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Queenstown Airport welcomes many visitors through its doors during the year, no matter what the season, and it is the fastest growing airport in Australasia. Everyone knows that if you're after a thrilling, adrenaline-inducing adventure, then Queenstown is the place to be. At  VroomVroomVroom, we have all your Queenstown Airport car rental needs covered, with vehicles from New Zealand's most trusted suppliers Avis, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty and Europcar.  

Flying into Queenstown Airport is a visual feast. It won a 'Most Scenic Landing in the World' award in 2015. 

Exciting infrastructure improvements are complete at Queenstown Airport; an $18 million project has included the widening and resurfacing of the runway. This allowed night flights for the first time ever last winter. This upgrade won the Beca Project of the Year Award at the 2016 New Zealand Airports Conference. 

Reasons to book a car hire in Queenstown Airport with us

A few tricks to booking your Queenstown car rental at the BEST RATE are listed below. 

  1. BOOK IN ADVANCE - Book early to ensure you find the car that meets your needs. The earlier you book your car hire, the more options for travel you have.

  2. SAVE - To save money, compare all current Queenstown Airport car hire rates through our system. If you follow rule number 1 and book as early as possible, you may be surprised at the great rate you secure. You can save money and time when booking a rental car with our system.

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Prefer to explore Queenstown and Central Otago by campervan? We can sort you out for that too, straight from Queenstown Airport! Can't decide what to do? Check out our Queenstown guide.

Queenstown has a reputation for being on the expensive side. All those adrenaline activities tend to come with a hefty price tag. Stay on budget with our 'Best Value in Queenstown' guide. There's also plenty to do if you are not a super-adventurous type, the Skyline Gondola and Luge is fun for all the family, and there are plenty of walks and bike rides. 

Where to start from Queenstown Airport

The airport is not just the gateway to Queenstown itself, but the whole Wakatipu and Central Otago region.

Hoglund Art Glass Gallery - Central Otago

Address: 1767 Luggate Cromwell Road (between Wanaka and Cromwell)

World-renowned glass artists Ola Hoglund and Marie Simberg-Hoglund opened their Central Otago gallery in December 2015. It is set on a terrace overlooking the Clutha River, amongst the vineyards of Central Otago countryside. Call in to view paintings, art glass and glass jewellery. 

Get on your bike in Arrowtown

Arrowtown near Queenstown Airport

The character-filled and historic village of Arrowtown is just 15 minutes' drive from the airport. It is home to the Lakes District Museum, which has interactive displays of the history of Arrowtown, particularly the lively days of the gold rush. Be sure to hire a pan from the museum, and head outside to try your luck panning for gold nuggets in the Arrow River. 

There are fantastic restaurants in Arrowtown, as well as Dorothy Brown's boutique cinema, bar and bookstore, rated as one of New Zealand's finest independent cinemas. Grab a hire bicycle, and explore some of the sensational trails available, such as the Arrow River Bridges ride. This 16 km trail zigzags over 5 bridges, and tunnels under a major state highway to take you past AJ Hackett's famous bungy jump. It finishes in the Gibbston Valley, home of Central Otago wines. The luxury golf resort and spa of Millbrook is near Arrowtown.


Another gorgeous lakeside community, with the best access to Cardrona and Treble Cone skifields. 

Plenty to wine about in the Gibbston Valley

Gibbston wine cave near Queenstown Airport

The Gibbston Valley was the first area in Central Otago to start making wine. There are now 11 wineries in the narrow valley, many offer tastings and cellar-door sales. Be sure to tour the wine-cave at Gibbston Vallley Wines, and drive the challenging road into Chard Farm to taste their Pinot Noir. 

Scenic Drive to Glenorchy

Glenorchy and the Dart River are around 50 minutes travelling time from Queenstown Airport. The Dart River flows deep into the Mt. Aspiring National Park, and is true 'Lord of the Rings' country. Experience something unique with a Funyak safari! A funyak is an inflatable canoe, and tour guides will accompany you to drift peacefully on the river, as well as to explore hidden streams, rock pools and deep chasms. The trip can be combined with a Dart River jet boat ride. Alternatively, book a horse riding adventure with Dart River stables, another way to see incredible countryside from a unique perspective.


The town of Cromwell sits on beautiful Lake Dunstan, a 45 minute drive from Queenstown Airport. Visit Cromwell's unique historic precinct, formed when the Clyde Dam was completed in 1990. Cromwell's main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan, but many of the historic buildings dating back to the gold rush of the 1860s had been saved and rebuilt on higher ground. The Highlands Motorsport Park is a new attraction for Cromwell that offers something for everyone. You can tour the racetrack in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, 'The Highland Taxi'. The tour consists of two laps, the first is an informative tour, the second is at speed! Or you can try your hand at go-karting or visit the Motorsport Museum.

Of course, there is plenty to do in the town of Queenstown itself. Cruise Lake Wakatipu, or enjoy the nightlife.  Check out our Queenstown guide of things to do, places to stay and places to eat.

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