Car Rental in Palmerston North

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Palmerston North Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Mazda Demio or similar
Mazda Demio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
USAVE
$20.90 per day
Palmerston North Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
USAVE
$24.17 per day
Palmerston North Airport Car Rental
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$57.90 per day
Palmerston North Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Kia Cerato or similar
Kia Cerato
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$62.04 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Palmerston North Airport Car Rental
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$64.22 / per day
Palmerston North Airport Car Rental
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$64.22 / per day
Palmerston North Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Stonic or similar
Kia Stonic
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$73.56 / per day
Palmerston North Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$74.53 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 09:39 on 2022-05-23. 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%

Why rent a car in Palmerston North?

Located in the Manawatu Region of New Zealand’s North Island, Palmerston North has its fair share of attractions for curious visitors. These include heritage buildings, interesting museums, modern cultural spaces, and the region’s famous wineries. With a rental car, you can also easily visit a number of spectacular nature areas that are a relatively short drive from the city.

One-Way Car Rentals in Palmerston North

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

  • From Palmerston North to Wellington - 8 offers from US$ 90.11 per day

Top ways to enter Palmerston North

  • Palmerston North Airport: Serving about 650,000 travelers each year, Palmerston North Airport offers flights to and from Auckland, Christchurch, and other domestic destinations on both the North and South islands. Located about 6 km (3.7 miles) north of the city center, the airport takes ten minutes to reach.
  • Wellington Airport: Serving the national capital, Wellington Airport handles 6.5 million travelers every year. A hub for the national carrier, Air New Zealand, and served by about ten other airlines, the airport provides many domestic links, as well as flights to and from select international destinations. Located 150 km (93 miles) southwest of Palmerston North, Wellington can be reached in about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Auckland Airport: By far the busiest in New Zealand, Auckland Airport handles more than 20 million travelers every year. In addition to domestic routes, the airport also provides flights to such varied destinations as Australia, Japan, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and Chile. Located 500 km (300 miles) north of Palmerston North, Auckland can be reached in about six hours.

Top destinations and activities

  • New Zealand Rugby Museum. New Zealand may be home to just five million people, but the country is a global rugby union powerhouse. Their national team, All Blacks, are famous not only for the fearsome haka or tribal dance, but also the numerous world cups they’ve won, and this museum is dedicated to those fabled achievements. The rugby museum is part of Te Manawa, a large museum, gallery, and space center that’s one of the most interesting places in Palmerston North.
  • Manawatu Gorge. Also known as Te Apiti or the narrow passage in Maori, Manawatu Gorge is one of the most impressive natural attractions in this part of the country. Connecting Manawatu with the neighboring Hawke’s Bay region, the gorge offers truly stunning views that are best enjoyed from the hiking trail that runs along the south side of it. The entrance of the gorge is about 16 km (10 miles) northeast of Palmerton North and can be reached in about 20 minutes by car.
  • Pūkaha National Wildlife Center. Dedicated to the protection of the unique local fauna species, Pūkaha is a conservation center and a nature preserve about an hour’s drive south of Palmerston North. If lucky, visitors can see unique animals like the kākā bush parrot, barking gecko, and the legendary kiwi bird, as well as learn about conservation and forest restoration efforts. Pūkaha Wildlife Center borders Tararua mountains and forest park, a beautiful and wild nature area.

Toll roads

All of the toll roads in New Zealand are in the northern part of the North Island (so there are none that are particularly close to Palmerston North). They 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 Palmerston North

  • Large cars - from $90 per day
  • Medium cars - from $84 per day
  • SUVs - from $96 per day

Top 20 Cities near Palmerston North

  1. Auckland Car Rentals from $24.01 per day
    375.4 km / 233.3 miles away
  2. Christchurch Car Rentals from $15.21 per day
    434.4 km / 270.0 miles away
  3. Queenstown Car Rentals from $21.07 per day
    767.0 km / 476.6 miles away
  4. Wellington Car Rentals from $24.78 per day
    130.9 km / 81.4 miles away
  5. Dunedin Car Rentals from $34.59 per day
    762.1 km / 473.6 miles away
  6. Nelson Car Rentals from $20.24 per day
    228.8 km / 142.2 miles away
  7. 299.8 km / 186.3 miles away
  8. 249.0 km / 154.7 miles away
  9. 192.4 km / 119.6 miles away
  10. Napier Car Rentals from $56.13 per day
    143.3 km / 89.1 miles away
  11. Invercargill Car Rentals from $34.62 per day
    897.4 km / 557.6 miles away
  12. Whangarei Car Rentals from $51.16 per day
    518.1 km / 322.0 miles away
  13. New Plymouth Car Rentals from $49.57 per day
    190.8 km / 118.6 miles away
  14. Taupo Car Rentals from $56.13 per day
    180.4 km / 112.1 miles away
  15. 276.8 km / 172.0 miles away
  16. Whakatane Car Rentals from $63.14 per day
    289.2 km / 179.7 miles away
  17. Westport Car Rentals from $109.93 per day
    373.6 km / 232.1 miles away
  18. Whanganui Car Rentals from $89.80 per day
    64.3 km / 40.0 miles away
  19. Kerikeri Car Rentals from $69.74 per day
    582.0 km / 361.6 miles away
  20. Kawerau Car Rentals from $62.39 per day
    265.7 km / 165.1 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Palmerston North

