Car rental at Queenstown Airport from $31*

Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car rental options at Queenstown Airport from $31

Queenstown is surrounded by beautiful scenery. While (often expensive) tours are available, it’s easier and cheaper to drive yourself. Whether you want to explore the immediate area, to head north to Fox and Franz Josef glaciers or south to Milford Sound, there are plenty of options available and many more reasons to have your own rental car for your time in Queenstown.

There are 9 car rental companies at Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to choose from: Ace, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Ezi, Hertz, Jucy and Thrifty.

Where to hire a car at Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport has a single terminal for all its flights, however rental car counters are found in 2 different spots. Domestic passengers will spot the majority of the car hire kiosks as they make their way to collect their luggage from the carousels. Some companies, however, are a short walk away from the terminal (less than 5 minutes).

If you can’t find the company you booked with, speak to the team at the information centre, which is next to the Hertz counter.

Parking at Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport accepts cash, credit card or eftpos payments for terminal parking. The pay station is conveniently located on the pathway to the departures and arrivals area and has three stations that take all major credit cards and cash. If you have any issues with the pay station, please see a friendly member of the forecourt team or visit the Info Desk inside the terminal.

Park and Ride payments must be made by credit card using the pay station located at the Park and Ride car park area or when you pre-book online.

Getting from Queenstown Airport to your hotel

Queenstown

It’s just a 15-minute drive from Queenstown Airport to the town centre, where most of Queenstown's hotels, hostels and guesthouses are found. The quickest route to Queenstown is to turn right out of the airport and head north on State Highway 6 before turning left onto State Highway 6A. This road takes you all the way to the heart of the city.

The Remarkables

The area around Queenstown is popular in the winter with skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. One of the most visited areas is the Remarkables, which is a half-hour drive from the airport. Follow State Highway 6 south and turn left when you see the signposts for the ski area. This section of the drive is long and winding, and should be approached with caution.

Arrowtown

Close to Queenstown is Arrowtown, a former gold mining town. Arrowtown has a historic feel to it that’s missing in the more commercialised Queenstown, and it’s also close to Coronet Peak which is another popular ski area.

The drive from the airport to Arrowtown takes 20 minutes, following State Highway 6 north before turning left onto Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road.

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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 Queenstown Airport?

A car rental at Queenstown Airport costs about $49 per day on average.

What is the most popular car rental at Queenstown Airport?

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

What is the cheapest car rental agency at Queenstown Airport?

On average, the cheapest car rentals were found at Economy Bookings.

*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 Queenstown Airport?

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

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

Side of road
Left

Rush Hour
Drivers can expect the morning rush hour in Queenstown to pick up at around 6:30 a.m. during the work week and to finish up around 9 am. As for the afternoon rush hour, it is a bit less severe and starts at 4 pm, then quieting down shortly after 6 pm. The 6A Highway is where drivers will experience the largest backups during rush hour due to the number of commuters going into and out of the city.

Speed Limit
On open roads and highways the travelling speed is 100 km/h unless otherwise stated.

Important things to note
• There are no toll roads around Queenstown. In fact, there are not too many toll roads in New Zealand - only three. You will only encounter toll roads if you are travelling north. These are the Northern Gateway Toll Road, the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road and the Takitimu Drive Toll Road.

• Many tourists visit the Queenstown Lakes District—especially over the holidays. So keep your cool and just be patient. Also, always leave room for cyclists and allow extra time for your trip.

• The highways surrounding Queenstown can be challenging, with tight bends and corners. Note that from April to October, ice and snow can affect the roads.

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