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    Cheap car hire at Auckland Airport with Auto Europe

    While Wellington is New Zealand’s capital, there are a plethora of reasons to visit this coastal country’s most populous city, Auckland. Correspondingly, Auckland Airport is the busiest in the country, making the city an entry point for visitors and migrants from across Asia and the rest of the world. It’s an incredibly open and tolerant place, probably aided by the fact that the residents have such a great quality of life – Auckland is regularly voted the third best place to live on the planet. This is undoubtedly due to the wealth of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery on hand – famously the very same as shown in Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. The proximity of such breath-taking, rugged scenery means that you can be scaling a volcanic mountain range, kayaking down rivers or trekking through jungle all on the same day, returning to the city for a cocktail by sundown. The city itself is multi-faceted, with a variety of areas capable of suiting everyone’s needs and many strong cultural scenes blossoming throughout. A particular highlight is Karangahape Road, previously the city’s red light and LGBTQ district. Nowadays, gentrification has brought an unstoppable influx of stylish bars, shops and restaurants, but the area’s old spirit remains on display and is well worth a visit.

    Auckland is a popular destination for surfers, with beaches known for consistent waves littered up and down the coast. Travellers of all stripes choose to take a car hire from Auckland Airport, as it provides the freedom to travel around the city, down the coast or perhaps as far south as Wellington and Christchurch for the road trip of a lifetime. At Auto Europe we’ve been in the car rental business since 1954 and have built strong links with the best suppliers. This means that we can offer you the lowest prices on the market and we’re proud to have been helping people to travel the world at their own pace for all these years! See what other customers wrote on our Auckland car hire reviews page for an overview of the quality of Auto Europe's services in the city.

    Airport Information

    Auckland Airport (AKL)
    Address: Ray Emery Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand
    Wesbite: Auckland Airport Website
    Tel: +1 619 400 2404
    Location: The airport is located 22 kilometres (14 miles) south of Auckland, on the other side of the Mangere River.
    Airlines operating at San Diego Airport: 22 airlines operate at the airport, including British Airways and the largest American airlines, such as United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Airlines.


    Auckland Airport has both an International Terminal and a Domestic Terminal. A free transfer bus between terminals runs every 15 minutes between 5am and 10:30pm, although for those who need to move between terminals outside of these hours, it’s only a 10 minute walk or short taxi ride. International check-in desks are found at the eastern side of the terminal on the ground floor. Domestic check-in desks are on the western side of the Domestic Terminal.

    Car hire Pick up and Drop off

    Auto Europe work with the best suppliers of car rental at Auckland Airport, including Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Rental desks are found throughout the International Terminal and on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park opposite the Domestic Terminal. It is vital that you remember to bring your valid driving licence, credit card with which you made your booking and 2 proofs of address or the supplier may refuse your car rental. Read your insurance policy carefully so that you know what you are covered for and before accepting your vehicle bring any scratches or damage to the attention of your supplier to avoid being charged for them upon returning your vehicle.

    Car hire desks opening hours

    Company Opening Hours
    Enterprise 5am - 2am
    Europcar 5am - 1:30am
    Hertz 5am - 2am
    Thrifty 5am - 2:30am


    Auckland Airport offers flights to over 70 destinations. Non-stop flights are available to almost every major airport in Australasia and to a wide variety of Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Japan. Flights to the US include Vancouver, Santiago, San Francisco, Houston, Honolulu and Los Angeles. Africa is reachable via Nkolo.

    Airport Facilities

    The airport is a modern building with all of the amenities that one would expect and more. Free WiFi is available at hotspots throughout the airport, for 45 minutes. There are various information desks across each terminal in addition to the ‘hospitality ambassadors’ who are on hand to help you with any queries or problems. There is a smoking lounge in the International Terminal on Level 2, beyond security. Shower facilities are also available to all customers free of charge, which will come as a relief to weary long-haul travellers. There is a multi-faith prayer room available in both terminals.

    If you require special assistance, visit their official page for more details.

    Transportation / How to get to the airport

    By Car
    In theory, Auckland Airport is only a 25 minute drive from the city centre via Highway 1 and Highway 20. However, during rush hour traffic can be very busy, which can make the journey last over an hour. It’s important to bear this in mind when returning your car hire to Auckland Airport around rush hour. Handily, there are several petrol stations close to the airport – Z is at the start of Highway 20 and another in Mangere operated by Mobil. For more information about driving in New Zealand, visit our New Zealand driving information page.

    By Bus and Taxi
    The Skybus runs 24/7 to and from Auckland city centre and takes roughly 40 minutes, costing around $20. Tickets can be bought by the bus stops, or in cash from the driver. In terms of public transport, the 380 bus operates every quarter of an hour and connects Mangere to the airport. To reach Mangere from the city centre you must take the 31 bus and change to the 380 for the airport.

    There are taxis available outside the airport around the clock. Many of the major companies like Alert, Auckland Co-op and Cheap Cabs offer a fixed rate to the Central Business District, which ranges from around $40-80, with charges for airport drop-off and pick-up included in the price.

    Parking Tips

    Auckland Airport has a variety of parking options that range from Economy to Executive. The differences of price in each option basically accounts for distance from the airport. Economy offers a park & ride service – the shuttle bus takes 10 minutes. At the other end of the scale, Executive parking allows for a fast, seamless transition to the terminal.

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