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Car Rental in Wellington

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Wellington Airport Car Rental
Economy
Mazda Demio or similar
Mazda Demio
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Mode Car Rentals
$11.80 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Vitz or similar
Toyota Vitz
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Rental Cars
$17.24 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Mazda Demio 2007 or similar
Mazda Demio 2007
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Rental Cars
$17.24 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Tiida or similar
Nissan Tiida
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Rental Cars
$17.24 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai Getz or similar
Hyundai Getz
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Rental Cars
$17.24 / per day
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Wellington Airport Car Rental
Economy
Mazda Demio or similar
Mazda Demio
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$17.34 / per day
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Wellington Airport Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
$19.15 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Tiida Hatch or similar
Nissan Tiida Hatch
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Rental Cars
$21.17 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 23:13 on 2021-06-15. 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%
Rating
9.0

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 € 86.56 per day
  • From Wellington to Palmerston North - 9 offers from € 86.56 per day
  • From Wellington to Tauranga - 9 offers from € 86.56 per day
  • From Wellington to Christchurch - 11 offers from € 109.08 per day
  • From Wellington to Queenstown - 11 offers from € 86.56 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 $55 per day
  • Medium cars - from $27 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $56 per day
  • Small cars - from $19 per day
  • SUVs - from $56 per day

Top 13 Cities near Wellington

  1. 484.7 km / 301.2 miles away
  2. Queenstown Car Rentals from $15.39 per day
    641.1 km / 398.4 miles away
  3. Christchurch Car Rentals from $11.19 per day
    305.2 km / 189.6 miles away
  4. Dunedin Car Rentals from $33.20 per day
    632.7 km / 393.1 miles away
  5. Nelson Car Rentals from $22.46 per day
    130.0 km / 80.8 miles away
  6. Palmerston North Car Rentals from $47.92 per day
    129.4 km / 80.4 miles away
  7. Tauranga Car Rentals from $51.68 per day
    421.3 km / 261.8 miles away
  8. Rotorua Car Rentals from $51.68 per day
    378.2 km / 235.0 miles away
  9. Invercargill Car Rentals from $39.35 per day
    768.9 km / 477.7 miles away
  10. Napier Car Rentals from $49.94 per day
    270.0 km / 167.8 miles away
  11. Blenheim Car Rentals from $37.15 per day
    79.9 km / 49.6 miles away
  12. New Plymouth Car Rentals from $47.92 per day
    259.6 km / 161.3 miles away
  13. Whangarei Car Rentals from $40.84 per day
    616.1 km / 382.9 miles away

Top 16 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 $37.15 per day
    79.9 km / 49.6 miles away
  4. 129.4 km / 80.4 miles away
  5. Nelson Airport Car Rentals from $22.46 per day
    130.0 km / 80.8 miles away
  6. 259.6 km / 161.3 miles away
  7. Napier Airport Car Rentals from $49.94 per day
    270.0 km / 167.8 miles away
  8. 305.2 km / 189.6 miles away
  9. Rotorua Airport Car Rentals from $51.68 per day
    378.2 km / 235.0 miles away
  10. Tauranga Airport Car Rentals from $51.68 per day
    421.3 km / 261.8 miles away
  11. Auckland Airport Car Rentals from $11.29 per day
    477.1 km / 296.5 miles away
  12. 494.5 km / 307.3 miles away
  13. 616.1 km / 382.9 miles away
  14. Dunedin Airport Car Rentals from $33.20 per day
    632.7 km / 393.1 miles away
  15. 641.1 km / 398.4 miles away
  16. 768.9 km / 477.7 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
$45.10
January
$53.08
February
$49.32
March
$14.99
April
$19.19
May
June
$36.58
July
August
$51.46
September
$49.11
October
$64.75
November
$65.06
December
The best month to rent a car in Wellington is April (when prices for an Economy class start from $14.99). This is 67% cheaper than the yearly average and 77% cheaper than renting in December (when rental prices start at $65.06 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 August, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in Wellington
8
January
9
February
4
March
April
5
May
5
June
8
July
3
August
6
September
6
October
7
November
6
December

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

While travelers visit Wellington year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Wellington by Monthly Searches
6%
January
330%
February
321%
March
April
May
June
July
August
36%
September
45%
October
250%
November
211%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Routes Car & Truck Rentals Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
Bargain Rental Cars Mazda Demio 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Mitsubishi ASX 4 2 SUVs
Mode Car Rentals Toyota Yaris 4 2 Medium cars
Mode Car Rentals Toyota RAV4 5 3 SUVs
SIXT Toyota Yaris Hatch 5 Small cars
Mode Car Rentals Toyota Previa 5 3 People Carriers/Vans
Mode Car Rentals Toyota Camry 5 2 Large cars
Mode Car Rentals Mazda Demio 4 1 Small cars
SIXT Toyota Corolla Hatch 5 1 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

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

Top 13 Suppliers in Wellington in 2021

Go Rentals
Go Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
+6443881054
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
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+64044730480
1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Working hours
Mon:17:15-17:45
Tue:13:45-14:15; 17:15-17:45
Wed:13:45-14:15; 17:15-17:45
Thu:13:45-14:15; 17:15-17:45
Fri:13:45-14:15; 17:15-17:45
Sat:13:45-14:15
Sun:13:45-14:15
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
43808914
STEWART DUFF DRIVE, RONGOTAI
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+6446660021
1 Freight Drive, 6022 Wellington
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+64044730480
INTERISLANDER FERRY TERMINAL
Working hours
Mon:17:15-17:45
Tue:13:45-14:15; 17:15-17:45
Wed:13:45-14:15; 17:15-17:45
Thu:13:45-14:15; 17:15-17:45
Fri:13:45-14:15; 17:15-17:45
Sat:13:45-14:15
Sun:13:45-14:15
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
6448018108
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:08:00-12:00
Sun:08:00-12:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
048024548
25 Dixon St Te Aro
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:08:00-12:00
Sun:08:00-12:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
43808914
Stewart Duff Drive Rongotai
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
+6493033912
3 Rex Street, Miramar, 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
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.4
43808914
STEWART DUFF DRIVE RONGOTAI,
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8.2
+6442138938
25 Shelly Bay Road Maupuia Wellington 6022
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
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+640800736825
76 Tauhinu Road Greenhithe Auckland 0632 New Zealand
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
6444711176 / 021358217
126 Hutt Rd Kaiwharawhara
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