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Queenstown Car Hire

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Queenstown car hire information

Pick-up location Queenstown
Car types 4x4, Box truck, Commercial, Compact, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Mini, People mover, Premium, Standard, Van
Rental locations 43
Airport locations 35
Popular agencies Hertz, Apex, Budget, AeroDrive, Ace Rental Cars

Cheap Car Hire in Queenstown

Economy $21/day
Compact $19/day
Intermediate $14/day
Standard $35/day
Full-size $22/day
4x4 $10/day
People mover $56/day
Mini $97/day
Premium $70/day
Van $134/day
Box truck $31/day
Commercial $41/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Queenstown acerentalcars
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Queenstown jucy
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Queenstown avis
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Queenstown snaprentals
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Queenstown apex
4 Adults, 2 Bags 4x4 car in Queenstown avis
5 Adults, 5 Bags People mover car in Queenstown nucar
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Queenstown hitchcar
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Queenstown hertz
5 Adults, 5 Bags Van car in Queenstown ezi
5 Adults, 2 Bags Box truck car in Queenstown apex
5 Adults, 3 Bags Commercial car in Queenstown thrifty
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 24 hours.

Queenstown car hire reviews and directory

From $24/day
Rated no. 1
Scotties
scotties
Best rated
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Queenstown
Scotties
Locations in Queenstown
Airport Terminal
+64 3 450 9096
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
25 Jul 2018
Pros: reasonably efficient pickup and drop off . car was good value for money
From $33/day
Rated no. 2
Apex
apex
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Queenstown
Apex
Locations in Queenstown
26 Shotover St, Queenstown
+64 3442 8040
32 Lucas Place, Frankton
+64 3451 0583
From $59/day
Rated no. 3
Firefly
firefly
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Queenstown
Firefly
Locations in Queenstown
Airport Avenue
+64 3442 4106
From $21/day
Rated no. 4
Hitch Car Rentals
hitchcar
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Queenstown
Hitch Car Rentals
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown Airport
From $1/day
Rated no. 5
Avis
Cheapest deal
9.9 Excellent (3 reviews)
2 locations in Queenstown
Avis
Locations in Queenstown
68-70 Stanley Street
+64 3442 3808
Terminal Building
+64 3442 3808
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
  • 9.3
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
17 Jan 2017
Pros: The customer service was topnotch! She really helped us out in a pinch when we found out our reservation pick up and drop off were not at the airport(s) like we were expecting. The car was in excellent conditions, clean, and modern with its in dash touchscreen system.
9.6 Excellent
5 Apr 2017
Excellent service in both Queenstown and Christchurch
Pros: New car with low mileage was a pleasure to drive The service at the downtown Queenstown location was especially good. The rate was reasonable for New Zealand.
Cons: everything good
10.0 Excellent
4 Jan 2019
Pros: perfect!
From $25/day
Rated no. 6
Go Rentals
gorentals
9.4 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Queenstown
Go Rentals
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown Airport
From $82/day
Rated no. 7
Hertz
9.0 Excellent (7 reviews)
2 locations in Queenstown
Hertz
Locations in Queenstown
1-7 Ears St,st Peters Close
+64 3442 4106
Airport Avenue
+64 3442 4106
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 8.3
  • 9.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
5 Oct 2016
Great Price and Car
Pros: We lived the RAV4. It was very roomy, clean and easy to drive.
6.8 Good
18 Jan 2017
Cons: We returned the car early and advised the desk of such. When we received bill, the charge did not reflect the early return and we had to contact them to have the situation rectified. This should not have happened.
6.0 Good
31 Jan 2017
Pros: I did not rent car through Hertz in Queenstown
10.0 Excellent
30 Dec 2017
Easy access to cars
Pros: Very friendly staff. We had a car in less than 5 min.
10.0 Excellent
11 Mar 2018
Pros: Got a personal escort to the terminal from an employee going onto shift. Such a kind and helpful individual. Hertz employs great people!
10.0 Excellent
25 Jun 2018
Great service, great car. It was all very easy.
Pros: Convenient location in the Queenstown Airport. Staff was very helpful.
Cons: Your office had closed for the night one minute after I got my key. What if the car did not start??
10.0 Excellent
20 Mar 2019
Pros: The staff was very friendly, and the pick up, drop off was easy too!
From $39/day
Rated no. 9
