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Car Rental in Nelson

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Nelson Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Passo or similar
Toyota Passo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
RightCars
$21.48 per day
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Nelson Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Passo or similar
Toyota Passo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
RightCars
$27.86 per day
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Nelson Airport Car Rental
Economy
Mazda Demio or similar
Mazda Demio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
RightCars
$31.38 per day
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Nelson Airport Car Rental
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$35.54 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Nelson Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Stonic or similar
Kia Stonic
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$35.89 / per day
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Nelson Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$35.96 / per day
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Nelson Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Stonic or similar
Kia Stonic
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$37.64 / per day
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Nelson Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$37.72 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:05 on 2021-10-16. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
NZD
Country code
64
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
30 - 60 km/h
19 - 37 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5

Why rent a car in Nelson?

A city of just 51,000 inhabitants, Nelson punches way above its weight when it comes to being a hub for tourism. The oldest settlement on the South Island is home to a lot of historic attractions but also has interesting museums, a special atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and access to some of New Zealand’s most iconic natural wonders.

One-Way Car Rentals in Nelson

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Nelson and drop off in another city include:

  • From Nelson to Christchurch - 7 offers from US$ 93.96 per day
  • From Nelson to Picton - 7 offers from US$ 93.96 per day
  • From Nelson to Auckland - 7 offers from US$ 199.91 per day
  • From Nelson to Blenheim - 7 offers from US$ 93.96 per day

Top ways to enter Nelson

  • Nelson Airport: Located just a short ride southeast of the city center, Nelson Airport provides connections with the largest cities on both islands of New Zealand, as well as some smaller regional destinations.
  • Christchurch Airport: By far the busiest on the South Island, Christchurch Airport has flights to many destinations in New Zealand and Australia, as well as all across South and East Asia. For many foreign visitors who travel straight to the South Island, it serves as the first point of entry. Located about 410 km (255 miles) south of Nelson, the trip between them takes about five hours.
  • Wellington Airport: Located right across the Cook Strait, Wellington Airport serves the capital of New Zealand. In addition to domestic flights, there are also a number of connections with Australia and Fiji. It is possible to pick up a car in Wellington and then take a ferry to the South Island, but you should make sure you pick a ship that permits taking a vehicle onboard; also, you should check with your rental car company. The trip between Nelson and Wellington, including the ferry ride, takes about six hours.

Top destinations and activities

  • Architecture. Established 180 years ago, Nelson is one of the most interesting destinations for heritage tourism in New Zealand. The city is home to a variety of different architectural styles and notable buildings and areas. These include the Founders Heritage Park dedicated to the first European settlers and their homes; other notable Victorian and colonial buildings like Cabragh, Fairfield, and Amber Houses; and Christ Church Nelson Cathedral. Another fun place to learn about the history of the city and the region is the Nelson Provincial Museum.
  • World of Wearable Art. Also known as the WOW, the World of Wearable Art was a design competition that used to take place in Nelson. Although the competition has now relocated to Wellington, it has left behind a very fun museum where visitors can appreciate the boundless creativity of artists and designers put into things that can be worn. The museum shares its space with the Classic Cars Museum and its 140 classy exhibits.
  • Abel Tasman National Park. Although the smallest in New Zealand, Abel Tasman National Park is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of this part of the country. Situated along the Golden and Tasman Bays, the park is made up of long beaches, scenic coves, wooded hills, and plenty of hiking trails. There are multiple accommodation options in the area, but you can also stay in one of the eight conservation huts inside the park. Located about 60 km (37 miles) northwest of Nelson, the nearest corner of the national park can be reached in about one hour by car.

Toll roads

All of the toll roads in New Zealand are in the northern part of the North Island, meaning there are none in or around Nelson.

The toll roads of New Zealand all serve as short bypasses of congested areas. The tolls are therefore quite low. The toll roads use a license plate capturing system with no physical booths. Payment can be made either by having a setup account, by paying online before or within five days of using a toll road, or with cash in some BP and Caltex petrol stations (though a small fee will be added). 

Many rental companies offer some system, with a fee, to pass on toll payments to you without you having to do anything. Of course, it may be better just to pay the toll yourself and save on paying that fee. The toll roads can all be avoided quite easily by avoiding the bypass roads and transiting through the towns (in addition to being able to see more).

