5 Reasons Why Auckland Car Rental Is the Best Way to See New Zealand
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7 Kingsford Smith Place, Mangere, Auckland 2022.
+64 22 182 5752
Monday - Sunday 08:00 am to 06.00 pm (after-hours available)
EZU Rental Cars are not far from the Airport and run a free shuttle on demand. Please call 022 678 9976 or 09 200 0899 to request your pick up. You will be picked up outside door/exit 8 or 9 in the domestic terminal or door/exit 4 in the international terminal.
: pickups are also possible, but there is a fee of $50.00 that applies and it must be arranged at the time of booking.
Please refuel your rental vehicle and drop it off to EZU at 7 Kingsford Smith Place, Mangere, Auckland 2022. Our friendly staff will check the vehicle and then drop you off at the front door of Auckland Airport.
: If you have arranged this at pick-up, please fill the vehicle with fuel and return it to the Heartland Hotel, 14 Airpark Drive, Airport Oaks, Auckland 2022. The hotel run a shuttle on demand to the Airport Terminal. Please be aware that there is an after-hours fee payable to EZU of $50.00.
New Zealand welcomed over 2.9 million visitors through its gates in 2019. That's a staggering number of people since the nation has a population of only 5 million.
In recent years, tourist numbers have plummeted due to the global pandemic. But as it slowly ends, more people than ever are planning to visit The Land of the Long White Cloud.
You might be one of the millions of people planning to visit. But before you set off, you need to learn why hiring an Auckland car rental is the best way to explore New Zealand.
So, read on to discover the benefits of renting a car while you're here!
For the Convenience
A vacation is about relaxing and leaving the stresses of life back home. So the last thing you want is to spend your valuable time stressing and researching how to get from A to B.
You can go where you want when you want. You don't have to stick to schedules and timetables and waste exploring time while waiting for a bus. Traveling in a car also has much shorter journey times. That means you've less time on the road and more time exploring the unknown!
To Get off the Beaten Track
Getting off the beaten track is the most popular travel trend of 2022. Luckily, New Zealand has 102,587 miles of land and is filled to the brim with hidden gems.
With public transport, visitors can only explore popular attractions with crowds of tourists. With an Auckland car rental, you can form a unique journey by visiting sites unknown to tourists. There are 13 national parks in New Zealand. And some are not easily accessible to tourists by public transport.
You Save Money
Public transport to tourist hotspots outside the city is expensive. Even the shuttle to and from the airport is overpriced.
If you rent a car in Auckland, you can avoid fees aimed at tourists and start saving money from day one. Prices start at only $19.99, with no cancellation or credit card fees!
If you're traveling as a group or family, splitting the cost is a great way to save a ton of your hard-earned cash.
For Your Safety
Safety should always be your number one priority on any vacation.
Our Auckland car rentals are regularly serviced and inspected. So you can be confident knowing nothing will go wrong when exploring the wilderness. To make you feel even more relaxed, we provide 24-hour roadside assistance.
But the best safety feature is its quick transport if you have an emergency, in the outdoors. If you need to get to a hospital, you can move fast and don't have to wait around for a scheduled bus.
For a Comfortable Journey
When you travel to a bucket list destination, you don't want to be in pain from hard seats and a lack of space on busy buses.
In a car hire, you can recline your chair, play your favorite music, and set the temperature to your liking.
It's also convenient for transporting your bags and equipment. Anyone who has been backpacking knows how hard it can be to find space for baggage on public transport. With a car hire, you can throw everything into the trunk with no worries.
Choose the Best Auckland Car Rental
New Zealand is a fascinating country with so much to offer to tourists. But to get the most out of your trip, you must choose our Auckland car rental service.
We hope you're convinced that an Auckland car hire is the best way to discover this nation. And that you have a wonderful time exploring New Zealand's breathtaking natural wonders.
If you have any enquires, about traveling by car, contact us today, and we'll be more than happy to help!
Steps to hire a car in Auckland
1. Select a vehicle
Enter the location and time to search for a great range of vehicles.
2. Fill in the booking form
Enter your personal information carefully to ensure there are no problems later.
