By Leo Williams
Sunny, warm, and relaxed, Tauranga is a town that you can easily call home. Whether you’d like to cruise while seeing the sunset or go further to another city, we have you covered with the best car rental services in Tauranga.
New Zealand is the perfect place for adventure starting from walking trails and kayaking to surfing and mountain biking, and even up to wine tasting and art galleries — you name it.
Renting a car will get you to those places. You can find a lot of car rental services being offered in Tauranga airport and the city.
You have to look out for a lot of things before you book a car, though. You should consider the location, how new the cars are, insurance, customer support to sort out issues, and handy perks.
So without any delay, here are the best car rental services in Tauranga!
1) Rite Price Rentals
|BEST FOR||Reasonable Pricing|
|FLEET||Sedans, SUVs, People Movers, Trucks, Luggage Trailers and Utes|
|ADDRESS||63 Totara Street, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7-575 2726|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 8am – 5pm|
Saturday: 8am – 1pm
Sunday: 8am – 12pm
Established in 2001 in Mt Maunganui, Rite Price Rentals has been offering premium cars that will exceed your expectations for the right price — one of your best car rental services in Tauranga.
Their fleet includes subcompacts, compacts, SUVs, utes, people carriers, and trucks tailored to what you are looking for. All of them are quality-assured and well maintained for fine driving.
The staff are friendly, caring, and compassionate and they will be there for you whenever you need them. It has other depots in Auckland airport, Hamilton airport, Taupo, and Rotorua for collection or return.
Book now on their website with their quote system and get 10% off for 3 days or more renting. With them, you can start your journey to explore the Kiwi culture in Tauranga and beyond… for the right price.
- Excellent conditioned cars for the right price
- Relatively modern fleet
- Friendly and compassionate staff
- Quality assured to keep your driving safe
Trevor Shanley mentioned on Google Business:
“Awesome car from Rite Price Mt Maunganui, went all the way to Bluff and back, no stress, handled well, would highly recommend, book online and you are assured of a great experience, very good company to deal with A++++”
|BEST FOR||Unique and Cool Car Selections|
|FLEET||Green Collection, Prestige Collection, Adrenaline Collection, Family Collection, Wagon/Estate, SUV/Minivan/4 x 4, Commercial Van/Truck and others|
|ADDRESS||150 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 578 9143|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 4pm|
Saturday: 7:30am – 12:30pm
A global leader in car leasing and hiring, Hertz offers a proud and bold range of high-end sedans, sports cars, hybrid, SUVs, minibuses, wagons, commercial trucks, and vans.
We included this in the list of the best car rental services in Tauranga for its supreme quality cars, quick-acting customer service, and their exclusive discounts and accumulated points.
It has ten branches New-Zealand-wide, namely Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Gisborne, Picton, Queenstown, Rotorua, Tauranga and Wellington.
You can also save up on filling up your vehicle with Hertz’s Smartfuel discount accumulated each time you rent a car. Plus, AA members get a special 15% discount or you can get a free day for a 5-day rental.
- Top-notch quality cars
- Proud and bold range of vehicles
- Prompt and quick response
- Save up on gas expenses with Hertz’s Smartfuel discount
Adam Morice mentioned on Google Business:
“Had to up-grade to a bigger car that i picked up from Hertz Auckland airport as they had given away the highlander i had initially book. The staff in Hertz Tauranga on Elizabeth st were more than helpful to to let me drop car off there and up-grade aswell as change return date. Awesome customer service Tuaranga, kia ora.”
|BEST FOR||Budget Rates|
|FLEET||Compact, Full-Size, Intermediate, Speciality, Standard, SUVs, Vans and People Movers|
|ADDRESS||121 Hewletts Road, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 572 3836|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Sunday: 7:30am – 6pm|
Hertz’s brother company, Thrifty, provides totally affordable car rates, convenient locations, and green options to reduce your carbon footprint.
Along with their eco Hyundai IONIQ, you have vehicles ranging from cars, 4WDs, 8-12 passenger movers, and utes. Whether you’re travelling with a large group or with a family of 4 or 5, you will find a car that you need here.
For a solidly affordable rate, check out their stress-free package, which only costs NZD79+GST a day. With this, you get unlimited kilometres and zero insurance excess for more places to visit.
With 31 branches dotted across New Zealand including Tauranga airport and city, they’re easy to access too. Your trip has never been more convenient, easier, and thriftier.
