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Book a Cheap Car Rental at Wellington Airport - Fast & Easy

aerial view of wellington international airport at night

Are you looking for a reliable and affordable car rental at Wellington Airport? VroomVroomVroom can help you compare deals from leading car hire providers such as Europcar, Thrifty, Budget, Hertz, and Avis. Book early to secure a great deal and find rental cars in various locations across New Zealand.

Wellington Airport welcomes both international and domestic flights. As the gateway to Middle Earth, the terminal is adorned with some spectacular installations from the Hobbit films. Book a car rental with VroomVroomVroom for a hassle-free Wellington holiday. 

Why hire a car at Wellington Airport at VroomVroomVroom?

  • Wide selection of cars: Enjoy plenty of choices especially when you book in advance since we compare deals from major brands. 
  • Easy and quick: Our advanced booking flow makes it easy for anyone to choose a car, add extras, get insurance and book a car.
  • Great rates: We have negotiated with our partners so we can provide the best price. Read our Price Promise to find out how you can secure the best deal.
  • Trusted since 2001: We have been helping people book a rental car for more than a decade. Feel free to c ontact us if you need assistance.

Driving tips at Wellington Airport

It should take you about 15 minutes to drive from Wellington Airport to the centre of the city via State Highway 1. Wellington hosts many events throughout the year, including major sporting matches. At these times be aware of increased traffic in the city. You can check the Wellington events page for more information.

If you are planning to explore more of New Zealand's North Island, plan your journey in advance and take note of travel times. It is an eight-hour drive from Wellington to Auckland. If it is your first time to drive in Wellington, check out our driving tips.

Must dos from Wellington Airport

Wellington is an exciting airport to fly into, known for its extreme winds and often white-knuckle descents. Once your heart rate returns to normal, grab your rental car and get on the road. If you are looking for great ideas on things to do, places to stay and eat, we have collected some of the best ideas for you.

 Things to Do |  Places to Stay |  Places to Eat

Things to Do

Zealandia Sanctuary

Zealandia Sanctuary

Address: 53 Waiapu Rd, Karori

Visit the suburb of Karori for the Zealandia Sanctuary conservation experience. Using a unique predator-proof fence, this 225 hectare sanctuary is turning back the clock by 80 million years, to reproduce the bush, and wildlife species of New Zealand before human occupation. Join their night tour for a truly unique experience. (Photo by Jo Moore)

Switched on Bikes

Switched on Bikes

Address: Shed One, Queens Wharf, Wellington Waterfront

Switched on Bikes in Wellington have electric bikes for hire so you can see the sights and enjoy the wind in your hair. You can cruise the bays and peninsula then head up to the city's best lookouts, all without breaking a sweat!  

Switched on Bikes can sort you out with eBike hire for just an hour, half or a full day.  Their Electric Bays guided tour runs daily, if you'd like a local's insight to the capital. They are open 7 days and centrally located on the Wellington waterfront.

Places to Stay

Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park

Address: 10 Dublin St. West, Martinborough

Martinborough is an attractive village in the Wairarapa region, just under two hours driving time from Wellington airport. It's well known for world class winemaking, in particular, Pinot Noir. The Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park is a great choice for your accommodation, offering a range of powered campervan sites, with cabins and ensuite studios if you are visiting in a rental car. There are over 20 vineyards nearby, and you can rent a bike directly from the holiday park to visit them. Finish your day relaxing on the barbecue deck with some of that local Pinot!  

Brentwood Hotel Wellington

Address: 16 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Conveniently located just 2.6 kilometres from Wellington Airport, and six kilometres from downtown Wellington. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, with an outdoor pool. The Brentwood Hotel is also well known as a great conference venue. Great news for drivers: there is also free car parking!

Where to Eat

Spruce Goose

Address: 30 Cochrane St, Rongotai, Wellington

This unique venue is situated in Lyall Bay, in the former NAC domestic terminal, at the gateway to Wellington Airport. It is paradise for plane-spotters, and has stunning water views. It has a cafe menu through the day, and serves hearty mains at night, as well as being a venue for functions. 

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