New Zealand is like another world. They have winter in summer and vice versa, left driving, marvelous nature and diverse flora and fauna. Auckland is not only the biggest city in this country but also a megalopolis which is located along the coastline of the two seas. It’s divided into 7 districts, located on both a continent and lots of islands. By the way, the big amount of islands around the town are mainly Natural parks or resorts. The territory of Auckland is so huge that there’s no better way to get acquainted with this town rather than on a rental car.
Places to see in Auckland
Auckland is considered to be one of the best cities for living. Located on picturesque hills which formed by extinct volcanoes, the megalopolis spreads throughout the whole island. The sea channel divides the town in two, connected with unique arched bridges. We advise you list the attractions you want to see in advance. Here are some of the main destinations worth visiting:
Sky Tower is a 328 in height building standing out in the panorama of the city. The view from the Observation Deck is breathtaking! Moreover, there is a floor made of glass in it which makes you feel as if you were soaring in the air. But if you want to play upon the nerves, try the two attractions located on the top. The first one is the walk along the edge of the parapet, and the second is a jump from the top platform of the tower;
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium is one of the most popular sight. Who could resist to admire the beauty of the marine life. This place hosts the biggest colony of the King Penguin! This underground building creates special conditions for a comfortable living of these creatures. The area fully imitates the perfect climate including snowy hills, blocks of ice, chilly pond and even the cold Antarctic sunlight. There’s a fascinating tunnel going through an aquarium where you can see the most varied citizens of the ocean - sharks, gigantic skates, eels and over 1.5 thousands of other species;
Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum is a marvelous place which depicts all the aspects of the seafaring from modern yachts to the ancient canoes used by the Indians. There are several exhibits in the museum each devoted to different sea-related matter. Here you will learn how New Zealand was discovered and developed. Moreover, there’s a chance you can enjoy a trip on a ship. A wonderful place to visit with your family and friends.
Attractions near Auckland
The best way to discover the city is to travel through it in a vehicle. Majority of the tourists who visit this scenic megalopolis get rental cars and explore the neighboring areas and suburbs of the town. There’s a huge variety of natural sights and parks, that will take your breath away. We prepared a short list of places we advise you to visit during your stay:
Auckland Botanic Gardens is a huge garden occupying the territory of 64 hectares. Besides walking tours, here you can enjoy a snack cooked of the vegetables and greens grown on the land, visit a library to clarify some facts about exotic plants and listen to exciting stories the workers of the garden tell from 1 to 2 PM. This place comprises over 2350 species of plants which can be found only on the territory of New Zealand. It’s divided into zones each growing various plants. Thus, the Garden of Stones has the biggest collection of cactuses and succulents;
Mount Eden is the highest volcano in the suburbs of the town. It has one of the most stunning views. Mind, that it’s forbidden to drive up to the hills on an auto, so wear comfortable shoes for some hiking. Believe us, the panorama is worth the effort taken;
The Waiheke Island is the most populated and vivid islands located only 18 km from the center. The island is famous for its show white sandy beaches and emerald clear waters. It’s also a place which produces worldwide known wine like Mudbrick, Ridgeview Estate and Te Whau. Besides being an excellent beach getaway, this place has many tourist attractions that deserve your attention like the Connells Bay, the Ostend Market and the art gallery depicting the works of the local artists.
Discover Auckland on a Rental Car
It’s a crime not to rent an auto in this wonderful city. The nature, attractions, cheap cost and roads here tempt people to give it a try. One of the main distinctions from most of the countries, is that the in New Zealand they have a left driving. But it’s easy to get accustomed to it as the roads are not too much loaded and there are little traffic jams.
Mind, that all the roads are equipped with cameras which record all the violations drivers commit. Locals almost never exceed a speed limit, but not because of the fines, but rather because of the tempo of life. Police are very strict with all the drivers who use their cell phones. So, keep it safe and head to explore the beauty New Zealand has to offer. Better always plan your routes and check if there are gas stations or motels along your way if you are planning to discover the suburbs or distant destinations.
Where to rent a car in Auckland
You can get a rental car at any of the Auckland Airports. It’s the most efficient way to move around the city and transferring from airports to hotels. In case you didn’t think about renting a vehicle on your arrival, there are numerous offices of service providers all over the town. Here are some of them:
27 New North Road, Eden Terrace
154 Victoria Street W
374 Church Street, Penrose
3 Kingsford Smith Pl, Mangere
It will take you little time to sign all the papers and hit the road. But we always recommend our clients to book a rental car in advance to make sure that everything is ready for your arrival.
Cost of a rental car in Auckland
Auckland has a variety of worldwide known and local car rental companies. The competitive market influences the prices and the services they provide. Here you will find such companies as Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Jucy, InterRent, Dollar, SNAP, GO Rentals and many others.
Auckland has very low prices for rental cars. Thus, the Hyundai I30 will cost you only $131 a week! If you are looking for a more premium class auto, for the Nissan Qashqai you shall pay $195 per week. The price varies upon the office location and the duration of the booking.