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Car Rental in Taupo Airport

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Taupo Airport (TUO)

Address:

1105 Anzac Memorial Drive,
(North Island), Taupo, 3378, New Zealand

Phone:

(64) 7-378-6305

Hours of Operation:

Sun 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM; Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 7:15 PM; Sat 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location Information

Car Rental from Avis Taupo Airport is a quick and convenient way to start your visit to Taupo. Avis Rent a Car is well positioned in the arrivals hall at Taupo Airport and with so much to see and experience in Taupo a rental car offers you the flexibility to fully enjoy your stay.

Avis Taupo Airport offers a wide variety of late model rental cars to suit any travel needs, including the compact Toyota Corolla. Whatever your plans we have the right rental car for you.

Avis operates car rental locations at all major airports in New Zealand including Auckland Airport, Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport, and Queenstown Airport, as well as other metropolitan areas. Make driving around Taupo easy by including a portable GPS in your reservation. Rent your car from Avis Taupo Airport today, and enjoy the wonderful city of Taupo with Avis Rent A Car.

After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the key drop box. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Renter Requirements

Prepay Terms

Pay Now Terms & Conditions

Booking Conditions

  • At time of pick-up, location specific rental qualification rules apply to your rental. You must also agree to the rental terms and conditions (Rental Agreement) unless you are an Avis Preferred member and have opted into the master rental agreement. You must comply with our Rental Requirements. The full name on the reservation must match the name of the person collecting the vehicle as validated on their drivers license and credit/debit card. If the names do not match, it may be deemed by Avis as a non-permissible change to your Pay Now reservation and Avis may be required to cancel and re-book at the current rates (including any reasonable and applicable cancellation fees).

Pay now and Pay at Location

  • With Pay Now bookings, you pay for the rental period and optional extras when you book. Not all optional extras are capable of being pre-paid. Any optional extras that have been pre-booked but that cannot be pre-paid will be designated as Pay at Location and the conditions regarding Pay at Location may apply.
  • Additional charges may apply at the end of the rental period and must be paid at the relevant location (e.g. fuel charges and extending your rental period, however, we cannot guarantee that your pre-paid daily car rate will apply).
  • Pre-authorizations:

    At the start of your rental, a hold will be placed on your credit/debit card for the total estimated rental charges plus an additional pre-authorization of up to $200 NZD.  You must use an approved payment card that is in your name and has enough funds available.

    • A pre-authorization holds an amount of money in your account.  Once a pre-authorization has been held, you will not be able to use that money.
    • At the end of your rental, the final payment amount will be processed and if applicable, the unused portion will be released.  Depending on your bank, the money is usually released within 7-10 working days.  Avis will not be held responsible for any overdraft. 

Changing your booking - all booking types

  • You may change your booking (whether a Pay Now or Pay at Location booking) any time before the day you are due to pick-up the vehicle by calling reservations or managing your booking online (if available). We will send you a revised booking confirmation email confirming your new booking details and new amount to be paid to your email address provided.
  • If you return the vehicle before the original return date (early return), you will not be refunded any portion of your payment. This does not detract from your rights as a consumer under applicable consumer protection legislation, including the New Zealand Consumer Law.

Cancellations - all booking types

  • You may cancel your booking at any time before the day you are due to collect your vehicle by calling reservations or managing your booking online (if available).
  • Depending on when you cancel, you may be charged a cancellation fee or no-show fee.
  • You should retain your reservation confirmation number, as it is necessary for any modifications and cancellations. Modifications or Cancellations to your prepay reservation must be made on Avis.co.nz or by calling reservations.
  • If you need to cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $86.25 NZD.
  • If you need to cancel within 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $172.50 NZD.
  • If the value of the reservation is less than the cancellation fee, you will not be charged any further amount and will not be entitled to any refund.
  • If you fail to cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time and do not collect the vehicle on the pick-up date, a no show fee of the entire prepaid amount will be forfeited.
  • Amounts indicated above are inclusive of GST and fees. Additional card fees may apply.

