Car Rental in Nelson

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Nelson Car Rental & Nearby Locations

Nelson Car Rental & Nearby Locations
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Nelson Car Rental & Nearby Locations

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Budget Car Rental in Nelson

Nelson is located at the top of the South Island on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. This beautiful and vibrant part of New Zealand is very close to the geographical centre of the country, which means many people pass through here on their way north or south. As the gateway to the South Island, Nelson is the perfect place to rent a car and look forward to the wonders that await you. Visitors to Nelson often arrive via Nelson Airport, with Budget New Zealand operating a rental counter from the main terminal.

Public transport in Nelson

Public transport in Nelson is far from extensive. Your own private car is recommended for anyone who wants to experience Nelson and the South Island.

Accommodation in Nelson for young families

Nelson is a popular place to stay for young families, with a range of accommodation facilities available to choose from. You can find everything in the city and surrounding region, from campsites and affordable motels through to hotels, apartments, and unique rentals. Popular options with young families include Rutherford Hotel, Quest Nelson, The Hotel Nelson, Palms Motel, and Castles Motel. If campsites are more your thing, Nelson City Holiday Park is always popular, as is Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park, Maitai Valley Motor Camp, and Brook Valley Holiday Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Whether you're visiting Nelson for a holiday or just passing through, there are lots of things to see and do. As a major regional centre, Nelson has a number of pubs, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, from budget eateries through to new foodie destinations. If you're looking for novel shopping opportunities, Nelson is home to a number of arts and crafts shops, potters, glass blowers, and Jens Hansen Goldsmiths where part of Lord of the Rings was designed.

Along with the city itself, Nelson is the gateway to many scenic natural attractions. The city is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the Tasman Bay on the other, with nearby attractions including Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, and Nelson Lakes National Park. Tranquil Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa are both within Nelson Lakes National Park.

Weather in Nelson

Nelson enjoys a temperate climate with relatively warm summers and mild winters, making it ideal for a range of outdoor activities. While rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year, it does peak in June and October is also rather wet. Don't let a little rain put you off, however, Nelson is not called 'Sunny Nelson' for nothing. With over 2,400 hours of sunshine each and every year, this is one of the best places to sunbathe in the entire country.

Fuel locations in Nelson

There are lots of service stations close to the Nelson CBD, including Mobil Nelson on the corner of Collingwood and Halifax Streets, Mobil Tahunanui, and a BP service station at Port Nelson. There are also options closer to Nelson Airport, including Mobil Tahunanui on the State Highway, Mobil Caltex in Bishopdale on Waimea Road, and Mobil Stoke and Z-Stoke on Main Road.

Distances between Nelson, nearby attractions and locations

  • Nelson Airport to Nelson CBD - 6 km
  • Nelson City to Centre of New Zealand Monument - 2.2 km
  • Nelson CBD to Nelson Provincial Museum - 400m
  • Nelson CBD to Suter Art Gallery - 700m
  • Nelson City to Nelson Lakes National Park - 100km
  • Nelson City to Abel Tasman National Park - 67 km
  • Nelson City to Christchurch - 415 km
  • Nelson City to Wellington - 237 km


What is there to do in Nelson New Zealand?

Popular things to do in Nelson include day trips to the surrounding national parks and visits to the Nelson Provincial Museum and Suter Art Gallery.

What is Nelson New Zealand famous for?

Nelson is famous for its sunny weather, its nearby national parks, and its fantastic arts and crafts shops.

What is there to do in Nelson on a rainy day?

Even though Nelson is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, it does still rain from time to time. Indoor attractions include the Nelson Provincial Museum, Suter Art Gallery, and shopping in the numerous arts and crafts stores.

Where can I rent a car in Nelson?

Budget is conveniently located at Nelson Airport, located a short 5 minute drive from the centre of Nelson.

What cars can I rent from Budget in Nelson?

Budget offers a variety of vehicles for rent in Nelson.  This includes compact Toyota Corollas, larger sedans like the Full Size, Holden Commodore or similar or a range of SUVs including the Standard Rav4 2WD. Enter your parameters in our search form to view the available cars in Nelson.

Can I rent a car in Nelson and return to the North Island?

Yes, you can take your rental car inter-island across Cook Strait.

It is the customer’s responsibility to book vehicle and passenger ferry tickets and we recommend that you book your ferry crossing at your earliest convenience to secure your desired crossing date

For more information visit the New Zealand Island Hopper page.