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Auckland Airport (AKL)


Terminal Building,
Auckland, 2022, New Zealand


(64) 9-256-8448 DOM

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Sun 5:00 AM - 1:30 AM

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


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: Domestic: Ground floor of car park, opposite the terminal. International: Exit door 8 and follow signs for rental cars.

CARS: Located a short distance from office.

RETURNS: Domestic: Car park entry via Fred Ladd Way. International: Take Tom Pearce Dr towards hotels and follow signs for car rental returns.

AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Key drop box available. Domestic: Located at parking space 189 under Budget sign. International: Located in the arrivals hall.
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 Auckland Airport

As New Zealand’s biggest airport, Auckland is a gateway for those who want to blend urban and rural adventures. At Budget Australia, we provide car hire at Auckland Airport with a focus on cost-friendly prices. Whether you need to hire a car for a day or you’re looking for something for your extended stay, we’re confident there’s a vehicle in our fleet for you.

Finding the car hire desks at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport has two terminals: the Domestic and International terminal. If you’re landing into the International Terminal, you’ll find our Auckland Airport car hire desks in the arrivals area after you’ve cleared immigration and customs. If you’re landing in the domestic terminal, you’ll find our car hire office on the ground floor of the Auckland Airport domestic car park.

How to get to Auckland Airport

To get to Auckland Airport from Auckland City Centre, you need to take State Highway 16. After joining SH16, keep right and remain on SH16 until you see exit 8B for State Highway 20. Stay right on SH20 and follow the signs for Dominion Road. Eventually, you’ll see Exit 3 for the airport. After leaving at Exit 3, make sure you follow the signs for the domestic or international terminal, depending on where your carrier is going to.

Things to do near Auckland Airport

Whether you’re in the Auckland Airport area for a few hours or you’re staying for a short while, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see and do. Here are some of our favourite suggestions:

Try the rides at Rainbow’s End

Most people love an excellent theme park, and Rainbow’s End certainly features lots of exciting rides. As a family-friendly activity that has rides for most people, it’s the perfect place for spending a few hours. Rainbow’s End is a 9.3km drive from Auckland Airport.

Auckland Botanic Gardens

If you’re looking for ways to relax after your flight, try heading to Auckland Botanic Gardens. In addition to featuring many of the plants that are native to Australia, Auckland Botanic Gardens is home to species from around the world. It’s a 13.7km drive from Auckland Airport and the perfect place for a picnic.

Butterfly Creek

When you need an activity that’s close to Auckland Airport, try Butterfly Creek. At a mere 600 metres away, it’s ideal for those who want to try out their car immediately after collecting it. As the name suggests, it’s a nature sanctuary focusing on butterflies and an array of other species.

Cars you can hire at Auckland Airport

At Budget Australia, our cars for hire at Auckland Airport range from small and compact to large and expansive. We’re constantly updating our fleet, and we always pay close attention to maintenance requirements. When you use us as your Auckland Airport car hire service, you’ll benefit from favourable prices and a well-maintained vehicle.

Refuelling locations nearby

When you hire a car at Auckland Airport, you’ll need to return it with a full tank of petrol. Here are some of our recommended refuelling locations:

  • Z on George Bolt Memorial Drive
  • Z on Tom Pearce Drive
  • Waitomo Petroleum on Richard Pearse Drive
  • Z on Neilson Street
  • Z on Wiri Station Drive

Distances to popular locations

Hiring a car at Auckland Airport is an excellent opportunity to explore nearby attractions. Here are some distances to some of the best ones:

  • Sky Tower 25.9km
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum 23.3km
  • Auckland Zoo 28.7km
  • One Tree Hill 19.5km
  • Queen Street Shopping 25km

Auckland Airport FAQs

How far is Auckland Airport from the city centre?

Auckland Airport is around 25km from the city centre. If you’re driving between the airport and the city centre, remain mindful of potential toll roads. To save money, you may want to pay for a toll pass online to cover the duration of your stay.

How much is a cab from Auckland Airport to the city?

The cost of a cab from Auckland Airport to the city can vary according to the season and time of day. Unsociable hours are likely to attract higher fares, as are days such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The traffic will also influence the overall price. The cheapest way to get from Auckland airport to the city is to hire a car and drive yourself!.

Is Auckland Airport 24 hours?

The international terminal at Auckland Airport is open 24 hours a day.The domestic terminal opens between 4.30am and 11 pm, as this is when it needs to remain open for check-in times and flying times.

What is the average cost to rent a car from Auckland Airport?

To give you an accurate cost to rent a Budget car from Auckland, enter your details in the search form. Get an obligation free quote any time of the day or night!

What licence do I need to rent a car from Auckland Airport?

If your licence is in English that is all you need to rent a car from Budget Auckland Airport. If your licence is not in English, you must present an international driving permit in addition to your home licence.

What is the most popular hire car from Auckland Airport?

The small yet nifty Holden Barina or similar is perfect for quick city trips. For longer weekend getaways consider the Toyota Camry sedan or similar or the Toyota RAV4 SUV or similar.

At Budget Australia, we’re here to make hiring a car at Auckland Airport more affordable. To find the best deal for your rental book online today!