North Shore Car hire

Visitors to Auckland’s North Shore can trust Shore Rentals to offer cheap prices for car rental. Discover NZ and get off the beaten track, exploring pristine landscapes, beautiful wineries and untouched beaches.

About the area

Takapuna is a vibrant coastal suburb of North Shore, Auckland. Considered the lifestyle capital of the region, it is most known for its ultimate laid-back vibe and stunning white sand beach. Great food and wine are never hard to find and the sea is your steady companion. Enjoy unforgettable sunsets and fabulous views of the Hauraki Gulf islands with your rental car.

Location and Geography

Around 9.3km from Auckland city, it is sitting on the neck of a peninsula that extends southwards into the waters of Waitemata Harbour. The suburbs coastline borders the Hauraki Gulf to the northeast and Shoal Bay to the southwest, while the northern tip is marked by the impressive volcanic crater of Lake Pupuke. The Hauraki coast is lined by a kilometre long crescent-shaped beach and lies on the North Shore Coastal Walk, weaving through the villages of the shore while passing rock pools and sheltered bays.

People walking along a beach on Auckland's North Shore

Things to do

The beach area has plenty of stylish shops, trendy cafés, an elaborate dining scene and a bustling nightlife. Easy access, soft sand and fun watersport activities also make it a great place for families. Strolling the lively markets, relaxing by Auckland’s only freshwater lake, or walking the historic ‘lava’ trail along the foreshore of the beach are only a few examples of what you can do.

Some other highlights:

  • Swim, relax or watch watersports at Takapuna beach
  • Do Stand Up Paddling or hire a kayak and cruise along the shores
  • Have a picnic at the peaceful green shores of volcano Lake Pupuke
  • Take a canoe, sail or row on the freshwaters of Lake Pupuke
  • Catch a ferry Rangitoto Island, a 600-year-old volcano and explore the rugged landscape
  • Hit the Sunday market, where vendors sell fresh fruit and beautiful arts & handicrafts
  • Browse the countless boutiques and shop for high-quality designer fare
  • Watch the beach life in one of the buzzing cafés, bars & restaurants
  • Join a wine tasting and learn about the fine grapes of the region
  • Wind down during sunset by the beach looking out to Rangitoto Island
  • Take in a show or exhibition at the PumpHouse Theatre, the Bruce Mason Centre or the Lake House Arts Centre

View over Devonport towards Auckland City at sunset

Suggested trips

Takapuna is surrounded by many unique destinations and hidden gems to make your driving adventure around the North Shore unforgettable.

Hit the road from to Matakana and dive into a region of world-renowned wineries, untouched native bushland, stunning beaches and picturesque countryside.

Alternatively, drive down to the western Piha and Waitakere region to discover its wild black sand beaches, breathtaking coastline and trek through the lush rainforests of the Waitakere Ranges.

Other favourite places to visit include:

  • Cathedral Cove
  • Cheltenham Beach
  • Hot Water Beach
  • Kauri Park
  • Mount Victoria
  • Wenderholm Regional Park


Family enjoying a day out at Shakespear Park in North Auckland

Enjoying the beaches around Auckland city, Auckland, New Zealand

Directions to Takapuna from Auckland city

From the Auckland city centre, it is less than 10 kilometres away. Catch one of the frequent busses crossing Auckland Harbour Bridge. The journey takes around 15 minutes and the bus stop is just a short walk from the Shore Rentals office and Takapuna beach. A taxi will take around 10 minutes and costs between $26 and $32.

About Shore Rentals

Shore Rentals is a family-owned business that offers affordable car rental in Auckland. We cater to both commercial and personal use, providing customers with meticulously maintained vehicles for SUV hire, wedding car hire and more.

To make a booking you can fill out the online form, call us on +6494880920 or email: [email protected]