Whether your Queenstown car rental is for business or pleasure, make sure you pre-book your vehicle with Airport Rentals. The bustling terminal is just the gateway to one of the most stunning destinations in New Zealand, so don’t get stuck waiting in line and hoping for a car. Make your plans before you travel and be on the road with no delay. Make the most of your time in Queenstown by renting a car to drive around the town.
Compare rental companies
There’s a huge range of suppliers offering car rentals at Queenstown Airport. Some have counters in the terminal, some have car hire depots close by, while others offer shuttle buses or drop-off services. With so many options for international brands and local companies, it can be quite a task to find the best car hire for your holiday in Queenstown in all aspects - cost, size, features and availability.
With this in mind, Airport Rentals has collated those choices, so you can find them all in one easy search. Just enter a few details and get a list of rental cars in Queenstown during your travel period, formatted for easy comparison. See at a glance the features of each car hire, transmission type, reviews from past customers and price details. From there, it is easy to decide on your ideal set of wheels. Still stumped? Filter the results by specifying transmission type, vehicle class, pick-up method and more.
Book a car hire at Queenstown Airport
Looking for a cheap car rental in Queenstown? The price point is always a key factor on the Airport Rentals site. Our large network of rental suppliers all over the world allows us to offer the best online deals for your car hire Queenstown holiday. To back that up, we have a lowest price promise – find out more details on the “About Us” page.
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Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
Queenstown Airport is located in Frankton and is just 15 minutes’ drive from the town centre. The airport links Queenstown to the main centres of New Zealand and to the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Hosting over 2 million passengers as of 2018, the airport serves as a gateway not only to Queenstown but to the southern regions of New Zealand.
Queenstown Airport provides excellent services and facilities. Enjoy shopping and dining in a number of shops in the building before or after your flight. The airport also has lounges, meeting rooms, bag and key storage, among others. Internet access is also free to all guests throughout the airport.
When it comes to leaving the airport, available transport options include buses, airport shuttles, taxis and rental cars. Major vehicle rentals in Queenstown operate within the airport terminal building. As soon as you arrive at Queenstown Airport, you can pick up your car hire and head off to your Queenstown adventure.
Queenstown, the ‘Adventure Capital of the world’
A Queenstown car rental is just the beginning of a memorable road trip in New Zealand! With your own vehicle, you can reach the many adventure activities spread around the region and the CBD - these include the gondola and luge, bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, parasailing, heli tours and plenty more. If skydiving is something you want to attempt, NZONE Skydive is your best bet as the only Tandem Skydive company to have won New Zealand’s Supreme Tourism Award. On the more sedentary side of things, there are a number of wineries, plenty of spas and some great restaurants around Queenstown. Pick up a car hire at Queenstown Airport and discover the astonishing sites and thrilling adventures the city has to offer.
Hit New Zealand’s well-maintained highways to explore beyond Queenstown. To the north and south lie two more beautiful lakeside towns: Wanaka and Te Anau respectively. The Southern Alps mountain range stretches the length of the South Island offering spectacular vistas, and desolately beautiful beaches are backed by the forest-covered foothills on the western coast. A popular destination for travellers is the Milford Sound with picturesque views of the surrounding Alpine mountains. The best way to experience what the area has to offer is from above - Air Milford offer scenic flights and are your best call of action when looking to best experience the region.
For bright lights, head to the student city of Dunedin - a mere three-and-a-half-hour drive in your rental car from Queenstown. Set at the head of Otago Harbour, it is home to a colony of albatross and penguins, the world’s steepest street and the Cadbury Factory. It also boasts a proud Scottish heritage. Other great destinations on the east coast include Christchurch, the island’s biggest city, whale-watching hotspot Kaikoura, and the Blenheim/Marlborough wine region. Christchurch has a range of options for car rental pick up - consider beginning your adventure there with a Christchurch Airport car hire. For those looking to make a country long trip of it, an Auckland Airport car hire is the best call of action as New Zealand's biggest centre.
The Queenstown area is not only one for adventure and thrills - great food and wine are easy to come by in the region. The Gibbston region is largely synonymous with one thing: Exceptional wine. Well, that, and the kind of views that bring millions of visitors to New Zealand every year. Mt Rosa Lodge’s location is a utopia for anyone who loves a great vino and enjoys waking up to postcard-perfect scenes out the window every morning. This exquisite five-star lodge is surrounded by its own pinot noir vines, as well as hiking trails, restaurants, and snow-capped mountains. Set just half an hour from Lake Wakatipu, Mt Rosa Lodge is a mountainside retreat perfect for picking up a Queenstown car hire, getting away from the bustle of the central city, but still being close enough to all of the region’s best features.
There’s a bit of debate in Queenstown amongst locals about whether summer (and its hiking and long warm days) or winter (and its snow-capped mountains and ski runs) is the better season - but one thing that everyone can agree on all year round is that the local wines are some of the best in the world. The team at Queenstown Wine Trail Tours can show you a world of luscious pinot noirs, as well as pinot gris, riesling, and sauvignon blanc to name a few - plus all the delicious cheeses to match. With daily or private wine tours, this experience offers the ultimate in a relaxing day out where the only finger you’ll lift is your pinky whilst holding a freshly poured glass of vino. Park up your car hire Queenstown for half a day so you can safely go wine tasting!
Tips for driving a rental car in New Zealand
The roads in New Zealand are generally very safe and pleasant to drive on. Here are a few tips for visitors who will drive around the region in their rental cars:
● Kiwis drive on the left. Take a while to get used to this if you are coming from a country which does not.\
● Stick to the posted speed limits at all times! Distances and speeds are in kilometres and kilometres per hour. Highways pass through most small towns rather than bypassing them, and it is important to slow to the required speed.
● Many roads in the South Island are windy and mountainous. Take extra care, especially in wet weather.
But most of all, stay safe and enjoy your Queenstown Airport car rental adventures! In case you are looking to discover more of New Zealand, Dunedin and Invercargill are two destinations within reach from Queenstown that are worth visiting in your car hire.
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