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.

Thanks for the info much appreciated

When our Australian borders open up to travel to New Zealand I will definitely be hiring my rental car with RaD Car Hire Napier the staff do a great job customer service and support second to none.

Regards - Happy client, Queensland Australia.

Thanks RaD Tauranga. Great service - great vehicle. From the team at Impact Gymsport Academy

A scenic steamboat cruise on Lake Taupo.

Rent a Car from Taupō City or the Airport

Welcome to RaD Car Hire Taupo, in the heart of Aotearoa on New Zealand’s North Island.

Our Taupo rental cars are waiting for you to explore the remarkable natural wonders and attractions that Taupo has to offer.

Make Taupō the hub of your holiday - you can enjoy some great adventures! Taupō is home to breathtaking landscapes, from snowy ski fields and ancient forests to crystalline rivers and refreshing hot springs.

Short-term car hire or long-term car rental, your Taupo car rental hosts, Leanne and Shane, are here to help with excellent service and tips for your visit to this fantastic area.

Pick Up or Drop Off Your Car at Taupo Airport (Limited Time Special)

Hiring with RaD Car Hire Taupo will save you time and money. Until 31 March 2022, you can pick up or drop off your car hire at Taupo Airport for FREE. We’re removing this fee to cater to your convenience, so you can simply land and collect or park and fly.

At RaD, we pride ourselves on offering top level service at an affordable price.

Our Pick Up and Drop Off Service

Hire a car in Taupō and we’ll provide a pick-up service from the bus station or motels. We also have a desk out at the airport so you can simply collect your car as soon as you land. Contact reservations for further assistance and to discuss our pick up service policies.

Our Range of Hire Cars

When customers hire rental cars in Taupo from RaD, they have access to a great selection of quality, late-model car rentals.

Choose from economy hatchbacks and sedans, 4WDs, and luxury SUVs. Browse our range of minivans and people movers for sports clubs, schools, and group outings. We also have vehicles with towbars, and if you need bike racks, we can help and add ski racks for the winter season.

All late model rental cars come with an Aux cable, USB charger and unlimited KMs.

Where to Find Us

Our off-airport location is 7 Nukuhau Street, Taupō. We are 500m from the bus depot and approximately 8.5km from the Taupo Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to rent a car in Taupō?

Our country-wide rental car network allows us to offer excellent daily rates so that you can experience more. Your hire car will include standard insurance and GST, with no hidden charges or credit card surcharges. Hire for longer and you’ll save more per day! Book your car hire in advance to avoid missing out during holiday periods. Enjoy faster reservations and great service- grab an instant quote online now!

What does the hire rate include?

Make an online reservation request to receive an accurate rental estimate that includes the daily rent cost, unlimited kilometres, AA Breakdown service, and standard comprehensive insurance.

How old and what type of license do I need to rent a car in Taupō?

All drivers must be over 18 years of age to hire a car in NZ. In addition, you must show either a full New Zealand, overseas, or international licence printed in English.

Can I hire a car in Taupō and drop it off in another location?

Yes! Book a one way hire from any of our locations and return to the depot of your choice, subject to vehicle availability. Head to our booking page now and enter your rental dates and locations to receive an instant quote!

Do I need a credit card to pay for our rental car?

Yes. We require a credit card for security and to process your reservation confirmation. You can also pay using EFTPOS or cash - a pre-authorisation or security bond will be required.

What is the cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy will be provided within your quote and confirmation email. Click here for detailed information about our rental terms on deposits, refunds, and cancellations.

Things to do in Taupō

Taupō is an amazing region on the North Island of New Zealand with an abundance of spectacular sights. The number one must-see is the sparkling Lake Taupo- the second largest lake by surface area in Oceania.

Pump up the adrenaline and go jet boating through exhilarating rapids and the Huka Falls, or Bungy jump 47 metres above the Waikato River.

Head to the Whakapapa ski area - one of the largest ski areas in NZ. Go hiking at the Tongariro Crossing in Tongariro National Park, see the glowworms at the Waitomo Caves, or visit Middle Earth on a Hobbiton Tour.

Or, jump in your rental to relax and unwind in some of the best healing geothermal pools New Zealand has to offer.