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Queenstown Airport Car Rental Tips
Compare prices of on-airport and off-airport brands. If you're not in a big rush, hiring a vehicle from off-airport rental depots can result in substantial savings. It does mean however you will have to take extra time with the shuttle transfer. Transfers are usually complimentary, but limited to opening hours, so check when you book.
Driving in Queenstown
Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capital of the World, thanks to its numerous opportunities for extreme activities like skydiving, bungy jumping and whitewater rafting.
Even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie, Queenstown is a tourism paradise with its picture perfect scenery, pulsing nightlife and superb restaurants. Having a rental car in Queenstown gives you the freedom to explore this gorgeous part of the world, plus go further afield to magic place like Milford Sound.
When you're driving in this part of the world you need to be particularly vigilant. The roads are steeper, narrower and more winding than you probably expect... plus you might encounter sheep or cattle on roads in rural areas.
Many people come to Queenstown for the winter sports. But being an alpine region, you need to be prepared for driving in snow and on icy roads in the winter months. Before your journey always plan ahead and check the weather and road conditions. If you’re hiring a car during winter, consider renting a 4WD vehicle as they are best suited to alpine conditions.
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.
Conveniently, there are a number of petrol stations in Frankton, close to Queenstown Airport. These include:
- Mobil - 1 McBride St, Frankton
- BP - 1094 Frankton Rd, Frankton
- Z Petrol - 846 Frankton Rd, Frankton
Average economy rental
- Jan $62
- Feb $69
- Mar $58
- Apr $51
- May $46
- Jun $46
- Jul $44
- Aug $43
- Sep $43
- Oct $49
- Nov $49
- Dec $55
Average rental duration
- Jan 6 days
- Feb 6 days
- Mar 6 days
- Apr 6 days
- May 5 days
- Jun 5 days
- Jul 5 days
- Aug 5 days
- Sep 5 days
- Oct 6 days
- Nov 5 days
- Dec 5 days
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Car Hire Options IN queenstown
There's a huge range of car hire companies operating at Queenstown Airport. Big-name international companies like Avis and Hertz are trusted and familiar, but there are also independent local brands, many offering very competitive prices. The good news is that you'll find them all here.
We bring together all the leading rental vehicle brands, as well as many of the independents - meaning you don't have waste time trawling the Internet for options or pay exorbitant walk-up prices at the airport rental counter. Book now and save!
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.
But it does come at a cost. Invariably the fees are higher than off airport rental companies to offset the costs of being at the airport.
On-airport brands we offer include:
Off-Airport Rental Brands
"Off-Airport" means that these companies don't have check-in desks within the airport terminals and so you need to make your way to their depot.
Most provide free shuttle services and will collect you from the terminal. This is arranged when you make your booking & you'll need to let them know when you've arrived.
Whilst off-airport options aren't as fast or convenient as on-airport rentals, they usually are cheaper.
Below are some of the many off-airport operators we have available in Queenstown:
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Attractions Near queenstown
A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Queenstown and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions around Queenstown you might like to consider checking out. For plenty more ideas, check out the Queenstown Tourism website....
Skiing and snowboarding
Queenstown is a top visitor destination all year around, but there’s something magical about this alpine town in winter. It is internationally known for great snowboarding and skiing. All levels of experience are well catered for, and the season is one of the longest around, running from June all the way through to October.
Winter kicks off with a bang during the Queenstown Winter Festival, complete with dog derby and drag races. There’s live music, fireworks and a lively party atmosphere as people come out to celebrate.
A total of four ski fields are within easy reach of Queenstown, none more than an hour and a half away, each with their own unique character.
The closest ski field to Queenstown itself is Coronet Peak, only 20 minutes away. Coronet Peak is the only place where you can ski at night (on weekends). It has lots of diverse terrain and a robust snowmaking system. Then there’s the Remarkables, boasting sunny slopes and outstanding facilities for beginners along with chutes, bowls and a few different terrain parks. The views from the Remarkables are truly something to admire, too.
A little further afield, Cardrona is an hour from Queenstown and Treble Cone slightly beyond that.
Keen to up the ante? Why not give heli skiing a go and head up into the most pristine and untouched peaks you’ll ever see. You could also try snow shoeing or take a snowmobile for a blast.
