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The Best Car Rental Companies in Auckland

Jucy Rentals

What is the best car rental company in Auckland?

Renting a car provides you with the ultimate freedom to explore New Zealand! Starting your trip from Auckland? Then check out this comparison for the best car rental companies in Auckland for backpackers. As budget travellers, we are always looking for the best value for money. This Auckland car rental company comparison will look at the Auckland car rental companies that provide the best value for money. All the car rental companies listed below offer extremely competitive daily rental prices.

What gives good value for money when comparing car rental companies in Auckland? We’re looking at what’s included in the car rental, where you can pick-up and drop-off the vehicle and more. It’s also worth looking at what insurance is provided. Although we compare insurance costs between Auckland car rental companies, we suggest you read the terms and conditions of your chosen Auckland car rental companies to see what’s exactly covered. For more advice on comparing rental companies, take a look at How to Compare Car and Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand.

5 Things to look at when comparing Car rental companies in Auckland

  • Location: In Auckland, it’s either going to be near the Auckland Airport or in the city. Figure out how you are going to get to these locations. Are they convenient for your? Are there any extra fees you will need to pay for the “premium” location? Also consider where you are ending your trip and whether the drop-off locations are convenient for you.
  • Prices and inclusions: The price of car rental changes largely depending on season. Read our 20 Ways To Save Money on Car Rental in New Zealand to see when the best time to rent a car usually is. Also, when comparing prices, compare what’s included in that price to understand the true value of the car rental. We have added the inclusions in the comparison below. Additionally, be aware that not insurance policies are the same, so compare what the insurance offered actually covers.
  • Vehicles offered: Most car rental companies in Auckland will maintain even their oldest cars to the highest standards, however a more modern vehicle is less likely to give you any problems. You also need to find a car type that meets your needs. If you are considering a campervan, head over to Should You Rent a Campervan or Car in New Zealand?
  • Service: Once you have picked a few car rental companies from this comparison, send some questions to the companies and see how helpful they are with their answers. Service will become very important should anything go wrong during your trip.
  • Reviews: It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers’ experiences. Why not ask the question in a backpacking Facebook Group?
Snap Rentals

Bargain Rental Cars

Bargain Rental Cars

Bargain Rental Cars is all about competitive prices and the only car rental company in this comparison with a “best price guarantee”. They have several convenient pick-up and drop-off locations in Auckland. However, be aware of the location fee for all airport locations (usually around NZ$30).

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland City Centre (Beach Road), Auckland (Onehunga), North Shore (Glenfield), Mount Wellington, Grey Lynn and East Tamaki

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Hamilton (Frankton), Wellington (Cuba Street) and Christchurch (Hornby).

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, scooters, van/people carriers, trucks and trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 18 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance (for drivers over 25 years old)
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$1200 excess for 25+ year old driver or a mandatory NZ$15 per day insurance with NZ$2500 excess for 18-24 year old driver. Alternatively, there are insurance add-ons for NZ$10-$15 per day with less excess and bond to pay. A NZ$250 bond is only payable if you cannot supply credit card details. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Go Rentals

Go Rentals

Go Rentals has a large fleet of rental cars in all the major arrival cities in New Zealand. There modern fleet means less chance of a breakdown, however, should it happen, roadside assistance is included in every rental. The Auckland car rental company also offers hundreds of discounts on activities around the country.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland City Centre (Beach Road), Auckland Airport and Penrose.

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Wellington (Miramar), Christchurch Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, van/people carriers, and camper trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 6 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Go Play discount card (discounts on 100+ activities)
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$1500 excess and NZ$1500 bond for 25+ year old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for 21-24 year old driver. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$18 per day with less excess and bond to pay. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Snap Rentals

Snap Rentals

Snap Rentals is extremely backpacker-friendly, especially for young drivers with insurance costs being the same for drivers of any age. No extra charge for multiple drivers is an added bonus.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs. They also do accommodation shuttle pick-up and drop-offs for airport locations.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland City Centre (Hopetoun Street) and Auckland Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Queenstown, Queenstown Airport and Christchurch Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD/ute and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 13 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance included in the rental with NZ$2000 excess or get an insurance add-on for NZ$16-$24 per day for 0 to NZ$200 excess and no bond to pay. There is also an insurance available for restricted or P Plate licenses.

