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Taupo car rental information

Pick-up locationTaupo
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Rental locations10
Airport locations8

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Taupo

  • Car hires in Taupo provide convenience in exploring at your own pace. Most public transport options in Taupo have fixed schedules; therefore, using a hire car will allow you to move around the city in your own time. You can visit several attractions in the city, including Huka Falls, Craters of the Moon, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and Lake Taupo Scenic Drives, which are hardly accessible by public transport options.
  • The airports in Taupo that you can hire a car from include Napier Hawkes Bay Airport (NPE), about 140 km (87 miles) from Taupo, Hamilton Airport (HLZ), 150 km (93 miles) from Taupo, Tauranga Airport (TRG), approximately 130 km (81 miles) from Taupo City, Rotorua Airport (ROT), roughly 80 km (50 miles) from Taupo, and Taupo Airport (TUO), about 8 km (5 miles) from the city centre. The car hire companies in these airports include Avis, Budget, and Hertz. The car hires in Taupo at these airports are inside the terminal buildings at the Arrivals areas. Ensure you have all the necessary documents, including a driving licence, passport or ID card, and credit card, to hire a car from any of the Taupo car hire agencies at these airports.
  • You will drive your car hire in Taupo on the left-hand side. When driving, ensure you have your seat belt on, as well as every passenger in the car; seat belts are mandatory for occupants in a vehicle in Taupo. Most of the roads in Taupo are well-maintained. However, certain streets may be narrow and winding, especially in rural areas.
  • Taupo experiences mild traffic during rush hours from 07:30 to 09:00 and 16:30 to 18:00 during work commutes. Avoid using the Tongariro streets, State Highway 1, and Lake Terrace roads, which experience heavier traffic during rush hours. Taupo experiences fog early morning and evenings. Ensure you reduce your speed and use fog lights when driving during such hours. You may encounter black ice on the roads when visiting Taupo during cold months, from June to August, which may make the roads very slippery and hazardous; therefore, reduce your speed and be cautious when driving during such seasons.
  • Book your rental car in Taupo at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Taupo are around 36% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Taupo

  • Can I rent an automatic car in Taupo?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Taupo. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in Taupo?

    The average gas price in Taupo is C$ 9.17 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 110 and C$ 147, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Taupo?

    Compact (Kia Stonic or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Taupo.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Taupo?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Taupo?

    A Compact car rental in Taupo costs C$ 66 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Taupo?

    A Standard car rental in Taupo costs C$ 83 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Taupo?

    An Intermediate car rental in Taupo costs C$ 92 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Taupo?

    When hiring a car from the vehicle hires in Taupo to move around the city, consider hiring a compact SUV or mid-size car as the vehicle is versatile, offers ample space, and is suitable for manoeuvring the city streets. Taupo experiences frequent weather changes, which may affect road conditions at any time, especially in mountainous regions. Hiring a compact SUV will enable you to run through different road conditions, including icy conditions.

  • What’s the speed limit in Taupo?

    The speed limit in Taupo is 50 km/h (30 mph) in urban areas, including local roads and residential areas, 100 km/h (60 mph) on open roads, and 40 km/h (25 mph) in school zones. Check for speed limit signage along the streets, as they may change over time, and some areas may have lower speed limits. The city has speed cameras in various locations, including high-risk areas like school zones and areas prone to accidents. Also, it has police patrols checking for speeding around the city. Ensure you drive within the set speed limits in the city to avoid possible fines.

  • What are the best places to park in Taupo?

    You can either find free car parks or paid parking spaces in Taupo. To save money, consider free car parks, including Lake Terrace, residential streets, Taupo Event Centres, Reid’s Farm Reserve, Spa Park, Taupo Museum and Riverside Park. Paid car parks in the city include Heuheu Street Car Park, Control Gates Car Park, Ferry Road Car Park, Redoubt Street Car Park, and Story Place Car Park. The cost of parking in Taupo ranges from about 1 NZD (0.5 GBP) to 3 NZD (1.5 GBP) per hour for street parking, 2 NZD (1GBP) to 4 NZD (2 GBP) per hour for car parks, and 10 NZD (4.8 GBP) to 20 NZD (10 GBP) for long-term parking, including daily charge or longer.

Taupo car rental reviews and directory

Thrifty

4.0

Mediocre

1 review

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

4.0

One location in Taupo

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1103 Anzac Memorial Dr

Monday08:00 - 19:30
Tuesday08:00 - 19:30
Wednesday08:00 - 19:30
Thursday08:00 - 19:30
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4.0 Mediocre

Nov. 2022

KAYAK
We had to arrange a drop off at a different location - SH1 road was closed to Taupo. Called the call centre and all was sorted. When dropping the vehicle off in Whanganui - They didn't know about this? They rang Taupo branch who also didn't know about this. Was all sorted and drop off made - I still received a call later in the day asking why we didn't return the vehicle to Taupo. Obviously a huge break down in communication at Thrifty. Had to pay a huge $450 relocation cost.

1 out of 1

Hertz

10.0

Wonderful

2 reviews
Best rated

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1103 Anzac Memorial Dr

+64 7 378 8056

Monday08:00 - 19:30
Tuesday08:00 - 19:30
Wednesday08:00 - 19:30
Thursday08:00 - 19:30
Friday08:00 - 19:30
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30

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EZI

8.3

Very good

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Rental Car Kiosk, 1105 Anzac Memorial Drive, Wharewaka

Monday08:00 - 19:30
Tuesday08:00 - 19:30
Wednesday08:00 - 19:30
Thursday08:00 - 19:30
Friday08:00 - 19:30
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
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Firefly

8.2

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Taupo Airport

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Avis

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61 Spa Rd

Monday08:00 - 19:30
Tuesday08:00 - 19:30
Wednesday08:00 - 19:30
Thursday08:00 - 19:30
Friday08:00 - 19:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

Terminal Building

Monday08:30 - 19:15
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Wednesday20:00 - 20:4508:30 - 19:15
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Sunday17:30 - 19:1512:30 - 13:00

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Budget

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108 Rifle Range Rd

Monday08:00 - 19:30
Tuesday08:00 - 19:30
Wednesday08:00 - 19:30
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Friday08:00 - 19:30
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30

Terminal Building

Monday08:00 - 19:30
Tuesday08:00 - 19:30
Wednesday08:30 - 19:15
Thursday08:00 - 19:30
Friday08:00 - 19:30
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday11:00 - 13:0017:15 - 19:15

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Great experience and a great help, definitely rent from these folks!

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Moto Car Rental

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One location in Taupo

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Rental Car Kiosk, Terminal Building 1105 Anzac Memorial Drive, Wharewaka Taupo Airport, Taupo 3378

+64 800 656 564

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3 travellers who rented a car in Taupo gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

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