Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Plymouth

Car Rental New Plymouth Airport, New Zealand

New Plymouth, the petrochemical and tourist hub of the Taranaki region, exudes the confidence of a rich oil town and charm of an obviously beautiful city by the sea. Being located on the western coast of New Zealand's North Island, it is a hands-down favourite of big-wave surfers and beachgoers, and its location within an hour's drive of snow-capped Mount Taranaki makes it a veritable playground for skiers of all skill levels, or climbers with no mountaineering skills.

Given its well-regarded status in commerce and tourism, expect that New Plymouth is sufficiently served by international car rental companies Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty rental cars; as well as Honk and Bliss car hire in New Zealand. Book online to compare rates and obtain a good deal on car hire in New Plymouth Airport. Driving along the coast by rental cars in New Plymouth Airport and turning south for the greater outdoors is going to be one smooth ride with all your car rental needs covered. Book online today.

Car Hire New Plymouth New Zealand

The Coast and CBD

You will be pleasantly surprised to walk into rhododendron parks in full bloom – especially during the Rhododendron Festival in late October to early November – or 52 hectares of exotic and indigenous plants framed by lakes and dotted with (man-made) waterfalls five minutes south by New Plymouth car hire. Pukekura Park even comes more alive as dusk falls when you come between mid-December to early February for the free-admission Festival of Lights.

The rugged New Plymouth coast is scenic in equal measure. Drive your New Plymouth car rental to the Coastal Walkway, a 10-kilometre promenade that overlooks the Tasman Sea. Then score a spot at Lee Breakwater just down the road and cast your fishing rod while ship-watching or catching sight of an odd seal. Puke Ariki Museum is also along the route; make sure to drop by and feast your eyes before evocative works of local Maori artists, or browse documents that speak volumes of Taranaki's indigenous and early European settler history.

When you want to break serious sweat, bring sturdy footwear and sturdier upper body to climb Paritutu Rock. Head to Centennial Drive on your rental car, scramble to the top of this volcanic outcrop, and enjoy panoramic views of New Plymouth and the symmetrical Mount Taranaki in the background. Cap off your uphill adventure with a "dam dropping" ride at Normanby Dam on Waingongoro River, an hour south by New Plymouth Airport car hire.

Rental cars in New Plymouth Airport

Egmont National Park and Mount Taranaki

Egmont National Park is less than one hour inland, to the south, by rental cars in New Plymouth Airport. The national park roughly corresponds to the circular area that defines the slopes of Mount Taranaki, so skiing – from June to October – is just one of the many ways to enjoy the perfectly formed slopes. Reaching the summit of this 2,500-metre volcano is an achievable feat, even for non-mountaineers.

A milder but no less enjoyable way to witness the progression of plant species – from swathes of moss to gnarled trees of the Goblin Forest to sub-alpine shrubs – is to walk the 300-kilometre trail, or just parts of it. Wherever you approach Mount Taranaki, you will be rewarded with a slice of the park’s compelling beauty, one of the many reasons that made it New Zealand’s most climbed mountain.