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Explore New Zealand’s capital in a Wellington airport car rental
Explore the ‘The Coolest Little Capital in the World’ with a Wellington car hire. With its collection of impressive eateries, eclectic shops, and creative arts venues, there’s no denying the standout culture of this vibrant city. Wellington is in the middle of New Zealand on the bottom of the North Island and just a stone’s throw from the South Island, so it’s not only a great destination in itself but also a central location in service of multiple adventures in every direction.
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Rental cars Wellington: What you need to know
Picking up a car rental in Wellington is a simple process with multiple partners to choose from, and a great way to start your visit to this seaside city. Roughly 8 kilometres from the CBD, the drive to the Wellington city centre will take you about 20 - 25 minutes, accounting for usual traffic.
Visiting drivers should note that the roads in Wellington are quite narrow and the parking spaces are small. You can expect some road congestion and several roundabouts as you navigate this bustling capital.
Acclimate yourself to the surroundings by mapping out your car hire Wellington route ahead of time, and keep a parking payment method handy. Note there is only one major highway connecting the city to the outer suburbs, with few options for secondary routes.
Where to go in your Wellington car rental
Exploring the delights of the cultural hub of the country is a joy that brings new surprises on every visit to Wellington. Whether you are in for business or pleasure, the range of shopping, events, and entertainment will suit every traveller.
If it’s your first time visiting, drive your Wellington car hire up to Mt. Wellington to get 360 degree views of the city and collect your bearings. Wander through the impressive Te Papa Museum, and then Stretch your legs along the Wellington Waterfront. Park your Wellington car rental for an evening and take a walk down Cuba Street, Hannahs Laneway, and Courtenay Place to sample the cuisine, craft beer, and cocktails. While away an afternoon by riding up the Wellington Cable Car and strolling through the Botanic Garden.
You can also hit the highway to explore the North Island. Just a few hours to the north, a road trip to the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region is a great adventure worth considering. The region boasts not only lovely beaches and a lot of sunshine, but also some world-class wineries. In the centre of the island is the Central Plateau which holds a trio of stunning mountains making up Tongariro National Park. The great Lake Taupo is beyond that, and if you drive a bit further, you'll reach Auckland with your car rental. For sunny beach towns, continue into Northland, or head east to the Coromandel Peninsula.
Car hire Wellington tips for the savvy traveller
Ready to explore Wellington? Choosing the ideal rental car for your visit to Wellington will help to ensure a smooth trip. You have your choice of top brands, including Alamo, Apex, Europcar, Hertz, and Avis. Affordability is important, but so are comfort and safety. Smaller economy cars are great to navigate the narrow roads and slim spaces common in the city but are less than ideal for driving up steep hills packed full with a load of passengers and luggage.
If you are hitting the country roads, we recommend something sturdy with some pep in the engine. During peak periods such as Christmas and New Year, Easter, and holiday weekends, there will be less stock to go around, so it is important to book early.
Off-peak travellers will usually be rewarded with cheaper rates and greater choices. Always hit the road with a plan and awareness of the next fuel stop—some stretches of highway in New Zealand have fewer services, particularly outside of normal business hours.
Done exploring Wellington and seeking another location to uncover? Why not rent a car in a different city and start your New Zealand car hire tour from there? You can try Christchurch Airport car hire, car hire from Dunedin or Queenstown Airport to explore the South Island. The choice is yours!
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Car hire Wellington Airport: Frequently asked questions
How much is it to hire a car at Wellington Airport?
Rental car Wellington prices vary based on availability and time of year, but currently start around $55 per day for an economy class model. Search now on our website for up-to-the-second prices and easy comparison of available car rental Wellington Airport deals.
Which car hire agencies are at Wellington airport?
There are multiple on-site hire car agencies at Wellington Airport, including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Ezi, Hertz and Thrifty Car Rentals.
Which car hire companies will pick you up at Wellington airport?
Some of the car rental companies in Wellington NZ that offer free shuttle service from the Wellington International Airport to off-airport locations include Ace Rental Cars, Alamo, Jucy Rentals, and GO Rentals.
How far is Wellington CBD from Wellington airport?
It is about 7.5 kilometres from Wellington Airport to the CBD, which will take you around 20 minutes to drive in your car rental.
What type of car is recommended for driving in Wellington?
We have a wide collection of car types suited to your Wellington trip from compact and economy cars to intermediate and people movers or full-size vehicles. Check out our late-model sedans that are designed for roaming around the whole city. There are also premium and luxury SUV options available depending on your Wellington car rentals itinerary. You can even rent out MPVs that allow 8-seaters. As in most places, the most popular rental car in Wellington depends on the purpose of travel.
What is the cheapest car hire agency at Wellington Airport?
As of the moment, the cheapest rental cars in Wellington are from Big Value Car Rentals. Compare on our website to find the best up-to-the-second rent a car Wellington deal.
How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Wellington?
The longer the duration of your Wellington Airport car rental booking, the more savings you get. Hire a car in Wellington for a longer period and watch the daily price drops and see how you can save more. Check on our website for the latest deals and pick the best price suited for your car rentals Wellington needs.
Do I have to pay for my rental car in advance?
The ideal way of getting a cheap car rental in Wellington is to book it early and lock in your rate as they will go up closer to the day. Check the individual rental terms on each hire car as our partners’ terms vary in this regard.
What is the speed limit in Wellington?
The speed limit in Wellington city centre and other areas varies. On most central city streets, it is 30km/h. Check the Wellington City Council website for the latest information.
Which car hire companies have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Most of the major car hire Wellington suppliers have updated their health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected. Operating even outside New Zealand's capital city, these hire car companies include Avis, Europcar, Budget, and Thrifty.