It is very convenient to land in your destination and have your car waiting for you right at the airport. Although there are many ways you can easily get to the city from the airport, and once you are there, make your car rental arrangements, it is probably more convenient to pick up the car right there at the airport.
A note of caution should be made to those travelers who come from far away, New Zealand is quite an isolated location, and people arriving from the US or Europe, have ben travelling for many hours, and it may not be the most prudent idea to pick up a car and start driving right away, as soon as you land.
Add to that the fact that visitors from the US and continental Europe will not be used to driving on the left, and you have reasons to stay on the cautious side.
However, if you think this note of caution does not apply to you, then picking up your hired car at the airport is probably the best idea for you. Many rental companies operate from the airport itself. The best way to go is to make your bookings online prior to arriving. This way you will be able to get a better deal, and also (and more importantly) make sure that the car is booked and waiting for you. You don’t want to leave this to the last minute, especially if you are travelling in the high season, which in New Zealand goes from December until end of January.
The licensed car rental companies that are allowed to operate from the airport ar the following:
It is worth saying that if you are serious about getting the best possible deal that you can, then maybe limiting your options to these companies is not the best idea. If you shop around in the central city area (or use this website to check the best deals available), then you are likely to end up spending less money. So decide what’s more important for you (convenience or price) and go from there.