Rent a car in Auckland with Europcar
Located on the North Island, Auckland
is New Zealand’s most populated city. Surrounded by volcanic mountains and sea, it is geographically blessed with dramatic landscape from ground level, which has been shaped by more than 48 volcanic cone and fertile farmland. While outdoor adventure is a huge part of the lifestyle here, New Zealand still has plenty of cosmopolitan charms.
While Auckland is 400 miles from the capital, Wellington
, there are numerous scenic day trips in the area to keep you busy. Vineyards, wildlife parks, thermal springs, and rainforest are just a few of the local highlights, and choosing car rental in Auckland can help you see them all.
The Europcar rental experience in Auckland
Whatever your plans, we have a car to suit you. Maybe you’re staying in the city center and need an economy vehicle to get you around; then choose the zippy Holden Spark, a popular choice for small groups. For larger groups of people, the Holden Trax, Mazda 3 GLX or Ford Ranger are great choices. If you are planning a road trip or driving to areas with rocky terrain, take a look at the 4X4 car rental options from our Europcar fleet.
We also have van and truck rentals available in Auckland - there are plenty of options with Europcar.
If you are traveling around, you can pick up and drop off your vehicle at different stations, giving you more flexibility for your trip. And, whether you need it for a day, week or month, we can offer long- and short-term rentals to suit you.
Driving in Auckland
To drive and rent a car in New Zealand, you need a valid driver’s license from your country of residence, or an international driving permit (IDP) if your license is not in English. In New Zealand, cars drive on the left and speed is measured in kilometers per hour. The speed limit on freeways is 100 km/h, on rural roads usually 70/80 km/h, and in urban areas generally 60 km/h, reducing to 40 km/h near schools and 30 km/h in city centers.
There are three toll roads in New Zealand: the Northern Gateway north of Auckland, the Tauranga Eastern Link, and the Takitimu Drive. The tolls range from $1.80 to $2.30 for cars. You can pay charges via a Pay&Go system, for which you will need to set up an account online in advance of your trip.
Outside of the main cities, there are few freeways in New Zealand. Roads are often hilly, narrow and winding, meaning journeys can take longer than you would predict from looking at a map.
Parking in central Auckland is Pay and Display between 8am and 10pm daily, with the first 10 minutes free, and no time limits. Outside of downtown, paid parking is enforced Monday to Saturday between 8am and 10pm unless otherwise stated. There are also a number of off-street parking options if you are looking to stay for longer.
Discover Auckland and the surrounding area by car
The lush surroundings of Auckland make for a variety of exciting day trip opportunities. Matakana, under an hour from Auckland, boasts stunning river valleys, beaches and vineyards to explore. Slightly closer to the city, the scenic countryside of Puhoi is perfect for hiking or kayaking.
Two hours (including the ferry crossing) away in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is made for exploring. Treks, wine tasting, bush walking and zip-lining - there is more than enough to fill your day before heading back to Auckland for supper.
Traveling further afield in your rental car you can visit Hunua Ranges (30 miles away), with waterfalls and incredible vistas, or Matamata (100 miles), home to the Hobbiton film set from Lord of the Rings.
On top of an Auckland volcanic cone, the One Tree Hill pa or fortress marks the grave of prominent New Zealand figure John Logan Campbell. He requested the One Tree memorial be built to commemorate the Māori people who once lived here. Climb 180 meter to the top to enjoy 360-degree views of Auckland and the surrounding area. Learn more about the history of the site at the Cornwall Park Information Centre, and leave time to explore
Cornwall Park itself. A real must for visitors to Auckland, One Tree Hill is just a 20-minute car drive from the harbor.
Things to see in Auckland
The largest city in New Zealand has a huge variety of things to see and do, both in the center and a short drive away. You don’t need to go far to see some amazing natural wonders, including Mount Eden and One Tree Hill, which both offer exceptional views in the heart of town.
If you’re after some culture, the Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery and Wallace Arts Centre are all national institutions. Eating out options range from sophisticated restaurants owned by TV chefs to unique world dining venues. If you are visiting in spring, don’t miss the Pasifika Festival, a Polynesian party in Western Springs Park.