Amazing Road Trip with A Cheap Car Rental in Queenstown

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Queenstown is New Zealand's favourite visitor destination. It began  with its adrenaline pumping activities, remember bungy jumping was invented here; and as a centre for snow sports. It is now a truly all-year destination. It is beautiful in autumn and spring, with amazing colours as the seasons change. In summer, many activities centre around the lakes. It has also become famous for its starring role in the Lord of the Rings, and Hobbit movies, with many ways to explore the film locations, such as horse treks and guided drives. 

Booking tips and tricks

Booking a rental car in Queenstown is now quick and easy. Plan your travel by setting your budget, selecting a pickup and return address, and finally choosing the right car for the trip. VroomVroomVroom will give you a lot of options for your car rental needs whether it be within the city, Queenstown airport, or a trip out of the city.

Here are some great reasons why you should book your next Queenstown car rental with VroomVroomVroom:

0car.png Save time and money - Our booking system is easy-to-use and links to the major car rental suppliers in the city. So when you search with us, you will get the best deals available from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty and Hertz.

0car.png Explore the city in style -Why share public transport with all the other tourists when you could book a car hire in Queenstown and explore all that the city has to offer in comfort and style? The freedom to roam and take in all the sights at your own pace is second to none.

Top 5 Picks for a Queenstown Road Trip

TSS Earnslaw Steam Ship Cruise: Take a scenic cruise on stunning Lake Wakatipu from the centre of Queenstown. Fill up with 90 minutes of scenery on the historic, 100-year old Earnslaw. The trip can be combined with a visit to the Walter Peak High Country Farm for a tour, a horse-trek or bbq lunch.
Arrowtown: This atmospheric village is just a 15 minute drive from Queenstown, and revels in its gold-rush history. It is also becoming well-known for its fine dining, cycle trails and boutique cinema. 
Gibbston Valley Winery: The founding vineyard of Central Otago is still one of New Zealand's premier winery experiences. Knowledgeable front-of-house staff dispense tasting portions and take tours through the unique wine cave, there's a great restaurant and cheesery on site. Many wines are only available from the cellar door.

Photo: Gibbston Valley Wine Cave, by Carolyn Cossey. 

Bungy from the Kawarau Bridge: The original experience, this site is the world's first commercial bungy jump, and is still going strong after 26 years. 
Scenic Drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy: This 45 minute journey is one of New Zealand's classic drives, with lake and mountain vistas, and Lord of the Rings movie scenery. While your there, go on a horse-trek with Dart River Stables, or try a Fun-Yak (inflatable canoe) safari. 

Queenstown Car rental

Your friendly guide to exploring this award-winning location

Located at the bottom of New Zealand, Queenstown is truly a town for all seasons. With mountains, lakes, and attractions galore, there is plenty to experience! There are so many locations to drive to in your rental car, but we've selected only the best. Check it out below...

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Kiwi Sports

01_location.pngAddress: 9B Earl St, Queenstown 9300

There are many wonderful places in Queenstown that are waiting to be explored. Apart from hiring a car, renting a bike is another option so you can easily access the countryside and lakeside. Kiwi Sports offers affordable bike hire for adults and children. You and the whole gang can now enjoy the cross country trails which are designed for all types of bikers – from beginners to experts. Kiwi Sports also rents out other popular sporting equipment such as fishing poles and tennis rackets.

Book a car hire through VroomVroomVroom now and get 30% off on all sporting rentals! All you have to do is present your booking confirmation number at the Kiwi Sports store to avail of this awesome discount. Make sure to start booking a car hire to get this special treat from Kiwi Sports.

Air Milford 

Get the best view of the Southern Alps and Fiordland by joining the sightseeing excursions of Air Milford. The family-owned aviation company is known for their well-maintained aircrafts. In fact, they have one of the highest safety audit ratings in New Zealand. They boasts of their fleet of high-wing aircraft including the Turboprop Cessna Caravan, which is the biggest and most quiet scenic aircraft in Queenstown. 

Kiwi Birdlife Park

For the best wildlife adventure, make sure to visit Kiwi Birdlife Park. The 5-acre sanctuary is situated right in the heart of the city and can be found near the Gondola. Whether you are travelling on your own or with your family and friends, you are sure to find the perfect activity for you. The park offers daily animal encounters, conversation shows, feedings, and tours. There are more than 30 species of animals living in the park including rare and endangered birds as well as reptiles.

Segway on Q

01_location.pngAddress: (No public office or shop) PO Box 1976 Queenstown 9348

Apart from road trips, another fun way of exploring Queenstown is with a Segway Personal Transporter (PT). Don't worry if you're a newbie because Segway on Q can give you a quick training on how to use that cool ride before you begin your adventure. They also have a very accommodating guide who will show you around and share some information about the city. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and the gardens on your Segway. The Queenstown tour usually takes two hours while the Bay tour only lasts for an hour.

