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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Wellington Inter Island Ferry Terminal Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty New Zealand
$30.70 per day
Wellington Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
yesaway
$30.87 per day
Wellington Inter Island Ferry Terminal Car Rental
Compact
Holden Trax or similar
Holden Trax
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty New Zealand
$32.62 per day
Wellington Airport Car Rental
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$38.34 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Wellington Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota RAV4 or similar
Toyota RAV4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
yesaway
$39.20 / per day
Wellington Inter Island Ferry Terminal Car Rental
Economy
Mitsubishi Eclipse or similar
Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty New Zealand
$39.65 / per day
Wellington Airport Car Rental
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$41.36 / per day
Wellington Airport Car Rental
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$41.36 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:01 on 2022-08-10. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
NZD
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
64
Economy car rental price
$51.01 / per day
Average car rental length
2 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 60 km/h
19 - 37 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.8
Average gasoline price
$1.83 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.05 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.67 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Wellington?

The capital city of New Zealand, Wellington is an increasingly popular tourist destination. The city is home to the country’s government and boasts interesting museums and galleries, historic landmarks, and some of the most scenic urban views in the country. Located at the southern edge of the North Island, Wellington offers ferry connections with the South Island on the other side of the Cook Strait.

One-Way Car Rentals in Wellington

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

  • From Wellington to Auckland - 20 offers from US$ 89.15 per day
  • From Wellington to Palmerston North - 9 offers from US$ 89.15 per day
  • From Wellington to Tauranga - 9 offers from US$ 89.15 per day
  • From Wellington to Christchurch - 11 offers from US$ 112.34 per day
  • From Wellington to Queenstown - 11 offers from US$ 89.15 per day

Top ways to enter Wellington

  • Wellington Airport: The main airport serving the capital city region, it handles about 6.4 million passengers every year. In addition to domestic flights, there are also connections with multiple cities in Australia, as well as Nadi in Fiji. Located in the southern suburb of Rongotai, the airport is 9 km (5.4 miles) from the city center and can be reached in about ten minutes.
  • By ferry: Rental cars can also be picked up and dropped off at the Wellington Inter-Island Ferry Terminal. The terminal is just north of the Central Business District (CBD). 

Top destinations and activities

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Known by both its English and Maori names, the museum has an impressive collection of New Zealand’s natural history and indigenous culture, along with many other interactive exhibitions both indoors and outdoors. The two main attractions of the museum are the Maori marae or communal sacred space and the world’s only publicly displayed colossal squid.
  • Carter Observatory. Long before the Europeans arrived, the Maori and other Polynesian peoples explored and colonized the unimaginably vast South Pacific Ocean. Having done that without any modern technology, their supreme navigational skills have long fascinated and puzzled Western scientists. The Carter Observatory of Wellington is dedicated to this unique maritime heritage with many interesting exhibitions about the subject. Fitting to its name, it also has a high-quality planetarium which is also open to the public.
  • Lookout Points. Although the peaks and hills that surround Wellington are not as high as those of the South Island, they nonetheless offer splendid views of the city and the harbor below. Popular spots include Mount Kaukau and Mount Victoria, as well as views from Massey Memorial and the Brooklyn Wind Turbine. Most of these spots can be accessed by car, offering some scenic drives along the way.

Toll roads

All of the toll roads in New Zealand are in the northern part of the North Island. 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 Wellington

  • Large cars - from $135 per day
  • Medium cars - from $100 per day
  • Vans - from $72 per day
  • Small cars - from $123 per day
  • SUVs - from $131 per day

Top 17 Cities near Wellington

  1. Auckland Car Rentals from $19.63 per day
    489.8 km / 304.4 miles away
  2. Queenstown Car Rentals from $42.27 per day
    640.6 km / 398.0 miles away
  3. Christchurch Car Rentals from $31.35 per day
    303.9 km / 188.9 miles away
  4. Dunedin Car Rentals from $39.75 per day
    631.3 km / 392.3 miles away
  5. Nelson Car Rentals from $33.21 per day
    132.2 km / 82.2 miles away
  6. Palmerston North Car Rentals from $72.92 per day
    130.9 km / 81.4 miles away
  7. 424.6 km / 263.8 miles away
  8. Rotorua Car Rentals from $41.70 per day
    380.4 km / 236.4 miles away
  9. Napier Car Rentals from $51.76 per day
    271.0 km / 168.4 miles away
  10. Invercargill Car Rentals from $82.68 per day
    767.8 km / 477.1 miles away
  11. Blenheim Car Rentals from $76.55 per day
    81.0 km / 50.4 miles away
  12. New Plymouth Car Rentals from $42.40 per day
    260.1 km / 161.6 miles away
  13. Whangarei Car Rentals from $49.75 per day
    619.5 km / 384.9 miles away
  14. Gisborne Car Rentals from $48.21 per day
    401.2 km / 249.3 miles away
  15. Taupo Car Rentals from $49.75 per day
    307.6 km / 191.1 miles away
  16. Kerikeri Car Rentals from $49.75 per day
    678.8 km / 421.8 miles away
  17. Whakatane Car Rentals from $39.63 per day
    419.0 km / 260.4 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Wellington