Car Rental Prices in Nelson

  • Large cars - from $45 per day
  • Medium cars - from $26 per day
  • SUVs - from $39 per day

Top 14 Cities near Nelson

  1. 508.0 km / 315.6 miles away
  2. Christchurch Car Rentals from $16.49 per day
    253.0 km / 157.2 miles away
  3. Queenstown Car Rentals from $14.72 per day
    550.8 km / 342.2 miles away
  4. Wellington Car Rentals from $34.58 per day
    130.6 km / 81.1 miles away
  5. Dunedin Car Rentals from $31.76 per day
    568.9 km / 353.5 miles away
  6. Rotorua Car Rentals from $49.44 per day
    442.5 km / 274.9 miles away
  7. Tauranga Car Rentals from $49.44 per day
    477.3 km / 296.6 miles away
  8. Blenheim Car Rentals from $35.54 per day
    58.6 km / 36.4 miles away
  9. Palmerston North Car Rentals from $45.84 per day
    228.8 km / 142.2 miles away
  10. Invercargill Car Rentals from $37.64 per day
    691.2 km / 429.5 miles away
  11. Napier Car Rentals from $47.78 per day
    370.1 km / 230.0 miles away
  12. Whangarei Car Rentals from $39.07 per day
    623.1 km / 387.2 miles away
  13. New Plymouth Car Rentals from $45.84 per day
    267.2 km / 166.1 miles away
  14. 374.5 km / 232.7 miles away

Top 16 Locations near Nelson

  1. Nelson Airport Car Rentals from $21.48 per day
  2. Blenheim Airport Car Rentals from $35.54 per day
    58.6 km / 36.4 miles away
  3. 130.6 km / 81.1 miles away
  4. 132.2 km / 82.2 miles away
  5. 228.8 km / 142.2 miles away
  6. 249.6 km / 155.1 miles away
  7. 267.2 km / 166.1 miles away
  8. Napier Airport Car Rentals from $47.78 per day
    370.1 km / 230.0 miles away
  9. Rotorua Airport Car Rentals from $49.44 per day
    442.5 km / 274.9 miles away
  10. Tauranga Airport Car Rentals from $49.44 per day
    477.3 km / 296.6 miles away
  11. Auckland Airport Car Rentals from $10.80 per day
    495.8 km / 308.1 miles away
  12. 511.7 km / 317.9 miles away
  13. 550.8 km / 342.2 miles away
  14. Dunedin Airport Car Rentals from $31.76 per day
    568.9 km / 353.5 miles away
  15. 623.1 km / 387.2 miles away
  16. 691.2 km / 429.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Nelson?

Car rental prices in Nelson vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Nelson
$60.90
January
$58.58
February
$56.26
March
$9.28
April
$45.24
May
$37.12
June
July
$32.48
August
$48.65
September
$54.88
October
$63.40
November
$59.25
December
The best month to rent a car in Nelson is April (when prices for an Economy class start from $9.28). This is 81% cheaper than the yearly average and 85% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $63.40 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Nelson?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in June, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Nelson
8
January
7
February
7
March
April
May
4
June
5
July
4
August
6
September
5
October
10
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Nelson?

While travelers visit Nelson year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Nelson by Monthly Searches
9%
January
337%
February
270%
March
April
May
June
July
August
35%
September
54%
October
257%
November
238%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
RightCars Nissan Tiida 4 2 Medium cars
RightCars Mazda Demio 4 1 Small cars
RightCars Toyota Passo 4 2 Small cars
RightCars Nissan Wingroad 4 2 Station wagons
RightCars Nissan Tiida 4 3 Medium cars
RightCars Toyota Hiace 4 3 People Carriers/Vans
RightCars Honda Stepwgn 4 1 People Carriers/Vans
RightCars Nissan Pulsar 4 2 Station wagons
Keddy Kia Stonic 4 2 SUVs
Keddy MG HS 4 4 SUVs

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

New Zealand
Toyota Corolla
April 16, 2021
Abel Tasman is awesom. Cable Bay 1.6km zipline was a highlight. Visiting Pics peanut butter was great.
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla
October 13, 2020
Great place for nature walks, sightseeing, beaches, Able Tasman, Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough vineyards.

Top 5 Suppliers in Nelson in 2021

Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+64032655201
Nelson Airport, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:30
Tue:08:00-16:30
Wed:08:00-16:30
Thu:08:00-16:30
Fri:08:00-16:30
Sat:08:00-16:30
Sun:08:00-16:30
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+64032655201
TERMINAL BUILDING
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:30
Tue:08:00-16:30
Wed:08:00-16:30
Thu:08:00-16:30
Fri:08:00-16:30
Sat:08:00-16:30
Sun:08:00-16:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
035472727
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:30-18:30
Sun:08:30-19:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
035479586
Domestic Terminal Nelson Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:00
Tue:07:30-20:00
Wed:07:30-20:00
Thu:07:30-20:00
Fri:07:30-20:00
Sat:07:30-18:00
Sun:09:00-20:00
RightCars
RightCars
Excellent 8.4
+6432880097
32 Quarantine Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011
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