Which Car Hire to Choose on Atiu?
Atiu is definitely an island you’ll want to explore independently using one of the local rental car options available. Whether you need to hire for just the day, for your whole stay or even just an hour, this list of all of the car rentals on Atiu will help you compare car hire companies. Luckily, the list is short so it won’t take you long to find the best Atiu car rental company for you!
Don’t know where to head to in your rental vehicle? Check out A Self-Guided Day Trip Around Atiu: One Day Itinerary and check out driving times around the island in Cook Islands Travel Times: How Long to Travel Around the Islands?
5 Things to Look For When Comparing Car Rentals on Atiu
Before we dive into our comparison of the car hires on Atiu, know what to look for with these car rental comparison tips.
1. Prices and Inclusions
Car rental companies on Atiu have very similar basic inclusions and competitive prices, except short-term hire with Atiu Villas also includes fuel. We make sure to list inclusions in the comparison below, where possible. For costs to consider for your car rental, check out The Cost of Renting a Car in Rarotonga: Full Car Rental Cost Breakdown.
2. Vehicles Offered
Atiu’s car rental companies have quite a limited offering of vehicle types but are all suitable for the island’s small network of roads. Atiu Villa‘s vehicles are best-suited to couples and small families, while Super Brown offers larger vehicles.
3. Size of Fleet
Atiu Villas has a very small fleet of vehicles, only really available for their own guests. Super Brown has a much larger fleet, which makes them more reliable for picking up a vehicle when needed.
Once you have picked one or two car rental companies to compare, give them an email or a phone call and ask them a few questions. See how helpful they are in their answers. This little test will give you an idea of how helpful the company will be should anything go wrong during your trip.
5. Payment Options
Only Atiu Villas accepts Visa and MasterCard as payment methods. Otherwise, you’ll likely need cash available if you don’t have a local bank card. Note that you may be required to leave a bond payment. Learn more about paying for things in What is the Best Way to Pay in the Cook Islands?
Super Brown Atiu
The main convenience store on the island, Super Brown Atiu is also convenient in that fact that it hires out cars! Choose from jeeps and mini-trucks, ideal for getting around the flattened coral road of Atiu.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations
At the Super Brown store located on the main street of Tengatangi village.
Vehicles offered by Super Brown include Daelim and automatic scooters, jeeps and mini-trucks. There is a mix of automatic and manual transmissions available, so be sure to ask if you prefer one over the other.
Prices are subject to change. Cars with Super Brown cost approximately NZ$60 per day and scooters NZ$30 per day.
Atiu’s most convenient accommodation, Atiu Villas strives to provide everything you need for an effortless stay on the island including a rental car. They have one 4WD jeep-style vehicle that is ideal for Atiu’s roads. Should you only need it to pop into town, the vehicle is available by the hour if available. Gas is included in the cost of short-term vehicle rentals.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations
At Atiu Villas accommodation at the southern end of Areora village.
Vehicles offered by Atiu Villas include a 4WD Suzuki Jimny (or something similar), scooters and bicycles. Vehicles have automatic transmission.
Prices are subject to change. Cars with Atiu Villas cost approximately NZ$55 per day, scooters NZ$25 per day and bicycles NZ$10. Note that both scooters and the car are available to hire by the hour should you only need them for one or two short trips on Atiu (for instance, if you are taking mostly guided tours where accommodation pick-up is included).
More About Car Rentals on Atiu
That’s it for our complete comparison of the car rental companies on Atiu. Learn more about renting a car using the following guides:
- What You Need to Hire a Car in the Cook Islands
- Can You Drive in the Cook Islands With an Overseas License?
- 8 Best Car Rentals in Rarotonga: The Top Car Rental Companies
Finally, compare car rentals with other ways to travel around Atiu in our Atiu Transport Guide: 7 Ways to Get to (& Around) Atiu.