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Car Hire at New Plymouth Airport

Serving the immediate region of Tairaki, New Plymouth Airport is compact and intimate. Whether you’re in the area for a brief stay or you’re planning to spend a little while there, have you thought about how you’ll get around? At Budget New Zealand, we make hiring a car at New Plymouth Airport both cost-friendly and convenient.

Where to find the car hire desks at New Plymouth Airport

Finding the car hire desks at New Plymouth Airport is easy. You’ll find them in the arrivals area.

How to reach New Plymouth Airport

To reach New Plymouth Airport, you’ll need to take State Highway 44 from Molesworth Street. Turn right onto Hobson Street, then continue onto State Highway 3. Take a slight left to remain on SH3, then exit when you see signs for Airport Drive on your left. Once you’re on Airport Drive, follow the signs for the airport. There’s only one terminal, so finding your target destination should be easy.

Things to do near New Plymouth Airport

If you have a brief layover in New Plymouth or if you just don’t want to travel far, there’s still lots for you to do. Here are some of our favourite activities near New Plymouth Airport:

Mount Taranaki

As the mountain that stood in for Mount Fiji in The Last Samurai, Mount Taranaki is impressive to behold. Fortunately, it isn’t as tall as Mount Fiji, so you won’t struggle to climb it. It’s only 56.6km away from New Plymouth Airport, too.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is both an art gallery and a museum. While there, you’ll likely learn more about kinetic motion than you would do elsewhere on Earth. As it’s free to enter and only 11.9km away from New Plymouth Airport, it’s definitely worth driving to.

Puke Ariki

If you want to focus your learning activities purely on Maori culture, Puke Ariki is worth a visit. It’s interactive and captures some of the key events in the Maori world. Much of it is outdoors, so prepare for rainy weather if you’re visiting outside of the summer season. Puke Ariki is 12.1km away from New Plymouth Airport.

Refuelling locations near New Plymouth Airport

When you hire a car at New Plymouth Airport, you’ll need to return the vehicle with a full tank of petrol. Fortunately, there are lots of refuelling locations nearby that you can try:

  • Z on the Smart Road
  • Z at 202-204 Mangorei Road
  • Z on the corner of Courtenay Street
  • Challenge Spotswood at 136 South Road
  • GAS Vogeltown at 344 Carrington Street

The cars you can hire

At Budget New Zealand, we want to make sure you hire a car at New Plymouth Airport while staying cost-friendly. At the same time, we always strive to help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs. Whether you require something large and rugged or small and extra-economical, we’ll find something in our fleet for you.

Distances to nearby popular locations

Hiring a car at New Plymouth Airport is an excellent opportunity to explore more of New Zealand’s North Island. Here are some of the best sites for you to try:

  • Lake Mangamahoe 22.1km
  • Brooklands Zoo 12.7km
  • Tupare 13.7km
  • Sugarloaf Island 16km
  • Taranaki Beach 16.5km

FAQ

What is New Plymouth known for?

Globally, New Plymouth is known for its favourable climate and abundance of nearby mountains and lakes. Those who visit the area for business often do so because of the oil rigs. As an area that doesn’t have a dense population, New Plymouth is known for its laid-back vibe and seemingly endless opportunities to relax.

What is there to do in New Plymouth at night?

If you have an evening to spare while you’re in New Plymouth, consider heading to Pukekura Park. It’s well lit, but there’s an emphasis on decorative lighting, which makes it perfect for night photography or romantic walks. Alternatively, you can try one of the area’s many late-night restaurants. India Today Tandoor and Bistro offer dishes for all dietary requirements, making it a versatile option.

What is the best time to visit New Plymouth?

Visit New Plymouth during September through to November if you want to see it in full bloom during its spring months. Otherwise, December through to February are the best months to visit when you want good weather.

At Budget New Zealand, we want to make hiring a car at New Plymouth Airport cost-friendly and efficient. Book online today to find the best New Plymouth rental car today.