Car Rental in Nelson Airport

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Nelson Airport (NSN)

Address: Domestic Terminal, Nelson, 7011, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 03-547-9586
Hours of Operation: Sun 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM; Mon - Fri 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Location Information
Fastbreak Service
Proceed to the Budget counter Fastbreak line/or normal line if no Fastbreak line designation/or follow directions to the Fastbreak Kiosk. Present identification and receive your rental agreement. The counter representative will give the customer the keys & directions to their car.
FASTBREAK RETURN: Follow the airport signs for Car Rental return. You do not need to return to the counter to complete your rental. Record your mileage and fuel level on the rental agreement and drop it in the Budget Fastbreak return box. A closed rental agreement will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
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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Budget Car Rental at Nelson Airport

The beautiful city of Nelson lies at the tip of the South Island on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. This stunning and vibrant region is very close to the geographical centre of New Zealand, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Visitors to this great city often arrive via Nelson Airport, with Budget Car Rental operating an office from the airport to service domestic and international travellers.

Budget car hire location

Budget Car Rental at Nelson Airport operates from the Domestic Terminal, Nelson, 7011. It's easy to find the Budget office, which is situated in the car park 350 m along Trent Drive just before Rapide Place. It takes roughly 4 minutes to walk to the Budget office from the main terminal, with the 270 new parking spaces introduced in 2017 located in between the airport terminal and Budget counter. The airport is located at 41°17'54"S 173°13'16"E.

Nelson Airport Information

Nelson Airport, or Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Whakatu in Maori, is located on Trent Drive just 6 km from the centre of Nelson city. Situated in the suburb of Annesbrook southwest of the CBD, this airport is the fifth-busiest in the country by passenger numbers and the seventh-busiest by aircraft movements.

Nelson Airport has nine tarmac gates and a single domestic terminal, with daily flights to Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and a number of smaller destinations across the South Island. The Nelson Airport terminal is currently being redeveloped to cope with earthquake risk and meet growing demand. As the New Zealand South Island becomes an increasingly popular tourist destination, Nelson Airport will expand to service more domestic and international guests.

Things to see and do around Nelson Airport

Nelson Airport is located very close to Nelson City, which makes it easy to visit the city and enjoy some of its fabulous attractions. As a major regional centre, Nelson has a number of restaurants and entertainment venues, along with a fantastic variety of public parks and reserves.

There are also a number of renowned idiosyncratic arts and crafts businesses located in the city, including Potters and Glass Blowers. If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, you can visit Jens Hansen Goldsmiths where "The One Ring" was designed.

Nelson is also the gateway to a number of natural attractions, with the city surrounded by mountains on three sides and the beautiful Tasman Bay on the other. If you have a stopover in Nelson or want to use the city as a gateway, you can explore the magnificent Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, and Nelson Lakes National Park. Tranquil Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa are about 100 km away in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Nearby petrol stations

There are numerous petrol stations close to Nelson Airport, including Mobil Tahunanui on the State Highway in between the airport and the city centre. Other nearby petrol stations include Mobil Caltex in Bishopdale on Waimea Road, and Mobil Stoke and Z-Stoke on Main Road. There are also a number of petrol stations in Nelson city centre and on the Highway heading south out of town.

Fleet information at Budget Nelson Airport

Budget Nelson has an extensive range of vehicles to choose from, including economical cars and compact cars for people who want easy parking and low petrol bills. If you plan on exploring the South Island or venturing into the national parks, a number of SUVs are also available to choose from. Business customers and families can choose between a number of full-size sedans and wagons, with elite models, minivans, and utility vehicles also available with reservations.

Distances between Nelson Airport and attractions/locations.

Location Distance
Nelson Airport to Nelson CBD 6 km
Nelson Airport to Nelson Lakes National Park 84 km
Nelson Airport to Abel Tasman National Park 60 km
Nelson Airport to Christchurch 410 km
Nelson Airport to Wellington (includes ferry) 243 km
Nelson Airport to Queenstown 804 km


Does Nelson have an airport?

The City of Nelson has a single domestic airport known as the Nelson Airport. Over 1 million people use the airport annually, making it one of the busiest airports in New Zealand.

How busy is Nelson Airport?

Nelson Airport is the fifth-busiest New Zealand airport in terms of passenger numbers, and the seventh-busiest in terms of aircraft movements. While this airport is still fairly quiet and friendly by international standards, it is expected to accommodate 1.4 million passengers a year by 2035.

How to get to Nelson airport?

Nelson Airport lies just 6 km from the Nelson CBD on Trent Drive. There are two main ways to get to the airport, either south along State Highway number 6 turning and Bolt Road, or via Waimea Road through Nelson South into Quarantine.