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Get on the road to adventure with a Queenstown car rental 

When you book your car rental in Queenstown, New Zealand with GoSee, adventure awaits you around every corner. Arguably NZ’s most popular tourist destination, Queenstown has attractions for every season, whether it be hurtling along the Shotover River at breakneck speed in a jet boat, or flying down a mountain of fresh powder with unbelievable vistas all around you. When you’re all adventured out, there are also world-class dining options to choose from. So, get searching and find a great deal on Queenstown car hire with GoSee.

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Queenstown car hire locations 

Gaining the title of Adventure Capital of the World is no small feat, nor is defending that title for years on end against all comers, but that’s exactly what Queenstown has done. As if offering the best thrill-seeking opportunities in the world isn’t enough, this city is also nestled in the shadow of picturesque mountains, on the shore of a crystal clear lake. In other words, Queenstown should be going straight to the top of your bucket list of car hire road trips.

There are a huge number of car rental companies operating at Queenstown Airport. Big-name international brands are trusted and familiar like Avis, Hertz, Budget. But you may also get car rental deals with small local suppliers such as Keddy & Bliss.

While there are plenty of car hire options at Queenstown Airport, we also have rental partners in central Queenstown, including Budget, Avis, and Omega. If you’re staying at Novotel Lakeside, Hertz, Ace, and Thrifty are all next door on Earl Street.

When you search for a rental vehicle, make sure to take note of the depot location to make sure it works for you.  Queenstown suppliers have complimentary shuttle buses that will take passengers from the airport to their car hire desks located outside the terminal.

Pick up your Queenstown car rental and drive away in your chosen vehicle from any of the brands above. With GoSee, you have a choice!

Visit Lake Hayes also known as Wai Whaka Ata, a wondrous scenic short loop being part of Queenstown Trail Great Ride network.

All you need to know about hiring a rental car in Queenstown

A guide to driving in Queenstown 

If you find yourself driving in central Queenstown, you’re likely to see a lot of pedestrians crossing the road and heading for the lakeshore. There are also a few one-way streets, so make sure to pay attention to road signs. Here are some other tips for driving in and around NZ's adventure capital: 

  • Keep left! For some international visitors, driving a rental car in Queenstown might be their first experience with driving on the left. If this is the case for you, make sure you keep this in mind. We recommend practicing on a quiet street if you get the chance. 
  • Roads like the nearby Crown Range Road can be steep and windy. If you take roads like this, which lead to Cardrona and Wanaka, make sure to drive safely and take your time, especially in the winter months. 
  • Speaking of winter, some roads may close during this season due to adverse conditions. The New Zealand Transport Authority website is a great resource for seeing if your driving route is affected by the weather. 
  • Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour (kph), and distances in kilometres. Generally,  100kph is the maximum speed limit for open roads. The speed limit is 50kph in urban and built up areas, and 100kph on open roads. There are exceptions to this, so make sure to keep an eye out for any road signs. Including a GPS with your car rental can help you to keep track of the speed limit, as they often provide that information.
  • Watch out for farm animals on the road, especially in rural areas. Please slow down and do not sound your horn.
  • Before returning your car hire Queenstown, you'll need to top up your fuel to avoid any additional charges upon drop off. Choose from different petrol stations in the area such as a Mobile Station on McBride Street, a BP and a Z-Queenstown on Frankton.

Queenstown at night.

Car rental Queenstown: What to see and do 

Hiring a car in Queenstown gives you so many options for what you can see and do. It also gives you the opportunity to explore further, taking in some of the picturesque surrounds this region has to offer. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to get started.  

And… action! 

queenstown bungee jumpingWhether you like a bit of fun or are a full-on thrill-seeker, there’s action and adventure waiting for you in Queenstown. Bungy jumping, canyon swinging or even becoming a human catapult; these are all waiting for you at AJ Hackett Bungee.

If you’re in town during ski season, Coronet Peak is only about 15 minutes drive from downtown. In addition to its slopes, Coronet Peak also offers world-famous views over the Wakatipu Basin. For mountain bikers, you can find Queenstown bike park on Ben Lomond Reserve. Ride up Skyline Road or take the Skyline Gondola to get there.  

