Car Rental at Queenstown Airport
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Airport Car Rental
Get your rental car at Queenstown Airport! Then drive to the city, park outside the center, and walk around to appreciate the laid-back atmosphere. The mountain scenery at nearby Lake Wakatipu is truly beautiful. People often describe the drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy as one of the most breathtaking in the world, so don’t hesitate to hop in your rental and go—it’s only about an hour away.
Queenstown is all about active fun and recreation—there’s a lot to do, like hiking in the mountains, bungee jumping, riding a jet boat, river, and parapenting. You can even go skiing and snowboarding!
Queenstown is a great place to visit, but the South Island of New Zealand has even more to offer, so why not get a longer-term car rental? Take a day trip to Christchurch, head south and get as close to Antarctica as you can without actually going there, or drive your rental north and take a ferry to North Island. You can even pick up your car at Queenstown Airport and drop it off in a different city. Start planning your adventure now!
The three streets around Queenstown Airport—Lucas Place, Tex Smith Lane, and Sir Henry Wigley Drive—are all named after legendary pilots from New Zealand.
Top international routes
Jetstar, an Australian low-cost airline provides connections to and from the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, and Wellington. Qantas also Sydney with seasonal service to and from Brisbane and Melbourne. Finally, Virgin Australia also serves the three largest Australian cities.
Finally, Air Milford has flights to Milford Sound and Te Anau, small, but busy, airports in popular tourist destinations.
Most popular types of rental car
Top car rental companies
- Interrent (Tel: +64021374272)
- Hitch Car Rentals (Tel: +64039010340)
- Go Rentals (Tel: +6434414340)
- Europcar (Tel: +64034425887)
- Enterprise (Tel: 034414637)
- Keddy (Tel: +64034425887)
- Avis (Tel: 6434423808)
- Alamo (Tel: +64034414637)
- Budget (Tel: 6434423450)
- EZU Car Rental (Tel: +64212863456)
- RightCars (Tel: +64021373125)
- Alamo (Tel: +64034414637)
- NUCarrentals (Tel: +64800736825)
- Ace Rent a car (Tel: 6434423801 / 6493092258)
- Goldcar (Tel: +64021374272)
- Surprice (Tel: +6437774110)
Car rental desks
All other rental companies serving the airport provide shuttles for their customers. A free phone can be found outside of the terminal by the check-in area with which you can call the specific company.
Go Rentals and Areodrive are located right next to the airport. NU (serviced by Scotties), Discount, and Hitch are a few kilometers away.
Find out which are the easiest to find and more in our list of the best rental companies in Queenstown.
Services and facilities
Nearest gas station
If renting from NU, Discount, or hitch, an NPD station located on the roundabout of Highway 6 and Hawthorne Drive is the best station for filling up before returning a rental car. It is directly on the way to the locations of those companies.
Popular one-way rentals
- Christchurch (478 km / 297 mi)
- Auckland (1,547 km / 961 mi)
- Dunedin (273 km / 169 mi)
- Blenheim (779 km / 484 mi)
- Wellington (911 km / 566 mi)
- Greymouth (517 km / 321 mi)
Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
- IATA: ZQN
- ICAO: NZQN
- Name: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
- Size: Medium Airport
- Aircraft movements (per year): 41,769
- Passengers (per year): 1,409,663
- Distance from City: 4.3 miles / 7 km E of town
- Working hours:
- Phone: +64 3 450 9031
Top 14 Locations near Queenstown Airport
Car Rental at Dunedin Airport from $21.48 per day152.1 km / 94.5 miles away
Car Rental at Invercargill Airport from $51.04 per day158.4 km / 98.5 miles away
Car Rental at Christchurch Airport from $9.47 per day347.1 km / 215.7 miles away
Car Rental at Nelson Airport from $48.92 per day550.8 km / 342.2 miles away
Car Rental at Blenheim Airport from $33.51 per day569.4 km / 353.8 miles away
Car Rental at Wellington Airport from $26.10 per day640.6 km / 398.0 miles away
Car Rental at Wellington Inter Island Ferry Terminal from $30.85 per day644.0 km / 400.2 miles away
Car Rental at Palmerston North Airport from $39.74 per day767.0 km / 476.6 miles away
Car Rental at New Plymouth Airport from $33.51 per day805.0 km / 500.2 miles away
Car Rental at Napier Airport from $33.51 per day910.0 km / 565.5 miles away
Car Rental at Rotorua Airport from $24.92 per day993.1 km / 617.1 miles away
Car Rental at Auckland Airport from $9.31 per day1024.5 km / 636.6 miles away
Car Rental at Tauranga Airport from $33.51 per day1026.4 km / 637.8 miles away
Car Rental at Whangarei Airport from $39.95 per day1133.1 km / 704.1 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Snap Rentals||Toyota Vitz||5||2||Small cars|
|Hitch Car Rentals||Mazda Demio||4||1||Small cars|
|Discount Car Rentals New Zealand||Toyota RAV4||5||2||SUVs|
|Discount Car Rentals New Zealand||Toyota Corolla||4||2||Large cars|
|Snap Rentals||Toyota Aqua||5||1||Medium cars|
|Snap Rentals||Toyota Corolla||5||1||Medium cars|
|Hitch Car Rentals||Mitsubishi Outlander||5||4||SUVs|
|Hitch Car Rentals||Mazda 3||4||2||Medium cars|
|Snap Rentals||Toyota Corolla||5||1||Large cars|
|Snap Rentals||Toyota Yaris||5||2||Small cars|
May rental companies don’t allow their cars to be taken on ferries and instead have cars on both sides of the Cook Straight. In this case, you’d drop off a car on one side and pick up another on the other side and book your journey on the ferry as a foot passenger. Be sure to contact the rental company in advance to find out whether you can take the car on a ferry or not.