Economy Rent a Car
7.6 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Queenstown
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Queenstown
121 Glenda Dr, Frankton
+64 800 736 825
  • 8.0
  • 7.5
  • 8.5
  • 6.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
16 Sep 2016
Great vacation vehicle
Pros: Great staff. Excellent service. Reliable car. The vehicle contributed to a great vacation .
3.6 Mediocre
20 Jan 2017
Long chain of companies, dirty car
Pros: The car I ended up with was a hybrid
Cons: Economy Rent a Car (ERaC) turns out to be more of a broker and contracts other rental companies to provide cars. I arrive in Queenstown where I'm supposed to pick up my car at the terminal, but there is no counter for ERaC. I call the number, but I've been provided their Auckland number, and they tell me I have to call their Queenstown number. It's cold and rainy and I'm making phone calls instead of getting in my car. ERaC Queenstown inform me my car is provided by Scotty's and I have to call them. Scotty's says they are overbooked but they have arranged for another company, Hitch, to provide a car. A Hitch rep calls me and tells me to wait at the commercial car park. I wait. And wait. Then wait some more. A guy comes over and collects some other travelers. Now feeling quite cold, I message the driver and he asks where I am. After a while the guy who recently collected passengers comes over, he's apparently my driver. Turns out there are two commercial car parks and I'm at the 'wrong' one. Nu-huh, signs say otherwise. Now we ride for 10 mins to their office, a makeshift shack in a dirt parking lot. I wait for 25 minutes while he handles the other customers, talks on the phone and directs his staff. So, he doesn't have the car type I reserved but immediately offers to upsell me to a Prius. At this time I've been wasting my precious time in Queenstown and I want to get going, so I accept his offer. It's an extra USD50, but I figure I'll offset some of that with the Prius' better gas mileage. Turns out it's a six or so years old car with 70,000 miles on it, it's dirty and with plenty of nicks and scuffs and a big stain in the trunk. I can live with that, but asks if he has another compact car which is what I reserved. No, but he can give me a smaller car for the same price...I take the Prius. Later I notice that the tires are worn (unsafe in rain) and there is some smear on the inside of the windshield that causes a glare in the sun and other marks on the windows and windshield, similar to what car dealers do to write the price and year etc. It also has a Japanese language audio unit and the trip meter etc is also in Japanese. That's fine if you speak Japanese, but the majority of people visiting New Zealand don't, including me. It also makes a loud beep every time you start the car. The car lacks cruise control. However, the car didn't break down, it got good gas mileage and despite plenty of wet weather I didn't hydroplane with the worn tires. But I'll never use Economy Rent a Car again.
7.6 Good
5 Mar 2017
Scottie's New Zealand
Pros: We needed a late arrival and Scottie's was accommodating although a little confusing. The car was right where they said it would be and was clean and ran well.
Cons: We swung by the office the next day to handle the paperwork. The office was open but no employees so we returned the following day to handle it. Glad we had been in town the extra day and our accommodations were near their office.
9.2 Excellent
23 Mar 2017
Pros: Friendly guys working there.
Cons: It wasn't clear to me that Economy does business as Scotties in Queenstown. Wasn't a big deal, but I was confused about where to wait for the van.
From $80/day
Rated no. 11
Budget
7.1 Good (10 reviews)
2 locations in Queenstown
Budget
Locations in Queenstown
68-70 Stanley St
Terminal Building
  • 7.0
  • 7.4
  • 7.0
  • 7.4
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
6 Sep 2016
Worked out great
Pros: We didn't know about the drop-off at the ferry until we picked up the car in Queenstown, but it worked our great! Drop one off in Picton, pick up a similar car in Wellington!
8.0 Excellent
24 Feb 2017
Pros: We just dropped off our car in Queenstown, didn't pick one up, so not much to really report in the "like" or "dislike" columns that hasn't already been said.
Cons: Maybe would've been useful to have some signage with instructions since there was only one staff member around and I didn't want to interrupt him only to find out I didn't need to do anything other than drop the car off and deposit the keys.
2.0 Mediocre
27 Feb 2017
Awful experience - rude, unhelpful desk person, no