Pick from single day passes to unlimited season access, which can be obtained from ski shops in town. Ski stores also handle the booking of equipment, transfers and lessons and are open until 9am. If you’re driving up the mountains yourselves, ensure you know how to fit snow chains on to your rental car.
Lake Wanaka enjoys a beautiful setting below majestic mountains, and is a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The lake itself covers nearly 200 square km - there’s plenty to go around among sailors, kayakers, wind surfers, paddle boarders and jet boaters and it’s never too crowded. Unsurprisingly, the fishing is superb - the lakes, rivers and streams in the area are fertile and there’s plenty of rainbow and brown trout for fly fishers.
Off the water, there are great opportunities for hiking, climbing and canyoning. Nearby Mt Aspiring National Park is full of amazing landscapes and sights, hiking trails and glaciers, lakes and valleys.
Aviation is also a bit of a specialty in Wanaka. The Warbirds and Wheels museum is devoted to aircraft and automobiles, and every other year the Warbirds over Wanaka air show puts on a visual spectacle. Skydiving over Wanaka is always stunning, while a number of operators offer flightseeing tours over the surrounding regions - Mt Aspiring, Milford Sound, etc.
Wanaka swells in winter time as visitors flock to the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. The snow at Cardrona and Treble Cone is second to none. You can also go heli skiing or cross country skiing in the back country of Wanaka.
The local theatre, Cinema Paradiso, is very cosy and embodies the epitome of southern hospitality. Or simply sit at a lakefront cafe and gaze out over the still, crystal clear waters.
Wanaka is about a one hour drive from Queenstown. If you want to stay longer, Wanaka is a great place to linger. Accommodation options range from holiday parks and B&Bs to luxury lodges.
When in Queenstown don’t miss a trip over to the charming settlement of Arrowtown - approximately a 20 minute drive from Queenstown. This one time gold mining town is full of history; it sprung up during the heady heights of the Otago gold rush in the mid 19th century.
Over 60 original buildings remain - hotels, chapels, shops and houses. The Chinese settlement on the banks of the Arrow River is a highlight, with many restored buildings harking back to the gold ages.
After the gold era petered out, Arrowtown’s fortunes started to fade. It then gained popularity again as a holiday destination and today tourism is the main draw of Arrowtown. There are quaint shops and cafes, along with the Lakes District Museum on Buckingham Street, which offers an insight into the early pioneering days and life in the Southern Lakes area.
But you can still pan for gold in Arrowtown, if you wish! Try your luck in the Arrow River. Several outlets hire out gold pans and take you through the process - one even has a panning trough so you don’t need to get your feet wet.
Otherwise, there are lots of lovely walks and hikes to tackle, and it’s easy to cycle around nearby. The local golf course is highly rated.
Arrowtown is located in the Arrow basin, which was once carved by enormous glaciers. The area enjoys four distinct seasons and this is evident as the colours of the tranquil tree lined streets change. The scenery in autumn is rather stunning. At the end of April a festival is held to mark the seasonal change.
Over the Top Golf
Queenstown is known for a great many things, and increasingly, golf is one of them. Tucked away in the basin of Lake Wakatipu surrounded by picture perfect alps, Queenstown’s golf courses provide a stupendously scenic experience for visiting golfers. Little surprise then that Queenstown is the home of the New Zealand Open, an annual golfing tournament held every March.
If you’re coming from out of town, you might not realise that there are half a dozen individual golf courses all within half an hour from central Queenstown. Ranging from nine holes through to 18 hole championship courses, there is something to cater for everyone.
One of the most picturesque golf courses of all is at Over the Top, a par 3 course at an altitude of 1.5 km. It’s a truly unique and extreme experience. Surrounded by a back drop of tussocked hills and towering mountains, breathing in the pure fresh air, you’ll be hard pressed to match it.
Now instead of simply hitting balls off the mountain, players can attempt a hole in one, off one of four tee boxes. Eco balls are used to preserve the environment.
Access is by helicopter only. Golfers are flown in, and after playing their hole, are flown back out again. The flights are a scenic experience in themselves - whether taking an exclusive ride or sharing with others, be sure to savour every moment.
Pair a trip to Over the Top with a package visit to one of Queenstown’s other renowned golf courses - Millbrook, The Hills or Jack’s Point - for a golfing holiday that you will always remember.
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