3. Order confirmation
Complete the reservation and confirm the booking.
4. Pick up the vehicle
Print the voucher and check you have all the relevant documents you need to collect your rental.
Why choose EZU when renting a car in Auckland
High Quality Customer Service
■ Free airport and hotel pick-up service
■ Open and honest - no hidden costs
■ Fast and efficient team
■ Warm and friendly
■ Great deals from only $19.99/day!
■ No cancellation fees
■ No credit card fees
24-Hour Roadside Assistance
We provide 24-Hour Roadside Assistance with every car rental. Simply phone the AA on 0800 734 543 with your registration number if you find yourself in a difficult situation.
Each of our branches are located less than 5 minutes' drive from the airport. We offer you a free pick-up service from the airport or hotel to our branch. Simply ring 0800 676710 when you are ready and our friendly team will pick you up.
Great choice of models
Choose from our extensive range of modern, top-quality vehicles. These are well maintained by our own skilled mechanic on site. Where else to you get such wonderful vehicles at such an affordable rate?
More Optional Extras
We are big on safety at EZU. We offer you car seats and booster seats that comply with the law. For your convenience we also offer other things to make your trip more enjoyable.
Hire a vehicle in Auckland and enjoy
Auckland is New Zealand's largest metropolis, surrounded by stunning harbours and views of the sea, it is known as the “City of Sails”. It is, for that reason, the economic heart of the country. Auckland sprawls between the Manukau Harbour in the west to the Waitemata Harbour in the east. Even the central city is located on the stunning water-edge of the Viaduct Harbour. For the tourist or person visiting Auckland, the easiest way to access its many attractions is by car. There are many monuments, museums and art galleries that are well worth a visit. The islands of the nearby Hauraki Gulf are also an opportunity to enjoy New Zealand's spectacular national parks. Auckland is the gateway to the far north, but you will need a rental car!
Under the Köppen climate classification, Auckland has an oceanic climate, while according to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), its climate is classified as subtropical with warm humid summers and mild damp winters. It is the warmest main centre of New Zealand. The average daily maximum temperature is 23.7 °C (74.7 °F) in February and 14.7 °C (58.5 °F) in July. The maximum recorded temperature is 34.4 °C (93.9 °F) on 12 February 2009, while the minimum is -3.9 °C (25.0 °F). Snowfall is extremely rare: the most significant fall since the start of the 20th century was on 27 July 1939. Snowflakes were also seen on 28 July 1930 and 15 August 2011.
15.2°C / 59.4°F
Average annual temperatures
1210.7mm / 47.67inches
Average annual precipitation
Average annual precipitation days
10.6 — 15.1 ℃
51.08 — 59.18 ℉
Source: "Visual Crossing Weather".
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Auckland recommended destinations
Auckland Harbour Bridge
This iconic bridge is in the centre of the harbour. It was built in 1959 and is more than a kilometre long and some 43 meters high. It is the main crossing between downtown Auckland and the northern reaches of the North Island. Activities include the Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb and the opportunity to try the 40 meter bungee jump!
Auckland War Memorial Museum
The formal and imposing neoclassic designed building dating from 1929, stands at the top of the Auckland Domain. It was built as a memorial dedicated to the New Zealand soldiers who fought in World War I. Today it houses an impressive collection of artifact that trace the whole of New Zealand history. Of particular interest is the Māori galleries and the extensive natural history collection.
Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
This is one of Auckland's favourite attractions because Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium allows you to get up close and personal with under-water sea life. Walk among the aquariums via a series of tunnels, where you can observe everything from tropical fish through to sharks and stingrays. It also houses an Antarctic Encounter gallery, which lets you see penguins in their natural habitat.
One Tree Hill
It is truly remarkable to find a rural scene in the heart of New Zealand's largest city. For many Aucklanders the volcanic cone of One Tree Hill is almost sacred. The hill is 182 meters high and is situated in Cornwall Park. The slopes contain the remnants of a Māori Pa. At the top is a monument remembering Sir John Logan Campbell who gifted the land to Auckland.
