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Compare Napier Car Rental Deals

Big savings on car hire at Napier Airport

Compare the best Hamilton Airport car rental deals from Apex, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty, Hertz, Keddy & Ezi Car Rental.

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Car Hire Options at Napier Airport

There's a  range of car hire companies operating at Napier Airport. You'll find them here and can easily compare their best deals in one place. This means you don't have waste time trawling the Internet looking for options. Or have to pay exorbitant walk-up prices at the airport rental counter.

Napier is one of NZ's most popular holiday destinations. This means it's a essential to book your rental car early, especially for travel during peak periods. Just put your travel details into the Search box at the top of the page to instantly compare a huge choice of vehicles at the very best prices.

On-Airport Rental Brands

"On-Airport" means these rental companies have check-in desks within the airport terminal.

The big advantage of this for you is convenience and speed. Once you've checked in you can jump in your car and get going. No waiting around for transfer vans.

Car rental counters are located inside the terminal.

On-airport brands we offer:

Off-Airport Rental Brands

"Off-Airport" companies don't have check-in desks within the airport. This means you'll need to make your way to their depot to check in and collect your car.

Currently, Apex Car Rental is the only off-airport car rental brand we offer. On arrival at Invercargill Airport, phone Apex to advise you are ready for pick-up, then exit the Baggage Claim End of the terminal and wait by the roadside for the Apex courtesy transfer. The Apex rental office is just a 5 minute drive from the terminal building.

Use our price comparison search tool to find the best prices for these off-airport car rental brands at Napier Airport:

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Napier Airport Car Hire Tips

Why renting a car makes sense

Hawke's Bay Airport is situated just north of Napier. It's approximately 10 minutes into the Napier CBD and a 20-minute drive to Hastings.

There are several shuttle service companies, as well as a number of taxi companies operating from the airport. A one-way shared shuttle ride into Napier will cost about $20 and exclusive hire $50. If you'e going to Hastings a one-way shared shuttle ride will cost around $45 and exclusive hire $90.

A taxi ride into central Napier will cost you about $20-$30, depending on traffic. If you're going to Hastings, expect to pay between $60-$90, again, depending on traffic.

If you need to travel further afield or will be moving around having a rental car becomes a much more cost effective alternative to taxis and shuttles. Plus, it's a lot more convenient.

Driving from the airport

Once you've collected your hire car, drive out of the airport and turn right onto State Highway 2. After 4.5 km SH2 becomes Thackeray Street. Stay on this for 1 km and you'll be in central Napier. 

If you're heading to Hastings follow the same route on SH2 and after 2.5 km at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto State Highway 2B. Follow this for 6.5 km and at the roundabout take the second exit onto SH50 which is the Napier-Hastings Expressway. Follow signs into Hastings (approx 10km).

Return with a full tank

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.

There are several petrol stations located close to the airport,


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Attractions Near napier

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Nelson and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions around Nelson you might like to consider checking out. For more ideas, check out the Hawkes Bay Tourism website....


The famously sunny, warm and dry Hawke’s Bay is the second biggest wine-producing region in the country and the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Red wines are the speciality here, from merlot to cabernet sauvignon and syrah, but whites, including chardonnay, are no less impressive. Worthy dessert-style wines are also now coming out of the region and continue to be refined and developed.

There are dozens of wineries near Napier to explore — pick up a wine trail map from a visitor centre. Restaurant and alfresco dining is available at many vineyards.

The country’s oldest operating winery is here at the acclaimed Mission Estate, originally established by French missionaries, and its traditional viticultural techniques have been handed down from generation to generation. Historic Church Road Winery also has over a century behind its name and is home to an informative wine museum.

So pick up your rental car in Napier and head for the vines — you won’t regret it. From the reds cultivated on the hillsides, the alluvial and dry soils of Gimblett Gravels, through to crisp coastal vineyards, there is plenty to see and taste.

Don’t miss the chance to taste the flavours of the area. You can tour an orchard, farm or cheesemaker. Or pay a visit to the excellent Hastings farmers market and pick up fresh produce and organic products.

Food and wine festivals are also regulars on the local calendar — one of the top events is the annual Food and Wine Classic (FAWC), with both a winter and summer series if you’re lucky enough to be travelling here during those dates. It is held at several different locations and offers the chance to rub shoulders with food producers, chefs, winemakers and many more gourmet stalwarts.

