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Secure a Low-Cost Rental Car at Palmerston North Airport

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Search and compare the best rates on Palmerston North Airport (PMR) rentals with VroomVroomVroom. Book today, and you’ll have a vehicle waiting for you from the moment you touch the ground.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car from Palmerston North Airport​

Vehicle Classes​​​​Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Number of Depots​​5
SuppliersAvis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty

Rental Brands at Palmerston North Airport

You will find the rental car booths in the terminal by the baggage claim.

Avis logo
8:00am - 8:00pm weekdays.
8:00am - 4:30pm weekends.


Budget logo
8:00am - 8:00pm weekdays.
8:00am - 4:30pm Saturday.
9:00am - 5:30pm Sunday.


Europcar logo
8:00am - 6:00pm daily.
Hertz logo
8:00am - 8:30pm weekdays.
9:00am - 12:00pm Saturday.
12:00pm - 8:30pm Sunday.


Thrifty logo
7:30am - 8:00pm Monday to Thursday.
7:30am - 5:00pm Friday.
Closed weekends.


Frequently Asked Questions for Palmerston North Airport Car Hire

Where is the closest petrol station to Palmerston North Airport?

There is a Z service station four minutes away on the corner of Railway Road and Setters Line. Be sure to fill up your rental car before returning it to avoid refuelling fees.

How can I see what rental cars are available to hire at Palmerston North Airport?

You can search and compare rental car rates at Palmerston North Airport by using our price comparison tool​.

How far is Wellington from Palmerston North?

It’ll take just under two hours to drive your rental car from Palmerston North to Wellington​ via State Highway 1.

Use Palmy as a base for exploring the lower North Island

Palmerston North is an inland city that has the 7th largest population in the country. Where urban meets rural, it is home to Massey University and the largest wind farm in New Zealand. Booking your car rental with VroomVroomVroom provides you with the most convenient way to get around the city and its surrounding region.


Attractions

New Zealand Rugby Museum


The first museum devoted to the sport that has shaped our nation. Here you will discover the rich history of rugby in our country, learn about the greatest players that ever played and see some of the rarest Rugby artefacts. A must see attraction that's only available in the city where you can also get in and 'Have A Go' just like the legends.

Mokai Gravity Canyon

You'll definitely want to book your car rental with Vroom to enjoy this attraction as this 1hr ½ drive takes you where no faint hearted person dear to go. An ultimate extreme adventure playground; where your mind and body is pushed to new limits as you decide which way to plunge 50-80 meters down into the Mokai Canyon. An exhilarating life experience that will never be forgotten- that's if you don't chicken out.

Owlcatraz Native Bird and Wildlife Park

30 minutes south of Palmy is this beautiful native bird and wildlife park that offers an intimate encounter with some of NZ's native animals; the endangered North Island weka, kunekune pig and morepork. A high tech open enclosure that mimics the owls' natural environment makes this a once in a life time experience. Don't miss attractions like the farm walk, Wairuru Caves, jail house and Lake Owlsmere or enjoy a ride on the Thomas train you won't be disappointed.

Te Manawa

The cultural heart of Palmerston North, Te Manawa is an art, science and history museum. The stunning stained glass windows in Te Manawa are just one of the highlights on the Palmerston North Art and Sculpture Trail.

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Accommodation

Cornwall Motor Lodge

Address: 101 Fitzherbert Avenue

Ranked #1 (By Trip advisor) of the 22 hotels in the city, this modern, spacious, comfortable luxury accommodation with 50 SKY channels to choose and watch from either your super King sized bed or Spa bath; is perfect for those looking for the royal treatment. Great central location, The Square (City Center) and surrounding cafes, restaurants & bars are within easy walking distance
saving time on looking for car parks.

Peppertree Hostel

Address: 121 Grey St, Palmerston North, 4410, New Zealand

For those travelling on a budget, this gorgeous 100 year old villa with high ceilings offers plenty of space for you to reside in while staying in Palmy. Centrally located makes an easy 2 minute walk to town. Otherwise enjoy the secluded area outside where you can hear the birds sing or relax in the sun. Perfect place that makes you feel at home.

Palmerston North Holiday Park


Despite being the only camping -caravan site in the area, this holiday park offers top quality reliable services at affordable prices. Nestled in next to the Manawatu River, this well groomed campground is the perfect getaway/ holiday location for the family or those looking for that kick back kiwi camping experience. With tons of extra features like the playground, swimming pool or easy 5 min drive to town, getting bored is not an option.
Just make sure to take advantage of our easy campervan hire comparison tool to save you even more time and money.

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Restaurants & Bars

Tui Brewery

Tui Brewery in Palmerston North

In the little village of Mangatainoka, only 30 minutes south of Palmerston North, you'll find the legendary Tui Brewery, with its iconic brick tower, new brew house, cafe, free museum, quirky shop and yes… top notch Tui beer. Check out their brewery with a personalised guided tour – see the 125 year history, iconic landmarks, look into the tank, feel the hops and learn the beer process. Tui is the perfect stop for lunch, order a tasting tray of the Tui beers then sit back and soak up the fun atmosphere, museum, great food and grounds. Tours are approximately 40 minutes and run daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm – bookings recommending but not essential. Tours start from $25.

Aberdeen on Broadway


Ranked #1 of the 123 Restaurants in Palmy, this centrally based historic building restaurant offers a contemporary cuisine in the perfect atmosphere for fine dining or a relaxed social occasion. With its cute courtyard that has a retractable roof for summer and cozy warm fire for winter, makes the perfect place to dine all year round in whatever conditions.

Izakaya Yatai (Japanese Restaurant)

Ranked #2 of the 123 restaurants in Palmy, this traditional Japanese restaurant ditches the western dining custom of ordering individually and provide a selection of dishes that are chosen by your group to share. This causes a more social interactive dining experience where you get to tray a wide variety of flavours. Perfect for family and friends!
Customer Reviews for Palmerston North Airport Car Hire
Rating: 4.9 / 5 based on 54 reviews
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    Reviewer: Thomas N.
    Date: 18 Apr 2019
    Feedback: very easy process and affordable pricing
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    Date: 12 Mar 2019
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    Date: 15 Jan 2019
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    Date: 24 Oct 2018
    Feedback: Great
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    Date: 30 Sep 2018
    Feedback: Simple and hassle free, thanks
    Rating: 5/5 happy