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Auckland Driving Ideas Guide

Auckland is as big and busy as it gets in New Zealand. Aside from the city sites of the Sky Tower and a sea of skyscrapers, harbour and bustling foreshores, there is a wealth of intriguing places to visit just a short drive away.

So if you have plans to rent a car in Auckland, we suggest that you take some time aside to drive out of this grand metropolis and into the surrounding lands.  You won’t be disappointed.

We picked some favourite drives handpicked by the locals.

Tawharanui Regional Park

About 90 kms or just over an hours’ drive from Auckland on a narrow peninsula, this coastal regional park has lots to see with native animals, plants and spectacular views across to Kawau Island.

When you arrive expect to see rare bellbirds, kereru and kaka that are becoming plentiful in this area again.

Along the way through Matakana, you might want to plan a stop at one of the cafes as there are no areas to buy food in the park itself.

West Coast Scenic Drive

A three hour round trip from Titirangi to Swanson will take you through the Waitakere Ranges, with some some of the best views of Auckland and its bays. We recommend that if you want to get the most out of this you save it for a clear day.

Along the way you may also see two narrow gauge tramlines called the Rainforest Express and the Waitakere Tramline.

Awhitu Peninsula

Only one and a half hours from the centre of Auckland you will find yourself in a truly rural setting with plenty of beaches, narrow roads and spectacular views alongside the mighty Tasman Sea on the west side, and the calm waters of Manukau on the east side.

When you get there we recommend that you jump out of your rental car and head up to the renovated lighthouse. There are a number of other things to when you get there like visiting the grounds of the historic Brooks Homestead just up the road from Kauritutahi Beach with its wharf. If you’re looking for something more relaxing you could just set your picnic out and take in the scenery.


A 40km windy drive from Auckland’s CBD will have you on one of the wildest and most deserted beaches on the West Coast.   Along the way, take in the luscious dairy farmland scenery.

When you get there we suggest you walk northwards along the beach to the caves renowned for their incredible acoustics used by bands for performances.

At Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels we have a large range of deals and discounts on rental cars and accommodation. We believe that when you spend less you really will have more to do with the savings when you get there.

Your Cheaperthancars Team