Car Rental in Whangarei Airport

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Whangarei Airport (WRE)


Terminal Building,
Whangarei, 0110, New Zealand


(64) 9-438-7292

Hours of Operation:

Sun - Fri 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM; Sat 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Holiday Hours:

MATARIKI DAY   June  28  08:30AM - 08:30PM
LABOUR DAY   October  28  08:30AM - 08:30PM
CHRISTMAS HOLS   December  25 - December  26  08:30AM - 08:30PM


Location Information
Fastbreak Service
Fastbreak Pick up: Proceed to the Budget Fastbreak line or Budget rental counter. Present your driver licence and receive your rental agreement and keys.

Fastbreak Return: Park the vehicle and lock it. If a return agent is not available in the rental car park, proceed to the rental counter/office with your vehicle keys, mileage and fuel level. You can access your receipt online within 72 hours of returning your vehicle.
General Directions
COUNTER: The office is located in the airport terminal, next to the cafe.

CARS: Vehicles are parked next to the terminal, just outside the office.

RETURNS: Turn off Handforth St and follow the signs. The rental car park is on the left hand side, before the terminal.

AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available during airport hours only. Key drop box on counter in terminal.
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.

Terms and Conditions

Renter Requirements

Car Rental and Attractions by Whangarei Airport

Time for a trip? Exploring new places can broaden your horizons and fulfil lifelong dreams. Look no further than Whangarei, New Zealand for your next adventure. The picturesque, northernmost city offers something for all to see. Cruise through the city and enjoy the sights with a rental car from Budget Rental Car, right at the local airport.

The Airport

Whangarei Airport is housed in the suburb of Onerahi, just a ten-minute drive from the city's business district. Although a smaller airport, there are still a good number of flights coming and going each day. There are flights to Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, and Great Barrier Island.

While waiting at the airport, you can charge your phone at the charging stations or grab coffee and food made fresh by the airport's owners, Wi-Fi is available, and parking is only $1/hr. Lock and fly is also available for those who need to leave a car.

There are three bed and breakfasts and one hotel located just a few minutes from the airport for your convenience. Two of those bed and breakfasts are located on airport property.

Budget Car Rental

When flying into Whangarei, you'll most likely want to rent a car. Budget Car Rental's counter is located in the terminal and is open:

  • Sunday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm and 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Monday - Friday 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM and
  • Saturday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

Budget Car Rental has something for all to choose from, from compact cars to sedans. With unlimited kilometres, 24-hour roadside assistance, easy access, and insurance, it's hard to resist Budget Rental Car convenience. Child safety seat and GPS navigation are also available at the time of your booking or rental.

There is an after-hours drop box available at the Budget counter in the airport for your convenience. You can now drop off your car anytime, making your drop off a breeze. Just park the car and lock it, drop the keys and your filled out rental contract in the conveniently located dropbox, and off you go. Take your belongings with you when you leave the car!

With plenty of nearby gas stations, there is no reason to forget to stop for gas on your way back to the airport to return your car. Avoid excess charges to your account by filling up before you return the car. A few local favourites include Z Truck Stop, BP, and Kauriland Petroleum

Things To Do in Whangarei

Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand. With a sub-tropical climate, visitors can find plenty of activities all year long. Not only does Whangarei offer plenty to do, but the District is also a gateway to The Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga. The Bay of Islands is a chain of more than 140 islands, known for undeveloped beaches open for all to enjoy. It's also the home of a 19th-century whaling port. Cape Reinga is the Northernmost point of Aupouri Peninsula. In order to get here, you will need a suitable vehicle from Budget Rental Car.

Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is just a short drive away. Known as one of the world's top dive locations, visitors dive here year-round, looking at the hidden treasures of the sea. Fishing is also prominent here from December to April. There are boat launching facilities located throughout the area.

Whangarei Falls drops 25 metres into a majestic pool. This is New Zealand's most photogenic waterfall, and visitors come year-round to get pictures of this amazing waterfall, which is just a short 10-minute drive from the city centre.

Towering 242 metres above the city is Mount Parihaka. It offers a beautiful view of the city and harbour below. Take a stroll from Mair Park to reach the summit.

The District has a vast supply of parks and walkways, some with Kauri trees that are over 500 years old. There is also a cave system nearby, Abby Caves, and an abundance of white sand beaches. Enjoy the day in the surf, or if beaches aren't for you, check out Whangarei's deepwater harbour and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the sea rolling in.

The restaurants in the area will have you wishing you could spend your entire vacation eating. From sushi to Chinese to Thai food, the restaurants here will please your palate.

Distance to Attractions

From Airport to Attraction Distance in km

  • The Bay of Islands 78 km
  • Cape Reinga 271 km
  • Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve 51 km
  • Whangarei Falls 13.1 km
  • Mount Parihaka 9.1 km
  • Abby Caves 6.7 km
  • Whangarei's Deepwater Harbour 9 km


Does Whangarei have an airport?

Yes, Whangarei has a small airport with one terminal operating daily flights to Auckland, charter flights, and scenic helicopter rides. Air New Zealand and Sunair operate out of the airport.

Can you stay overnight at Whangarei Airport?

There are two B&Bs you can stay at on the airport property.