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Travelling around Auckland and its surroundings with a rental car

Auckland is a beautiful harbour city located on the North Island of New Zealand. It is the country’s largest urban area and its only true metropolis. Auckland is also one of the most important economic centres of New Zealand.

For those who decide to visit this fascinating country, Auckland should be the first port of call. The city offers a variety of both outdoor and cultural highlights and can boast a number of golden beaches ideal for a day in the sun. In the vicinity of Auckland, visitors will have the opportunity to explore a plethora of interesting attractions, including the Hauraki Gulf and the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

Auckland, together with the surrounding North Island, is perfect to explore with a rental car. With Driveboo, you can compare offers of many different rental companies and choose the one that suits your needs best.

Where should I rent a car in Auckland?

The nearest airport to Auckland is Auckland Airport (AKL), located 20.2 km from the city centre. At the airport, you will find a wide range of car hire companies and a variety of vehicles.

You will also have the opportunity to hire a vehicle in Auckland itself. However, the most convenient way to find your dream car is to pursue the offerings of one of the car rental companies directly at the airport.

What are the conditions for booking a rental car in Auckland?

The conditions for booking a rental car may differ from company to company. However, there is always a wide selection of insurance options available at all of them. You should remember that the safest choice is opting for full insurance. In New Zealand, a minimum of third party insurance is mandatory.

The most important traffic rules when driving around Auckland:

  • New Zealand follows left-hand traffic so you should overtake vehicles in front of you on the right.
  • While driving around Auckland, you will be obliged to follow the same system of signs and traffic rules as those prevailing in the UK.
  • Remember that penalties for road traffic offenses are extremely high in New Zealand. Thus, you should observe the speed limit at all times.
  • All passengers in the car are required to wear seatbelts.
  • Solid yellow lines on the road indicate that it is too dangerous to overtake the vehicles in front of you.
  • High penalties are applied when drivers are caught drinking and driving. The permissible blood alcohol level is 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood and 250 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath.
  • You are not permitted to use your mobile phone while driving.

What are the speed limits in New Zealand?

In New Zealand, you need to observe the following speed limits:

  • 50 kph – in built-up areas
  • 100 kph – on highways

What about the parking rules in Auckland?

Generally, there are plenty of free parking spaces around Auckland so you should not have any problems finding one. However, it is vital to remember that you should always park in the direction of the traffic. The only exception to this rule is on one-way streets.

What is the minimum driving age in New Zealand?

The minimum driving age in New Zealand is 21 years. You also need to have a minimum of one year’s experience behind the wheel. Remember, some car hire companies apply extra charges for young drivers.

What emergency numbers should I know in Auckland?

The most important number in case of any emergency is 111.

Attractions of Auckland that you can enjoy with your rental car

The popular city of Auckland is a treasure trove of tourist attractions. Those who want to see the city from above and feel a surge of adrenaline should start their trip with a visit to the Auckland Sky Tower. Here, you will be able to try the Sky Walk around the tower’s pergola or try your hand at sky jumping.

Just a stone’s throw from the Sky Tower, you will find Waitemata Harbour, which divides Auckland into two sections. The easiest navigable waterway in the past, the harbour has become a major urban gem where you will find plenty of fancy restaurants and lively bars open 24/7.

Auckland War Memorial Museum is an ideal choice for history buffs. Inside, visitors will learn more about New Zealand’s participation in World War I. The building itself is also a notable example of Neoclassical style. In addition, on the first floor, you will find an interesting exhibition devoted to natural history.

Another interesting place to visit while in Auckland is One Tree Hill. The hill is crowned with a volcanic cone. Over the centuries, the hill has been hailed as the most prominent symbol of the city. On the slopes of One Tree Hill, you will also find fascinating remnants of Maori Pa village.

Exploring the area surrounding Auckland with a rental car

Travellers who choose Auckland as their holiday destination should also consider venturing outside the city boundaries. There are a number of sites in the wider region that are well worth a visit.

  • Rotorua is a town best known for its famous geothermal areas and bubbling geysers. It is a perfect showcase of New Zealand’s natural gems and pristine beauty.
  • Waitomo Caves is a must-see natural highlight for those who enjoy secluded places. The caves are also popular among rafting and kayaking fans.
  • Bay of Islands is another perfect solitary place. It has played a major role in the country’s history as it is the exact place where the treaty between the British and the Maori was signed. The bay offers numerous interesting boat trips around nearby coves and along the coastline.
Destination Distance with a rental car Time
Rotorua 228 km 2 h 50 min
Waitomo Caves 195 km 2 h 25 min
Bay of Islands 220 km 3 h 15 min
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