Car Rental Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

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Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
GO Rentals
$31.45 / per day
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$32.89 / per day
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
NuCarrentals
$37.17 / per day
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$55.03 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Full-size
Mitsubishi ASX or similar
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Alamo
$57.21 / per day
Standard
Ford Ranger or similar
Ford Ranger
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Europcar
$71.66 / per day
Full-size Elite
Ford Ranger or similar
Ford Ranger
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Europcar
$78.82 / per day
Premium
Toyota Prado or similar
Toyota Prado
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Europcar
$85.47 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
NZD
Country code
64
Average car rental length
7 days
Economy car rental price
$41.09 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
30 - 60 km/h
19 - 37 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Queenstown Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental car at Queenstown Airport! Then drive to the city, park outside the center, and walk around to appreciate the laid-back atmosphere. The mountain scenery at nearby Lake Wakatipu is truly beautiful. And people often describe the drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy as one of the most breathtaking in the world, so don’t hesitate to hop in your rental and go—it’s only about an hour away.

Queenstown is all about active fun and recreation—there’s lots to do, like hiking in the mountains, bungee jumping, riding a jet boat, river, and parapenting. You can even go skiing and snowboarding!

Queenstown is a great place to visit, but New Zealand has even more to offer, so why not get a longer term car rental? Take a day trip to Christchurch, head south and get as close to Antarctica as you can without actually going there, or drive your rental north and take a ferry to North Island. You can even pick up your car at Queenstown Airport and drop it off in a different city. Start planning your adventure now!

The three streets around Queenstown Airport—Lucas Place, Tex Smith Lane, and Sir Henry Wigley Drive—are all named after legendary New Zealand pilots.

Top international routes

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Sydney
  • Wellington
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane

Main airlines

Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air Milford, and Tauck Tours

Terminals

One single-level terminal serves both local and international flights.

Location

The airport is around 8 km (5 miles) from the Queenstown central business district. Motorways 6 and 6A/Frankton Rd. are the main roads connecting Queenstown Airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

Economy, Mini, Compact, Van, SUV

Top car rental companies

Europcar, Alamo, Keddy, ACE Rent a Car, Hitch Car Rentals, and RightCars

Car rental desks

Most company offices are located on the ground floor of the car park right across from the Queenstown Airport terminal building.

Services and facilities

You’ll find a restaurant, cafés, snack bars, shops, and three duty-free stores. There are also a number of ATMs, a children’s play area, parents rooms, a first aid room, and a pharmacy. Luggage storage is located outside the terminal near the check-in area. Oversized items can be left at the information desk for $10 per item per day. The airport facilities are friendly to travelers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

Mobil, located at 1 McBride St., can be reached in about three minutes and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. There are many other gas stations nearby.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Christchurch (478 km / 297 mi)
  • Auckland (1,547 km / 961 mi)
  • Dunedin (273 km / 169 mi)
  • Blenheim (779 km / 484 mi)
  • Wellington (911 km / 566 mi)
  • Greymouth (517 km / 321 mi)

Airport info

Rating
8.0
  • Getting to the airport 8.5
  • Departure and check-in 9.0
  • Terminal facilities 7.8
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.3
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.8
  • Lounge 5.8

Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

  • IATA: ZQN
  • ICAO: NZQN
  • Airport name: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil
  • Airport Size: Medium Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 357 m / 1171 ft
  • Runway Surface: Bitumen
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 41,769
  • Passengers (per year): 1,409,663
  • Distance from City: 4.3 miles / 7 km E of town
  • Airport Hours:
  • Phone: +64 3 450 9031

Top 13 Locations near Queenstown Airport

  1. 152.1 km / 94.5 miles away
  2. 158.4 km / 98.5 miles away
  3. 347.1 km / 215.7 miles away
  4. Car Rental at Nelson Airport from $57.61 per day
    550.8 km / 342.2 miles away
  5. 569.4 km / 353.8 miles away
  6. 640.6 km / 398.0 miles away
  7. 767.0 km / 476.6 miles away
  8. Car Rental at New Plymouth, from $45.93 per day
    805.0 km / 500.2 miles away
  9. Car Rental at Napier Airport from $45.93 per day
    910.0 km / 565.5 miles away
  10. 993.1 km / 617.1 miles away
  11. 1024.5 km / 636.6 miles away
  12. 1026.4 km / 637.8 miles away
  13. 1133.1 km / 704.1 miles away

When are car rental prices cheapest at Queenstown Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Queenstown Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Queenstown Airport
$45.43
January
$39.48
February
$31.12
March
$32.83
April
$27.60
May
$22.60
June
$30.46
July
$28.45
August
$55.17
September
$57.08
October
$55.60
November
$55.60
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Queenstown Airport is June when prices for an Economy class start from $22.60. You can see that this is 44% cheaper than the yearly’s average and 60% cheaper than renting a car in October (when rental prices start at $57.08 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Queenstown Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in October the average rental period is 9 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 7 days.
Average Rental Length at Queenstown Airport
7
January
7
February
7
March
8
April
8
May
8
June
8
July
8
August
8
September
9
October
8
November
8
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Queenstown Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Queenstown Airport in January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in June.
Queenstown Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
128%
January
111%
February
99%
March
92%
April
102%
May
66%
June
83%
July
88%
August
81%
September
111%
October
115%
November
124%
December

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Nissan Tiida 2009
May 2, 2019
You'll get to see so much more with your own car in the Queenstown area with much better flexibility. Milford Sound, Franz Josef are easily do-able.
New Zealand
Nissan Tiida
May 1, 2019
Driving around has outstanding views of the lakes!
New Zealand
Toyota Yaris
April 30, 2019
we traveled quite a distanceover 7 days and the car we had was perfect for the two of us, this was also a good price and the car went well.

Top 11 Suppliers for Queenstown Airport in 2019

Hitch Car Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
0064 039 010 340
180 Glenda Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9371
GO Rentals
GO Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
0064 508 246 984
9300, Lucas Pl 20, Frankton, Queenstown
Discount Car Rentals
Discount Car Rentals
Excellent 8.9
0064 92 754 085 (3) / 0064 224 055 259
9371 Glenda Dr Frankton 111, Queenstown.
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+64034425887
TERMINAL BUILDING
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
034414637
SIR HENRY WIGLEY DRIVE,
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+64034425887
TERMINAL BUILDING
RightCars
RightCars
Excellent 8.4
0064 0 21 373 125
Meet & Greet
Alamo
Excellent 8.4
0064 034 414 637
Queenstown Airport, Sir Henry Wigley Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
NuCarrentals
Very good 7.6
0064 800 736 825
121 Glenda Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9371
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
64-3-442-3801, 649 309 2258
Sir Henry Wigly Dr
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
0064 3777 4110
Shop 1 Ramada Hotel Retail Complex Road - 24 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown

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