Payment Methods

  • Avis generally accepted credit cards include Visa, MasterCard and American Express. However, some locations may not accept all card types. Card transaction fees may apply please refer to the card transaction fee terms and conditions for more information.
  • Debit cards are not accepted at some Avis locations and are not a recommended form of prepayment.
  • Debit cards or cash may be used at the end of the rental period for payment of additional charges.
  • Coupons may be applied to Pay Now rentals. Vouchers or Avis rental certificates cannot be used in conjunction with a Pay Now reservation.
  • Gift Cards (Avis or any other) are not allowed on Pay Now reservations.

Rates

  • Your quoted rental rate is based on the exact parameters (locations, dates, etc.) of your particular rental. Any change to your confirmed reservation may result in a different rate being charged.
  • Your total rental rate is calculated based on the information provided at time of reservation.
  • Extensions or late returns may result in additional charges. These additional charges are set out in the standard terms and conditions of rental, which can be downloaded via the Avis website.

Rental Requirements

  • You must bring your reservation number or booking confirmation email with you.  This will help the location find your details so you can get on your way as quickly as possible. Your total rental rate is calculated based on the information provided at time of reservation.
  • We may refuse to allow any driver to drive the vehicle who: (i) does not hold a valid and current driving licence in the country of rental for the entire rental period, (ii) has not brought an international driving licence or official translation (if applicable), (iii) has not held their licence for the minimum period required by the rental location, (iv) has driving related convictions, or (v) who does not meet our identity, security, driving licence or credit checks.
  • The rental location may refuse to rent the vehicle if you or the person making payment fails any of the checks and this leads us to believe that you, the person making any payment for the vehicle, the driver or any additional driver results in the rental being deemed high risk.

Privacy
The collection, use, disclosure and retention of your information, including your personal information, provided to us in connection with payment for our services and products, or participation in our programs, whether directly by you or on your behalf through a payment service, is subject our Privacy Notice located on our website or in the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement and the Privacy Act 1993.


Optional Coverages

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) is included in most Avis New Zealand rentals. LDW limits the renters responsibility for loss or damage to the Avis vehicle to the standard excess amount.

Optional Extras

Excess Reduction (ER), available online, or Zero Excess, available at counter in participating locations, are optional coverages that further reduces the standard excess. Please click here for further information.


Credit Card Policies

Avis accepted cards include; Visa, MasterCard, American Express and an Avis Charge Card. At the start of your rental, a physical credit and or a debit card must be presented. Your card must show your name, signature and card number, with applicable logo. The cardholder must be the renter and present when collecting the vehicle.

Avis does not accept, bank cards worded cardholder, nor accepts prepaid or reloadable store value cards, travel money cards and EFTPOS cards. Avis also does not accept cards presented on phones/watches and doesn't allow contactless payment methods such as pay-wave.

At the end of the rental, some Avis locations will accept a prepaid or reloadable stored value card as a final form of payment.

Please Note: Credit card and or debit cards are subject to a card transaction fee of 2.53% for Visa and MasterCard and American Express 3.57% (including GST) at time of pick-up and payment.

Avis New Zealand may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. Please see Rental Qualification Policy.


Debit Card Policies

Please see Credit Card Policies


Drivers License

The Driver must (i) hold a full, current and valid driving licence appropriate for the vehicle class while they are using the vehicle. (not being a learner’s, provisional or Pink licence) and (ii) have an International Driving Permit (IDP) or official translation (if licence is not in Roman alphabet).

New Zealand issued Pink licences will state the words Limited, Alcohol Interlock or Zero Alcohol Limit on them. Avis will not rent to a Pink licenced customer.
An International Driving Permit is not a stand-alone document and this must be carried with your valid domestic driving licence for it to be valid.

Digital drivers licence from Australia are not accepted. You must present a physical (plastic) drivers licence.

Chinese licences are acceptable as long as they are also accompanied with a full English translation from an approved translator. This also includes a notary translation done in China.


Public Liability and Property Damage

Public liability insurance is in accordance with the insurance laws of the country.  Customer may inquire at the time of rental for additional information of the benefits, conditions and acceptance.

Note: Some credit cards provide insurance coverage, with certain limitations, as a benefit of using the card to rent vehicles.  The customer is advised to contact the card issuer before the rental.  Any waiver must be discussed directly with the location upon arrival.


