Car Rental in Tauranga Airport

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Tauranga Airport (TRG)

Address: Jean Batten Dr, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, 3116, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 7-574-2299
Hours of Operation: Sun 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM; Mon - Fri 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sat 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Location Information
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: Desk in terminal, to get to office go out Airport Rd, turn left, follow the road to Mt. Marganui Bridge, office is just over the bridge.
CARS: Vehicles are located straight out the automatic doors of the airport.
RETURNS: Same as pick-up.
AFTER HOURS RETURNS: After-hours key drop available until 2000.
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 Rental Tauranga Airport

Who wouldn't want to hop off a plane into the middle of paradise? When you take a flight to magical Tauranga, you'll step off into a beach town a cut above the rest. With hot saltwater pools, a rich history, and an extinct volcano to explore, Tauranga is a favourite destination of discerning tourists who come to New Zealand's North Island.

Find the Perfect Rental Car to Explore Tauranga's Harbourside Magic

After you step off the plane, though, you'll want to rent a car so you can explore Tauranga at your own pace. Budget New Zealand offers a fine fleet of cars, one of which you'll find perfect for your needs.

Located inside the single terminal of Tauranga Airport (TRG), Budget New Zealand is easy to find. North of the runway, the two-storey terminal sits on Jean Batten Drive. From the runway, just walk northwest for 64 metres on Jean Batten Drive; stay left to continue on Jean Batten Drive. Walk another 80 metres, and you'll be there. Budget's rental counter lies right next to the baggage claim in the arrivals area, so you can't miss it.

Budget's trading hours are Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM; and Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Its fleet includes a broad range of vehicles, one of which is sure to meet your needs.

Choose an inbound flight that arrives within those times and you can begin your Tauranga adventure without wasting a moment.

Nearby Petrol Stations

There are three petrol stations near the airport, two of which lie on State Route 2—the main thoroughfare in Tauranga.

Things to See and Do around Tauranga Airport

As the largest city in the Bay of Plenty area, Tauranga is a regional hub for some of the Bay's finest attractions.

In Tauranga

The town centre itself has plenty of historical buildings to admire as you stroll around town. You'll want to go down to the Strand waterfront to take in the local cuisine and nightlife. Stroll across the street and take the tidal stairs to the harbour and dangle your toes in the Bay's sparkling water.

If you have kids, be sure to take them to see the Hairy Maclary bronze sculptures—sculptures that invite exploration. Kids are free to climb over the storybook characters from Dame Lynley Dodd's legendary children's books.

Nearby Attractions

Surrounded by the harbour, water sports opportunities are easy to find. Whether you enjoy diving, sailing, or fishing, plenty of providers will be happy to show you how it's done. Sightseeing fans will love to take a dolphin tour over the water or explore nearby Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park or McLaren Falls.

Take the 15-minute drive to Mount Maunganui and drink in the beach vibe or explore the nearby extinct volcano. Or, for a real thrill, take a plane ride over White Island, where an active volcano still sputters and steams.

Discover New Zealand's First Explorers

Don't leave town without exploring the area's distinctive Maori heritage. The Arataki Cultural Walking Trails in Mount Maunganui give you a tour like no other as you see the world as a living being through the eyes of New Zealand's first settlers.

Listen to indigenous storytellers at Whakatane's Mataatua Cultural Immersion Experience as they tell you the story of their people's arrival upon the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand—the Land of the Long White Cloud. There, you can take in the incredible tastes of a traditional hangi—an earth-cooked feast that uses local volcanic stones to slow-cook meat and vegetables to a smoky tenderness.

If you can spare a few hours, it's worth the time to drive an hour or so along the Bay to Ohope, where you can enjoy a homestay with a local Maori couple, or to Rotorua, where you can travel to a marae—a traditional Maori village--and experience the thrilling ceremonies and dances that power the Maori culture to this day.

Distances from Tauranga Airport to some of the attractions around the Bay of Plenty and inland.

Location Distance from airport
Tauranga Airport to Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park 45 km
Tauranga Airport to McLaren Falls 34 km
Tauranga Airport to Mount Maunganui 5 km
Tauranga Airport to Ohope 90 km
Tauranga Airport to Whakatane 84 km
Tauranga Airport to Rotorua 74 km

Tauranga FAQs

If you're unfamiliar with New Zealand and want some more information on Tauranga, you're not alone. Many tourists have the same questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked ones.

How long does it take to fly from New Zealand's major cities to Tauranga?

Non-stop flights from Auckland (AKL) to Tauranga take about 40 minutes, while it takes one hour, 20 minutes to fly from Wellington (WLG). If you're flying from Christchurch (CHC), plan on a one hour, 50-minute flight. Flights from all major cities are available every day of the week.

Why does Tauranga have an airport? How busy is Tauranga Airport?

Since Tauranga—with its amazing scenery, sunny beaches, and cultural attractions--is one of New Zealanders' favourite holiday destinations, it not only has an airport, but it has the tenth busiest airport in the country. Peak times for air traffic, of course, vary by season.

Should I learn some of the Maori language before I arrive?

All Maori speakers speak English. That being said, it's always a good idea to learn a little of the language that has made an indelible stamp on the country's culture. Many Maori expressions, such as ‘Kia ora', meaning ‘hello,' have made their way into the islands' everyday expressions. Here are some familiar expressions to learn. Use them, and you'll be speaking like a local in no time!

Saying Farewell

It's tough to leave paradise. But when you must go, it's easy to find your way back to the airport from the centre of town. Drive 180 metres south on Devonport Road towards Elizabeth Street, then turn right onto Elizabeth and drive for 600 metres (You'll pass through two roundabouts along the way).

At the next roundabout, take the second exit onto State Highway 2 and drive for 4.9 metres. Turn right onto Jean Batten Drive and drive for 400 metres, then turn right again to stay on Jean Batten; drive for another 180 metres; turn right again and drive 63 metres; then turn left to stay on Jean Batten. In 64 metres, the airport will be on your right.

When you go home—if you're like most of our guests—one of the first things you'll do is plan your return trip back to the land of the long white cloud and its crown jewel, Tauranga. Until then, Haere rā—farewell!