Planning to have your trip in New Zealand’s biggest city? Auckland is the entry point for most visitors as it’s renowned for its picturesque beaches, volcanic mountains, and abundance of activity to experience. Well, your schedule might not let you visit every place here, but you can make the most of it anyway.

Take note that Auckland almost always teems with tourists all over the world, so it helps to plan your own transportation in advance – and to save money. You can find low-cost car rental in Auckland airport available online anytime so you can book yours in advance. Here are the top destinations to visit to maximise your stay.

Wellington. This little city is full of surprisesThere are funky side streets, weekend markets, popup restaurants and fun activitiesDrive throughout the city to see the spectacular views of its craggy coastline and amazing views over the city from Mt. Victoria. Here you’ll see more restaurants per square metre than NYC, which is sure to please the tastebuds. Whether you’remixing with the friendly locals on Cuba Street or just walking down the scenic Oriental Parade, a hot cup of coffee and a cool breeze are never too far away.

CBD Sky towerWant to see Auckland in 360 degrees? The Sky Tower is the tallest building in New Zealand at 328 metres high. Take the lift to the observation deck and take in the majestic view of the city, looking out the harbour to the North Shore, then to the Waitakere Ranges, alongwith the bays towards Howick and Maraetai, and lastly to the Bombay Hills. Feeling extra brave? You can try suiting up for a walk outside the perimeter – or heck you can even jump off it!

Cape Palliser. For a trip down the nature road, drive toward Cape Palliser, a coastal area that’s around 2 hours from Wellington. It’s arguably the best place to see some of New Zealand’saquatic life. The drive from Wellington is a trip to the eyes in itself since you’ll wind through the infamous Rimatukas and lastly reach a stretch of fantastic coastline.

Be vigilant as there will be seals out lazing in the sun on the rugged, rocky beaches. You shouldclimb up the seemingly never-ending stairs to the red and white striped lighthouse to see views that will take your breath away.

Otara Markets. Located in South Auckland, these markets dating back from the 1970s are held every Saturday morning and is a great way to experience the blend of Polynesian culture in Auckland. Here you’ll find fresh produce, fast food, housewares, delicacies, baked goodies,gourmet foodand much more!

HobbitonYour NZ travel isn’t complete without a trip to Middle Earth – Hobbiton. Fan of Lord of the rings or not, visiting this amazing place will instantly whisk you away to the magical place of Middle Earth. You can wander around the tiny houses and sip a beer at The Green Dragon Inn,this is the ultimate Lord of the Rings experience since you know, Mordor doesn’t actually exist – or does it?

So, which would you want to see most? You can make most of your time during your stay if you plan for your personal transportation ahead of time. Get a low-cost car rental in Auckland airportbefore you go so you can focus on the travel and not on the commute. Have fun!