Car Rental in Auckland Airport

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Can you sleep at Auckland Airport?

Yes, you can sleep at Auckland Airport, as it’s open 24 hours. However, you’re unlikely to find many benches for sleeping until you reach the airside portion of the terminal. Therefore, if you want a good night’s sleep it’s better to head to one of the nearby airport hotels.

How far is Auckland Airport from the city centre?

Auckland City Centre is around 26.4km away from Auckland Airport. Depending on the traffic and the time of day that you travel, it takes between 22 and 30 minutes to drive there.

How many airports are in Auckland?

Auckland has just one airport, which is Auckland Airport. It features two terminals and comes with the IATA code AKL, which you may see on your tickets and bookings.

At Budget New Zealand, we’re here to help you get more from your Auckland Airport car hire experience. To see what we can do for you, please check out our fleet.

Auckland Airport (AKL)

Address: Terminal Building, Auckland, 2022, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 9-256-8448 DOM
Hours of Operation: Sun - Sat 4:00 AM - 2:00 AM

If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a short walk to the car lot.

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Can you sleep at Auckland Airport?

Yes, you can sleep at Auckland Airport, as it’s open 24 hours. However, you’re unlikely to find many benches for sleeping until you reach the airside portion of the terminal. Therefore, if you want a good night’s sleep it’s better to head to one of the nearby airport hotels.

How far is Auckland Airport from the city centre?

Auckland City Centre is around 26.4km away from Auckland Airport. Depending on the traffic and the time of day that you travel, it takes between 22 and 30 minutes to drive there.

How many airports are in Auckland?

Auckland has just one airport, which is Auckland Airport. It features two terminals and comes with the IATA code AKL, which you may see on your tickets and bookings.

At Budget New Zealand, we’re here to help you get more from your Auckland Airport car hire experience. To see what we can do for you, please check out our fleet.

Car Hire at Auckland Airport International Terminal

Budget Rent A Car is located in the arrivals hall at Auckland International Airport, providing a convenient car rental service for all travellers.

For international passengers arriving in Auckland, our goal is to get you into your rental car as quickly as possible, so you can spend more time visiting friends & family and enjoying our great country. To help us make that happen, please make sure you have your Passport, Drivers Licence, Credit Card, Reservation Number, and any Redemption Vouchers on hand when you collect your rental car.

And when you return the car, we’ll be there to make sure your rental went smoothly. Simply park your rental car at the ‘Car Rental’ car park adjacent to the International Terminal and return the keys to the Budget rental counter. Our agents will then check-in your rental car and issue a receipt for the rental.

BUDGET RENTAL TIP: Make sure you refuel the rental car before returning. There are two Shell service stations at Auckland Airport in case you forget.

Car Hire at Auckland Airport Domestic Terminal

If you’re using the Auckland Airport Domestic Terminal you’ll find Budget located directly opposite the main entrance on Andrew McKee Avenue. There is a covered walkway from the terminal building to the rental office, so no need to worry about the weather.

The Budget rental office has direct access to the ‘Car Rental’ car park, where your late model rental car is waiting. When you’ve finished your rental simply return the car to the ‘Car Rental’ car park and drop the keys at the rental counter.

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Fastbreak Service
Proceed to the Budget counter Fastbreak line/or normal line if no Fastbreak line designation/or follow directions to the Fastbreak Kiosk. Present identification and receive your rental agreement. The counter representative will give the customer the keys & directions to their car.
FASTBREAK RETURN: Follow the airport signs for Car Rental return. You do not need to return to the counter to complete your rental. Record your mileage and fuel level on the rental agreement and drop it in the Budget Fastbreak return box. A closed rental agreement will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
General Directions
COUNTER: Proceed through customs and turn to the right. The Budget counter is on the right.
CARS: Vehicles are at the car rental car park, which is on the left exiting the terminal.
RETURNS: Return vehicles to the same location as pickup.
AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available at the counter.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

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Car Hire at Auckland Airport

With its expansive harbours and ancient Volcano, Auckland is popular amongst visitors for lots of reasons. No matter how long you’re staying for, now’s a good time to consider your accommodation options. At Budget New Zealand, we’re here to help you find cost-friendly cars you can rent at Auckland Airport.

How to find our Auckland Airport car hire desk

If you’re landing into the international terminal, you’ll find our Auckland Airport car hire desk on the ground floor, in arrivals. Alternatively, if you’re landing into the domestic terminal, head to the ground floor of the car park. If you’d like to save time, consider downloading the Budget car hire app. Once you have the app, you can use it to request changes, add drivers, upgrade, and more. With the app on your phone, you’ll spend less time hanging around and more time enjoying your hire car.

Your guide to Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport features an International Terminal and a Domestic Terminal. When you want to travel between the two of them, you can use the free shuttle bus.

If you’re driving from Auckland to Auckland Airport, take the following directions:

  • Start on Victoria Street and head west towards Federal Street
  • Turn left at the 2nd cross street you reach and head onto Hobson Street
  • Take the slip road to State Highway 16
  • Keep right at the fork to continue on SH16
  • Merge onto SH16
  • Take exit 8B and merge onto State Highway 20
  • Keep right to stay on SH20
  • Take exit 9 for Route 20A
  • Continue onto State Highway 20A
  • Keep right to remain on SH20A
  • At the roundabout, continue straight onto George Bolt Memorial Drive
  • Continue until you reach your terminal of choice

Things to do near Auckland Airport

When you rent a car at Auckland Airport, you open yourself up to a world of exploration possibilities. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some suggestions for things to do nearby:

Villa Maria Estate

No visit to Auckland is complete without grabbing a bottle of Marlborough Region wine. If you’d like to learn more about how it’s made, head to the Villa Maria Estate. It’s a 4.5km drive away from the airport.

Rocket Ropes

As a rope assault course and fun park that people of all ages will love, Rocket Ropes is an excellent place to burn off some energy. You’ll test your muscle strength while there, but it’s worth it. It’s only 500 metres from Auckland Airport.

Auckland Botanic Gardens

With 64 hectares of native and international plant species to explore, Auckland Botanic Gardens is perfect for getting a little peace and quiet. The colours tend to change throughout the year, yet they somehow always look vibrant. Auckland Botanic Gardens is a 12.6km drive away from the airport.

Nearby refuelling locations

When you rent a car at Auckland Airport, you’ll need to refill the tank before you return it. Here are some of the nearest refuelling locations:

  • Z Skyway on George Bolt Memorial Drive
  • Z on Tom Pearce Drive
  • Mobil at 747 Massey Road
  • Z at 241 Glenfield Road
  • Z at 50-60 Ash Street

Our car hire fleet

At Budget New Zealand, we’re here to help you get more from your money with our car hire fleet. Our low-cost cars are available as compact vehicles, city cars, estates, and more. We’re able to include extras with your agreement on request. For example, if you need a child seat, we’ll include one upon prior arrangement. We’re also able to add services such as GPS.

Driving distances to nearby locations

When you hire a car at Auckland Airport you’re giving yourself the chance to explore the sites near to the city. Here are distances to some nearby popular locations:

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum 17.9km
  • Auckland Zoo 23.3km
  • Waitakere Ranges 40.4km
  • Rainbow’s End 9.3km
  • North Head 40.1km