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Explore the south with an Invercargill Airport car rental

Right down in the very south of New Zealand’s South Island is the stately city of Invercargill. With a range of museums (primarily vehicle-related), great outdoor spaces, heritage buildings, and some amazing seafood available, this is a fantastic base from which to explore a stunning and remote part of the country.

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All you need to know for your Invercargill Airport car hire

Boer War Memorial is a historical landmark in Invercargill. A car hire from Invercargill Airport makes it easy to get around the city and the region of Southland, neither of which are known for their public transport options. All of the main highways at the bottom lead to—and from—Invercargill, so there are plenty of options for anyone heading out on a road trip to see some amazing NZ sights.

Airport guide

Invercargill Airport (IATA: IVC) has a main terminal, backup terminal and one runway which is the third-longest civilian runway in the country. It is located less than two kilometres from central Invercargill, a drive of less than five minutes.

Inside the terminal travellers will find a cafe, tourist information centre, meeting rooms, an ATM, and toilets with baby changing facilities. There is also a Koru lounge for frequent flyers. The airport has one car park for both short and long-term parking—the first 20 minutes are free.

Car rental counters are located inside the Arrivals hall.

Driving tips for Invercargill car rental

A safe trip is the best kind of trip. To ensure that yours falls into that category, you’ll need to hit the roads equipped with a bit of local knowledge. We want you to have a great experience in your rental vehicle from Invercargill Airport—so here are a few top tips to help you stay sharp and out of trouble with the law.A major landmark in Invercargill, the Water Tower was built in 1889.

  • In New Zealand, all traffic drives on the left. If you are visiting from a country with the opposite arrangement, you may wish to take an hour or two to practice on quiet roads near the airport before driving on the main highways.
  • The driver and all passengers must wear a seatbelt. Using a cellphone while driving is prohibited.
  • Invercargill and Southland can experience ice and snow in the winter. Always slow down in inclement conditions. You can view weather warnings and road closures on the New Zealand Transport Agency website.
  • Many roads in New Zealand are steep and winding. Take care and brake to slow speeds before tight corners. Always pull over to enjoy views—don’t take your eyes off the road!
  • All distances are posted in kilometres and speed limits are in kilometres per hour.
  • The default speed limits are 50 kph in built-up areas and 100 kph on open roads. This varies on different types of road, so you should always rely on posted signs to determine the accurate limit for any particular stretch.
  • The blood alcohol limit for drivers in New Zealand is 0.05%.

Where to go with a car hire in Invercargill

Having the freedom of your own set of wheels is invaluable in Invercargill. While the city itself is quite small and walkable, many of the attractions that visitors want to see are a little further out. There are many, many fantastic options for places to go and things to see in the region. So many that it can be difficult to decide which ones to include in your itinerary! To help, we’ve put together a few ideas—these are some top destinations within two hours of Invercargill.

Bluff

This windswept port town has desolate beauty and recognition for several important positions it holds: the South Island’s southernmost port, the start of State Highway one which runs the full length of the nation, and home of the famous Bluff Oysters. It also has a favourite photo opportunity for travellers: the iconic signpost at Stirling Point which points out the distances to cities and places around the world. Try some oysters, visit the Bluff Maritime Museum, and take in the views from Motupohue.

Morning overview of Te Anau.

Curio Bay

An hour away on the Catlins Coast is this lovely small locale which is a base for bird and wildlife watching. Some visitors even get a glimpse of Hector’s dolphins playing in the surf or yellow-eyed penguins nesting. The Petrified Forest, best viewed at low tide, dates back to the Jurassic period—a fascinating relic of the past. Nearby Porpoise Bay is ideal for swimming in the summer.

Te Anau

Gorgeous lakeside town Te Anau is just under two hours drive from Invercargill, and is the home base for those visiting the magnificent Fiordland region. Many will book accommodation in Te Anau and make a day trip to iconic Milford Sound. The town itself is also a lovely place to explore, with opportunities to get out on the lake, visit a native bird sanctuary, and enjoy the local glowworm caves.

Tuatapere and Te Waewae Bay

This beautifully remote area is ideal for adventure seekers. From Tuatapere, visitors can access hunting, fishing, whitebaiting, and jet boating in the Waiau River. The sweeping Te Waewae Bay has majestic vistas. At the western end you’ll find Blue Cliffs Beach, a gorgeous underdeveloped section of sand. The area is a designated mammal sanctuary, and whale or dolphin sightings are not uncommon.

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Car hire Invercargill Airport: Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to hire a car at Invercargill Airport?

Car rental rates at Invercargill Airport will depend on the supplier and the time of year. They might range from around NZD$150 per day for the cheapest (small compact cars) to more than NZD$300 per day for a station wagon or SUV.

With GoSee’s simple search engine and results page, it’s easy to see and compare the different vehicles at various price points and find one that fits your budget.

What is the cheapest car hire agency at Invercargill Airport?

The suppliers offering cheap car rental at Invercargill Airport include Thrifty, Budget, and Firefly.

Which car rental suppliers are based in or around Invercargill Airport?

The rental suppliers servicing Invercargill Airport include Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, Budget, and Firefly.

Which car hire companies in Invercargill have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Most car hire companies in Invercargill and around New Zealand will have updated their policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is noted in the search listings as “Enhanced Cleaning”, and you will be able to find out more on each suppliers’ website.

Can I collect a car from Invercargill Airport and return somewhere else?

Yes, most rental companies have branches elsewhere in New Zealand and will allow you to create a one-way booking. There may be a small fee added. Specify the pick-up and drop-off locations when searching to see the possibilities.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Invercargill Airport?

All of the rental suppliers on GoSee currently have counters inside the airport terminal, so no shuttles are required.

Is it cheaper to rent a car ahead of time or at the airport?

Booking your rental car in advance is a good idea for many reasons. Prices may rise as you get closer to the rental period, and supply may dwindle. You could end up having to pay for a more expensive model if you leave it to the last minute, or find yourself with no car available.

What happens if you don’t return a rental car on time?

The rental supplier will often charge an additional day of rental if you return the car after the agreed time. The terms and conditions you can read before or after booking will provide information on the penalties applicable to your specific vehicle and company.

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

There is a Z station on Airport Avenue, very close to the airport.

What is the speed limit in Invercargill?

The default speed limit in built-up areas is 50 kilometres per hour. However, you should always look for posted signs as these have the most accurate information.