Cons: Our flight came in late and we missed the pick up window. I emailed Budget to let them know, but this message didn't get through to the rental location. When we picked up our car, the woman was not very friendly and said we missed our window and it was given away. She said they had no cars left for us. She did not give us other options of where to rent or what to do in this situation. She did not show sympathy either. Do not rent from Budget. We went with Europcar in the end. They were nice and had a great car for us (and their counter was right next to the Budget one).
7.6 Good
30 Apr 2017
I would recommend you know your coverages so your not pressured
Pros: The car was clean and ready promptly.
Cons: I think we were pressured into extra insurance and the rate was much higher than originally planned.
2.0 Mediocre
8 Jan 2019
Cons: Wait was very long
10.0 Excellent
5 Feb 2019
Pros: Staff was super friendly at pick up. Returning the car wasn’t an issue at all.
Cons: I guess maybe a lower day rate.
2.0 Mediocre
1 Dec 2018
Cons: they charged me more than the agreed amount and I have not received an answer yet
9.6 Excellent
7 Mar 2019
Pros: Friendly and efficient staff with no pressure to purchase add-ons.
10.0 Excellent
22 Jan 2017
Car was great but had issues with pricing.
Pros: The pick up and drop off were both easy and we were happy to be upgraded to a nicer car when we picked it up in Christchurch. We loved the car and found it to be clean, comfortable, and smooth throughout our 8-day rental.
Cons: When we dropped the car off in Queenstown, we were shocked to find that our receipt said we were charged more than 2x as much as my reservation said we would be paying. We were in a rush and didn't notice this until after we left the lot, so we called the Queenstown Budget office. Luckily, they fixed the issue and we were charged the correct amount. Thank you Claire!
10.0 Excellent
30 Apr 2017
Great car
Pros: Nice car to log 1,400 kilometers of open country driving
Sunnycars
sunnycars
4 locations in Queenstown
Sunnycars
Locations in Queenstown
1-7 Earl Street
10 Margaret Place
20 Lucas Place
Airport Avenue
Gold Car Rent a Car
goldcarrent
2 locations in Queenstown
Gold Car Rent a Car
Locations in Queenstown
206 Dalefield Rd,queenstown
+64 800 300 123
Queenstown Airport
+64 800 300 123
From $18/day
Snap Rentals
snaprentals
Most popular
2 locations in Queenstown
Snap Rentals
Locations in Queenstown
8 Church Street
+64 800 288 699
Terminal Building
From $21/day
Ace Rental Cars
acerentalcars
1 location in Queenstown
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Queenstown
Sir Henry Wringley Drive
From $26/day
AeroDrive
aerodrive
1 location in Queenstown
AeroDrive
Locations in Queenstown
Terminal Building
+64 3777 4100
From $35/day
Alamo
alamo
1 location in Queenstown
Alamo
Locations in Queenstown
Sir Henry Wigley Drive
+64 3441 4637
Apollo Car Rentals
apollo
1 location in Queenstown
Apollo Car Rentals
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown International airport
+64 9889 2976
AutoEurope
autoeurope
1 location in Queenstown
AutoEurope
Locations in Queenstown
Europcar Desk In Terminal
From $31/day
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
discount
1 location in Queenstown
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown Airport
From $35/day
Dollar
dollar
1 location in Queenstown
Dollar
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown New Zealand
+64 3442 3532
Drive NZ
drivenz
1 location in Queenstown
Drive NZ
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown Airport
From $35/day
EZI
ezi
1 location in Queenstown
EZI
Locations in Queenstown
Sir Henry Wringley Drive
EZU Car Rental
ezucarrental
1 location in Queenstown
EZU Car Rental
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown Airport
+64 212 216 666
GO Rent A Car
gorent
1 location in Queenstown
GO Rent A Car
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown International airport
INTERRENT
interrent
1 location in Queenstown
INTERRENT
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown Airport - Free Shuttle Service.
From $26/day
JUCY
jucy
1 location in Queenstown
JUCY
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown Airport
keddy by Europcar
keddy
1 location in Queenstown
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Queenstown
Terminal Building
+64 3442 5887
National
national
1 location in Queenstown
National
Locations in Queenstown
Sir Henry Wigley Drive
+64 3441 4637
From $37/day
NU Car
nucar
1 location in Queenstown
NU Car
Locations in Queenstown
121 Glenda Dr., Frankton
+64 800 736 835
Right Cars
rightcars
1 location in Queenstown
Right Cars
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown Airport
SURPRICE CAR RENTAL
surpricecarrental
1 location in Queenstown
SURPRICE CAR RENTAL
Locations in Queenstown
Sir Henry Wigley Dr, Frankton
+64 3777 4110
From $73/day
Thrifty
thrifty
1 location in Queenstown
Thrifty
Locations in Queenstown
Queenstown New Zealand
+64 3442 3532
25 travellers who rented a car in Queenstown gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.2

