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Car Rental for Travellers arriving to the Bay of Islands on a Cruise ship

Car Rental service for cruise ships Travellers - Paihia, Waitangi, Russell - Bay of Islands

Blue Star Car Rental offers a special service of delivering a rental car to you when you arrive on a cruise ship at Paihia or Waitangi Wharf.

Available for pick-up/drop-off on the same day for your comfort. 

We offer a wide range of quality, self-charging hybrid cars, that are super economical on fuel, modern and comfortable. 

Check the availability below ->

Explore Cars and Price Range ->

When booking, please choose the pick-up/drop-off option ‘Cruise ship, we deliver to you’, please provide information on your ship and where you are arriving. Our team will meet you near the ship with a tablet and your name on it.
When dropping-off, our team member will be waiting for you to pick up the car at the agreed place and time (near wharf or other as agreed).

We have collected a list of local sights and attractions, that are close enough for you to visit, when you are limited on time, but would like to get a good impression on the Bay of Islands region. Read them all below and enjoy your trip!

SUPER FRIENDLY AND COMPLETELY HASSLE FREE SERVICE

The bonus of a hybrid car using 30% less fuel and self-charging as you drive

check availability:


*Please note we charge the total cost to your credit card the day before pickup. No deposit is taken.

Pricing and CarS Range

Premium Compact

With Standard Insurance
$ 325 Per day
  • Unlimited Kms
  • AA Roadside Assistance
  • Bond may be required

Medium SUV

With Standard Insurance
$ 365 Per day
  • Unlimited Kms
  • AA Roadside Assistance
  • Bond may be required

Large SUV 7 Seater 4x4

With Standard Insurance
$ 385 Per day
  • Unlimited Kms
  • AA Roadside Assistance
  • Bond may be required
Blue Star Car Rentals
4.9
Based on 34 reviews
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Scott Morrow
Scott Morrow
17:49 27 Feb 24
Great service, quick, efficient and friendly
Ella Harris
Ella Harris
23:36 26 Feb 24
Really friendly, helpful and accommodating.
Frank Spee
Frank Spee
19:26 26 Feb 24
Highly recommended locally owned rental business. It was like borrowing your mates car, completely hassle free and very personal service. Car was a Honda Fit, which was in very good shape and spotlessly clean.
Björn Svending
Björn Svending
06:12 26 Feb 24
Extraordinary service!Pickup and drop off at the Opua Marina to start with. Very friendly! They even helped us to with our really full luggage, not only to unload it, they helped us all the way down to our boat!
Liam He
Liam He
00:05 25 Feb 24
I enjoyed a pleasant trip with an excellent vehicle from Blue Star. The car is new, clean, and in very good condition. Appreciate it, Chris!
Jamie de Weerd
Jamie de Weerd
20:35 20 Feb 24
Highly recommended car rental company. Professional and friendly service. Vehicle was in great condition and super clean! Thanks team!
Susan Inness
Susan Inness
09:00 14 Feb 24
Fantastic company! It is so easy to book on their website and their customer service is exemplary. The cars are always incredibly clean and well maintained. I use them frequently when I travel for work to Northland by air.
Pania Gray
Pania Gray
21:57 13 Feb 24
We hired a hybrid SUV with Blue Star Rentals for a week over early February 2024. We received outstanding service from Chris. He was quick with communication before we arrived, friendly on our arrival and provided us with a top notch vehicle! The handover process was smooth and fuss-free. I will definitely hire from Bluestar again. Highly recommend!
Peter Niederreiter
Peter Niederreiter
21:40 09 Feb 24
We rented a car for the second time with Blue Star. The process is easy and straight forward. We were very happy with the service, the provided car and the reasonable price! Looking forward to rent the next car with them in a couple of weeks. Thanks
Widemouth Frog
Widemouth Frog
01:16 16 Jan 24
These guys are the bomb! (meaning excellent). Don't get your rental car anywhere else. They absolutely go out of their way to help you, and are kind, helpful and flexible, especially when you have a very stressful car breakdown at the start of your holiay. Can't say a bad word about them. Thanks so much Blue Star!
Murray Freeth
Murray Freeth
21:09 28 Dec 23
Alexandra Lott
Alexandra Lott
07:08 13 Dec 23
Fantastic local company - super friendly and helpful and good cars at an affordable price. 10/10 recommend
Kent Dudley
Kent Dudley
07:48 27 Nov 23
What had a great experience using Blue Star Car Rentals. They were prompt and delivered the car directly to the Marina. Spent time with us to answer our questions as we learned the features of the car. I will use them again and again.
Errol Hunt
Errol Hunt
00:31 29 Oct 23
Lisa Johnstone
Lisa Johnstone
05:54 19 Oct 23
Best service ever! Had an injury during my hike in Northland and had a car delivered to me the next day after I contacted them. Super friendly, completely hassle free and the bonus of a hybrid car using 30% less fuel at the cheapest daily hire rate I could find, was a no-brainer. These guys rock!!!!
John Griffiths
John Griffiths
08:35 16 Oct 23
4.5 star really,quick ,efficient great car and customer service.
Di Hopkins
Di Hopkins
20:49 02 Oct 23
Very impressed with friendly helpful service. Would highly recommend
Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart
05:49 04 Aug 23
Awesome car hire business, you wouldn't get better. Excellent communication, easy to hire, helpful and friendly service. Great small business atmosphere that is really appreciated. Will definitely be back
Shaneyce Addison
Shaneyce Addison
00:15 10 Jul 23
Amazing to deal with!!!! 100/10 for sure. I had to head to auckland last minute and my car wasn't 100% sure enough blue star rentals to the rescue so friendly & kind will be booking again thank you so much. Car was amazing aswell fuel efficient and so smooth 😍
Luane McGowan
Luane McGowan
03:34 20 Mar 23
Exceptional experience! Great customer service and communication. Best price. Friendly greeting at airport. Immaculate Hybrid vehicle made it more economical and convenient without frequent fill ups. Request to add a week was kindly accommodated when we had a change in plans. Easy return.
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Sights and Attractions Close by - Paihia, Waitangi - Bay of Islands Day trips and Must-Sees

