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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.

Location Overview

Whether you are starting your journey or getting ready to hop from the North to South Island, hiring a car at Wellington Airport is the easiest way to get going. Located in the suburb of Rongotai, it is 5.5km from the CBD or a leisurely 17-minute drive into town.

The New Zealand capital city’s airport sees around 250 flights depart and arrive each day with almost six million passengers passing through the airport each year. Wellington Airport is open from 3:30am to 1:30am, 7 days a week. A selection of cafes and shops are open 22 hours a day while the majority are open during regular business hours. After collecting your bags, you’ll find hire car counters on the Ground Level of the terminal next to domestic baggage claim.

To help passengers and their families say hello and goodbye, there are several parking options at Wellington Airport. The airport offers free parking for the first 10-minutes to make for easy picking up and dropping off in designated zones outside the terminal on Level 1. For longer stays, there is a covered multi-level parking building on levels 1 to 7 with rates starting from $36 per day.

Car Rental Overview

Wellington Airport address: Stuart Duff Drive, Rongotai, Wellington

Number of on-site suppliers: 5. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz

Car rental opening hours: Car rental is available at Wellington Airport between 6:00am to 1:30am, 7 days a week

Which Car Hire Locations are Open Early Or Late in Wellington Airport?

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

Avis logo​Avis Wellington​​ Airport:
Monday to Friday from 6 am to 1:30 am.
Saturday from 6:30 am to 1:30 am.
Sunday from 7 am to 1:30 am.
Budget logoBudget Wellington​​​ Airport:
Monday to Friday from 6 am to 1:30 am.
Saturday from 6:30 am to 1:30 am.
Sunday from 7 am to 1:30 am.​
Enterprise logoEnterprise Wellington​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 1 am​.
Europcar logoEuropcar Wellington​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday Open 24-hours​.
Hertz logoHertz Wellington​​​ Airport:
Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 1 am​.

Customer Reviews & Feedback for Renting at Wellington 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 Wellington Airport and their experiences are shared below.

Angela (October 2019): Angela collected a hire car from Thrifty at Wellington Airport. She hired an Intermediate car and rated the condition of the car 9/10.

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 contact 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.

FAQs About Hiring a Car From Wellington Airport

Where do I collect my rental car at Wellington Airport?

Car rental counters are on the Ground Level next to the domestic baggage claim.

Where do I return my rental car at Wellington Airport?

Follow the signs from your hire car company to their designated car park area. Lock the car, taking any belongings with you to return the keys to the rental counter on the ground floor of the terminal building (near baggage claim).

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

The nearest petrol is the Z - Broadway on the corner of Calabar Road and Broadway. This petrol station is open 24 hours.

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.

How much is parking at Wellington Airport?

There are a variety of parking solutions available and they start at $36NZD for one day’s parking.

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.


Customer Reviews
Wellington Airport
Rating: 4.9 / 5 based on 359 reviews
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