Compare car rental prices at Wellington Airport from $36*

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Car rental options at Wellington Airport from $36

Visitors to New Zealand’s capital can benefit from hiring a car to make their holiday go more smoothly. Whether you’re travelling for business and want to get to your meetings on time or you’re at the start of an epic road trip, car rental companies at Wellington Airport are on hand to help.

When you land at Wellington Airport (WLG) you’ll find 7 car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Ezi, Hertz and Thrifty.

Where to hire a car at Wellington Airport

All 7 car rental kiosks are found on the ground floor of the airport’s only terminal, beside the baggage carousels.

While it is sometimes possible to walk up and get a car, it’s advised that you book online ahead of time for peace of mind and a wider selection of vehicles.

Parking at Wellington Airport

Parking rate at Wellington Airport ranges from $6 to $9 per hour, and daily rates ranges from $27 to 41 for short term parking lots. Long term parking costs $27 for a day. Off-site car parks offer a variety of parking deals for daily, weekly, and monthly stays.

Getting from Wellington Airport to your hotel

Wellington

From the airport, it’s a 20-minute drive to Wellington CBD. After leaving the airport’s car park, turn left onto State Highway 1. This road gets to the fringe of the city centre, with most hotels in Wellington found by turning onto either Kent Terrace or Vivian Street.

Palmerston North

Although you can book flights to Palmerston North, it can be cheaper to fly to Wellington and drive north. Like with trips to Wellington, get onto State Highway 1 from the airport and head north until you reach the turn off for State Highway 57. In total, this drive should take a touch longer than 2 hours.

Picton

Wellington is the main departure point for ferries to the South Island. From the airport, it’s a 25-minute drive to the ferry terminal, which sits to the north of the CBD. Ferries to Picton take 3-4 hours, and the terminal on that side is less than five minutes from the town centre. You can also head out of Picton and enjoy the scenic drives to Blenheim, Nelson and the Marlborough wine region.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2018.

Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does it cost to rent a car at Wellington Airport?

A car rental at Wellington Airport costs about $46 per day on average.

What is the most popular car rental at Wellington Airport?

Compact is the most frequently booked car rental type at Wellington Airport.

What is the cheapest car rental agency at Wellington Airport?

On average, the cheapest car rentals were found at Bargain Rental Cars.

*Data is based on lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/ or availability.

What is the best car rental agency at Wellington Airport?

Based on our data, the best car rental companies at Wellington Airport are Easy Rent Cars, Airport Rentals, Omega Rental Cars, Bargain Rental Cars, Discover Car Hire.

How can I find more car rental companies near me at Wellington Airport?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best car rental deals near you.

What are some top tips for driving around from Wellington Airport?

Side of road
Left

Rush Hour
Wellington’s morning rush hour can begin as early as 5 am. Between then and 9 am, inbound traffic increases dramatically and waiting times can be up to 40 minutes, so leave well in advance when heading to the airport, for instance. Especially State Highway 1 can get congested during this time and during the evening rush hour from 6 to 8 pm.

Speed Limit
The speed limit on designated urban traffic areas are about 50 km per hour and for major highways linking Wellington to other New Zealand locations it is generally 100 km per hour for cars.

Important things to note
• If the lights are flashing amber, please give way to other traffic.

• If you come across a stop sign, you are required to bring your vehicle to a complete stop before you check for oncoming traffic.

• You will need to fill your rental car with fuel before you return it to the depot. Here are a few conveniently located petrol stations in and around Wellington.

- BP 15 Taranaki St, Wellington
- Z 174 Vivian St, Te Aro
- Caltex - 28 Adelaide Rd, Mount Cook

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