GO Rentals, one of New Zealand’s leading car rental companies, has opened on Waiheke Island, marking their eighth location nationwide.

Ahead of an anticipated busy season, with borders fully reopening in July to all travellers, visitors will now be able to explore everything Waiheke has to offer at their own leisure by car. GO Rentals Waiheke fleet will consist of cars—including SUVs, vans and 4-wheel drives—mountain bikes and e-bikes appealing to every type of tourist.

From white sandy beaches and award-winning restaurants to walking trails and adrenalin-fuelled adventures (ziplining and jet skiing to name a few), Waiheke is awash in things to do for all ages. However, numerous activities are located in hard to reach areas, particularly at the eastern end of the Island, making a vehicle a necessity.

“Many visitors to the Island only scratch the surface of what is available due to not being accessible by public transport or limited seat capacity during peak season,” says GO Rentals Chief Operating Officer James Dalglish. Added to this, is the inflated cost of taxis, with a typical fare sitting at $30 for under 3 km*. “The best way to explore Waiheke’s hidden gems is by car,” he adds.

Renting a car allows visitors the opportunity to explore all of the Island’s rich tourism offerings. Itinerary highlights by car include Whakanewha National Park, Sculpture Park at Connells Bay and Stony Batter walkway where visitors will discover World War II gun emplacements and underground tunnels. As for Waiheke food and wine, a visit to Man O War Bay and Poderi Crisci are a must.

“Our new Waiheke location will make the Island as accessible as possible to domestic and international visitors at an integral time, following a challenging period for many businesses on Waiheke who rely heavily on tourism,” says Dalglish. It’s hoped the arrival of trusted car rental brand GO Rentals will attract increased patronage numbers bringing local businesses a much-needed boost.

GO Rentals currently has branches in Auckland (City and Airport), Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Nelson. The addition of Waiheke will make the GO Rentals network one of the most accessible in New Zealand.

“Waiheke has always been a location on our radar as it is at the top of every tourist itinerary,” adds Dalglish. “We are incredibly excited to welcome both overseas and domestic travellers to Waiheke.”

The GO Rentals office is conveniently located inside the Matiatia Ferry Terminal and is open for bookings from 28 June 2022.

In this year’s award ratings, Kiwi consumers acknowledged GO Rentals as New Zealand’s favourite car rental provider. GO Rentals was the clear winner of Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers being the only firm to earn a top 5-Star award for Overall Satisfaction.


For further information, images or interview opportunities, contact:

Jacqui Ansin, Lily & Louis, +64 (0)9 360 44 66 | 021 503 335 | jacqui.ansin@lilyandlouis.com

*Key taxi provider, Waiheke Island Taxis, set fares from Matiatia Ferry Terminal to Mudbrick or Cable Bay Vineyard: https://waiheketaxi.co.nz/set-fares.php

About GO Rentals

GO Rentals is a Kiwi owned and operated car rental company. Local experts with 25 years of experience in the travel industry, their focus on technology, innovation and visitor experience has seen them grow from a small family-owned business to a multi-award-winning national brand. With convenient locations nationwide, and a comprehensive and contemporary fleet—from sedans to SUVs—there’s a vehicle to suit all travel needs. As an AA partner and Qualmark Gold certified,  GO Rentals is proudly one of the most trusted brands for travellers near and far.