New Plymouth Car Hire

Discover Car Rental in New Plymouth

New Plymouth – the beating heart of Taranaki is a dynamic and lively city with the legendary snow-capped Mount Taranaki as a stunning backdrop. It is a destination rich in history, arts and culture, adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities, quaint country hotels, invigorating walks and many mountain trails. Whether you are arriving in the port, or via New Plymouth Airport, DriveAway can provide convenient car hire. Once you disembark your flight, our reputable suppliers will have a vehicle ready for you. Skip the lines for shuttles and public transport and head towards your hire car straight away. Whether you are looking for a small car to zip around the region, or a full size to fit in the family, DriveAway will provide a vehicle suitable for your needs!

For your convenience, we have put together a guide to driving in New Zealand, featuring important information, tips and self-drive itineraries to keep you confident and prepared for your self-drive adventure.

Experience New Plymouth

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New Plymouth is known for its warm sunny climate, beautifully landscaped parks and buzzing art scene. Mount Taranaki provides a dramatic backdrop, and a constant reminder that adventure is just a short drive away. The city has a real outdoors, down to earth vibe about it, with two superb art galleries and many trendy cafes. Once you have collected your vehicle at New Plymouth Airport, drive downtown and enjoy the serene New Plymouth waterfront. Here you will find Puke Ariki - a museum and heritage centre, the Len Lye Centre (dedicated to NZ artist, Len Lye) and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, which is New Zealand's first and only museum of contemporary art. Pukekura Park is a perfect year-round location to relax and basque in the surrounding nature. The huge park features a children’s zoo, gardens, playgrounds, trails, streams, waterfalls, ponds, display houses and many bush walking tracks for various skill levels.

The coastline of Taranaki offers over 200km of swimming, surfing, diving, kayaking, fishing and exploration activities. Located 1km off the coast of New Plymouth, The Sugar Loaf Islands are eroded remnants of an ancient volcanic crater. Seven islands and several reefs are visible above the water. However, below the surface, there are spectacular cliffs, canyons, boulder reefs and sand expanses. It is also a refuge for sea birds and over 400 NZ fur seals, most seals visit from June to October but some stay all year round, dolphins and whales also regularly pass through.

Dont miss your opportunity to see these spectacular sights, book your hire car in New Plymouth with DriveAway today! Simply enter your dates and locations in the booking engine above, or contact our reservations centre on 1300 363 500.

Cities (To and From) Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx. hr)
New Plymouth to Palmerston North 240 3.25
New Plymouth to Rotorua 295 4
New Plymouth to Wellington 355 4.75
New Plymouth to Auckland 360 5
New Plymouth to Napier 410 5.5

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