Car Hire at Wellington Airport
This information is correct as of September 2015
Hire a car at Wellington Airport and enjoy a self-drive holiday like no other. Whether you're planning a full-scale tour of the North Island or just want to get more out of your trip to Wellington, you can save on car hire when you compare prices with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Wellington Airport
Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz and Europcar New Zealand all offer car hire from Wellington Airport. The car rental desks are to the right of the ground floor main entrance.
Petrol stations near Wellington Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are petrol stations on either side of Broadway, near the main entrance by New Zealand State Highway 1. If you're approaching from Wellington, turn left at the roundabout instead of going straight over into the airport. Once you fill up, turn around and head back the way you came. The airport is well signposted.
Driving around Wellington Airport
Once you leave the airport you'll find yourself on a dual carriageway section of New Zealand State Highway 1. This is a busy road, so make sure you're accustomed to your car before driving away. This road takes you all the way into Wellington, after which transforms into a motorway. From here you can get onto most major roads in the region.
Getting to your destination
If you're planning a long trip around the North Island we recommend choosing a car rental package that includes a sat-nav system. If you're simply renting a car to make getting around the city a little bit easier, we've put together a quick guide to driving and parking in some of the most popular destinations.
New Zealand's capital and windiest city, Wellington is a buzzing harbour town complete with a cultured nightlife and plenty of opportunities to get out and get active.
It takes just under 15 minutes to drive to the city centre from the airport in quiet traffic conditions. There are roughly 3,600 on-street parking spaced in the CBD of Wellington. Most of these are metered. Depending on the machine you can pay by credit card, coupon, telephone, text, and Snapper card. There are also a number of municipal car parks, which usually charge $4 (about £1.65) for parking during the day and $2 (about 80p) during the night. These car parks usually have a maximum stay of two hours during the day, so if you're planning on parking for a while it's best to look for hotels in Wellington with their own car parks.
Waikanae is a pleasant seaside town on the Kapiti Coast, an excellent place to chill out and a favourite destination among retirees.
It takes about 55 minutes to drive to Waikanae from Wellington Airport in light traffic. Parking can be tricky to find during the high season, especially near the train station, although two new Park & Ride car parks are being built nearby.
One of the major stops on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, Martinborough is famous for pinot noir and top notch gastronomy.
Martinborough is about an hour and twenty minutes from Wellington Airport in light traffic. Most hotels and other accommodation types in the area offer guest parking, although it's a good idea to check this out before you book. Remember to leave the hire car at home if you're planning a wine tour: there are plenty of companies who will drive for you.
Prices subject to change