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For a thrilling adventure in Queenstown, be sure to pick up your car rental at Queenstown Airport. We at VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect car hire for your next trip by comparing rental cars from major suppliers such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, and Europcar.

Considered as one of the fastest growing airports in Australasia, Queenstown Airport welcomes many visitors through its doors all year round. It is the fourth busiest airport in New Zealand and is heavily used for flightseeing.

Location Overview

Queenstown Airport is the fourth busiest airport in New Zealand and is the gateway to the natural beauty of the South Island. Located in the suburb of Frankton, it is a 10-minute drive from Queenstown’s CBD and makes for a great spot to start your journey to experience the wonder of Milford Sound, Aoraki Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps.

Currently, international and domestic flights including trans-Tasman flights are serviced by the airport bringing more than 2million passengers through the terminal. The terminal building opens at 5am and closes at 10:30pm. Shops, cafes and bars, on the other hand, open half an hour before the first flight of the day and close half an hour after the last scheduled flight.

There are a variety of parking options available at Queenstown Airport including a two-minute zone directly outside the departure terminal for drop-offs and P20 express pick-up and drop-off areas for more time to say hello or goodbye to family and friends. For longer parking needs, the airport offers several paid options for as little as $25 a day at the terminal or $30 for two-days at the new Park & Ride option a short shuttle-bus ride away from the terminal.

Car Rental Overview

Queenstown Airport address: Sir Henry Wigley Dr, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Number of on-site suppliers: 6. Alamo (operating as Enterprise), Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty

Car rental opening hours: Car rental is available at Queenstown Airport between 7:30am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week

Which Car Hire Locations are Open Early Or Late at Queenstown Airport?

Need to pick up/drop off a hire car early morning or late evening? These depots have extended hours.

Avis logo​Avis Queenstown​​ Airport:
Sunday to Friday from 8:00am to 9:30pm.
Saturday from 8:00am to 7:30pm.​
Budget logoBudget Queenstown​​ Airport:
Sunday to Friday from 8:00am to 9:30pm.
Saturday from 8:00am to 7:30pm. ​
Enterprise logoEnterprise Queenstown​​ Airport:
Monday and Saturday from 7:30am to 8:30pm.
Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 7:30am to 10pm.​
Europcar logoEuropcar Queenstown​​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00pm.​
Hertz logoHertz Queenstown​​ Airport:
Sunday to Friday from 7:30am to 9:30pm.
Saturday from 7:30am to 8:00pm. ​
Thrifty logoThrifty Queenstown​​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 9:30pm.​

Customer Reviews & Feedback for Renting at Queenstown Airport

The best way to get an idea of renting a car is to read about fellow traveller’s real recent experiences. Our team have reached out to some of our customers who recently rented from Queenstown Airport and their experiences are shared below.

Janine (October 2019): Janine collected a hire car with Budget for their trip to Queenstown. She was allocated a Hyundai Santa Fe from their full size car category. She rated the condition of the hire car 7/10 and recommends joining their loyalty programme in advance to streamline pick up and drop off.

Why Rent a Car With VroomVroomVroom?

  • Great rates - To save money, compare all current Queenstown Airport car hire rates through our system. If you book as early as possible, you may be surprised at the great rates you can secure.
  • Wide selection of vehicles - There are plenty of cars to choose from in Queenstown and should you prefer to explore the city and Central Otago by campervan, we can help you with that too.
  • Easy and quick - Our advanced booking system allows you to compare, choose a car, add extras and book in a few minutes.
  • Trusted since 2001 - We have been helping people book a car hire for more than a decade. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.

Driving Tips at Queenstown Airport

Travel time from Queenstown Airport to the centre of town is approximately ten minutes by car. Please note that Queenstown is surrounded by a small number of scenic towns. From there, you can explore and drive to Arrowtown, Cardrona, Cromwell, Glenorchy, and Kingston. First-time drivers should remember that cars in New Zealand must keep to the left side of the road. Many roads include varying conditions and can be narrow, windy and cover hilly train. Click here for more driving tips in Queenstown.

FAQs About Hiring a Car From Queenstown Airport

​Where do I collect my rental car at Queenstown Airport?

Car rental counters are conveniently located inside the Queenstown Airport terminal in the arrivals hall.

Where do I return my hire car at Queenstown Airport?

You can return your hire car to your car hire company allocated car park. Lock the car, remember to collect all your belongings and return the keys to your car hire company counter in the terminal building.

Where is the nearest petrol station to refuel the car at Queenstown Airport?

The nearest petrol is the 24-hour BP Connect Queenstown on the Frankton / Kawarau Road Roundabout.

Do I have to wash the car before I return?

No. Unless the car is considered excessively dirty, there may be a cleaning fee charged to your rental.

Are there tolls when hiring a car from Queenstown Airport?

There are no toll roads in and around Queenstown. Find more information about toll charges in New Zealand here​​​.

Where to start from Queenstown Airport

The airport is not just the gateway to Queenstown itself, but the whole Wakatipu and Central Otago region. In fact, There are numerous incredible places to drive to in your rental car, but we've picked only the best. Check it out below.

Attractions


Attractions

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.

Wanaka

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

Gibbston Valley Wines

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.

Cromwell

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.


Customer Reviews Queenstown Airport Car Hire
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    Date: 26 Jul 2019
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    Date: 10 Jan 2019
    Feedback: Very simple booking, wish I could have prepaid though, less hassle at the airport
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    Date: 15 Dec 2018
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