Car Rental in Invercargill Airport

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Invercargill Airport (IVC)


79 Airport Ave,
Invercargill, 9879, New Zealand


(64) 3-218-7012

Hours of Operation:

Sun 12:00 PM - 8:30 PM; Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 6:15 PM


Location Information

Conveniently located at the arrivals hall at Invercargill Airport, Budget Rent a Car offers a wide range of late model rental cars, 4WDs, and vans. Budget Invercargill Airport is open to meet all incoming flights, so you can count on Budget for all your Invercargill and Southland rental needs.

Budget car rentals include unlimited kilometres, free road maps, standard insurance, and the comfort of 24-hour Roadside Assistance. Optional extras such as GPS Navigation, Excess Reduction, and Child Safety Seats are available at time of booking or rental.

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Fastbreak Service
Fastbreak Pick up: Proceed to the Budget Fastbreak line or Budget rental counter. Present your driver licence and receive your rental agreement and keys.

Fastbreak Return: Park the vehicle and lock it. If a return agent is not available in the rental car park, proceed to the rental counter/office with your vehicle keys, mileage and fuel level. You can access your receipt online within 72 hours of returning your vehicle.
General Directions
COUNTER: Located in the terminal next to the main exit doors, opposite baggage claim.

CARS: Exit through the main door, vehicles are to the left of the terminal in the rental car park.

RETURNS: Take Airport Dr and keep left until you're in front of the terminal. Continue straight ahead, following the rental car park signs and proceed through the boom gate.

AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available. Key drop on counter terminal during airport hours. Outside airport hours, key drop located on office door.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

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Car Hire Invercargill Airport

Invercargill is the regional centre of the Southland region, and the most southern city in New Zealand. Located on the Southland Plains, this city is known for its fertile farmland and pure natural landscapes. Invercargill has a growing tourism market, and is used by some travellers as a gateway to other South Island attractions. Despite its distance from the rest of the country, Invercargill is easily accessible by air, with Invercargill Airport situated in the heart of the city centre. Budget New Zealand operates a car rental counter from the airport terminal, with a wide selection of vehicles available to choose from.

Car hire at Invercargill Airport

The Budget rental counter is located in the main terminal building at 79 Airport Ave, Invercargill, 9879, New Zealand. Conveniently situated in the arrivals hall, the counter is just left of the main stairs. The Budget office is open from 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM on Sunday; 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM on Tuesday; and 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Saturday. If you need to drop off your vehicle after these hours, there is a secure keydrop location adjacent to the counter.

Invercargill Airport information

Invercargill Airport is the most southerly airport in New Zealand, and one of the most southerly airports in the entire world. Located just 1.6 km from the CBD, this airport is easy to access from anywhere in the city. Invercargill Airport has one main terminal building, a backup terminal, a single 2 km runway, and 5 accessible gates.

The main terminal was only recently completed in 2016, with the old terminal completely demolished due to ongoing structural issues. Invercargill is quite a small airport with a limited number of domestic weekly services to Christchurch and Wellington. There are also many chartered flights operating from the airport, with Invercargill also acting as a technical international stopover when bad weather conditions affect Queenstown Airport.

Things to see and do around Invercargill Airport

Invercargill Airport is located in the heart of the city centre, with easy access to the CBD. Nearby attractions include Bill Richardson Transport World, Dig This, and Classic Motorcycle Mecca. The city itself also features a number of great shopping and eating destinations, with Invercargill home to the award-winning Invercargill Brewery.

If you have a hire car and want to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding this great city, the Catlins is only 40 minutes away by road. Other accessible destinations include Steward Island, the town of Bluff, and Western Southland. If you arrive at the right time of year, you may even be able to see the southern lights from a location just outside the city limits. If you want to travel further afield, the entire South Island is amazing with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Service stations close to Invercargill Airport

There are multiple service stations in and around the Invercargill CBD, with many located just hundreds of metres from the airport entrance. The NPD in West Invercargill is the closest, with other nearby petrol stations including the BP, PAK'n'SAVE, and Caltex on Tay street. If you're looking for diesel, there are two dedicated truck service stations off Bond street: the BP Truckstop, and the Caltex Invercargill Diesel Stop. There are also multiple service stations on Dee street, including the Z-Dee St service station and the Caltex Avenal. There can be long distances between New Zealand towns and attractions, so it's always a good idea to fill up your vehicle before you leave Invercargill.

Fleet information

Budget New Zealand offers a wide range of vehicles from Invercargill Airport, including economy cars, family cars, business cars, 4WDs, and vans. Whether you're in town for business or travelling across the South Island on a family holiday, our selection of reliable and affordable vehicles has got you covered. All Budget car rentals include unlimited kilometres, standard insurance, and 24-hour road assistance if problems arise. We also offer a number of additional options, including GPS, insurance excess reduction, and child safety seating.

Distances to and from Invercargill

  • Invercargill Airport to CBD 2 km
  • Invercargill to Catlins 80 km
  • Invercargill to Stewart Island 75 km
  • Invercargill to Queenstown 186 km
  • Invercargill to Christchurch 565 km
  • Invercargill to Wellington 1000 km

Budget Invercargill Frequently Asked Questions

What is there to do in Invercargill airport for kids?

Invercargill Airport has all standard amenities and services, including a parents room, play area, and cafe for adults and kids to enjoy.

How far is Invercargill airport to Queenstown?

Invercargill Airport is located 186 km from Queenstown, with this distance taking roughly two and a half hours by road.

What is the most popular hire car in Invercargill?

Thanks to its compact size, the Toyota Corolla or similar is one of the most popular hire cars in Invercargill. For something a bit roomier, try the intermediate SUV, Toyota Rav 4 or similar or the Kia Carnival 8 seater or similar if you have more than 5 passengers.

Can I rent a car from Invercargill and return it somewhere else?

Yes, one way car rentals are popular from Invercargill. Enter your details in our booking widget for a costing including fees and restrictions.

How much does it cost to hire a car in Invercargill?

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