Car rental Queenstown Airport (ZQN)

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Driver's country of residence is United States of America (USA) and age is 30-65
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Fiat Punto or similar
Fiat Punto
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Hitch Car Rentals
$32.03 / per day
Compact
Toyota Corolla 5d or similar
Toyota Corolla 5d
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
GO Rentals
$38.48 / per day
Intermediate
Nissan Pulsar or similar
Nissan Pulsar
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Alamo
$42.24 / per day
Full-size
Mitsubishi Pajero or similar
Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Enterprise
$58.91 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Standard
Ford Ranger or similar
Ford Ranger
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$116.69 / per day
Minivan
Toyota Estima 2007 or similar
Toyota Estima 2007
  • 7x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Hitch Car Rentals
$40.60 / per day
Minivan
Toyota Commuter or similar
Toyota Commuter
  • 12x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$153.29 / per day
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
GO Rentals
$32.56 / 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.
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.

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)

Travel information

Language
English,
Maori
Currency
NZD
Country code
+64
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$44.47 / 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%

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

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
$46.35
January
$40.27
February
$31.75
March
$33.49
April
$28.15
May
$23.05
June
$31.07
July
$29.02
August
$56.28
September
$58.23
October
$56.72
November
$56.72
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Queenstown Airport is June when prices for an Economy class start from $23.05. 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 $58.23 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 May the average rental period is 10 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 7 days.
Average Rental Length at Queenstown Airport
7
January
7
February
7
March
9
April
10
May
8
June
8
July
8
August
8
September
8
October
8
November
7
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 April.
Queenstown Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
141%
January
122%
February
104%
March
62%
April
63%
May
72%
June
91%
July
97%
August
75%
September
111%
October
126%
November
135%
December

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Top 8 Best Queenstown Airport Suppliers in 2019

GO Rentals
GO Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
+64 508 246 984 / +64 344 143 40
Shuttle Bus / 20 Lucas Place, Frankton
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+64034425887
TERMINAL BUILDING
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
034414637
SIR HENRY WIGLEY DRIVE,
Discount Car Rentals
Discount Car Rentals
Excellent 8.8
0064 3 357 8919 / 0800 1795 1795
Add: 111 Glenda Drive, Frankton
Hitch Car Rentals
Excellent 8.6
0064 21 150 7706
180 Glenda Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9371
Alamo
Excellent 8.4
0064 034 414 37
Sir Henry Wigley Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
Surprice
Surprice
Excellent 8
0064 3777 4110
Shop 1 Ramada Hotel Retail Complex Road - 24 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown
Nu Car Rentals
Nu Car Rentals
Very good 7.6
0064 800 736 825
121 Glenda Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9371

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