Car Rental at Nelson Airport

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Nelson Airport, Nelson, New Zealand
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Nelson Airport
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$32.34 / per day
Nelson Airport
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Go Rentals
$32.36 / per day
Nelson Airport
Standard Elite
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Snap
$34.56 / per day
Nelson Airport
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$38.54 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Nelson Airport
Full-size Crossover
Mitsubishi Outlander or similar
Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ezi Car Rental
$50.39 / per day
Nelson Airport
Premium SUV
Ford Everest or similar
Ford Everest
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$70.51 / per day
Nelson Airport
Standard SUV
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$71.85 / per day
Nelson Airport
Mini Elite SUV
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Snap
$37.25 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:14 on 2024-04-16. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Samoan
Currency
NZD
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+64
Average car rental price
$46 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 50 km/h or 19 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h or 50 - 62 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.4 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.61 per liter or $6.10 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.47 per liter or $5.57 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.72 per liter or $6.50 / 1 gallon
Nelson Airport

Airport Car Rental

Small and cozy, the city of Nelson punches way above its weight when it comes to things to see and do. The smallest city in the world to have a symphonic orchestra, it is also home to well-preserved architecture, interesting museums, and high-quality museums and galleries. Better yet, the city is also surrounded by three majestic national parks.

Top international routes

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Wellington

Main airlines

Air New Zealand, Originair, Golden Bay Air, Sounds Air

Terminals

The airport has a single terminal with 16 gates, seven of which are outside the terminal but connected to it. The airport was significantly modernized and made safer in a restoration that was completed in 2017.

Location

Located just 1.2 km (0.75 miles) west of the city, the airport takes no more than five minutes to reach by car.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $35 per day
  • Medium cars - from $32 per day
  • Vans - from $159 per day
  • Small cars - from $32 per day
  • SUVs - from $34 per day

Services and facilities

Although the airport is very small, there are two cafeterias, several stores, ATMs, an outdoor children’s play area, an observation deck, and even a 6 km (3.7 mile) walking track around the airport complex.

Nearest gas station

Z gas station, called Aviation Nelson Airport, is part of the airport complex. This gas station is open 24/7. With the city being right next door, there are numerous other gas stations nearby.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Christchurch (410 km / 254 miles)
  • Blenheim (124 km / 77 miles)
  • Queenstown (805 km / 500 miles)
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Airport info

Rating
6.9
  • Getting to the airport 7.6
  • Check-in and departures 7.4
  • Terminal facilities 6.6
  • Wi-Fi 6.6
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.6
  • Lounge 6.6

Nelson Airport (NSN)

  • IATA: NSN
  • ICAO: NZNS
  • Name: Nelson Airport (NSN)
  • Distance from city: 2.5 miles / 4 km

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices the lowest at Nelson Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Nelson Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Nelson Airport
$72.82
January
$70.26
February
$60.58
March
$77.38
April
$82.88
May
$42.38
June
$43.42
July
$38.83
August
$35.82
September
$48.17
October
$50.17
November
$64.67
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Nelson Airport is September — when rental costs average $35.82 per day. This is 37% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting a car in May (when prices average $82.88 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Nelson Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in January the average rental period is 9 days, while in June, the average rental period is only 3 days.
Average number of rental days at Nelson Airport
9
January
7
February
8
March
7
April
9
May
3
June
8
July
6
August
8
September
7
October
8
November
5
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Nelson Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Nelson Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Nelson Airport in January, while they are least likely to rent in in August.
Monthly searches at Nelson Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
186%
January
179%
February
168%
March
100%
April
29%
May
39%
June
25%
July
14%
August
36%
September
122%
October
122%
November
179%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Go Rentals, Ezi Car Rental, Snap, Alamo, RightCars
Popular car categories SUVs, Medium cars, Small cars, Large cars
Lowest price $32 per day
Cheapest supplier Europcar