  1. 3.4 km / 2.1 miles away
  2. 66.8 km / 41.5 miles away
  3. 123.5 km / 76.7 miles away
  4. 128.4 km / 79.8 miles away
  5. Napier Airport Car Rentals from $56.13 per day
    145.2 km / 90.2 miles away
  6. Taupo Airport Car Rentals from $56.13 per day
    183.5 km / 114.0 miles away
  7. 193.7 km / 120.4 miles away
  8. Blenheim Airport Car Rentals from $69.97 per day
    196.0 km / 121.8 miles away
  9. Nelson Airport Car Rentals from $20.24 per day
    227.6 km / 141.4 miles away
  10. Rotorua Airport Car Rentals from $40.94 per day
    256.4 km / 159.3 miles away
  11. Gisborne Airport Car Rentals from $60.46 per day
    276.2 km / 171.6 miles away
  12. 292.1 km / 181.5 miles away
  13. Tauranga Airport Car Rentals from $56.13 per day
    302.2 km / 187.8 miles away
  14. Westport Airport Car Rentals from $109.93 per day
    372.6 km / 231.5 miles away
  15. Auckland Airport Car Rentals from $24.01 per day
    378.8 km / 235.4 miles away
  16. 384.5 km / 238.9 miles away
  17. Auckland Penrose Car Rentals from $83.72 per day
    387.9 km / 241.1 miles away
  18. 388.2 km / 241.2 miles away
  19. 389.1 km / 241.8 miles away
  20. 396.2 km / 246.2 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Palmerston North?

Car rental prices in Palmerston North 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 Palmerston North
January
February
March
$70.51
April
$30.98
May
June
July
August
$38.48
September
$40.33
October
$74.47
November
$74.47
December
The best month to rent a car in Palmerston North is May (when prices for an Economy class start from $30.98). This is 44% cheaper than the yearly average and 58% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $74.47 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Palmerston North?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in March, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in September, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in Palmerston North
January
February
8
March
5
April
5
May
7
June
8
July
6
August
3
September
4
October
3
November
4
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Palmerston North is March, and the least popular is January.
Popularity of Car Rental in Palmerston North by Monthly Searches
January
February
672%
March
241%
April
229%
May
13%
June
18%
July
18%
August
3%
September
2%
October
3%
November
1%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Europcar Kia Cerato 4 2 Large cars
Hertz Mazda 6 4 2 Large cars
Hertz Kia Sportage 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Mazda 6 4 2 Large cars
Hertz Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
Europcar Kia Stonic 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Mitsubishi ASX 4 2 SUVs
Europcar Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 SUVs
Keddy Ford Everest 4 3 SUVs

Top 7 Suppliers in Palmerston North in 2022

Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9 / 8 reviews
+64062602320
Palmerston North Airport, Milson, Palmerston North 4414, 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 8.5 / 1 reviews
+64062602320
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
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
6463568565
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-16:30
Sun:09:00-17:30
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5 / 2 reviews
+64063570921
Palmerston North Airport, Airport Drive, Milson, Palmerston North 4442
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:30
Tue:08:00-18:30
Wed:08:00-18:30
Thu:08:00-18:30
Fri:08:00-18:30
Sat:09:00-12:00
Sun:12:00-20:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4 / 1 reviews
+6463554365
Airport Drive Milson
Working hours
Mon:07:30-20:00
Tue:07:30-20:00
Wed:07:30-20:00
Thu:07:30-20:00
Fri:07:30-17:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3
6463570168
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-16:30
Sun:09:00-17:30
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
063570921
PALMERSTON NORTH APT
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:30
Tue:08:00-18:30
Wed:08:00-18:30
Thu:08:00-18:30
Fri:08:00-18:30
Sat:09:00-12:00
Sun:12:00-20:00
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