NZ Discount Car Rentals

Nz Discount Car Rentals Limited

This car rental company with Auckland depots does the famous NZ$9.95 a day deal in the off-season on oldest and smallest model of car – ideal if this meets your needs.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Christchurch Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, SUV/4WD, van/people carriers and luggage trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 7 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$20 per day with less excess and bond to pay.

Mode Rentals

Mode Car Rentals

Mode offers some competitive rates with a good range of backpacker vehicles. However, be aware that although Mode offers a pre-paid toll road option for NZ$35 it’s highly unlikely that you will need it it. There are only three toll roads in New Zealand usually costing around NZ$2 each time you use it. What’s more, they are easily avoided. For more information, check out Toll Roads in New Zealand.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs between airports, depot and accommodation in the airport area.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland Airport (Doncaster Street).

Drop-off Locations: Auckland and Christchurch Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, van/people carriers, campercars and campervans.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Maps and guide books
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$3000 excess and NZ$3000 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$21 per day with less excess and bond to pay.

Omega Rental Cars

Omega Rental Cars

With so many pick-up and drop-off locations with no one-way charges, Omega is well worth considering if you plan to start and end your trip on different islands. What’s more, the possibility of changing rental vehicles in Wellington and Picton to reduce ferry costs is appealing.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland City Centre (Beach Road) and Auckland Airport (Kingsford Smith Place).

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Wellington (Thorndon), Wellington Airport, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch (Lichfield Street), Christchurch Airport, Queenstown and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, SUV, 4WD and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • One way hire available
  • Option to leave a vehicle at Wellington/Picton and pick up another vehicle after the ferry crossing to reduce cost of the ferry
  • Basic insurance
  • Maps and guide book with activity discounts
  • Free seats for children
  • Postcard and pen
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and a NZ$2000 bond for 21+ year old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for 18-20 year old driver or driver with a restricted license. Or insurance add-ons for drivers over 21 years old of NZ$15-$20 per day with no excess and NZ$400 bond. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Jucy Rentals

Jucy

Jucy Rentals is car and campervan rental company with backpackers in mind. With a low minimum age and a great range of budget options, they are worth considering for a budget trip around New Zealand. Be aware that they do charge a “Premium location fee” for the Auckland Airport, however this fee is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland City (Parnell) and Auckland Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, 4WD, van/people carriers, and campercars, campervans and motorhomes.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Basic insurance
  • Activity discounts
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$2000 bond. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$16-$20 per day with less excess and less bond to pay. What’s included in the insurance is clearly stated on the Jucy website so be sure to use this compare with other insurances offered.

James Blond

James Blond

Aside from the hilarious name, James Blond offers an impressive range of rental vehicles in Auckland. Be aware that although they offer a shuttle service for around NZ$40 between Auckland Airport and their depot, you may find cheaper public transport. Take a look at Public Transport in Auckland.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Airport shuttle available with fee.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland (Glen Eden).

Drop-off Location: Auckland.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, SUV, 4WD, utes, van/people carriers, trucks and trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 11 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Insurance available ranging from 0 to NZ$30 per day with 0 to NZ$2000 excess depending on which add-on you choose.

USAVE rentals

Usave Car and Truck rentals

Another Auckland car rental company where you can grab a bargain is USAVE. They have a wide range of rental vehicles available. Be aware of the small premium location fee when choosing your Auckland pick-up location.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for local accommodation in Auckland and Christchurch.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland City (Parnell) and Auckland Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Palmerston North, Christchurch Airport and Dunedin (Bradford).

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, van/people carriers, trucks and trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 13 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (20+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$1500 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$12-$20 per day (depending on vehicle type) for 0 excess. A NZ$500 bond is required.

Apex

Apex Rental Cars

For ultimate flexibility, Apex Car Rentals has a huge number of depots around the country with no extra costs for one-way trips. Their fleet is large and modern for a more premium experience on a budget.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Auckland Pick-Up Location: Auckland City Centre (Beach Road) and Auckland Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Blenheim Airport, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch City (Kilmore Street), Greymouth, Napier Airport, Nelson Airport, Nelson City, Picton, Picton Ferry Terminal, Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, Wellington (Victoria Street) and Wellington Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons and 4WD and van/people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 7 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free one-way rental available
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$19-$27 per day with less excess.

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