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Go Rentals Toyota Corolla 5 1 Medium cars
Go Rentals Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
Ezi Car Rental Mitsubishi Eclipse 5 2 SUVs
Ezi Car Rental Toyota Yaris Cross 5 2 Small cars
Go Rentals Toyota RAV4 5 3 SUVs
RightCars Toyota Passo 4 2 Small cars
Go Rentals Toyota RAV4 4 3 SUVs
Ezi Car Rental Toyota Corolla 5 1 Medium cars
Go Rentals Toyota Yaris 4 2 Small cars
Go Rentals Toyota C-HR 4 2 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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla Cross
February 4, 2024
Wonderful time with family in Nelson, great Airbnb for a few days in Marlborough Sounds was a highlight.
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla
November 9, 2023
easy getting around . lovely beaches .
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla Sedan
April 7, 2023
We were extremely lucky with the weather on the South Island. The car was very useful
New Zealand
Hyundai i30
February 1, 2023
Explored Nelson and surrounding area. We also decided to drive to Havelock to taste mussels on top of enjoying Abel Tasman National Park.
Australia
MG HS
January 9, 2023
Family
France
Mitsubishi ASX
November 25, 2022
Abel Tasman national park is beautiful.
New Zealand
Mazda Demio
May 31, 2022
Great pick up service and drop off.
New Zealand
Mazda Demio
May 24, 2022
spent 3 nights in Picton and would recommend it for a visit
New Zealand
Kia Sorento
February 28, 2022
Abel Tasman is stunning
New Zealand
Mazda Premacy
January 5, 2022
Charleston underworld caving
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla
May 12, 2021
Ships Cove north of Haast not to be missed!
New Zealand
Mitsubishi Eclipse
May 12, 2021
We enjoyed the ride in our Mitsibishi Eclispe. Value for money.
New Zealand
Toyota Passo
March 28, 2021
Friendly and efficient service with pick up and drop of at the airport, all we needed for our trip
New Zealand
Nissan Tiida
July 30, 2020
I love Takaka!
Australia
Mazda Demio
November 9, 2019
You'll probably need a car to get around the top of the South Island.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Hertz
9.1 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Firefly
7.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
16
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
$45.97
Lowest daily price
$32.34
Total cars available
103

Top 15 Suppliers at Nelson Airport in 2024

Hertz
Hertz
Exceptional 9.1 / 18 reviews
+64035472299
Trent Drive, Nelson
$60 - $165
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:30
Tue:07:30-20:30
Wed:07:30-20:30
Thu:07:30-20:30
Fri:07:30-20:30
Sat:07:30-14:00
Sun:09:30-20:30
Europcar
Exceptional 9 / 13 reviews
+64032655201
Nelson Airport, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
$32 - $83
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
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.9 / 12 reviews
0800737070
Trent Drive
$56 - $98
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:30
Tue:07:30-20:30
Wed:07:30-20:30
Thu:07:30-20:30
Fri:07:30-20:30
Sat:07:30-14:00
Sun:09:30-20:30
Ezi Car Rental
Ezi Car Rental
Very good 8.8 / 7 reviews
+640800545000 / +6433592721
Nelson Airport Terminal, Nelson Airport, Nelson
$41 - $159
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
Go Rentals
Go Rentals
Very good 8.7 / 9 reviews
+6439743700
Nelson Airport, Terminal Building, Trent Drive, Nelson Airport, Nelson 7011
$32 - $55
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Snap
Snap
Very good 8.5 / 6 reviews
+6492752438 / 0800288699
Trent Drive, Nelson Airport, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
$32 - $43
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:30
Tue:08:00-17:30
Wed:08:00-17:30
Thu:08:00-17:30
Fri:08:00-17:30
Sat:08:00-17:30
Sun:08:00-17:30
RightCars
Very good 8.4 / 70 reviews
+6432880097
32 Quarantine Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.3 / 4 reviews
+6498703330
Nelson Airport, Nelson 7011
$35 - $81
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.1
035479586
Domestic Terminal
$37 - $43
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:30
Tue:07:30-20:30
Wed:07:30-20:30
Thu:07:30-20:30
Fri:07:30-20:30
Sat:07:30-17:00
Sun:09:30-20:30
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8
98703330
Rental Car Building Trent Dr
$37 - $77
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.9
+64032655201
Terminal Building, 7011 Nelson
$37 - $75
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
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
+64032655201
TERMINAL BUILDING
$34 - $74
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
Good 7.8
035472727
Terminal Building
$63 - $72
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:30
Tue:07:30-20:30
Wed:07:30-20:30
Thu:07:30-20:30
Fri:07:30-20:30
Sat:07:30-17:00
Sun:09:30-20:30
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
0800243789
Trent Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:30
Tue:07:30-20:30
Wed:07:30-20:30
Thu:07:30-20:30
Fri:07:30-20:30
Sat:07:30-14:00
Sun:09:30-20:30
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.7
035472299
Trent Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:30
Tue:07:30-20:30
Wed:07:30-20:30
Thu:07:30-20:30
Fri:07:30-20:30
Sat:07:30-14:00
Sun:09:30-20:30
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