Ziptrek Ecotours

Thrill-seekers should definitely try Ziptrek Ecoutour's fun zipline tour, which is situated on the spectacular Skyline Gondola hill. Experience exciting eco-adventure above Queenstown anytime of the year as they operate zipline tours rain or shine.  Ziptrek offers two tours so make sure to choose what best suit your skills. The Moa 4-Line Tour is best for beginners while the Kea 6-Line Tour is for those who are looking for an eco-exhilarating zipline experience. 

Onsen Hot Pools 

The best way to beat the cold weather is by soaking in a hot pool. Imagine feeling the warm water all over your body as you stare over a beautiful scenery – now that is total relaxation. You can experience that at Onsen Hot Pools, which is the only private indoor and outdoor hot pools in Queenstown. It is located on top of the cliffs thus giving breathtaking views of the Shotover River canyon. You are assured of complete privacy, tranquil surroundings, and amazing scenery during your stay. This is the perfect place to bond and relax with your lover, friends, and family.

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Ridge View

01_location.pngAddress: 24 Suburb Street 

Instead of staying in a hotel, why not feel more at home by staying in a luxury condominium? The Ridge View brings the comfort of a real home and the luxury of a hotel. The accommodation features four spacious bedrooms located over three levels, a fully-fitted kitchen, cosy living area, and a beautiful courtyard. Enjoy picturesque views of the Cecil Peak, Remarkables, and Lake Wakatipu in your own balcony. The Ridge View also boasts of its superb location near the town centre where you can find a wide selection of restaurants and bars.

Trelawn Place

By staying in one of the most popular Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Queenstown, you are assured of a perfect holiday. Trelawn Place is known for its homey atmosphere, warm hospitality, and stunning views. It is conveniently located near the city centre and just 15 minutes away from the Queenstown Airport by car rental. Hosts Nery and Michael have worked hard to make sure that they give the best accommodation to their guests. They are pet lovers too so you can bring along your furry friend during the holidays. 

Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

 01_location.pngAddress: Brecon St, Queenstown

Queenstown holiday park guide

Lakeview Holiday Park is the most centrally located holiday park in Queenstown, just a 500m walk from the town centre and lakefront. This park has been awarded a 4-stars-plus Qualmark rating,  a Travelbug 100% Guest Experience award, and it was voted among the Top 5 Holiday Parks in New Zealand by Wotif reviewers. Offering accommodations of 1 and 2 bedroom units, flats, studios and campsites, powered or un-powered, it is ideal to park your campervan and enjoy your stay surrounding by scenic views. There are also camping facilities and many optional activities to experience in Queenstown.

Want more options? Compare and book from a range of Queenstown accommodation on with their selection of hotels in Queenstown.

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01_location.pngAddress: 7-9  The Mall Queenstown

Winnies is more than just your typical pizza restaurant. Apart from their gourmet pizza, they also offer other scrumptious menu ranging from steaks to salads. This is the perfect place to being your friends and family because of their relaxed environment and greatfood selection. They even have gluten-free and vegetarian dishes as well as a special menu for children. You can also have a drink, and watch live music performances at the bar.

Lone Star

Get a real cowboy experience by visiting Lone Star, which is known for their western art and country music. The restaurant's theme has attracted many New Zealanders and there are currently 26 branches all throughout the country. They have been offering a combination of Kiwi classics and comfort food as well as Lone Star specials for more than 21 years. Some of their best-sellers include Redneck Ribs, Lassoo of Hog, and Dixie Chicken. 
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The Pig & Whistle Pub

There are many reasons why people love going to The Pig & Whistle Pub, including their unique Old English pub ambiance and excellent service. Its location right in the centre of the town makes it very accessible to both locals and tourists. If you're a beer lover, then you will definitely enjoy their selection of beers. There are more than 17 tap beers to choose from and these can be paired with their affordable pub meals. You have the option to dine on their sunny deck overlooking the Horne Creek.

Monty's Bar and Restaurant

If you're a huge fan of Monteith's, then Monty's Bar and Restaurant will be paradise for you. The owner of the concept bar, Barry Ellis, has established a place which serves a wide range of award-winning tap beers from Monteith's. Whether you are in the mood for an original ale or a golden lager beer, you can enjoy that alone or matched with their superb menu. Make sure to try their signature dish called the Chicken Filo Parcel or their flavourful Lamb Shanks.
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Must see annual festivals and events in Queenstown

Summerdaze (December - January)

After the spectacular lakeside fireworks display, the Summerdaze festival has officially begun. An action packed month full of a huge range of music, arts, sports and cultural events that reflect the interests and diversity of the people in this region.

Winter Festival  (June)

Renowned as the Southern Hemisphere's biggest winter party, this 10-day festival celebrates it's community and culture with fireworks, street parties, Mardi Gras, international and local jazz and comedy acts, parades and heaps more on the ski slopes. Magnet to more than 45,000 people from around the world -- you won't want to miss out!

Jazz Fest (October)

From cool blues and big band swing to funky R&B and Latin beats, this Jazzfest offers local, national and international acts that showcase their talents across the genres of jazz. This three-day musical feast occurs every Labour Weekend and there's bound to be something to get your shoes tapping. 

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