- Affordable car rates
- Unlimited KMS and zero excess insurance
- Electric cars are also available
- Accessible depots
Vickie Laughlin wrote on Google Business:
“We were very impressed with the amazing service we received from Mark.. He was extremely helpful providing information about our destination. Then when we returned with a flat tire during the middle of our trip, he went out of his way to assist with getting a low cost spare tire for us! He was friendly and so helpful!!”
4) ABC Rentals
|BEST FOR||Simple Pickup and Drop-Off|
|FLEET||Car, Van and Truck Rentals|
|ADDRESS||ABC Rentals, 31d Waihi Road, Judea, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(07) 571 5966|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 8am-5pm|
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am-12pm
A little simpler than others on this list, ABC Car Rentals offers their cars, vans, and trucks at a rate lower than most with 24/7 breakdown assistance, and relatively easy pickup and drop-off.
Car selection is only limited to options of small or medium hatches — perfect for small group travel or travel with your partner.
There’s no SUV here, although there are vans like the 10-seater Toyota HiAce or Nissan Caravan cargo van as well as commercial trucks with packing blankets and trolleys included in the price.
There are three locations in Tauranga: in Mt Maunganui, Tauranga City (Waihi Road) and Tauranga Airport. You can do pickup and drop-off at these locations with total ease and in no time!
- Effortless pickup and drop-off
- Great for solo or small group travels
- Affordable rates
Alex Pressman noted on Google Business:
“What a great car rental agency Jason and Mel are terrific. They even picked me up at the airport. Can’t say enough good things about them.”
|BEST FOR||Newer Fleet of Cars|
|FLEET||Subcompact, Electric Hatch, Compact, Hybrid Hatch, Intermediate, Full-Size Sedan, Full-Size SUV, Compact SUV, Full-Size Elite, Hybrid Eco-Friendly, Intermediate SUV, Standard SUV, Premium Minivan, Premium SUV, Premium Ute, Signature Series, Commercial Trucks|
|ADDRESS||21 Jean Batten Drive, Downtown, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7 574 1840|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Sunday: 8am – 4:30pm|
If you’re looking for the best car rental services in Tauranga, chances are you will come across Avis. Avis is a global car rental company with 39 branches in New Zealand.
You get a great variety of cars of recent make and models like the Holden Barina compacts and Toyota Fortuner SUVs to premium BMW X5s… and even business trucks, utes, and cargo vans.
Tauranga depots are located in the metropolitan area and the airport. If you haven’t explored the city yet, it’s going to be convenient and stress free-to drive as the depots are not too far away.
Currently there are promos that give you a sweet additional 2 days free when you book for more than 10 days of inter-island travel.
You can sign up to Avis Preferred and download the ingenious Avis App for real-time updates, booking, change of schedule, quick drop-off, and skipping the queue.
- Offers a modern fleet of cars
- Have 39 branches in the country
- Stress-free and convenient location
- Have an app for updates, schedule alterations and booking
6. Handy Rentals
|BEST FOR||Short term van rentals|
Small truck, large truck, medium truck, minibus, cargo vans
|ADDRESS||34B Chapel Street, Tauranga|
|CONTACT DETAILS||07 5794223|
Monday – Friday 7.00am – 7.00pm Saturday & Sunday – 8.00am – 4.00pm
Handy Rentals, established in 1989, was created to help clients like tourists or movers, find the perfect vehicle to use without much hassle. Since then, they’ve grown into a nation-wide business, having rentals in different locations in New Zealand, all independently operated to have that personal feel.
The vehicles they offer range from bigger trucks and vans, to minivans and sedans. You need only to name how many seats you need, or the type of items you’re going to move, and they’ll find the perfect car for you in a matter of minutes!
Fast, efficient, and very much hassle-free; it’s what Handy Rentals is known for. Add on their high quality and well-maintained cars to rent; then you’ve found the perfect place to be!
Some of the locations they have branches are Hamilton, Wellington, Dunedin, and Nelson. So if ever you’re in those areas and looking for a handy rental, make sure to check out Handy Rentals.
- Cheap rates
- Well-maintained vehicles
- Prompt customer service
Below are some of the reviews left by clients on Google Review:
“Handy have been able to meet our needs for a number of years – even when we’ve left it to the last minute to book a van.I know they can’t guarantee we’ll get a van – but if they can they will!”
“Handy rentals have been helping us with our promotional activity for years, they always have a solution to any challenge of moving stuff that we have. We have always found Handy friendly and easy to deal with.”
And that’s a wrap for the best car rental services in Tauranga! These services have the highest scores in Google Reviews, which means customers were very satisfied with them.
Do you have any questions, opinions or suggestions about the discussion today? If so, let us know and we’ll respond.
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