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Cheap car rentals in North Island

Economy$11/day
Compact$11/day
Intermediate$12/day
Full-size$68/day
SUV$18/day
Minivan$43/day
Full-size SUV$40/day
Passenger van$27/day
Pickup truck$75/day
Premium SUV$54/day
Compact SUV$12/day
Supplier choice$14/day
Standard SUV$18/day
Intermediate SUV$18/day
Supplier choice van$118/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting 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 rental cars in North Island for $38 or less
  • Book your rental car in North Island at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in North Island are around 43% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Standard rental cars in North Island are around 44% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in North Island

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

    On average a rental car in North Island costs $73 per day.

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

    Standard (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in North Island.

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

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Mode Car & Camper Rentals ($11/day), Hertz ($12/day) and Yesaway ($26/day).

  • What is the best rental car company in North Island?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in North Island is Hertz (7.8, 61 reviews).

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

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

  • Where should I rent a car in North Island?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in North Island are Auckland (88% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in North Island), Wellington (6%) and Rotorua (1%).

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

    On average a rental car in North Island costs $382 per week ($55 per day).

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

    On average a rental car in North Island costs $1,637 per month ($55 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 rental directory

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in North Island

    39 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in North Island

    31 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in North Island

    31 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car rental locations in North Island

    30 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in North Island

    26 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in North Island

    23 Locations

  • ezi

    EZI car rental locations in North Island

    18 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in North Island

    17 Locations

  • motocarrental

    Moto Car Rental car rental locations in North Island

    14 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car rental locations in North Island

    12 Locations

  • bargaincar

    Bargain Car Rentals car rental locations in North Island

    10 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in North Island

    10 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

Autounion Car Rental

Most popular car type

Standard

Average price

$55/day

Good deal

$38/day

When to book a rental car in North Island

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