Activities and Amenities around Auckland Airport

If you’re staying near Auckland Airport or have some time to kill between flights, you’ll be happy to know that there is plenty to keep any visitor entertained, from a sophisticated Auckland winery to family-friendly theme parks and beautiful botanical gardens.

Getting a rental car lets you leave your Auckland Airport hotel and enjoy your day. There are plenty of amenities within and outside Auckland Airport. Inside, there is a food court, showers and a spectator’s lounge to fill the time; just offsite you can keep busy perusing the Auckland Airport Shopping Centre.

Best Things to Do

The whole family will enjoy Butterfly Creek with its range of attractions including zoo exhibits, a playground and a butterfly sanctuary. For more sophisticated tastes, jump into your rental car and head to either the Auckland Botanic Gardens, with thousands of both native and exotic plants, or enjoy the wine selection at Villa Maria Estate. Just a fifteen-minute drive from Auckland Airport in your hire car will take you to New Zealand’s only theme park, Rainbow’s End.


There are quite a few motel and hotel accommodation options around Auckland Airport. Mere steps from the international terminal, the swish Novotel hotel is a great place to stay in between flights or ahead of an early morning start. The Jet Park Airport Hotel is also well-rated, and ibis budget Auckland Airport hotel is a wonderful choice for a quality budget accommodation.

The helpful and friendly team at Rad Car Hire Auckland Airport would be happy to give you travel tips and guidance. There is plenty to do around Auckland Airport. If you have a few days to explore NZ’s biggest city and nearby regions, you might like to consider the following:

Suggested 5 Day Travel Itinerary from Auckland Airport

Day 1:

Arrive into Auckland. hop into your Auckland Airport rental car and head into the city centre and explore NZ’s biggest city. Explore the CBD, shop in upmarket Newmarket and enjoy a meal at one of the city’s many wonderful restaurants.

Day 2:

Auckland Airport to Leigh. Take the car rental up north for an hour-and-a-half to picturesque Leigh. Enjoy snorkelling or take a ride on a glass bottom boat to marvel at the marine life at Goat Island, NZ’s first marine reserve.

Day 3:

Leigh to Coromandel. Spend a relaxing morning in Leigh then take the car hire on the three-and-a-half-hour drive to the Coromandel Town.

Day 4:

Coromandel. Spend a day exploring the stunning Coromandel peninsula, known for excellent fishing, mussel barges and stunning east coast beaches.

Day 5:

Head to Rotorua, known for geothermal activity, Maori culture and adventure tourism. Zipline from tree to tree with Rotorua’s Canopy Tours and be sure to check out some of the city’s bubbling mud and natural hot pools.

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