Rotorua

Car Rental in Rotorua, New Zealand

New Zealand is at the centre of the grinding activity of Australian and Pacific plates, undercurrents you can witness on surface at Rotorua, billed as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand.

Rotorua’s sizzling appeal has attracted hordes of tourists for more than a hundred years, which means you can conveniently book online for rental cars in Rotorua from reputable global car rental companies Budget, Hertz and Honk car rentals who have strong presence in the area. Book online and compare car rental in Rotorua, New Zealand to obtain the best deal or the cheapest rent a car in Rotorua. The international airport is located on the east bank of Lake Rotorua, and driving to other highlights on Rotorua car rental car is easy given the airport’s central location.

Experience Geothermal Rotorua by car hire

Rotorua's geography has been shaped by the explosive forces that work beneath the New Zealand plates. The city itself lies squarely on an active volcanic zone, and in all direction the geothermal activity is evident in steaming mud pools, hot springs, thermal geysers, buried towns left behind by previous eruptions, and dozens of crater lakes that have been formed by shifting magma. With so much heat around, the original Maori inhabitants cooked their meals on earthen ovens, a tradition you can take part today in a "hangi" feast which conveniently makes up for lack of restaurants in the area.

In contrast to Rotorua's steamy atmosphere (which smells like rotten eggs due to high sulphur content), its nightlife is rather tepid apart from some action along the main street. Sleep well instead, so you can endure the physical demands of white-water rafting, going uphill and down on scenic mountain bike tracks, or driving your car hire in Rotorua from one park to the next along the same winding roads.

Soothe sore muscles after a day's tour at the Government Gardens spread out near the central business district. The Gardens are famous not just for its tranquil setting, but for the many hot pools you can soak in.

The Shire and the Bay of Plenty by car hire in Rotorua

Drive around the countryside on car rentals in Rotorua and immerse yourself in Te Arawa villages preserved in their indigenous form. If you are pushed for time, the Agrodome along State Highway 5 will introduce you to the farming life of village people past and present. You may want to visit this place anyway for their bungee jumping Freefall Experience and Zorbing, an adrenaline ride in an inflatable ball rolled downhill.

For a tropical-esque kind of hot, rent a car in Rotorua and head north to the sunny beaches of The Coromandel; the equally inviting but crowd-free beaches of Whakatane, or the surfer’s favourite Tauranga on the Bay of Plenty. The “Hobbit” subterranean dwellings and “The Shire” can be found two hours northeast in the small village of Matamata. For a smooth ending to your rugged Rotorua holiday, continue along Route 27 from Matamata two hours further north, and reward yourself with a hearty meal and a glass of fine wine in one of the many world-renowned restaurants in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city.