Car Rental Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

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Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, New Zealand
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500+ Trusted Providers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Go Rentals
$68.30 / per day
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Standard
Mazda 6 or similar
Mazda 6
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$70.47 / per day
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Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$76.90 / per day
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Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NuCarrentals
$82.33 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Intermediate
Toyota RAV4 or similar
Toyota RAV4
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Discount Car Rentals New Zealand
$93.53 / per day
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Full-size Elite
Ford Ranger or similar
Ford Ranger
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$166.73 / per day
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Compact
Toyota Prius or similar
Toyota Prius
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$70.47 / per day
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Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$76.16 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 14:29 on 2020-02-04. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
NZD
Country code
64
Average car rental length
7 days
Economy car rental price
$74.98 / per day
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
9.8
Queenstown Airport Car Rental

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

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Sydney
  • Wellington
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane

Main airlines

Air New Zealand, New Zealand’s flag carrier, serves the most destinations at Queenstown Airport including all major cities in New Zealand and Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney in Australia.

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.

Terminals

One single-level terminal serves both local and international flights.

Location

The airport is around 8 km (5 miles) from the Queenstown central business district. Motorways 6 and 6A/Frankton Rd. are the main roads connecting Queenstown Airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $85 per day
  • Medium cars - from $77 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $358 per day
  • Small cars - from $83 per day
  • SUVs - from $122 per day

Top car rental companies

  • Go Rentals (Tel: +6434414340)
  • Alamo (Tel: +64034414637)
  • Enterprise (Tel: 034414637)
  • Europcar (Tel: +64034425887)
  • Keddy (Tel: +64034425887)
  • RightCars (Tel: +64021373125)
  • NuCarrentals (Tel: +64800736825)
  • Ace Rent a car (Tel: 6434423801 / 6493092258)
  • Surprice (Tel: +6437774110)

Car rental desks

Europcar and Enterprise (including Alamo) have desks in the airport’s terminal near the domestic baggage collection area. If arriving on an international flight, take a left after exiting the international arrivals area.

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.

Services and facilities

You’ll find a restaurant, cafés, snack bars, shops, and three duty-free stores. There are also a number of ATMs, a children’s play area, parents rooms, a first aid room, and a pharmacy. Luggage storage is located outside the terminal near the check-in area. Oversized items can be left at the information desk for $10 per item per day. The airport facilities are friendly to travelers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

A BP station located at the Highway 6 roundabout is on the way to the airport from those coming from most directions. If approaching the airport from the south, it is also the most convenient station, even though it requires a circle to reach, as there are no other stations south of the airport.

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)

Airport info

Rating
8.0
  • Getting to the airport 8.5
  • Departure and check-in 9.0
  • Terminal facilities 7.8
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.3
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.8
  • Lounge 5.8

Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

  • IATA: ZQN
  • ICAO: NZQN
  • Airport name: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil
  • Airport Size: Medium Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 357 m / 1171 ft
  • Runway Surface: Bitumen
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 41,769
  • Passengers (per year): 1,409,663
  • Distance from City: 4.3 miles / 7 km E of town
  • Airport Hours:
  • Phone: +64 3 450 9031

Top 13 Locations near Queenstown Airport

  1. 152.1 km / 94.5 miles away
  2. 158.4 km / 98.5 miles away
  3. 347.1 km / 215.7 miles away
  4. Car Rental at Nelson Airport from $53.26 per day
    550.8 km / 342.2 miles away
  5. 569.4 km / 353.8 miles away
  6. 640.6 km / 398.0 miles away
  7. 767.0 km / 476.6 miles away
  8. Car Rental at New Plymouth, from $52.26 per day
    805.0 km / 500.2 miles away
  9. Car Rental at Napier Airport from $52.26 per day
    910.0 km / 565.5 miles away
  10. 993.1 km / 617.1 miles away
  11. 1024.5 km / 636.6 miles away
  12. 1026.4 km / 637.8 miles away
  13. 1133.1 km / 704.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Queenstown Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Queenstown Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Queenstown Airport
$44.23
January
$38.44
February
$30.30
March
$31.96
April
$26.87
May
$22.00
June
$29.65
July
$27.70
August
$53.71
September
$55.57
October
$54.14
November
$54.14
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Queenstown Airport is June when prices for an Economy class start from $22.00. You can see that this is 44% cheaper than the yearly average and 60% cheaper than renting a car in October (when rental prices start at $55.57 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Queenstown Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in October the average rental period is 9 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 7 days.
Average Rental Length at Queenstown Airport
7
January
7
February
7
March
8
April
8
May
8
June
8
July
8
August
8
September
9
October
8
November
8
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Queenstown Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Queenstown Airport in January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in June.
Queenstown Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
128%
January
111%
February
99%
March
92%
April
102%
May
66%
June
83%
July
88%
August
81%
September
111%
October
115%
November
124%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Hitch Car Rentals Mazda Demio 4 1 Small cars
Hitch Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 5 4 SUVs
Hitch Car Rentals Toyota RAV4 5 2 SUVs
Hitch Car Rentals Mazda 3 4 2 Medium cars
Hitch Car Rentals Nissan Tiida 2009 4 1 Medium cars
Hitch Car Rentals Toyota Estima 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
Discount Car Rentals New Zealand Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Hitch Car Rentals Fiat Punto 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Mitsubishi Outlander 5 2 SUVs
Hitch Car Rentals Toyota Prius Hybrid 5 1 Small cars