The Sky Tower Auckland
The skyline of Auckland is dominated by the Sky Tower, standing at 328 meters high. It is New Zealand's highest building. There is no better place to see the panorama view of the sprawling cityscape from the observation deck. Once there visitors can walk the 192 meter high Sky Walk or use it as a platform to carry out a Sky Jump!
Waiheke Island is the most popular and lovely sunny spots to visit in the Hauraki Gulf. What will impress is not only the lovely walks for hikers, including the Church Bay Circuit, but the village atmosphere and the thriving café culture! Surrounded by white-sand beaches, it is well worth the short, 35 minute ferry trip from downtown Auckland to visit this incredible island.
Auckland Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be any extra charge if I cancel my car hire in Auckland?
Can I change the date of my Auckland car hire?
How long can I rent a car in Auckland?
Can I use my overseas driving licence to hire a car in Auckland?
What documents do I need to bring to rent a car in Auckland?
Can I hire a car in Auckland if I am under 25 years of age?
Can I apply for additional drivers to hire a car in Auckland?
How can I purchase additional insurance to reduce excess on my hire when renting a car in Auckland?
How do I pay for the booking in Auckland?
What do Auckland renters say
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What you need to know about traffic rules in New Zealand
New Zealand is definitely a paradise for road trips. The traffic is light, the road is good, and out of the window you can see the beautiful scenery of the north and south Islands. If you are coming to New Zealand for the first time, it is best to understand the New Zealand traffic rules before starting your road trip to avoid unnecessary violations.
Keep speed down
Fasten Seat Belt
Always drive on the left side of the road. Some narrow roads don't have centre line markings to guide you.
Drivers must watch for pedestrians crossing the road, particularly at pedestrian (or zebra) crossings and intersections.
Always slow down near cyclists. Pass slowly and only when safe, and try to leave a space of 1.5 metres.
If you see animals on the road, slow down and proceed carefully. Do not sound your horn.
The speed limits on New Zealand roads vary - look for speed limit signs. You'll often need to go slower than the limit to drive on our roads safely. That means a 100km distance will seldom equal one hour of driving. It will usually take a lot longer, so always allow more time when planning your trip.
On many of New Zealand's main rural roads, the speed limit is 100km/h unless a sign says a different speed applies.
In urban areas, the speed limit is usually 50km/h unless a sign says otherwise.
Yellow advisory speed signs warn that you are coming up to a tight curve or bend in the road and recommend a safe and comfortable driving speed. The arrows show which direction the curve goes.
Fasten Seat Belt
By law, everyone in the vehicle must wear a seat belt or child restraint - whether they're in the front or back.
TIPS: Children under 7: Approved child safety seats restraint
In New Zealand, you can be fined or towed away for parking on the wrong side of the road, unless it is a one-way street, where you're allowed to park on either side of the road.
Stopping for police
If police require you to stop your vehicle they will drive behind you and activate red and blue lights and a siren. You must pull over as soon as possible. Park your car off to the side of the road safely and wait in it for the police officer to approach you.
Drivers must not use a hand-held mobile phone when driving. If a phone is used it must be hands free. Texting on any mobile phone while driving is illegal.
Although New Zealand has good roads, speed is the greatest killer on them. It is important to keep your speed close to the speed limit but NOT above it. You also need to slow down depending on the conditions. New Zealand can have severe whether conditions, and you simply must slow down to avoid a crash.
At a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop, then give way to all traffic.
Give Way Sign
At a give way sign, you must give way to all traffic on the intersecting road. If turning, you must also give way to vehicles that are not turning.
At roundabouts, you must give way to traffic from your right. You must travel around the roundabout in a clockwise direction.
Some roads in New Zealand have one-lane bridges where vehicles must stop and wait for vehicles coming from the other direction. Stop if you need to give way. The red (smaller) arrow shows which direction has to give way.
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Auckland Rental Car Tips:
Renting a car in Auckland requires a driver's licence that is in English. If you have a licence in another language, you will need to produce it together with an official translation of the licence into English or present an International Driving Permit. These will be photocopied at pick-up.
