Sarah and I ventured out on our trip to enjoy Tauranga by renting a vehicle from Europcar in Auckland's CBD. It ended up saving us quite a bit of money not to rent from the airport location, because it was 10-15 NZD per day less than what we had quoted over the internet.
We drove from Auckland to the Coromandel Pennisula, then down to Tauranga, using less than a tank of petrol. It was truly a beautiful drive, and was much better than the alternative as there was no real close airport to Tauranga other than Auckland.
We ended up paying 135 NZD for 4 days rental, including unlimited mileage. Our vehicle was a Peugeot, and it ran nicely... with plenty of room for the two of us.
If you would like to rent from the location in Auckland that we used for your trip, go to the website and use:
Location Code: AKLC01
More and more cruise ships are coming to New Zealand.
This is the 'Legend of the Seas' berthed at Mount Maunganui. VT Member 'SeagoingJLW' can tell you all about this ship.