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

Wellington welcomes both international and domestic flights. Wellington Airport is proud of its connection to the local film industry and Weta Workshop. The airport is the gateway to Middle Earth, and the terminal is adorned with some spectacular installations from the Hobbit films. Book a car rental with VroomVroomVroom to save money on your Wellington holiday. 

Why book a hire car with us at Wellington Airport?

While the terminal at Wellington Airport contains many interesting displays, you will undoubtedly be keen to be on your way. VroomVroomVroom can help you with car hire directly from the terminal. 

  • Save time: Our suppliers have convenient locations in the terminal buildings at Wellington Airport. You can go straight to the car hire desk the moment you arrive and pick up your vehicle without any hassles. 
  • Trusted suppliers: We partner with New Zealand's top car rental suppliers, including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty. When you book with VroomVroomVroom you are assured of receiving a quality, reliable vehicle. 
  • No additional fees: When you reserve a car on the VroomVroomVroom website we will not charge you any additional booking fees. 
  • Superior Customer Service: If you have any questions about car rental at Wellington Airport, don't hesitate to contact our fabulous customer care experts. 

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. 

Read more advice about travelling in a rental car in Wellington here

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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Top depots in Wellington Airport
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