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North Island car rentals

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Cheap car rentals in North Island

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Top tips for renting a car in North Island

  • If you are arriving in North Island via Auckland International Airport (AKL). At this airport, car rentals are located in the main terminal (Terminal 1). After arriving, proceed to the Ground Transportation level, where you'll find the rental car counters. Present your reservation details and valid identification to the rental company representative, complete the necessary paperwork, and receive the keys to your rental car for a smooth journey ahead. Some of the car rental agencies with their offices at AKL include Thrifty, Avis, and Hertz.
  • In North Island, consider renting a compact or mid-size car. The region's terrain is diverse, ranging from coastal roads to winding mountainous routes. Having a smaller car allows easier navigation through narrow city streets and parking in crowded areas. Additionally, a fuel-efficient vehicle suits well for longer drives between attractions, as North Island offers vast landscapes and picturesque destinations that may require extended travel times. Apart from this, the type of car to rent can depend on the number of people you are driving with and size of the luggage. For example, an Economy car will be ideal if you are traveling alone, with perhaps just one bag.
  • Car eat laws in North Island are key among the things you should always remember when using rental cars in the region. According to these laws, it is a requirement that children up to seven years of age to use an appropriate child restraint. The specific type of restraint depends on the child's age and size. Children aged seven must use a booster seat until they reach a height of 150 cm (4’9’’). It is essential to follow these laws to ensure the safety of young passengers while traveling in vehicles.
  • When renting a car in North Island, some challenges include driving on the left side of the road (for those accustomed to right-hand driving), adapting to varying weather conditions, and navigating unfamiliar roads. Rush hours in major cities like Auckland and Wellington typically occur between 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, leading to increased traffic congestion on highways and major routes. Auckland's Southern Motorway and Wellington's State Highway 1 are among the most affected roads during rush hours.
  • Book your rental car in North Island at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in North Island are around -50% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in North Island

  • What is the most popular rental car in North Island?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in North Island.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in North Island?

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

  • Should I rent a car in North Island?

    Renting a car in North Island is highly recommended for several reasons, key among them being enhances flexibility and convenience when accessing various parts of the region. It is easy to connect to remote attractions like the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Bay of Islands, which may be challenging to reach by public transport. The region's well-maintained highways make driving a pleasant experience. Popular places like Hobbiton, Rotorua's geothermal sites, and the Coromandel Peninsula are easily accessible by car but harder to reach through limited public transport options.

  • How is driving like in North Island?

    Drivers in North Island generally follows New Zealand's rules, with a focus on road safety and adherence to speed limits. The driving style is relaxed and courteous, but traffic congestion can occur in major cities like Auckland and Wellington during peak hours. Popular tourist spots have well-maintained roads, while some remote areas may have narrower, winding roads. Be aware of unique driving regulations like mandatory headlight usage at all times and strict drunk driving laws. The region has limited toll roads, and drivers should remember to drive on the left side of the road.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in North Island?

    The minimum age to rent a car in North Island, New Zealand, is typically 21 years old. However, some rental car agencies may require drivers to be at least 25 years old to avoid surcharges or additional fees. Renters must hold a valid driver's license from their home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP) for foreigners. It is essential to check with specific rental car companies for their age and license requirements, as policies may vary.

Car rental directory

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in North Island

    27 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in North Island

    23 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car rental locations in North Island

    20 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in North Island

    20 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in North Island

    17 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in North Island

    15 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in North Island

    11 Locations

  • bargaincar

    Bargain Car Rentals car rental locations in North Island

    10 Locations

  • ezi

    EZI car rental locations in North Island

    10 Locations

  • motocarrental

    Moto Car Rental car rental locations in North Island

    10 Locations

  • acerentalcars

    Ace Rental Cars car rental locations in North Island

    8 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in North Island

    8 Locations

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