Thank you once again for the excellent service I received from you and your staff. It was truly SERVICE EXCELLENCE. Kind regards Franco

We finally made it home last night after a couple of long days! Thanks again for the car - it was a pleasure to do business with you and I'll happily refer my friends and family to you. All the very best for a successful winter.

Hi RaD, I just wanted to say thank you for making everything so easy with hiring the car. The car went well and is very economical. I will be recomending you guys to people who need to hire cars. Thanks again have a great day. Becks


Car Rental Bay of Islands

Welcome to RaD Car Hire in the beautiful Bay of Islands! We’re serving Paihia, Kerikeri, Kaitaia, Cape Reinga, and two local airports - Kerikeri Airport and Kaitaia Airport. We offer pick-up and drop-off Bay of Islands-wide.

Our slice of paradise sits in the far north of NZ and is a popular holiday destination. New Zealand’s Northland region is famous for spectacular scenery, family-friendly activities, and fantastic restaurants.

RaD Car Hire would love to assist with your next rental - make your ONLINE BOOKING now, so we can confirm availability.

Booking your RaD car hire online is the easiest and most secure way to give us the details we need to confirm a vehicle for you.

Pay for your car hire by Mastercard or Visa, EFTPOS, or cash; a 3% surcharge applies to Mastercard or Visa payments. An additional sum is required for a security bond when you pay with EFTPOS or cash. In most cases, this will be the excess applicable unless you have chosen a zero excess option where a small bond will be required for additional days, fuel, and admin charges.

RaD Car Hire takes great pride in delivering outstanding service, quality vehicles, and competitive car hire rates. No hidden charges, no complicated calculations. Enjoy one all-inclusive daily rate that includes GST, insurance, unlimited km, and 24hr roadside assistance.

The RaD Car Hire Team looks forward to seeing you soon!

Kayakers in Paihia in the Bay of Islands, just a short drive from RaD Bay of Islands

Our Bay of Islands Locations

Car Hire Bay of Islands Town Centre - Paihia

We offer free delivery and pick-up when you collect a rental car within the Paihia area.

Car Hire Bay of Islands Marina - Opua

Pick up your rental car from the Opua Marina - where our branch is based.

Car Hire Bay of Islands Airport / Kerikeri Airport

Kerikeri airport rental car deliveries can be arranged from the Bay of Islands Airport.

Car Hire Waitangi - Cruise Ships

We also deliver to and collect cruise ship arrivals at Waitangi.

Explore our vehicles

We have vehicles to suit every rental requirement, from economy cars and station wagons to SUVs and people movers. So whether you’re visiting for a short getaway with friends, a long holiday with the family, or alone on business, we have a car rental for you. Travelling with small children? Child seats are available as an add on. We also have vehicles available with tow bars and roof racks. Our dedicated staff are flexible to meet your travel needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Bay of Islands car rental rate include?

A RaD hire car includes standard comprehensive insurance, GST, unlimited kilometres, and 24hr roadside assistance.

What are the licence requirements for hiring a rental car in Northland?

You must show either a full NZ, overseas, or international licence printed in English to hire a rental car. If your licence isn’t in English you will be required to have it translated into English before we can hire a vehicle to you.

How old must I be to hire a car in the Bay of Islands?

To secure hired cars, drivers must be over 18 years of age.

Can I rent a car in Northland and return it somewhere else?

Yes! You can hire one of our Northland car rentals and return it to any RaD city or airport depot on the North Island. However, this is subject to availability, a minimum length of hire may apply, and you may need to pay a one-way fee.

What is the most popular car hire vehicle in the Bay of Islands?

Our economy hatchback rental cars are great for touring, and our customers here on a business trip enjoy driving our full-size sedans.

Things to Do in the Bay of Islands

Explore a bounty of marine life such as whales, penguins, and dolphins - if you participate in an approved tour, you could even swim with dolphins! Here in the far north, we’re a top sailing destination. You can find many charted day trips with lunch included, or hire a boat for a few days and navigate the beautiful anchorages. Waewaetorea Bay is an idyllic anchorage where many sailing trips pause for lunch, a kayak, and snorkelling. The Bay of Islands is the perfect central base for exploring Matauri and Te Ngaere Bays - excellent for surfing and sun and just a short drive away.

Travel along the rugged west coast and enjoy the tranquillity of the Hokianga harbour settlements. First, explore the surf beaches along the Twin Discovery Highway and the volcanic splendour of the Whangaroa Harbour. Next, visit the white sandy beaches in the Doubtless Bay region. Finally, take a trip up the Aupouri Peninsula to see where the Pacific and Tasman Oceans meet at Cape Reinga.

Obviously, we’re biased - we love it here! But that’s not to say that we don’t cherish trips to some of the stunning beaches and harbours scattered around Northland’s coast.

Here at RaD car hire, all our vehicles are competitively priced, and our team is always on-hand to provide you with friendly service to make your trip even more enjoyable. After all, we’ve been servicing the Islands region for more than 20 years!