You are looking for a one way car hire, Wellington to Auckland? I would have thought most companies would do this one way trip. You wouldn't be able to drop a car in the Coromandel as you still have to travel to Auckland to catch the ferry to Waiheke(if you were thinking of taking the tourist ferry from Coromandel Township to Waiheke then this wouldn't work as there isn't anywhere to drop your car) Drive back to Auckland, drop the rental and then catch the ferry out to Waiheke from there(this is the usual place to depart from or Half Moon Bay in East Auckland if you have a vehicle)Edited: 08 November 2010, 18:03
I was wanting to drop the car in Coromandel then take the ferry from there to Waiheke then Waiheke to Auckland. Doesn't look like that is possible. Would it be better to drop car in Rotorua take bus(? ) to Coromandel and stay a couple of nights then ferry to Waiheke from there or perhaps drop car in Auckland ferry to Waiheke ferry to Coromandel then return bus to Auckland or vice versa. Trying to have time in Coromandel after visiting Rotorua.
Bit complicated sorry.
As I previously mentioned you are best to drive your car to Auckland after visiting the Coromandel. It isn't worth busing to the Coromandel or catching the ferry from Coromandel town, as Scottygirl says things are pretty spread out on winding and narrow roads on the penninsula.
The ferry from Coromandel town is really just a tourist service, this particular run closed down for awhile as it wasn't well patronized, now it runs a few days a week during winter and once a day during summer holidays. It's more for people in Auckland wanting a quick visit to Coromandel town and back in a day not the other way round. Once there they are limited in what they can see and tend to hang around in the the township rather than head to the eastern side where most of the good beaches and attractions are.
The Coromandel Penninsula is an isolated area, there are no big towns, Whitianga being the biggest but still small in comparison hence there are no rental car companies based on the peninsula. Although there may be a one or two in Whitianga that hire out cars just for driving around the area.
Thank you very much.
Think we will just drop off car in Auckland as you suggest.
Would it be better to spend a couple of days more in Taupo and Rotorua than travel to Coromandel area before going to Auckland - Waiheke?
It does depend on how many days you plan to spend in each area, if you post this part of your itinerary it will help me in recommending. The Coromandel is a totally different enviroment to the other places you are visiting but you are best to have at least 2 nights in the area, 3 would be even better as this will give you 2 full days for exploring. The roads into and out of the penninsula are very winding and narrow but the views, beaches and bush are well worth the effort.
I loved the Coromandel. It's a very special place, with much to explore, despite what looks like a small area on the map. Take a look at a few pictures if you need persuading.
Rotorua and Taupo are very different.
Comment for Zappers: I notice a few times that you mention about the roads to/from Coromandel are winding and narrow. We travel these roads probably every fortnight and the only narrow part is a small portion of the Coast road (western side of Coromandel). I do agree it is winding in parts so do recommend to people to look out the window and not down at maps etc so that you don't get car sick. The road from Coromandel to Whitianga it very good now as is the road from Whitianga to Thames. I'd hate anyone to be put off going there due to being scared of the roads.
Obviously I'm talking about the main highways, not the 309 road etc.
I love all of your helpful, knowledgeable comments Zappers :)
Scottygirl, travelling it so often has made it second nature for you and you have got the better side to do it afterall! :) Yes, the Western side is a lot less winding(up to Coromandel Township, from there up I wouldn't like to do too often though) but I travel up the eastern side every couple of months and I still find it a chore, it's very winding from Waihi to Coroglen, actually even to Whitianga, I'd much rather travel in a straight line by boat even if it does take an hour or so longer.
It's a personal thing I suppose and a lot of people will find it OK but I know from many overseas visitors that stay with us that they think generally it's quite a drive anywhere on the peninsula and usually takes longer than they think and they often wish they had taken more days on their visit there because of the distances and time it takes to navigate the roads. I just think it's better that travellers are over-prepared than under, that way it's a pleasant surprise if it's not a bad as they expect.
At least we're both basically on the same page; we want to tell as many people as possible about this wonderful, off the beaten track "real NZ" gem. Maybe the winding roads keep the masses out eh? ;)