Car Rental at Queenstown Airport

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Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Mazda Demio or similar
Mazda Demio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$12.41 / per day
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Compact
Nissan Tiida or similar
Nissan Tiida
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NuCarrentals
$20.81 / per day
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Full-size
Nissan X-Trail 5+2 or similar
Nissan X-Trail 5+2
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Aerodrive Car Rental
$42.40 / per day
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Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NuCarrentals
$20.81 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Minivan
Toyota Estima or similar
Toyota Estima
  • 8x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$24.35 / per day
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Intermediate
Toyota RAV 4 or similar
Toyota RAV 4
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
NuCarrentals
$39.97 / per day
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Full-size
Mitsubishi Outlander or similar
Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$19.52 / per day
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Compact
Toyota Prius or similar
Toyota Prius
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$20.73 / 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.
Contents

    Travel Information

    Language
    English
    Currency
    NZD
    Country code
    64
    Average car rental length
    7 days
    Economy car rental price
    $17.45 / 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
    10.0
    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 $88 per day
    • Medium cars - from $79 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $371 per day
    • Small cars - from $86 per day
    • SUVs - from $127 per day

    Top car rental companies

    • Interrent (Tel: +64021374272)
    • Go Rentals (Tel: +6434414340)
    • Alamo (Tel: +64034414637)
    • Enterprise (Tel: 034414637)
    • Europcar (Tel: +64034425887)
    • Keddy (Tel: +3614218370)
    • Avis (Tel: +3612966421)
    • EZU Car Rental (Tel: +64212863456)
    • RightCars (Tel: +64021373125)
    • NuCarrentals (Tel: +64800736825)
    • Ace Rent a car (Tel: 36704500555 / 3172487251)
    • Goldcar (Tel: +64021374272)
    • 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
    • Name: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
    • Type: Public / Civil
    • 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
    • Working 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 $410.29 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. 805.0 km / 500.2 miles away
    9. Car Rental at Napier Airport from $15.88 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
    $45.78
    January
    $39.78
    February
    $31.36
    March
    $33.08
    April
    $27.81
    May
    $22.77
    June
    $30.69
    July
    $28.67
    August
    $55.60
    September
    $57.52
    October
    $56.03
    November
    $56.03
    December
    The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Queenstown Airport is June when prices for an Economy class start from $22.77. 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 $57.52 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
    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.
    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 Mazda 3 4 2 Medium cars
    Hitch Car Rentals Toyota RAV4 5 2 SUVs
    Hitch Car Rentals Nissan Tiida 2009 4 1 Medium cars
    Discount Car Rentals New Zealand Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
    Hitch Car Rentals Toyota Estima 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
    Hitch Car Rentals Fiat Punto 3 1 Small cars
    Hitch Car Rentals Toyota Prius 5 1 Medium cars
    Discount Car Rentals New Zealand Toyota RAV4 5 2 SUVs

    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 13 Suppliers for Queenstown Airport in 2020

    Interrent
    Interrent
    Exceptional 9.5
    +64021374272
    27 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
    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
    +3614218370
    FERIHEGY AIRPORT, TERMINAL 2B
    Avis
    Avis
    Excellent 8.5
    +3612966421
    Liszt Ferenc Airport T2b Avis Desk Terminal 2b
    EZU Car Rental
    EZU Car Rental
    Excellent 8.5
    +64212863456
    234 Glenda Drive, Frankton, Queentown
    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
    36704500555 / 3172487251
    Ulloi 829
    Goldcar
    Goldcar
    Very good 7.3
    +64021374272
    27 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
    Surprice
    Surprice
    Very good 7
    +6437774110
    Shop 1 Ramada Hotel Retail Complex Road - 24 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown

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