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Car Hire Options at Invercargill airport

There's a range of car hire companies operating at Invercargill Airport.  The good news is that you'll find them all here. We bring together all the leading rental vehicle brands - meaning you don't have waste time trawling the Internet for options or pay exorbitant walk-up prices at the rental counter. Book now and save!

To maximise your savings it's a good idea to book your car early, especially for travel during peak periods. Just put your travel details into the Quote box at the top of the page to instantly compare the biggest choice of vehicles at the very best prices.

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Car Rental Brands

All the car rental brands we offer at Invercargill Airport for you to select from have check-in counters within the terminal. So there's no requirement to waste time with shuttle transfers to rental depots off the airport.

Car rental brands we offer at Invercargill Airport:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Europcar
  • Bliss
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Keddy
  • Firefly

Why Renting a Car Makes Sense

There's no public transport from the airport into Invercargill, however, shuttles and taxis are available. Depending on the number in your party, shuttles are generally cheaper than taxis. 

The cost of a shuttle depends on the number of passengers and your destination. But being a shared-ride can mean it's a slow trip with multiple stops as people get dropped off enroute.

Taxis have the advantage of being quicker, but are typically more expensive than shuttles.

Depending on your travel plans, a rental car may well be a more cost effective option for you consider. In addition, having a rental car gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel at your own pace and roam further afield exploring the area. We have some suggestions at the bottom of the page.

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invercargill airport Car Rental Tips

Petrol Stations

If you're returning a rental car at Invercargill, stop at a nearby petrol station and top up the tank before returning your vehicle. The extra 5 or 10 minutes this takes will definitely save you money.

If you return the car with the tank not full then the rental company will charge a high price to top up the tank. These charges can be excessive, such as a $2.50 a litre surcharge on top of the fuel cost. Not a nice surprise to later find this charge on your credit card.

Topping up your rental car's tank before you drop it off back at the depot is not a problem. Being close to town means there are plenty of petrol stations nearby.

Driving From the Airport

Invercargill Airport is to the west of Invercargill and a little over 3 km from the CBD. It's a short drive that usually takes just 5 minutes.

Once you've collected your rental car, follow Airport Ave out of the airport for 1 km and at the T intersection turn left onto Stead Street. At the roundabout continue straight ahead onto Tead Street. Follow the road for 1.1 km and at the next roundabout turn left into Conon Street. Follow this northwards for 0.5 km into the centre of Invercargill.

Average economy rental price

  • January $65
  • February $69
  • March $58
  • April $50
  • May $45
  • June $46
  • July $44
  • August $43
  • September $43
  • October $53
  • November $57
  • December $68

Average rental duration

  • January 7 days
  • February 7 days
  • March 6 days
  • April 6 days
  • May 5 days
  • June 5 days
  • July 5 days
  • August 5 days
  • September 5 days
  • October 5 days
  • November 6 days
  • December 10 days

Attractions around invercargill

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring the Southland region from Invercargill. Here are a few of the many attractions you might like to consider checking out. For more ideas, check out the Invercargill Tourism website....

Orati Beach

Just 10 km west of central Invercargill, Oreti Beach is easily reached in your rental car. It’s one of three bays on the Foveaux Strait coastal stretch, between Toetoes and Te Waewae bays.

When you first set eyes upon this 26 km stretch of smooth sand you’ll see why this was Burt Munro’s preferred test ground and racing track. This is where the Southland man practised riding on his Indian motorbike, which then went on to break world records for land speed at the Bonneville salt flats in Utah, in the USA. No surprises, then, that Oreti Beach was a key filming location for the movie about Munro’s life, The World’s Fastest Indian.

Head toward the southern end of Oreti Beach and you will come across Sandy Point. There was once a whaling station here, set up in the 1800s, although it was short lived, and a Maori settlement by the name of Oue.

This natural reserve is ideal for exploring on foot, mountain bike, or even horseback. There are more than a dozen welcoming biking tracks, and 13 km worth of various walking trails, all well signposted. Sand dunes co exist with forests of matai, totara, rimu and miro. Along with the marshes and mudflats and the banks of the Oreti river, conditions are perfect for masses of plant and animal life alike.

Bring your surf board along too because there are several good spots to get out among the waves. While the breaks are good the ocean can be cold so be prepared!


Stirling Point

Head out to Stirling Point, the southernmost point on the mainland, and snap a picture at its iconic sign post. The much photographed sign post is one of New Zealand’s most well known landmarks; it displays the distance to major cities in the world such as Tokyo, Sydney and New York (as well as more esoteric destinations like the South Pole and equator!).