  1. 3.8 km / 2.4 miles away
  2. 3.9 km / 2.4 miles away
  3. Blenheim Airport Car Rentals from $76.55 per day
    79.9 km / 49.6 miles away
  4. 129.4 km / 80.4 miles away
  5. Nelson Airport Car Rentals from $33.21 per day
    130.0 km / 80.8 miles away
  6. 150.2 km / 93.3 miles away
  7. 259.6 km / 161.3 miles away
  8. Napier Airport Car Rentals from $51.76 per day
    270.0 km / 167.8 miles away
  9. Westport Airport Car Rentals from $78.53 per day
    271.1 km / 168.5 miles away
  10. 305.2 km / 189.6 miles away
  11. Taupo Airport Car Rentals from $49.75 per day
    305.4 km / 189.8 miles away
  12. Rotorua Airport Car Rentals from $41.70 per day
    378.2 km / 235.0 miles away
  13. Gisborne Airport Car Rentals from $48.21 per day
    400.4 km / 248.8 miles away
  14. 417.4 km / 259.4 miles away
  15. Tauranga Airport Car Rentals from $53.47 per day
    421.3 km / 261.8 miles away
  16. Auckland Airport Car Rentals from $23.70 per day
    477.1 km / 296.5 miles away
  17. 484.7 km / 301.2 miles away
  18. 486.6 km / 302.4 miles away
  19. Auckland Penrose Car Rentals from $94.08 per day
    487.0 km / 302.6 miles away
  20. 488.5 km / 303.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Wellington?

Car rental prices in Wellington 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 Wellington
$38.72
January
$45.57
February
$42.35
March
$12.87
April
$16.48
May
June
$31.41
July
August
$44.18
September
$42.16
October
$55.59
November
$55.86
December
The best month to rent a car in Wellington is April (when prices for an Economy class start from $12.87). This is 67% cheaper than the yearly average and 77% cheaper than renting in December (when rental prices start at $55.86 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Wellington?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in February, travelers rent a car for an average of 9 days in March, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Wellington
8
January
9
February
4
March
7
April
6
May
6
June
8
July
4
August
6
September
6
October
7
November
6
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Wellington is January, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Wellington by Monthly Searches
303%
January
245%
February
209%
March
74%
April
25%
May
2%
June
3%
July
22%
August
22%
September
27%
October
145%
November
123%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Bargain Rental Cars Toyota Vitz 5 1 Medium cars
Mode Car Rentals Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016) 5 1 Small cars
Mode Car Rentals Toyota Yaris (2017 - 2020) 5 1 Medium cars
Mode Car Rentals Mazda Demio 4 1 Small cars
Mode Car Rentals Toyota RAV4 (2014 - 2016) 5 2 SUVs
Mode Car Rentals Toyota Corolla (2013 - 2016) 5 2 Large cars
Bargain Rental Cars Toyota Prius Hybrid 4 2 Large cars
Mode Car Rentals Toyota Previa 5 3 Vans
Mode Car Rentals Toyota Corolla STW 5 3 Station wagons
yesaway Toyota Corolla 4 3 Large cars

