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 8:45 AM - 1:45 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 Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Renter Requirements

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 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.


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

COVID-19 Cancellation Waiver: Until 28 February 2022, we are offering free cancellation on Pay Now Rentals when you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of rental collection.

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Fuel Policy

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 wishing to travel between the North and South Islands are not permitted to take Avis rental vehicles on the Inter-island ferries across Cook Strait. To allow for this type of inter-island travel Avis has a special rental system called a Multi-Island Hire which creates one continuous rental. If you require a Multi-Island Hire, the following rental conditions apply:

  • A minimum rental of 3 consecutive days is required on each island, with a minimum total of 6 days across both islands. If this requirement is not met the rental will be charged as two separate hires.
  • If you are traveling more than once between the two islands, the third (and subsequent) rental period has no minimum length of rental requirement.
  • The rental can start and finish at any Avis location in New Zealand (subject to vehicle availability).
  • You can cross between the two islands using the Picton Ferry Terminal and the Wellington Ferry Terminal, or you can fly into cities where Avis is located. Note: this policy only applies if you are traveling to the other island, not to a location within the same island.
  • A maximum of 5 hours is allowed between the drop off of the vehicle in one island and the pick-up of the next vehicle.
  • A minimum of 72 hours' notice is required of the customer's intention to cross between the islands if a crossover booking has not been previously made. If notice is not given, we cannot guarantee a vehicle will be available on the other side.

It is important to note that no Avis vehicle is allowed to cross Cook Strait between the North and South Islands. Any customer taking a vehicle across on an Inter-island ferry will not be covered by insurance for any damage occurred to the vehicle. If you collect a car in one island and leave the vehicle in the other island location without Avis authorisation, you will face an automatic relocation fee of NZ$450.00 plus GST. Further information and details may be found here.


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.


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.

Travel Into Other Countries

Vehicles are not permitted to leave New Zealand.

Other Nearby Locations

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.