Auckland Airport Car Rental

Auckland Airport Pickup

The easy as airport pickup service from Hitch

When you book with Hitch, just let us know your arrival time and flight number, and we’ll aim to meet you outside the terminal where the taxis are – in our big Hitch van & trailer. Alternatively, call #38 from the freephone located in the i-Site center and one of the team will dispatch a shuttle to collect you. No searching for offices or cars needed, once we collect you out front, you’ll be taken to our branch where your car and keys will be waiting.

No searching for cars or offices at the airport, Hitch will pick you up from out front and take you to your car.

Small Price. Big Experience

Hitch has lower prices than other airport rental car providers, speedy online bookings and an easy-to-use online booking manager. Hitch car rentals provides a choice of modern and attractive cars, from Super Saver low cost options to new 7 seater SUVs and people movers. We offer a free Auckland Airport pickup shuttle, super friendly and efficient service and we are a NZ owned and operated independent company.

The Hitch Experience At Auckland Airport

Pickup Your Rental Car After Hours

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While our Hitch HQ at Auckland Airport is open from 8 a.m. to 6 a.m., seven days a week, we can also completely accommodate anyone that needs to pick up their Hitch car outside those hours – although we do charge an extra $35 on top of your booking to cover our costs. In order to confirm an after-hours car pickup, you’ll need to provide your driver’s licence and pay your entire rental costs upfront when booking online, after which we’ll send you detailed and easy-to-follow (even after an international flight!) instructions for picking up your rental car.

To pick up your car after hours, all you’ll need to do is catch the free Auckland Airport Park & Ride (orange-and-black) bus, which runs every 10-15 minutes, 24 hours a day, from outside either Auckland’s Domestic or International terminal. These buses leave from across the road outside Door #7 of the International Terminal, and from outside Door #4 of the Domestic Terminal, and will take you to the Park & Ride Office at the airport car parks, where your car and keys will be waiting. Click here for the International bus stop map and click here for the Domestic.

At the Park & Ride office, simply say that you are picking up a vehicle from Hitch Car Rentals, present your Driver’s Licence, and the attendant will hand over your keys and direct you to your car, which will be ready and waiting in the Park & Ride parking lot. If you experience any issues in this process, you can reach our helpful team after hours on 0800 939 503.

Returning your rental car at Auckland Airport

Returning your rental car at Auckland Airport

To return your rental car at Auckland Airport - no matter where your Hitch journey started - just bring it to Hitch HQ at 18 Manu Tapu Dr, Auckland Airport, with a full tank of petrol – our friendly staff will quickly inspect the vehicle before taking you to the airport in our Hitch team van. To be sae, it’s best to allocate at least 1 hour in your itinerary for returning your car and the trip to the airport before you check-in.

Hitch HQ is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, but returning a car after hours is just as easy! After organising your after-hours drop-off with one of our team, all you need to do is deliver it to the Park & Ride car park at 42 Verissimo Drive, Mangere, with a full tank of petrol, hand over the keys at the Park & Ride office, then catch the free Park & Ride bus to Auckland Airport that runs every 10-15 minutes 24 hours a day.

Welcome to Auckland – Nau mai ki Tāmaki Makaurau.

Welcome to Auckland – Nau mai ki Tāmaki Makaurau.

Just touched down in the City of Sails? It’s easy to be impressed by Auckland as you fly in over the beautiful Waitematā and Manukau Harbours for the first time. When you’ve landed, expect more of that exact same feeling when you’ve booked your Auckland Airport car rental with Hitch – we aim to impress and offer a straight forward and friendly service.

Whether you’ll be using a rental car to explore Auckland’s trendy café-laden suburbs or wild West Coast beaches, Hitch Car Rentals is the best option for car rental Auckland has to offer. We pride ourselves on always providing great service, and making sure you have the best Auckland experience imaginable, at the lowest prices!

With a choice of cars for every budget, friendly staff, and a free shuttle to make your Auckland Airport experience as easy as possible, here at Hitch we’re dedicated to ensuring that your New Zealand journey is fantastic, from the moment you touch down to the moment you return your car.

