Car rental in Wellington from $43*
Hiring a car makes a holiday more free, more convenient and more you. No matter where you’re travelling, rental cars allow you to shape your itinerary however you want – allowing you to take more day trips, see more of the nearby hotspots or simply to get from A to B around the city.
Visitors to Wellington have a wide choice of car rental agencies to choose from and plenty of road trips to try them out on.
Where to hire a car in Wellington
If you’re flying into the New Zealand capital, you’ll be pleased to find 7 car rental companies at Wellington Airport upon your arrival. These companies are Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Ezi, Hertz and Thrifty.
If the airport isn’t suitable for you, perhaps you only want to rent a car for a day or two, there are several spots around the CBD to pick up a car. In the south-east corner of the CBD, on Cambridge Terrace, you can find car hire through Hertz and others, while several offices are found around the intersection of Ghuznee and Victoria Streets.
What to expect when driving in Wellington
Wellington’s roads were found to be the second most congested in New Zealand, behind Auckland’s, by news website Stuff’s reckoning.
In general, visitors to Wellington are taken aback by the narrowness of streets around the capital, but its drivers are noted as being particularly friendly.
Popular road trips from Wellington
Wellington to Wairarapa
An hour’s drive east from Wellington, Wairarapa is a natural wonder with one of New Zealand’s most beautiful lakes at its heart. The trip to Wairarapa is dotted with small towns and pastoral valleys, giving you plenty to see and do on the way. When you arrive at Wairarapa, you can stay in the car and enjoy the scenery or find a spot to park and take a hike through nature.
Wellington to Napier
Although the 4-hour drive from Wellington to Napier can be done in a day, it’s recommended that you take a few days out of your schedule to complete this trip. Driving north along State Highways 50 and 2, you’ll pass through the picturesque wine regions of Hawkes Bay. Alcohol and driving do not mix, so be sure to plan a night’s accommodation if you’re going to sample the local produce.
Wellington to Auckland
With two of New Zealand’s most visited cities bookending the North Island, it’s obvious that the drive between Wellington and Auckland, also known as the Thermal Highway, is a popular route. In total, the drive takes around 8 hours, but it’s recommended that you tackle this over several days so that you can enjoy the many highlights along the way, including Lake Taupo, the hot springs at Rotorua and the Martinborough wine region.
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Please note: all information is correct as of December 2018.