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Car rental companies in Wellington

Below are the car rental companies in Wellington with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.

  • Enterprise

    8.6 (1610)
  • Thrifty

    8.6 (4509)
  • Hertz

    8.4 (5739)
  • Alamo

    8.2 (7469)
  • Avis

    8.2 (4906)
  • Europcar

    8.2 (6699)
  • National Car Rental

    8.2 (360)
  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.9 (3619)
  • Sixt

    7.9 (2576)
  • Budget

    7.7 (8487)
  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.7 (2796)
  • FireFly Car Rental

    7 (3296)
  • Bargain Car Rentals

    6.8 (9)
  • Ace Rental Cars

    6.7 (12)

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Wellington Guide


New Zealand’s capital city is somewhat modest compared to the larger and busier Auckland, yet Wellington has seen a revival in recent years and enjoys a stunning hilly location inside a huge natural harbour. Sometimes windy, it has plenty of culture and entertainment to match its unhurried atmosphere. Compare quotes for car hire in Wellington and explore this scenic area of New Zealand freely, and in your own time. It's simple, just enter your travel details above and we'll compare prices from top suppliers like Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty. Renting a car is the best way to get around this sparse country.

Explore Wellington

Wellington’s CBD is squashed between hills and the harbour. The commercial district is several blocks east in the Lambton Quay area, and it is here that you find many of the curious government buildings. The odd-looking ‘Beehive’ houses the governments modest executives, and nearby is the old Government Building, which is said to be one of the biggest wooden buildings in the world, the National Library, which houses the most comprehensive collection of books in the country and the Katherine Mansfield Memorial, commemorating on the country’s most famous women.

Along the waterfront is a small redeveloped area with several entertainment and recreational facilities, but the newest attraction is the highly recommended Te Papa museum, which includes insightful displays of Maori culture.

A pedestrianised centre makes this city very walkable and many cafes and small restaurants, as well as good shops are clustered along Cuba street. The Thorndon area has some interesting old colonial architecture and the waterfront drive along Oriental bay is also lovely weather you’re in a car, on a bike or rollerblades.

The city also has several excellent vantage points. A road winds it’s way up to Mt Victoria, and walking trails descend. Ever popular is the antique funicular ride to the summit of the excellent botanical gardens behind the CBD.

The major suburbs in Wellington are: Breaker Bay, Houghton Bay, Karaka Bay, Mitcheltown, Mornignton, Miramar, Oriental Bay, Seatoun, Shelly Bay, Wadestown and Vogeltown.


By air
Wellington International Airport is located only 5kms southeast of the city centre and receives flights mostly from Australia and regional destinations. Buses and shuttles run regularly into the centre, but car rentals are by far the most popular, and convenient way to get around.

Car hire
Car rental suppliers located at Wellington Airport include; Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thifty and Europcar. Book car hire in Wellington in advance using our simple to use comparison website to find the best deal across the market, and choose from a larger selection. Cars are limited at the airports so be sure to reserve a car before leaving.

Car car
The roads in and around Wellington are simple to navigate. Highway 1 runs along the coast north of the city, with Highway 2 running inland through the centre of North Island.

By boat
There are several ferries operating daily to the South Island, departing from Lambton Quay. Book tickets in advance.

Practical information

  • Currency
    New Zealand dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Māori
  • Popular car category

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • Enterprise
  • Thrifty
  • Hertz
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • National Car Rental
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Sixt
  • Budget
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Bargain Car Rentals
  • Ace Rental Cars
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