Auckland Airport is New Zealand’s gateway to the North Island. Rent a car from Hitch at Auckland Airport and you’ll get the fastest service of any company at the airport. We’re located right next to the terminal and our team are always ready to help.
Pick up instructions:
On arrival at the airport please call the branch for a pickup (0800 93 95 03) or use the free phones available near the I-Site. Please inform the staff if you are at the International or Domestic terminal. Pickup times are usually around 15 minutes (but can vary during busy periods).
Please return your vehicle with a full fuel tank to the branch. Following an inspection of the vehicle our staff will take you to the aiport. Please allow at least 30 minutes before you are required to check-in for your flight.
Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’. Located on an isthmus between two harbours, complete with sub-tropical climate, it boasts the most number of boats per head of population in the world. The harbours around Auckland, the Waitemata and the Manukau, have long been the life blood of the land. It was once home to a thriving Maori population, the Ngati Whaatua people. They grew kumara (sweet potato), harvested birds from the forest and kai moana (seafood) from the estuaries and harbours. With its secluded harbour and plentiful fresh water, it also provided the ideal location to forge the building blocks of a new nation. In a city where orcas still visit the harbour from time to time, a great way to get a true feel for it is to take a harbour cruise; after all, it is the city of sails!
There are 48 volcanoes throughout the city of sails, a reminder of its fiery origins. The last major activity was around 800 years ago when Rangitoto Island emerged from the ocean floor. Other prominent domes such as One Tree Hill, Mt Eden, Mt Wellington, North head and Mt Victoria provide outstanding 360° panoramas of the city. At some stage nearly all Auckland’s volcanic dome hosted large fortified villages ( Pa’s). The scarring of the terraces are a reminder of the people that once inhabited these well guarded areas.
Today Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with over a third of the country’s population, it is unquestionably our cosmopolitan capital. Auckland personifies New Zealand’s status as a true Pacific Island. It is home to an array of Polynesian cultures including Samoan, Tongan, Niuen, Cook Island Maori and Tokelau to name a few. Add to the pot a mix of Korean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Sudanese and South African, and it’s easy to see why Auckland is the melting pot, where the South Pacific shakes hands with Asia and the rest of the world.
Auckland’s culture is perhaps represented in its food. There are dozens of great affordable Asian food halls, takeaway shops and restaurants. On the weekends there are numerous markets around the city where you can check out the foods of the islands such as taro and sweet potato, pineapples and mangos, or maybe some pork bone and puha from a more traditional kiwi boil up. If you want to check out Auckland’s Polynesian culture, check out the Otara markets on Saturday mornings. Like all good markets they start early. Otara is on the southern motorway (SH1) about 20km south of the city.
From beautiful beaches and walks to extreme sports and great dining and nightlife, Auckland has sights and experiences that cater to everyone’s tastes. Here are a few worth checking out.