Additional Drivers

All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age & drivers licence requirements as the main renter. Each Additional Driver may be charged a daily fee.

For further information, view our Additional Driver policy here.


Additional Fees

Extensions or late returns result in additional charges.


Age Requirements

The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21 years of age. A Young Driver Surcharge may apply.


Cancellations

You may cancel your booking at any time by calling reservations or managing your booking online.

 

For Pay Now reservations, depending on when you cancel, you may be charged a cancellation or no-show fee.

  • If you need to cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $86.25 NZD.
  • If you need to cancel within 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $172.50 NZD.
  • If the value of the reservation is less than the cancellation fee, you will not be charged any further amount and will not be entitled to any refund.
  • If you fail to cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time and do not collect the vehicle on the pick-up date, a no show fee of the entire prepaid amount will be forfeited.
  • Amounts indicated above are inclusive of GST.
  • For 'Pay at Counter' reservations, no cancellation and or no show fee applies

 


Estimated Totals


Fuel Policy

To ensure a seamless start to your journey, our vehicles are rented with a full talk of fuel. It would be appreciated if the vehicle was also returned with a full tank, however if this is not possible, a refuelling charge will be applicable. The option of pre-paid fuel is on offer at select locations and the exact rate of the refuelling charge will be available upon vehicle collection.


Modifying Your Booking

  • You may change your booking (whether a Pay Now or Pay at Counter booking) any time before the day you are due to pick-up the vehicle by calling reservations or managing your booking online (if available). We will send you a revised booking confirmation email confirming your new booking details. For Pay Now reservations, the additional amount to be paid will be charged at time of rental pick up.
  • For Pay Now reservations, if you return the vehicle before the original return date (early return), you will not be refunded any portion of your payment. This does not detract from your rights as a consumer under applicable consumer protection legislation, including the New Zealand Consumer Law.
  • Modifying or returning your vehicle to a different location, changing the dates or the rental duration, will result in the reservation being recalculated at the new daily rates and any applicable one way fees or other charges may apply.

Multi Island Hires

Customers travelling between the North and South Islands are permitted to take Avis rental vehicles on the Inter-Island ferries across Cook Strait.

  • It is the customer's responsibility to book vehicle and passenger ferry tickets
  • A minimum hire period may apply
  • Rental can start and finish at any Avis location in NZ (subject to vehicle availability)

We recommend that our customers book the ferry crossing at their earliest convenience to secure the desired crossing date.

 

Further information and details may be found here.


Pre-Authorisations

At the start of your rental, a pre-authorisation will be placed on your credit/debit card for the total estimated rental charges.
A pre-authorisation holds an amount of money on your credit/debit card. Once a pre-authorisation has been held, you will not be able to use that money. You must have sufficient funds to cover the total estimated rental charges and the card be in your name.
At the end of your rental, the final payment amount will be processed and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released. Depending on your bank, the money is usually released within 7-10 working days. Avis will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees.
Customers who prepay or who use the Pay Now option, an additional pre-authorisation of up to $200 at time of pick up will apply.


Privacy

The collection, use, disclosure and retention of your information, including your personal information, provided to us in connection with payment for our services and products, or participation in our programs, whether directly by you or on your behalf through a payment service, is subject our Privacy Notice located on our website or in the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement and the Privacy Act 1993.


Rates and Inclusions

The vehicle rental price is calculated based on your requested start and end dates and times, the rental location(s), the amount of time you rent for and the type of vehicle you request.

During the year, Avis offer discounted relocation rates. Relocation rates can range from $1.00 to $30.00 NZD per day.
While Avis will endeavour to provide you the vehicle group selected, you may be required to drive another vehicle due to operational requirements.
Changes to returning the vehicle to a different location other than what you select will result in the reservation being recalculated at the prevailing daily rate which will be significantly higher than the advertised price. 
Any applicable one way fee or other charges will apply.

Unless stated otherwise, the price also includes all costs you must pay - for example, GST and any Airport or Wharf fees.


Rental Qualification Policy

Avis New Zealand may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. For further information and to download the form please click here.  https://www.avis.co.nz/en/rental-qualification-policy


Travel Into Other Countries

Vehicles are not permitted to leave New Zealand.