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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Australia
Toyota Corolla
August 7, 2022
New Zealand is like a poor Australia
New Zealand
Toyota Yaris (2017 - 2020)
July 27, 2022
A visit to the Wairarapa. Good !
Australia
Toyota Vitz
July 23, 2022
Family visits
Australia
Toyota Yaris (2013 - 2016)
June 11, 2022
Mode Car Rentals, Wellington, NZ. Great Service and a Great Car.. I was Very Satisfied..!!
New Zealand
Toyota Prius Hybrid
June 8, 2022
We traveled from Wellington to Cape Reinga over 2 weeks and had a hassle free Hybrid Toyota and loved our trip after 3 attempts to go on a holiday during Covid...thanks so much BRC and would gladly recommend them to family and friends All the best from Dennis and Sue Christchurch
Australia
Mazda Demio
April 28, 2022
Travelled to tongariro national Park and across to napier in beautiful weather than down to Wellington to visit family, great walking in all areas and beautiful scenery
New Zealand
Toyota Yaris
April 17, 2022
Wellington city good exhibition at Te Papa Cafes great in the city
New Zealand
Mazda Demio
August 31, 2021
I think a description of where the yards are is needed and what it's near, it, I had to go to and ask someone to find the place, but once I found the place the staff was very nice.
New Zealand
Mazda Demio
August 8, 2021
I will rent from Mode Rental Cars again.
New Zealand
Toyota Yaris
February 24, 2021
Wairarapa was nice to visit. Good wine in some places.
New Zealand
Toyota Yaris
December 24, 2020
Travelled around the Kapiti coast and upto Palmerston North back through masterton Easy roads to follow can be really busy on the Kapiti coast at times
Australia
Toyota Camry 2007
October 8, 2019
Love Wellington easy to navigate
Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
December 21, 2018
i visisted Taihape , beautiful little town
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla 5d
November 21, 2018
One happy customer
Australia
Hyundai i20
November 17, 2018
Very pretty. Both sea and hills. Lots to see and do

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
yesaway
9.18 / 10
Lowest rated company
NUCarrentals
7.85 / 10
Total number of reviews
6
Total rental companies
18
Average daily price
$51.01
Lowest daily price
$9.72
Total cars available
89

Top 18 Suppliers in Wellington in 2022

yesaway
yesaway
Exceptional 9.2 / 6 reviews
+640800800338 / +640211988952
146 Hobart Street, Miramar, Wellington
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1 / 27 reviews
43808914
STEWART DUFF DRIVE RONGOTAI,
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9 / 13 reviews
+6446660021
1 Freight Drive, 6022 Wellington
Go Rentals
Go Rentals
Excellent 8.9 / 1 reviews
+6443881054 / 0508246584
357 Broadway, Miramar, Wellington 6022
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
Ace Rental Cars
Ace Rental Cars
Excellent 8.8 / 1 reviews
0800502277
19 Shelly Bay Road, Maupuia/Miramar
Working hours
Mon:09:30-15:00
Tue:09:30-15:00
Wed:09:30-15:00
Thu:09:30-15:00
Fri:09:30-15:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8 / 9 reviews
+64043806617
Wellington Airport, Level 1 - Mezzanine, Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
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
Sun:07:30-20:00
Mode Car Rentals
Mode Car Rentals
Excellent 8.7 / 71 reviews
+64042138938
25 Shelly Bay Road, Maupuia, Wellington 6022
Working hours
Mon:08:30-17:30
Tue:08:30-17:30
Wed:08:30-17:30
Thu:08:30-17:30
Fri:08:30-17:30
Sat:08:30-17:30
Sun:08:30-17:30
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.7 / 2 reviews
+64043887070
Wellington Airport, Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai, Wellington 6022
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-18:00
Sun:07:30-22:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6 / 3 reviews
+64043806617
TERMINAL BUILDING
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
Sat:07:30-20:00
Sun:07:30-20:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
43808914
STEWART DUFF DRIVE, RONGOTAI
National
National
Excellent 8.5
43808914
Stewart Duff Drive Rongotai
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:00
Tue:07:00-18:00
Wed:07:00-18:00
Thu:07:00-18:00
Fri:07:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-17:30
Sun:08:00-17:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
048024548
25 Dixon St
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
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4 / 2 reviews
+64043889494
Interislander Ferry Terminal 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea
Working hours
Mon:12:30-14:30; 16:30-18:00
Tue:12:30-14:30; 16:30-18:00
Wed:12:30-14:30; 16:30-18:00
Thu:12:30-14:30; 16:30-18:00
Fri:12:30-14:30; 16:30-18:00
Sat:12:30-14:30; 16:30-18:00
Sun:12:30-14:30; 16:30-18:00
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8.4 / 14 reviews
+6442138938
25 Shelly Bay Road Maupuia Wellington 6022
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3 / 1 reviews
6448021088
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:30
Tue:07:00-20:30
Wed:07:00-20:30
Thu:07:00-20:30
Fri:07:00-20:30
Sat:07:30-19:30
Sun:07:30-19:30
Bargain Rental Cars
Bargain Rental Cars
Excellent 8.2 / 16 reviews
+64021688814 / +640800001110 / +640800566701 /
17 Shelly Bay Rd, Miramar, Wellington 6022
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:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
043887070
WELLINGTON APT
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-18:00
Sun:07:30-22:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.8
+640800736825
76 Tauhinu Road Greenhithe Auckland 0632 New Zealand
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