Recently rated as the third most liveable city on the planet, there has never been a better time to visit Auckland. While Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, Auckland is the country’s most populous city and is a thriving hub of multiculturalism as a result. Situated in the northern part of North Island, Auckland has excellent access to some of the most beauteous scenery that New Zealand has to offer, including some famous locations from Peter Jackson’s epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy. To the west lies a rugged, wild coastline, while the Hauraki Gulf Islands to the east provide a jaw-dropping backdrop for hiking and kayaking. The thrill of Auckland lies in the sheer range of possibilities on offer – this close proximity to jungle and volcanic regions means that you can be in the midst of adventure by day, with the luxury of reminiscing in style at a rooftop bar (of which there are many) just an hour or two later.
The main city lies on an isthmus that straddles the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, which means that beaches beckon in almost every direction. Flights from the east coast of Australia take only 3 hours and, thanks to Auckland’s open, friendly nature, the city is a veritable cauldron of countless South Pacific cultures. Naturally these are the perfect conditions for innovative art and music to flourish. Auckland has a thriving arts scene, supported by excellent venues and bars city-wide. In particular, Karangahape Road is a must-visit location for culture vultures. While once a grungy bohemian hang out, red light and LGBT district rolled into a glorious albeit sometimes shady package, gentrification has arrived, bringing with it waves of hip eateries, clubs and shops. While this is raising Karangahape Road’s profile somewhat, it is also changing the fabric of the area, so be sure to visit soon before the iconic district changes irrevocably.
Car hire in Auckland provides you with a plethora of options locally and further afield. Greater Auckland and North Island in general are thriving with surfing beaches, trek-worthy volcanic ranges and earth-shattering waterfalls that can be easily reached on four wheels. Auckland also acts as a great starting point for road trips to Wellington and Christchurch in the south, via Rivendell and Mt Doom (really!). Book now with Auto Europe to take advantage of our excellent deals with suppliers, built up over 65 years in the car rental industry.
New Zealand is one of the happy few countries that drive on the left hand side of the road, which is always a bonus to those visiting from the UK. Auckland itself has a well-maintained road system that is being continuously upgraded – good news for those choosing to take a car rental in Auckland. Traffic can become very heavy at rush hour, so it is best to avoid travelling unnecessarily within those times, especially on the motorways. Pay and display parking is available throughout the city, payable either via smart device or at the meter. These can range from around 1-8$ in price, depending on the location. Overnight parking is also available in some private car parks within the city, many of which offer frequent promotions and deals.
For advice on driving in New Zealand, why not visit our New Zealand driving information page.
Auckland is located on a small strip of land that intersects the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, on New Zealand’s North Island. The city itself sits on the east coast of the isthmus, while to the west lies a more rugged territory that stretches 30 kilometres and encompasses both the Auckland Centennial and Waitakere Ranges Regional Parks.
Auckland Airport is situated 22 kilometres south of the city centre, across the Mangere Bridge. It’s New Zealand’s largest and busiest airport, serving nearly 20 million passengers in 2017. The airport has two terminals, one for domestic and the other for international flights. Both Highway 1 and Highway 20 lead from central Auckland to the airport, giving you a choice of route when returning your car hire to Auckland. Non-stop flights are available to almost every major airport in Australasia and to a wide variety of Asian destinations. Flights to Vancouver, Santiago, San Francisco, Houston, Honolulu and Los Angeles connect Auckland to the Americas. Africa is reachable via Nkolo.
Auckland Airport (AKL)
Address: Ray Emery Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand
Website: Auckland Airport
Telephone: +64 9-275 0789
There are several petrol stations close to the airport – Z is at the start of Highway 20 and another in Mangere operated by Mobil.
Auckland has a very efficient public transport system, comprised of buses, trains and ferries. Of these, the bus network is the most extensive, while trains connect speedily to the southern part of the city. Fares can be paid in cash or by using the AT HOP card, which costs around $10 and generally gives about 20% off each individual fare. Ferries connect to the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, however short plane journeys also connect to some of these regions if you don’t have time to spare on the sea.
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