Art Deco architecture

Napier is famous for its well-preserved Art Deco architecture — few cities anywhere in the world can rival it on this front. This all came about following a huge earthquake in 1931 that destroyed the city centre, lasting nearly three minutes.

Rebuilding efforts were swift and up sprung buildings in the style of art deco and Spanish mission.

There are many architectural landmarks to stop and admire including the ASB Bank building, notable for its zig zags and Maori-inspired koru. The iconic T&G building is one of the most photographed in New Zealand, with bold details and a unique copper domed roof and clock tower (it has been converted into penthouse holiday apartments, but was once the headquarters of an insurer). The Masonic Hotel will wow with its simple yet striking features while the National Tobacco Building bears the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright, courtesy of local architect Louis Hay. And out in the suburb of Marewa, you will find whole enclaves of residential homes built in the art deco style.

Take a stroll around the streets of Napier on a self-guided walk; you can pick up a map at the local information centre. Or take a guided tour and let a knowledgeable local help bring the scenes around you to life — tours are available through the day every day, rain or shine (except for Christmas Day). If you’d rather gaze out of a window as you cruise by, then there are art deco bus tours and even vintage car tours. Another stylish option is the Hawke’s Bay Express. Choose this if you want to experience a ride on the roads in a steam train. The train’s vintage interior is simply splendid and the commentary — both informative and entertaining — is a highlight.

The Art Deco shop in Napier’s central quarter sells a variety of gifts, books and other collectable items. You can also purchase tickets here for the annual Art Deco Weekend, held each February; a throwback to the 1930s and a retro extravaganza of vehicles, music and fashion.

Cape Kidnappers

Just half an hour from Napier in your rental car, the sandstone headland of Cape Kidnappers awaits. Here lies the biggest and most accessible gannet colony on earth, with over 6000 pairs of birds. The Black Reef and Saddle colonies are closed to the public, but you can view the Black Reef one from the beach. The adult gannets are a sight to behold with wing spans of up to 2 metres, making sweeping dives into the water in pursuit of live fish.

The best viewing is over the summer. The first chicks typically hatch in November and then leave the colony before winter sets in, to head for warmer climates. Public access is closed from July to October so that the birds can nest in undisturbed peace.

Getting to Cape Kidnappers is an adventure in itself. One way is to walk along the beach toward the gannet colonies — it’s 8 km from Clifton to the Cape — at low tide. Check the tide times at an information centre, in the newspaper, or with an app before you set out. Alternatively, you can take a tour on a 4WD vehicle or ride on a tractor along the beach. Helicopter safaris are another option.

The other key draw at Cape Kidnappers is its cliff-top golf course. The par 71 course was designed by American golf architect Tom Doak. The acclaimed sixth hole at Cape Kidnappers is world-renowned but every single hole boasts amazing landscape views. The terrain is challenging along with the wind; the land is covered in dunes, ridges and ravines, with a 100-plus metre drop to the oceans below.

And for those looking to splurge on accommodation, you can’t go past The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. A stay at this luxury lodge includes spa treatments, pool and jacuzzi, gym and personal training, and of course, a multitude of beautiful trails to explore on foot.

Marine Parade

Your first stop when in Napier should be a trip along the waterfront Marine Parade. The ocean shore views are lovely, as are the various sculptures, colourful fountains and pretty gardens that you’ll see along the way. There are plenty of places to stop and relax; boutique and gift shops to browse, and places to stop for a drink or meal.

The Marine Parade gardens on the foreshore were created after Napier’s defining earthquake in 1931. Land was reclaimed from the sea using rubble from buildings. The sound shell was erected to commemorate the anniversary of the earthquake.

Napier’s Sunken Garden was formed in the 1960s and is so named as it sits below road level, enjoying a sense of tranquillity. A flight of steps framed by pohutakawa trees leads down into this garden. A pond and an old waterwheel are part of the reserve.

Don’t miss the iconic Pania of the Reef statue, a bronze sculpture that is guaranteed to catch your eye. Legend tells that after marrying the chief Karitoki — who was awed by her beauty after seeing her at the Hukarere freshwater spring — Pania would return to the sea and her people every day, only travelling back to shore at night to be by her husband’s side. Eventually, the draw was so strong she tried to escape for good. However, her young son was turned into a shark and lived out his days in the waters of Hukarere while Pania herself was transformed into the reef.

Along Marine Parade in central Napier you will also find the local war memorial centre and other key Napier attractions such as Marineland and the national aquarium.