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Car Hire from Rotorua Airport

Car Hire from Rotorua Airport

New Zealand’s North Island is a land of dramatic volcanic scenery, rolling green hills and beautiful beaches, all within easy driving distance when you hire a car from Rotorua Airport. The airport is located towards the north of the island and provides a great base from which to explore the varied landscapes of the region.

Where to hire a car at Rotorua Airport

A number of major car hire companies have desks at Rotorua Airport. You can choose from Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar.

Petrol Stations near Rotorua Airport

If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find a service station located just five minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. It’s a Z Te Ngae garage located on route 30, south of the airport.

Driving around Rotorua Airport

Rotorua Airport sits on route 30, a main road heading southwest to Rotorua city and northeast to Whakatane on the coast. This road travels along the eastern and southern banks of Lake Rotorua. Southbound, it also provides connections to route 5, which travels south to Taupo and northwest to Tirau.
Cars drive on the left hand side of the road in New Zealand, as they do in the UK. Most roads are well maintained but you may come across some poorer surfaces in rural areas. If you are heading into the countryside, be aware that roads can be narrow and winding so you’ll need to take your time. It’s also wise to keep an eye out for sheep and cattle.

Getting to your destination

With a hire car from Rotorua Airport there are lots of incredible destinations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:


The city of Rotorua sits on the southern banks of Lake Rotorua. The city is built over a geothermal hot spot and a trip to one of its thermal parks is a highlight of any visit. Dramatic landscapes, steaming pools and thermal spas can all be found close by. This is also a great place to try the traditional Maori cuisine, the Hangi.
It takes around 12 minutes to drive from Rotorua Airport to Rotorua city, taking route 30 south and then picking up route 30A. There are a variety of parking options available including free but time limited spaces, pay and display spaces and all day spaces. Any parking fees or restrictions apply 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.


The pretty town of Taupo sits on Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. It’s a popular spot for trout fishing and boating. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, there’s bungy jumping and skydiving too. The town itself is small and easy to navigate on foot. It’s home to a museum, art gallery and a quaint riverside market.
Taupo is just over an hour’s drive from Rotorua Airport, taking route 30 south and then route 5 south. Parking in the town centre is free but there are often time limits imposed. For all day parking, there are four free off-street car parks located at Heuheu Street, Taniwha Street, Robert Street and Tuwharetoa Street.


Whakatane sits on the North Island’s eastern coast. It’s one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand and offer a variety of attractions for visitors. Fishing, horse riding, golfing and hiking experiences can all be arranged from Whakatane and regular dolphin and whale spotting tours leave from the harbour.
It takes an hour to drive from Rotorua Airport to Whakatane, taking route 30 north and east. The small town is well-signposted and easy to navigate. There’s also plenty of free parking available. To avoid time restrictions, there are off-street car parks available for all day parking at McAlister Street, Pyne Street and Clifton Road.

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