North Island car hire

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Cheap car hire in North Island

EconomyR228/day
CompactR235/day
Full-sizeR876/day
SUVR637/day
People carrierR997/day
Full-size SUVR967/day
Supplier choiceR229/day
Compact SUVR597/day
Intermediate SUVR608/day
Standard SUVR655/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring 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.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in North Island for R1 094 or less
  • Book your car hire in North Island at least 3 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in North Island are around 7% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Mini car hire in North Island are around -139% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in North Island

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in North Island?

    On average a car hire in North Island costs R956 per day.

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

    Mini (Kia Carnival or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in North Island.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in North Island?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Autounion Car Rental (R228/day), New Zealand Discount Car Rentals (R387/day) and Rental Cars 247 (R597/day).

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

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

  • Where should I hire a car in North Island?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in North Island are Auckland (69% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in North Island), Wellington (19%) and Hamilton (3%).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in North Island?

    On average a car hire in North Island costs R8 398 per week (R1 200 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in North Island?

    On average a car hire in North Island costs R35 989 per month (R1 200 per day).

  • 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 hire directory

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in North Island

    20 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in North Island

    17 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in North Island

    15 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car hire locations in North Island

    15 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in North Island

    15 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in North Island

    13 Locations

  • bargaincar

    Bargain Car Rentals car hire locations in North Island

    10 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in North Island

    10 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in North Island

    8 Locations

  • acerentalcars

    Ace Rental Cars car hire locations in North Island

    7 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car hire locations in North Island

    7 Locations

  • ezi

    EZI car hire locations in North Island

    7 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

New Zealand Discount Car Rentals

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

R1 200/day

Good deal

R1 094/day

When to book a rental car in North Island

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