When you rent a car in Auckland, you will be required to sign a rental agreement. You will have the opportunity at that time to change your insurance from basic insurance to one of two other options EZU will offer you. Basic insurance is included in the rental price. Basic insurance means that in the event of an accident, the renter will have to pay an excess. This can be substantial so please check out what your risk is before you accept basic cover only.
Like most rental car companies, you will be required to leave a security deposit on the car when you rent from EZU. How much this is depends on the insurance option you choose. It can be as little as $1.00 or as much as $3000. This security deposit takes the form of a pre-authorisation on your credit card, which is released as soon as you return the vehicle without damage or other outstanding charges.
A rental in Auckland is charged according to the number of days booked. Each day is calculated in 24-hour periods, not calendar days. The hirer must provide a credit card in the name of the main driver and sign the rental agreement before the pick-up.
EZU's branch in Auckland will discuss any pre-existing damage they are aware of with your vehicle when they hand over the keys to your rental vehicle. EZU takes photos of all pre-existing damage and files it against your booking. We suggest you check the vehicle also and take photos for your own record. You can also talk to the friendly staff about anything you are concerned about.
The fuel policy at EZU is the same as most rental car companies. We give you the vehicle full of fuel and ask that you return it full at the end of your hire. This way you only pay for the fuel you have used.
Returning your rental car is easy. Fill it up with fuel and remove your personal goods from the vehicle. Please return the car to the place agreed at the time of pick-up - usually the local branch. If you need to change this, please ring and explain what you would like to change. After drop-off, EZU will check the vehicle and take you to the front door of the airport terminal. Please note: there are sometimes special procedures that apply outside of usual business hours. You need to make these arrangements when you pick up your rental.
What charges can you expect after your hire when you return the rental car to the Auckland branch? Some of these may be taken from the credit card number you leave with the branch because the branch may only become aware of the charge after the customer has left:
- Fuel charge: If you have not filled the vehicle up to the same level as when you were given it, you will be expected to pay the difference and a service fee will apply.
- Excess for any damage: This depends on which insurance option your chose when you picked up the rental car. If there is no damage, there is no charge!
- Police and parking fines: These often come in after the customer leaves the branch, but you are expected to pay them. There is an administration fee of $20 for parking fines and $50 for Police speeding fines. If you are aware of a pending fine, we suggest you settle it directly to save you these fees.
What insurance does EZU offer inAuckland?
$0.00 Per Day
Excess in the event of damage or loss: $4000 - $6000.
A pre-authorisation of $1000 will be put on your credit card for this option.
$35.00 Per Day
NO excess; Zero liability.
NO credit card pre-authorisation required.
$25.00 Per Day
Excess in the event of damage or loss: $500.
A pre-authorisation of $500 will be put on your credit card for this option.
Auckland Car Rental optional accessories
Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size whenever they travel in a car. We offer a range of car seat sizes to suit your child, from infants to school age. All of our car seats meet New Zealand/Australian Standard AS/NZ 1754.
International best practice recommends the use of an appropriate child restraint (or booster seat) until your child either reaches 148 cm tall or turns 11 years old. We offer booster seats for older children to keep them safe and secure while travelling.
The most recently updated system with 20+ different languages installed. Great for locations where mobile phone coverage is unavailable.
Carrying snow chains is highly recommended during the New Zealand Winter season (June to August). At this time, some roads may only be passable when snow chains are fitted. All tyre sizes are available so please ask.
We've got chilly bins to keep your drinks, cans and seafood cool even under the hot sun. Every great journey starts with a cool chilly bin.
Great for cooking meals while travelling. We have two sizes available: Small (5cups) and Large (8 cups)
What car models can I rent in Auckland?
Other branch locations
168 Orchard Road, Harewood, Christchurch Airport.
+64 21 043 8288
Monday - Sunday 7 am until 10 pm (after-hours available)
234 Glenda Drive, Frankton, Queenstown.
+64 21 286 3456
Monday - Sunday 08:00 am to 06.00 pm (after-hours available)
1076 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 3010.
+64 07 349 3285
Monday - Sunday 08:00 am to 06.00 pm (after-hours available)