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Rental car options at Nelson Airport

The following car rental companies received the highest ratings in Nelson Airport. Compare the ratings and prices of these rental companies with a single search.

  • Thrifty

    8.6 (4499)
  • Hertz

    8.4 (5686)
  • Europcar

    8.2 (6691)
  • Avis

    8.2 (4864)
  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.9 (3609)
  • Budget

    7.7 (8462)
  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.7 (2783)
  • FireFly Car Rental

    7 (3274)

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Car rental location Nelson Airport

Nelson Airport Guide


With at least 90 aircraft movements every day, Nelson Airport, is the fourth busiest air terminal in New Zealand. Planes take off and land every four minutes and 30 seconds during scheduled flights.

Airport Facilities

Nelson Airport has around 1.2 million passengers passing through every year. Today the airport is the home base of Air Nelson (Air New Zealand Link), and has scheduled flights to Wellington, Auckland, Paraparaumu and Christchurch.

At the airport passengers will find a cafe, baby changing facilities, disabled facilities, ATM's, luggage trolleys, long and short stay parking, car hire, pick up and drop off zones, taxi stand, cardphones and internet access.

Explore Nelson

By prebooking car hire at Nelson Airport tourists will save having to arrange airport transfers into Nelson city, as their rental vehicle can be collected on arrival to Nelson Airport. With a personal vehicle tourists can enjoy the areas many attractions and all that it has to offer, from tourist attractions, business ventures, historical landmarks and natural resources. Visitors can hop from one destination to another in no time at all.

Sights to visit include; Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park, Kahurangi National Park, Lake Rotoiti and Rotoroa, Boulder Bank, Christ Church Cathedral and Mount Owen. All of these attractions become much more accessible with car hire. 


Car hire is the most popular form of transportation in New Zealand. This is mainly due to the countries extraordinary scenery and its easy to drive, quiet, slow roads. Car hire suppliers operating at Nelson Airport are Avis, Budget, NC Rent A Car, Hertz and Thrifty. Book online for the best deals and a far better choice of cars.

Buses do operate between large towns and cities but not always into the countryside, so if there are particular attractions you wish to see that are located far from urban areas we highly advise you book car hire for the duration of your trip.

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?
  • Thrifty
  • Hertz
  • Europcar
  • Avis
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Budget
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • FireFly Car Rental
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