Welcome to the stunning Bay of Islands! If you’re on a cruise ship with limited time, here’s how to make the most of your visit around Paihia and Waitangi:

 

**Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds:**

Explore the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a short walk from Paihia. It’s the birthplace of New Zealand as a nation. Don’t miss the iconic Treaty House and beautiful grounds.

Waitangi Day

 

**Mountain Bike Park in Waitangi**

If you’re an avid cyclist and enjoy a bit of adventure, make sure to visit the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park – that is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Waitangi Endowment Forest in the Bay of Islands. It’s family-friendly, with trails to suit all interests! You can pay by koha on site upon your arrival – explore all options here.

Waitangi Mountain Bike]
 
**Paihia Beach:**

If you have a little free time, take a stroll along Paihia Beach, enjoy the stunning sea views, and perhaps even dip your toes in the clear waters.

 

Paihia Beach

 

**Travel to Kerikeri:**

Take a 20-minute drive to Kerikeri, a charming town known for its history and natural beauty. Highlights include the Kerikeri Mission Station, Rainbow Falls, and the Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest stone building.

waterfall 2

 

**The Plough & Feather:**

For a delightful dining experience, head to “The Plough & Feather.” This English-style Gastro Pub with a Northland Twist offers high-quality cuisine. Savor their Northland-inspired dishes while enjoying the warm and welcoming ambiance. Explore their unique food and drinks menu here.

Plough and Feather Kerikeri

 

**Craft Shopping:**

If you’re looking for unique souvenirs, explore the local arts and crafts shops in both Paihia and Kerikeri. You’ll find handmade treasures and local artwork.

**Dolphin and Bay Cruises:**

If time permits and you’re a fan of marine life, consider booking a short dolphin-watching or Bay of Islands cruise. It’s a fantastic way to see the region’s beauty from the water.

**Scenic Views:**

As you travel between Paihia and Kerikeri, keep an eye out for breathtaking scenic viewpoints. The Bay of Islands is known for its picturesque landscapes.

Remember to check the cruise ship’s schedule and adhere to the boarding times. Enjoy your brief visit to this stunning part of New Zealand, and make the most of your time exploring the Bay of Islands

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