Savvy shoppers are often the most informed. They simply check out all the options available and go for the best deal. Finding a car hire in Taranaki at a good price is no different, as it’s all about making a comparison between the leading hire companies.
Airport Rentals make that job easy by pulling together all the available makes and models so you can take your pick based on price, style and comfort. All you have to do is enter in the day you want to pick the car up and drop it off!
In New Plymouth, that means you’ll be looking at cars from Auto Europe, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Thrifty. No matter which one you pick, our lowest-price guarantee ensures you’re getting the best deal, and we don’t charge fees for booking or paying by credit card either.
What’s on in New Plymouth
Set against the backdrop of Mount Taranaki, sometimes also known as Mount Egmont, it’s hard not to be impressed with this little city as soon as you step off the plane.
Hikers are spoilt for choice in New Plymouth, as there are tracks and trails in all directions. The Dawson Falls Power Station walk is a quick stroll to one of New Zealand’s oldest operating hydro powerstations. Keep going through the ‘goblin forest’ for a longer walk on the Dawson Falls to Stratford Plateau Track to see the gorgeous cascades set amongst lush New Zealand bushland. For more serious walkers, you can try the multi-day trip around Mt Taranaki, or even climb up to the peak at 2518 metres if the weather permits.
Apart from the great mountain that presides over the town, the ocean is one of New Plymouth’s best assets. Surfers travel from around New Zealand and overseas for the chance to ride the waves that are known for being tough, but worth the challenge. For experienced and fit surfers, a good way of catching the best waves is with a Taranaki Surf Tours, a company of local guides who know the area and check the weather reports daily to find the best possible spots on the day.
New Plymouth Airport
This small but busy facility won the title of New Zealand’s best regional airport in 2009 and it’s easy to see why. Make your way to the car hire desks in the terminal to pick up your vehicle. From there, it’s just an 11-kilometre trip into town.
From New Plymouth, Whanganui is just a few hours drive away and features the country's longest navigable waterway. If you drive further South, you will arrive in Wellington where you can visit the very interesting Te Papa museum. If you choose to go North from New Plymouth, you will pass by the lovely Waikato region (where you can go explore the world-reknown Waitomo caves) to arrive in New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland.
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