Car hire locations in Queenstown

Good to know

Most popular agency Snap Rentals
Most popular car type Economy
Average price $37/day
Good deal $30/day

When to book a hire car in Queenstown

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches
-1 day
-2 days

Top tips for renting a car in Queenstown

  • Renting a car during your time in Queenstown is highly recommended as a personal vehicle is the best way to get out of town and check out the gorgeous countryside. For instance, Wanaka at 67 km (41.7 miles) away takes just an hour to reach in a car and it offers some of the most spectacular lakeside views in New Zealand.
  • Excited to arrive in Queenstown so you can begin your trip to New Zealand? If you are planning on picking up a hire car after landing at Queenstown Airport, it is quite an easy affair. There are a large variety of hire car counters located right within the airport’s terminal so you can go straight from the plane to driving away.
  • A lot of the intersections in Queenstown’s city center lack traffic light crossings so be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the street. This warning doubly applies during the high season, which lasts from December to March and is when Queenstown sees its largest influx of tourists. Drivers must also remember that you must drive on the left, which is often trickiest to remember at roundabouts, of which there are many in Queenstown.
  • Drivers can expect the morning rush hour in Queenstown to pick up at around 6:30 a.m. during the work week and to finish up around 9:00 a.m. As for the afternoon rush hour, it is a bit less severe and starts at 4:00 p.m., then quieting down shortly after 6:00 p.m. The 6A Highway is where drivers will experience the largest backups during rush hour due to the number of commuters going into and out of the city.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Queenstown for $30 or less
  • Book your rental car in Queenstown at least 4 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Queenstown are around 29% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Compact rental cars in Queenstown are around 34% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Queenstown

How much does it cost to hire a car in Queenstown?

On average a hire car in Queenstown costs $37 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Queenstown?

Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Queenstown.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Queenstown?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis ($10/day), JUCY ($19/day) and Ace Rental Cars ($21/day).

What is the best rental car company in Queenstown?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Queenstown are Avis (7.6, 2248 reviews), Budget (7.4, 4192 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 3858 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Queenstown Intl Airport (ZQN)?

Car hire companies onsite at Queenstown Intl Airport include Snap Rentals, Ace Rental Cars, AeroDrive, Discount Car & Truck Rentals, Apex, Hitch Car Rentals, EZI, JUCY, Alamo and Europcar.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Queenstown Intl Airport (ZQN)?

Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Queenstown Intl Airport to off-airport locations include Snap Rentals, Ace Rental Cars, Discount Car & Truck Rentals, Hitch Car Rentals, EZI, JUCY, Alamo, Europcar, Dollar and Economy Rent a Car.

What is the cheapest car hire location in Queenstown?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Avis Terminal Building 9300 (6 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find car rentals near me in Queenstown?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

How much does a Economy car rental cost in Queenstown?

A Economy car rental in Queenstown costs $33 per day, on average.

How much does a Compact car rental cost in Queenstown?

A Compact car rental in Queenstown costs $31 per day, on average.

How much does a Full-size car rental cost in Queenstown?

A Full-size car rental in Queenstown costs $51 per day, on average.

What is the most popular rental car location in Queenstown?

In Queenstown, cars are most frequently hired at Budget Terminal Building (6.14 km from city centre ).

How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Queenstown?

On average a rental car in Queenstown costs $262 per week ($37 per day).

How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Queenstown?

On average a rental car in Queenstown costs $1,123 per month ($37 per day).

What type of car is recommended for driving in Queenstown?

Smaller vehicles such as sedans and compacts are certainly the more popular option for drivers in Queenstown. There are a decent number of SUVs as well, while trucks are much rarer in the city. In general a smaller car is a better bet because many of the city’s streets are somewhat on the narrower side, so parking may be easier in a more compact car.

What's the speed limit in Queenstown?

Speed limits in Queenstown go from 30 km/h (19 mph) in city centers up to 110 km/h (68 mph) on the largest and fastest of highways. In between those speed limits drivers will commonly see speed limits of 40 km/h (25 mph) in residential areas and speed limits of 60 km/h (37 mph) on city roads. Additionally, speed limits of 80 km/h (50 mph) are found on larger rural roads.

How are gas prices in Queenstown?

The average price per liter of petrol in Queenstown is about $2.20 NZD ($1.51 USD). For those who prefer petrol prices in gallons that is about $8.33 NZD ($5.73) per gallon of gas.

Where are the best places to park in Queenstown?

Parking is an easy affair in Queenstown, thanks to the large number of parking garages and lots in the popular areas of town. For most situations these lots and garages should put you close enough to your final destination. In moments where they don’t, there still is plenty of streetside parking to choose from in most parts of town.