Starting Your North Island Journey from Auckland Airport
New Zealand's North Island offers a diverse holiday experience for any traveller. Most people fly into the country through Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, but with so much to explore you won't want to spend too much of your time there before heading further south. You might have a couple of days planned in Auckland, or you might have to start off as soon as the plane lands.
If you don't want to waste any time, Auckland Airport rental cars can be booked and available as soon as you collect your baggage. Perfect for getting to the hotel or for getting out of Auckland to make it to that event or occasion out of the city as soon as possible.
Auckland International Airport is 21 kilometres southwest of the central city and while some hotels have a free shuttle service you can make use of to take you directly to your accommodation – if you have a lot of travelling to do then organising transport for just after you land can save you a lot of hassle later.
To get into the city from the airport, turn left onto George Bolt Memorial Drive. The ramp to Coronation Road will lead to you merging with the South-western Motorway which will take you just south of the city. Heading North on Dominion Road will take you to Queen Street where you will find yourself in the heart of the Auckland. It shouldn't take you more than a half an hour to get end up in Auckland Central from the Airport.
If you are driving south to Tauranga, Hamilton, Taupo or any other town in the North Island, head west out of the Airport to Puhinui Road and then south when you reach the Southern Motorway. You will soon find yourself travelling through Manukau until you merge with the Auckland-Hamilton Motorway.
There are a few different routes you can take, but if you keep heading south you will reach Hamilton. From there State Highway 1 will take you through Cambridge and Tokoroa to Taupo and turning off at State Highway 29 will take you east to Tauranga. Heading along State Highway 3 will take you down the west coast to New Plymouth. You could even turn off at State Highway 2 just south of Manukau to save a bit of time if you aren't interested in passing through Hamilton, but it is a beautiful city to visit and enjoy a stop in.
If you don't have too far to travel, hiring a car can give you freedom that really helps when travelling New Zealand. Consider cancelling that flight from Auckland to your next destination and driving instead.