drop-off. Drop-off at Auckland airport is confusing - not sure why there needs to be two drop-off locations (domestic & international terminals). Seems like one spot with a shuttle would be easier.

1 out of 1

Budget

6.8

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.6

2 locations in Rotorua

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1230 Fenton St

Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
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Terminal Building

Monday09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday09:00 - 17:30
Thursday09:00 - 17:30
Friday09:00 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 12:30
Sunday09:00 - 17:30
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8.4 Very good

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up and drop off staff were great! Friendly.

Cons:

The drop off location on the contract was incorrect. This led to some minor frustration and driving around to get the correct location.

8.8 Very good

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Good customer service and easy to get the car.

Cons:

SUV was smaller than expected. Other than that, no issues.

1 out of 1

EZI

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

2 locations in Rotorua

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1234, Fenton Street

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Rental Car Kiosk, 837 Te Ngae Road, Ōwhata

Monday08:00 - 20:00
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Ace Rental Cars

8.5

Very good

No reviews available

One location in Rotorua

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Te Ngae Road, Rotorua

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EZU Car Rental

8.2

Very good

No reviews available

2 locations in Rotorua

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1076 Pukuatua Street, Street, Rotorua 3010

+64 7 349 3285

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Rotorua Airport

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Firefly

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

2 locations in Rotorua

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1233 Amohau St

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Rotorua Airport

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keddy by Europcar

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

2 locations in Rotorua

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1181 PUKAKI STREET

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Rotorua Airport

+64 7 350 3150

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

2.0

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Rotorua

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Terminal Building, Rotorua New Zealand

Monday08:00 - 20:00
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Avis

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Terminal Building

Monday09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday09:00 - 17:30
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Thursday09:00 - 17:30
Friday09:00 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 12:30
Sunday09:00 - 17:30
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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It was so simple - just handed off the keys and we were done. We only waited one minute while the agent finished a call. She apologized for the wait, which was charming.

Cons:

It wasn't clear exactly how to return the car, but we rolled with it and asked the check-in person for the flight and she pointed us in the right direction.

1 out of 0

Europcar

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One location in Rotorua

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Terminal Building

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Moto Car Rental

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One location in Rotorua

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Rental Car Kiosk, Terminal Building 837 Te Ngae Road Rotorua Airport, Rotorua

+64 800 656 564

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Shouqi

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One location in Rotorua

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Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sunnycars

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One location in Rotorua

Locations in Rotorua

Amohau Street

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12 travelers who rented a car in Rotorua gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.3

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Most popular car type

Economy

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