Car Hire at Queenstown Airport
This information is correct as of September 2015
Car hire at Queenstown Airport gets your adventure off to the perfect start. Whether you're planning a fast-paced holiday going round the region's lakes and mountains, or a longer tour around the South Island, with Skyscanner you'll find the best cars at the best prices.
Where to hire a car at Queenstown Airport
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Jucy, Thrifty, Ace Rental Cars and Ezi Car Rental all provide car hire from Queenstown Airport. Their desks can be found within the terminal building, or in the car park outside.
Petrol stations near Queenstown Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There's a BP Connect petrol station just off State Highway 6 on the way to the airport. It's about two minutes drive from the airport.
Driving around Queenstown Airport
State Highway 6 passes the airport. Despite the name, the highway is mostly single-carriageway. It runs across most of the length of the South Island, so if you're planning a driving holiday you'll probably be using this road quite a lot. Traffic in New Zealand drives on the left side of the road, just like in Britain.
Getting to your destination
Framed by the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu, Queensland is proud of its title as "World Adventure Capital." There's never a dull moment in this energetic city, whether you're enjoying some extreme sports or enjoying the vibrant nightlife.
It takes just over 10 minutes to drive to downtown Queenstown from the airport. The larger hotels in Queenstown have car parks. On-street parking in Earl Street and Church Street is limited to 120 minutes, at $2 (about 84p) per hour. You can park for 240 minutes on Athol Street: the price is the same. The car park on Ballarat Street charge $1 (about 40p) per hour every day from 8am to 6pm, or you can park for the full day at Boundary Street and the Recreation Ground for $2.50 (around £1.05). There's also a paid car park on Church Street, and free parking on a few select streets in and around the city centre. Always check local signage.
This lake-side mountain town is a top destination for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. There are also some fantastic wineries: draw straws to choose your designated driver.
It takes about an hour to drive to Wanaka from the airport. Parking is generally pay and display, although there are some car parks and places to park for free.
Low key and friendly, Glenorchy is another great base for an adventure holiday. Some of the best hiking on the South Island can be found here, as can some absolutely excellent cycling trails. Horse riding and kayaking are also worth a try.
It takes just under an hour to drive to Glenorchy from Queenstown Airport. Most of the accommodation in the area offers secure parking. As Glenorchy is fairly rural you will find plenty of places to leave your car while you head out for the day.
Prices subject to change