The best way to explore Auckland

The best way to explore Auckland

For an experience you won’t forget that gives you the freedom you need on your vacation, Auckland is best explored by car. With the Auckland region holding so many wonders spread from coast to coast such as Piha Beach on the West Coast, the Hunua Ranges in the south, and the Sky Tower in Auckland Central, renting a car is the best way to get from place to place and make sure you can spend your time in Auckland however you want.

As Auckland is just the first stop on many people’s New Zealand journey, renting a car is also the gateway to visiting attractions such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel, and the North Island’s many other beautiful landscapes and engaging attractions – including world-famous Hobbiton! With Hitch Car Rentals, remember you can return your rental car at any of our other locations across the country, meaning that Auckland Airport could just be the beginning of your amazing journey throughout New Zealand!

Just arrived in Auckland and need a car?

Just arrived in Auckland and need a car?

If you’ve just touched down in Auckland and haven’t yet booked a rental car, there’s no need to worry! Just give us a call on 0800 93 95 03, or head straight to Hitch HQ at 18 Manu Tapu Dr, Auckland Airport! We’ll be able to sort you out with a rental vehicle for as cheap as $17 a day (depending on availability), and you’ll be able to head off and explore Auckland by car as soon as possible!

Auckland Best Budget Things To Do


Auckland is the kind of city where you can enjoy plenty of unrivalled and unforgettable experiences, whether you’re back-packing on a shoestring or splashing out on a luxury getaway.

If the purse strings are tight, it often works out much cheaper to hire a car than it does to use public transport, especially since some of the best free attractions are tricky to get to if you don’t have wheels. Hitch offer a choice of competitive budget rental cars, which you can pick up from Auckland airport to start your adventure the moment you arrive!

You won’t have to look hard to find some instant, low cost activities once you get into the city. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cool bars and cafes, plus there is a world of retail therapy on offer to suit all budgets with stylish malls, vintage boutiques and quirky gift stores. In between climbing volcano cones or getting your fix of sun, sand and surf on some of New Zealand’s best beaches, you might want to add our suggestions to your holiday checklist…Read More

Auckland Best Budget Things To Do

Best Auckland Family Friendly Activities - Indoors

When you’re travelling with kids the last thing you need is extra stress. Having a car to get around in, and one that’s spacious enough for luggage, strollers, toys, surfboards and all the other necessary paraphernalia, will take a lot of the hassle out of you trip. For convenience, you can collect your Hitch rental car from Auckland airport on arrival. Choose from a range of SUV’s or large budget family rental cars to suit the size of your crew and your wallet.

Once the car is sorted, your next challenge will be planning your itinerary from what can be an overwhelming choice of attractions. To help you decide, take a look at our suggestions below.

Climbing fun

We know how much kids (and grown up kids) love to climb, so we’ve included two state of the art climbing centres that all of the family will love

Rocket Ropes

Is a high ropes adventure centre which will keep all of the little monkeys happy. There are courses for kids aged 6 years plus and adults and also a ‘Rocketter’ course for much younger children. There’s a diversity of terrain to explore here including a pirate ship to scale, tunnels to inch through, steps that spring and heaps more… Read More

Best Auckland Family Friendly Activities - Indoors

Best Auckland Family Friendly Activities - Outdoors

Having a car to get around in can help you see some of NZ’s best attractions in and around Auckland. Once your car is all sorted, the next thing on your list will be where to take it. There are incredible choices aplenty, so to help you decide here’s a guide on the best family friendly ‘outdoorsy’ things to do around Auckland.

Butterfly Creek

Smaller children will be delighted with the hundreds of tropical butterflies, crocodiles, reptiles, fish, birds and insects on view at this wonderful theme park. Younger children can get up close and personal with rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, alpaca and pigs and then let off steam in a brilliantly designed playground complete with the Red Admiral toy train that loops the park. Jurassic lovers will be thrilled with the life-size dinosaur animatronics in the prehistoric Dinosaur Kingdom.

Auckland Zoo

Go wild in the 17 hectares of amazing award winning habitats and open terrain. This superb zoo is home to New Zealand's largest collection of native and exotic species as well as beautiful flora and fauna. It’s a brilliant way to teach the kids about conservation, environment and wildlife. You could easily spend a day here and if you pack a picnic you’ll find many pleasant spots in the grounds to sit. There is also a decent café and plenty of places to buy snacks and ice creams for those little hollow legs… Read More

Best Auckland Family Friendly Activities - Outdoors