Wine and dine 

Queenstown and the surrounding region has no shortage of wine and food options. The True South Dining Room at The Rees Hotel offers ‘sophisticated elegant dining’, while Kobe Cuisine has exquisite Japanese food and breathtaking scenery. Nearby wineries include Gibbston Valley, which boasts a cellar door, restaurant, and accommodation, and Amisfield, set against the backdrop of the majestic Pisa Mountain range.

For something a bit different, head to Broken Heart Gin Garden to experience Queenstown’s first boutique gin tasting room.  

Fun for the whole family 

If you’re in Queenstown with your whole family, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Take the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak and then race back down in a luge.

For animal lovers, take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw and disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you can feed the animals and take a walking tour of the farmyard.

If the weather is more suitable for indoor activities, try Bazooka Ball, and awesome variation on Paintless Paintball suitable for all ages.

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Queenstown car rental: Frequently asked questions

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

Prices will range depending on the pick up and drop off locations, type of vehicle, car rental company, vehicle availability, and the time of year (Queenstown is popular year-round but has summer and winter peaks). You can expect to pay for rental cars Queenstown anywhere from NZD$50 per day for a more compact model to several hundred dollars a day for an SUV during peak times. 

Where can I get the best car rental deals? 

If you are looking to plan an unforgettable holiday around Queenstown in great car hire, you are in the right place. GoSee works with our rental partners to bring you the best deals on car rentals. After you’ve made your search, sort the results by lowest price to see the best deals. Alternatively, you can visit our Car deals page to see what special offers we currently have for Queenstown city. The booking process is so easy and secure when you rent a car Queenstown through GoSee!

How far is Queenstown Airport from town? 

Queenstown Airport is 7.4 km from the centre of town. This is just 10 minutes’ drive in your Queenstown Airport car rental during normal traffic conditions. The drive is primarily along Frankton Road next to the lake.   

Where does Queenstown Airport fly to? 

Queenstown has an international airport, which services Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane, and Coolangatta in Australia. Domestically, you can fly to Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Plan your Queenstown New Zealand road trip with GoSee and explore the South Island.

Can I rent a car from Queenstown Airport and return it to Christchurch Airport?

Major rental car companies offer one-way car rentals. Pick up your vehicle in Queenstown and have the option to drop off your car hire in Dunedin or Invercargill. Make sure to check out our website and see available pick-up and drop-off locations. Please note that one-way rentals usually occur additional fees.

What is the highest-rated rental car in Queenstown?

Currently, the most popular rental car in Queenstown is the Economy model (Hyundai Accent or similar). Check out our website to get details on car hire comparison to get affordable rates.

What is the minimum driver age?

For most car hire Queenstown operators and around New Zealand, the minimum driver age to hire a vehicle is 21 years. While other rental car companies may allow younger drivers, a young surcharge fee may be applied. This rule also applies to additional drivers.

Which companies offer best value in Queenstown?

Make the most of your time by renting a car to drive around the town. There’s a huge range of suppliers offering rental cars Queenstown. Some brands are conveniently found in the airport location terminal building, some have car hire depots close by, while others offer free pick up service/drop-off shuttle service.

Secure a car hire Queenstown from Hertz, Thrifty, Omega, Budget, Jucy, Ezi, Go Rentals, and experience excellent service from these brands. Book through GoSee and find the perfect car at a great price.

Do you offer vehicle delivery?

Most rental car companies in Queenstown offer a courtesy pick up service from any location within 5kms of their depots. This service is usually available during normal business hours. This service may be arranged prior to your desired rental time, an additional fee and a minimum length hire may be charged. Please ask the branch for further assistance.

What is included in the rental rate?

Once you have made your car hire Queenstown selections, you will find everything itemized that’s included in the rental, from unlimited kilometres to Collision Damage Waiver and 24-Hour Roadside Assistance. An overview of the optional extras you have made is also displayed. Also, it clearly states what payments have to be made when you book the vehicle and which payments are made when you collect your car rental Queenstown.

Please ensure you have obtained sufficient insurance coverage before you get a car hire in Queenstown. Once you have selected the vehicle you are interested in, read the terms and conditions for your hired cars. All charges are listed here including credit card charges. No booking fees, no hidden costs!