Car Rental Taupo Airport

As an airport that’s small and intimate, Taupo Airport is ideally located for both fishing and playing golf. If you’re flying into the area, using a Taupo Airport car hire service will help you see more of it. At Avis New Zealand, our impressive fleet and fair rental prices are here to make your explorations easier.

Finding our car rental desk at Taupo Airport

After landing at Taupo Airport, you will find the Avis car rental desk in the arrivals hall. 

How to reach Taupo Airport

You can reach Taupo Airport from Taupo Centre by taking Story Plaza onto Thermal Explorer Highway. Follow the Highway onto Lake Terrace, then continue onto State Highway. When you reach the roundabout, take the second exit onto Anzac Memorial Drive. From there, follow the signs to the airport and head for the main terminal.

Things to see and do around Taupo Airport

Hiring a car at Taupo Airport gives you an excellent chance to explore nearby lakes and other attractions. At Avis New Zealand, we recommend trying some of the following nearby sites:

Taupo Tandem Skydiving

Located at the airport itself, Taupo Tandem Skydiving presents an unparalleled opportunity to see Taupo’s lakes from the air. Whether you’re new to skydiving or you’ve tried it before, we’re confident this experience will take your breath away. 

Sail Barbary

At just an 8.2km drive from Taupo Airport, Sail Barbary is an excellent way to relax after your flight.

This all-year-round sailing trip also gives you the chance to see ancient Maori artwork on nearby cave walls.

Huka Falls River Cruise

Featuring a waterfall that crashes down with a phenomenal force, Huka Falls is a captivating sight to behold. The river itself also features some of New Zealand’s most diverse flora and fauna. It’s a 20.3km drive away from Taupo Airport.

Fuel locations for a refuel near Taupo Airport

When you hire a car at Taupo Airport, you’ll need to return your vehicle with a full tank of fuel. At Avis New Zealand, we recommend trying one of the following refuel locations:

  • Mobil at 208 Lake Terrace
  • Z at 200 Napier Road
  • Z on Anzac Memorial Drive
  • Z on Titiraupenga Street
  • Z on 63 Miro Street

Cars you can hire at Taupo Airport

At Avis New Zealand, we’re proud of our extensive fleet for hire at Taupo Airport. Whether you need a small city car for exploring the immediate area or something large and rugged, there’s a vehicle in our range for you. Each one benefits from ongoing maintenance, making them dependable and easy to drive.

Distances from Taupo Airport to nearby popular attractions

After hiring a car at Taupo Airport, it’s time for you to start exploring. There are lots to see and do in the area, but here are some of the distances to our favourite attractions:

  • Lake Taupo 8.2km
  • Taupo Maori Carvings 19km
  • Mount Tauhara 10.7km
  • Spa Thermal Park 12.2km
  • Taupo Debretts Hot Springs 7.7km

Taupo Airport FAQs

What is there to do in Taupo for free?

If you’re the type of person who loves nature and spending time outdoors, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do in Taupo for free. If you’re prepared to pack your hiking boots, consider walking up Mount Tauhara. Alternatively, you can avoid the steep inclines and take a walk to visit Huka Falls.

For those who love spa experiences, the natural spa pool at Otumheke Stream is an enticing opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. Alternatively, you can visit Huka Honey Hive and try some of the free samples available.

What is there to do in Taupo at night?

With plenty of small and intimate pubs for you to visit, Taupo has a charming nightlife scene. Finn MacHaul’s Irish Pub is an excellent location for drinking Guinness and eating pies. The live bands there are also well worth a watch, especially if you love Irish music. Alternatively, try The Deck for some of the best seafood in New Zealand.

What can a tourist see and do at Lake Taupo?

Most tourists who make their way to Lake Taupo spend their time enjoying the lakes and mountains. While Mount Tongariro isn’t for the faint hearted, you can use a tour guide to help you make an ascent that matches your climbing capabilities. Alternatively, walking around Lake Taupo itself is far from exhausting, plus it’s an excellent way to relax in nature.

At Avis New Zealand, we’re here to make hiring a car easier. Browse through our fleet to find the perfect vehicle for your Taupo adventure and book online today.