From Stirling Point you can embark on a scenic walk. The two hour Foveaux Walk guides you around the southern coast line, towards Lookout Point for great views out over Foveaux Strait. The one hour Topuni Track leads from Stirling Point to Bluff Hill, past a historic WWII gun emplacement. This also meets up with the Glory Track, which in turns leads to the Foveaux Walkway. From Lookout Point, there’s the Millennium Track that goes to Bluff Hill, as well as the Ocean Beach Track that leads to its namesake.

These trails span a variety of scrub, private farmland and native bush (complete with lots of native birdlife). A trip to the top of Bluff Hill is a must for panoramic views over the peninsula, beaches and rocky coastline, Foveaux Strait and out to Stewart Island/Rakiura. Driving to the summit of Bluff Hill is also an option.

Stirling Point is located in Bluff - just half an hour from Invercargill in your rental car. It is at the far southern end of State Highway 1, which runs the full length of New Zealand up to Cape Reinga in the north. Stirling Point was originally named after Captain William Stirling, who established a nearby whaling station in the early 19th century.

The Catlins

The Catlins coast lies along the south eastern corner of the South Island (about an hour and a half from Invercargill in your rental car). This untouched and remote part of the country is well worth visiting - there’s so much waiting to be discovered.

The landscapes of the Catlins are rife with rugged rocky coastline, sweeping sandy beaches and lush green hills; waterfalls, estuaries and valleys.

At Nugget Point you’ll find a lighthouse dating back to the 1800s, overlooking scattered rocks that resemble nuggets of gold. There’s a fur seal colony that you can look down to, and during the summer months, elephant seals have been known to stop over in this area. Also look out for Hector’s dolphins, Hooker’s sea lions, and three different species of penguin.

Curio Bay conceals an ancient fossilised forest, dating back over 100 million years to the Jurassic period when New Zealand was still part of Gondwanaland. Visit at low tide, when the forest is best seen from the viewing platform. Yellow eyed penguins come ashore here in the later afternoon, and at nearby Porpoise Bay dolphins are a common sight in the summer.

The impressive Purakaunui Falls cascade prettily over 3 levels and a depth of 20 metres. Set within beech and podocarp forest, it’s a great spot for photography. There are viewing platforms at both the top and the bottom of the falls.

There’s Jack’s Blowhole, a magnificent sight: 55 metres deep and 200 metres inland. This cavity was formed when the roof of a giant subterranean cave collapsed. Now, when the tide is in, waves gush through the tunnel and erupt up out of the blowhole, with a roaring sound and explosive appearance. From this area you’ll also enjoy spectacular views over the coast, all the way down to Penguin Bay and beyond.

One of the best known attractions in all of the Catlins are the majestic Cathedral Caves. Named for their resemblance to old European style churches, they tower more than 30 metres overhead. Test out your whistling skills or singing voice as the resounding acoustics here are really quite remarkable. The Cathedral Caves are only accessible at low tide and there is a small entrance fee because access is via private land.


Southland Museum and Art Gallery

You can’t miss the Southland Museum and Art Gallery - its large white pyramid shaped building stands out against the backdrop of stately Queens Park in the heart of Invercargill. The museum is close to the Feldwick Gates.

The museum’s mandate is around preserving the artistic and historic heritage of the Southland area. There is a surprisingly broad array of activities and displays at Southland Museum. An eclectic variety of exhibitions cover topics from the sub Antarctic islands (complete with a rollicking boat), the Victorian era, and artifacts from natural history and fossils. There are collections from both well known and up and coming local artists.

A highlight of the Southland Museum is the Maori gallery, which offers an insight into what New Zealand life looked like before the arrival of early European settlers. Another unique offering at the museum is an extensive exhibit devoted to local man Burt Munro (the subject of the film The World’s Fastest Indian, starring Anthony Hopkins). Munro’s motorbike, modified at home in his garage, propelled him into the record books and is a tribute to the Kiwi DIY spirit and the quest for speed.

And while you’re touring the Southland Museum, be sure to take time to check out the Tuatarium, where you can see native tuatara and learn about the captive breeding programme. These ancient reptiles are relics back from the age of dinosaurs and are a marvel up close - a living fossil. They are a key attraction here, being closely associated with Southland; they can only be found on a select few small islands off the mainland. After hours, you can peek at the tuatara through the windows at the back of the pyramid.

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