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Near By Attractions
A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Auckland and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions around Auckland Airport you might like to consider checking out. The letters on the map match those below, where you'll find information about each attraction. For more ideas, check out the Tourism Auckland website.
A. Rainbow's End
Located a mere 15-minutes drive from Auckland Airport car rental depots, Rainbow's End is New Zealand's premier theme-park, and a wonderful destination for families looking for a fun day out.
Rainbow's End first opened in 1982 as a small park containing mini-golf, bumper-boats and a handful of other attractions. Since its inception the park has gradually grown to include a multitude of additional rides and attractions, as well as new restaurants. Unlike more crowded theme-parks overseas, Rainbow's End is generally line free, allowing you or your kids to keep hopping on your favourite rides practically at your leisure.
The most prominent ride at the park is the Fearfall, an 18-storey tower that hoists riders into the sky for a brief view of Manukau, before hurtling them back toward the ground. The park also contains New Zealand's only corkscrew coaster and the Goldrush, a mining themed rollercoaster sure to have you yee-hawing as you swerve through the depths of its darkened tunnels. The Log Flume is a local favourite, and has left many a visitor soaked head-to-toe, so be sure to bring a towel.
Those with younger children, or those simply looking for a quieter experience, will be more at home at Rainbow's End's Kidz Kingdom - an area especially designated for children's rides. Rides within include a carousel, train, and a miniature rollercoaster.
The park is also home to several go-kart tracks, as well as dodgems and numerous arcade machines. There are also multiple eateries scattered about the park, mainly serving cheap, easy fast-food and soft-drinks.
Rainbow's End is open 9 to 5 every day of the year bar Christmas, and is located in Manukau, just 15 minutes west of our Auckland Airport rental depot, on the corner of Manukau Junction and Great South Road. Just look for the Fearfall and park your rental car out front!
B. Villa Maria Estate
For over fifty years Villa Maria has been producing some of New Zealand's finest wines. Just a five minute drive from Auckland Airport, the Villa Maria Estate is a must-visit for wine buffs, or travelers looking for a good meal after a long flight.
The Villa Maria winery was founded in 1961 and has rapidly grown to become the country's most celebrated winery. Over the years, Villa Maria has been officially named New Zealand's top winery, as well as one of the top fifty wineries throughout the world. But fear not, Villa Maria is not just for those with bottomless wallets - the estate sells wines ranging from the more exclusive right down to the relatively cheap.
The winery offers guided tastings through its range of wines, and is open seven days a week, with tours of the premises beginning at 11am and 3pm. The site of the winery itself is an extinct volcanic crater, which allows for stunning views of the vineyard and the surrounding harbour.
The crater also creates a natural amphitheater, and so the winery is often used as a venue for local and international music acts. If you time your journey perfectly, you could spend your first or last few hours in Auckland sipping a glass of fresh local plonk as you relax to the sounds of your favourite artist.
The vineyard also contains a cafe, which serves fine local cuisine and opens for lunch seven days a week, between 11:30 and 3:30, although wine is available outside these hours. The winery has ample, free parking for your rental car, so if you've got a hankering for a little wine, there's no excuse not to pop over to the Villa Maria Estate.
C. Auckland Botanical Gardens
The Auckland Botanic Gardens are a frequently overlooked gem, easily accessible on Hill Road, just off the Southern Motorway.
The Botanic Gardens contain over ten-thousand plants covering sixty-four hectares of land. Many of the plants within are native to New Zealand, and the botanic gardens may be the only place you will be able to see them while visiting the country. In fact, approximately 80% of the plant species within the gardens are found only in New Zealand, so you won't find them anywhere else in the world.
As well as native plants, the Botanic Gardens also contain a wide-variety of species from around the globe, including spring blossoms, african plants, and palms. The Potter Children's Garden is a perfect location to unleash the little ones, who will be enthralled by the collection of plants and interactive features. Hands-on learning is encouraged, so fear not if your child loves to touch!
Plant-spotting aside, the gardens are also the perfect place to clear your lungs and take a stroll after driving your rental car. As mentioned, the park grounds cover sixty-four acres of space and are bursting with well-maintained walking tracks, each dotted with informative panels on the surrounding plants.
If your stomach gets sick of its colourful surroundings and demands nourishment, the gardens also contain the Cafe Miko, open for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. From inside the visitors' center, the cafe also gives spectacular views of the gardens to enjoy while sipping on your cuppa.
The gardens are just a twenty minute drive from our Auckland Airport rental depot, and provide a unique insight into the native flora New Zealand is so famed for. Parking your hire car at the gardens is easy and, most importantly, free.
D. Butterfly Creek
Butterfly Creek is a relative newcomer to the list of attractions near Auckland Airport, but it has quickly established itself as a good day out for families. The Creek is located on Tom Pearce Drive, so close to the airport that you'll barely have time to get out of first gear before you're pulling your rental car into its car park.
Butterfly Creek is obviously a perfect location for both budding and experienced lepidopterists (people who study butterflies), as well as those simply interested in checking out a few creepy-crawlies. In addition to the butterflies, the creek is also home to a range of other wildlife: monkeys, alligators, insects, tarantulas, and even goats. The wildlife is (thankfully) split into several areas, including a petting-zoo, a butterfly encounter and an insect area.
In addition to simply viewing the animals at rest, Butterfly Creek also offers almost hourly animal encounters, where spectators are able to see animals feed and interact with staff. The crocodile feeding is particularly enthralling.
A miniature train runs around a wetland situated behind Butterfly Creek, and this leaves its station hourly. A balcony overlooks the train-tracks, giving parents the perfect opportunity to snap a few shots and take a few deep breaths while they guzzle down the coffee they furiously ordered from the adjacent cafe. The creek also contains a full playground and an adventure rope-course for boisterous kids to blow off a little steam.
As with most attractions, Butterfly Creek contains a cafe-restaurant, which offers hot and cold cabinet food as well as cooked meals, all at a reasonable price.
Butterfly Creek's opening times vary throughout the year, and several attractions do require tickets, but these are all very reasonably priced.
E. Mangere Mountain
Mangere Mountain is a 108 metre-high extinct volcanic peak located around fifteen-minutes drive from car rental depots at Auckland Airport. The Mountain's grounds are free to enter, and parking for your rental car is readily available.
Attractions include various walks both around the mountain and to its summit, which stands on the cusp of the Manukau Harbour and offers breathtaking views of the Tasman Sea. Mount Mangere also houses great fragments of pre-colonial Maori history, including pa (fortress) sites and kumara (sweet potato) pits, as well as lava flow sites, and other geological phenomena.
The mountain also has a fully-equipped visitors' center, complete with audio-visual presentations on the geographical and cultural history of the mountain. The center is open 9 to 4 on weekdays, and staff are always more than willing to give visitors a quick talk about the mountain and point out the best available walks.
The Auckland site was once a large, volcanic field, which provided rich soils for Maori and early-European farmers. While most of the original farmland has since been subsumed by highways and suburbs, the Otuataua Reserve affords visitors a glimpse into New Zealand's agricultural past.
Like Mount Mangere, the Otuataua Reserve is a mere fifteen minutes from our airport rental centre, and is free to explore. The reserve is a 100 hectare open space that contains the last remnants of traditional Maori farming land. The grassy fields are pocked with rocks, which early farmers used to farm plots. Visitors can view samples of native crops and forests, as well as ramble throughout the grounds.
While adventure seekers may scoff at these attractions, those of a more sedentary nature will enjoy the chance to indulge in New Zealand's distant volcanic and more recent agricultural past.