FAQ

Should I rent a car at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)?
A majority of the ratings and reviews left by Discover Cars’ customers recommend renting a car (9.8 from 4 reviews).
What do you need to rent a car at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)?
In most cases, you need a driver’s license, passport or ID card, and a credit card (in the name of the main driver), and the booking voucher to rent a car. Some companies may have additional requirements (be sure to check the rental conditions).
On what side of the road do they drive in New Zealand?
Drivers must drive on the left side of the road.
Can I rent a car at 18 in New Zealand?
No, you can not rent a car at the age of 18.
How old do you have to be to rent a car at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)?
You must be between 25 and 99 years old.
Can you rent automatic cars at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)?
Yes, automatic cars are available from Go Rentals, Hitch Car Rentals, Alamo, NuCarrentals, Enterprise, Discount Car Rentals New Zealand and Europcar at Queenstown Airport (ZQN).
Can I rent a car with a debit card?
Though most companies require a credit card to leave a deposit, some accept debit cards. Check the rental conditions for more information.
Can I rent a car without a credit card?
Most companies require a credit card to pick up the car. Some may accept debit cards or cash. Check the rental conditions for more information.
What car classes can I rent?
Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars, SUVs and People Carriers/Vans vehicle types are available at Queenstown Airport (ZQN).
Can I rent a car at Queenstown Airport (ZQN) with my home country’s driver's license (for example, U.S., U.K., or Australia)?
In most cases, a driver’s license from your home country is acceptable if it uses the Latin alphabet. In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) at Queenstown Airport (ZQN).
Do I need an International Driving Permit at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)?
In most cases, if your driver’s license uses the Latin alphabet, you can rent a car in at Queenstown Airport (ZQN) without an International Driving Permit (IDP). In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) at Queenstown Airport (ZQN).
How much does an additional driver cost? Is there an option for a free additional driver?
No rental company at Queenstown Airport (ZQN) offers a free additional driver.
How much does it cost to rent a car at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)?
A rental car costs $120 per day, on average. The lowest daily price found in the past 48 hours was $68 at Go Rentals.
How much is car rental for a week?
The average price for a weekly rental at Queenstown Airport (ZQN) is $840. In the past 48 hours, the lowest price for a weekly rental at Queenstown Airport (ZQN) was $478.
What car rental companies are located at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)?
Go Rentals, Hitch Car Rentals, Alamo, NuCarrentals, Enterprise, Discount Car Rentals New Zealand and Europcar can be found at Queenstown Airport (ZQN).
What is the best car rental company at Queenstown Airport (ZQN)?
Ratings and reviews left by our users indicate that the best providers are Aerodrive Car Rental (8.7, 10 reviews), Alamo (8.6, 12 reviews) and Europcar (8.6, 11 reviews).

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Nissan Tiida 2009
May 2, 2019
You'll get to see so much more with your own car in the Queenstown area with much better flexibility. Milford Sound, Franz Josef are easily do-able.
New Zealand
Nissan Tiida
May 1, 2019
Driving around has outstanding views of the lakes!
New Zealand
Toyota Yaris
April 30, 2019
we traveled quite a distanceover 7 days and the car we had was perfect for the two of us, this was also a good price and the car went well.

Top 9 Suppliers for Queenstown Airport in 2020

Go Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
+6434414340
20 Lucas Pl, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+64034414637
Queenstown Airport, Sir Henry Wigley Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
034414637
SIR HENRY WIGLEY DRIVE,
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+64034425887
TERMINAL BUILDING
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+64034425887
TERMINAL BUILDING
RightCars
RightCars
Excellent 8.4
+64021373125
Meet & Greet
NuCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+64800736825
121 Glenda Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9371
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
6434423801 / 6493092258
Sir Henry Wigly Dr
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+6437774110
Shop 1 Ramada Hotel Retail Complex Road - 24 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown

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