Car Rental in Nelson Airport

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Nelson Airport (NSN)


Domestic Terminal,
Nelson Si, 7011, New Zealand


(64) 03-547-9586

Hours of Operation:

Sun 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM; Mon - Fri 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM; Sat 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM


Location Information
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: As you exit terminal building, the Budget booth is located to the left. CARS: Located a short distance from the booth. RETURNS: Follow signs for car rental returns. The car park is located on Trent Dr. AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available 24/7. Drop box on Budget booth.
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 Rental, Attractions, and Restaurants near Nelson Airport

Headed on vacation? Not sure where to go, or what to do? Consider Nelson, on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, New Zealand. The destination is popular among tourists as there is plenty to see and do. Flying in is a breeze, and car rental - even easier.

The Airport

Nelson Airportis nestled in the city of Nelson, on the South Island. Located on Trent Drive, it is close to the centre of New Zealand, offering access to most of the country. While waiting at the airport, you can grab a coffee at one of the coffee shops, sit and dine in the cafes or grab any souvenirs or forgotten items at The Nelson Store. You may even find the perfect gift to bring home to your family.

Budget Car Rental

Budget Car Rental is onsite and easy to access, for those that choose to fly in to Nelson airport. It's located in the domestic terminal situated along Trent Drive. Walkthrough the car park and the Budget office is just before Rapide Place, about a four-minute walk from the terminals.

Budget's large fleet of cars gives everyone something to choose from, whether economy class or luxury vehicles. They also have SUVs available for those who need more space or for those exploring the national parks.

After-hours, you can use the conveniently located drop box to return your car. Just park and lock the car, and drop the keys and your contract in the drop box. Don't forget to take all of your belongings with you when you go! Your receipt will be sent to you within 48 hours.

There are many petrol stations nearby for when you return your car - or to gas up on your way out. Stop at one of the nearby Mobile stations -Mobile Caltrex, Mobile Stoke, or Mobile Tahunanui, or find another station on State Highway between the airport and city centre. There are several to choose from.

Things To Do in Nelson City

Nelson City is a regional hub offering many different things to see and do. There are restaurants and entertainment for the nightlife, and a variety of public parks, both national parks and city parks.

Picking from the many different restaurants is not an easy task, as you have a variety of food options from standard New Zealand food to Chinese, Italian, European, Thai, or Indian. With so many different choices, you may need to stay more than one night!

Nearby national parks include Kahurangi National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, and Nelson Lakes National Park. With hiking trails, beautiful sandy beaches, granite cliffs, forested hills, camping, fishing, hunting, and rafting, these parks offer something for everyone. Whether planning a day trip, a weekend trip, or spending the entire week, there is sure to be something to keep you busy.

Arts and crafts are abundant in the city. Pottery stores, glass blowers, and art galleries line the streets. Visit the World of Wearable Art & Nelson Classic Car Museum for a one of a kind experience. See a performance at the Theatre Royal or the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, and of course, you can visit Jens Hansen Goldsmiths, the jeweller that created 'One Ring', from the Lord of the Rings.

Distance to Attractions

From Airport to Attraction Distance in km

  • World of Wearable Art & Classica Car Museum 1.5km
  • Nelson CBD 6 km
  • Melrose House 6.6 km
  • Port Nelson 7 km
  • Morrison Square 7.5 km
  • Abel Tasman National Park 60 km
  • Nelson Lakes National Park 84 km
  • Victoria Forest National Park 210 km

Nelson City, NZ is a wonderful place to visit. Getting there is easy with Nelson airport closeby and touring is even easier with Budget Rental Car. The many activities, from the outdoors to the fine arts, offer something for everyone to enjoy and are all close to the airport. Whether in the city for business or pleasure, you are sure to have a wonderful trip!


Where can I rent a car in Nelson?

Budget Car Rental is conveniently located at the Airport's Domestic Terminal

What time does Nelson airport open?

Open from 5:00 am - 10:30 pm during the week, 5:00 am - 8:00 pm on Saturday, and 6:00 am - 10:00 pm on Sunday, there are plenty of opportunities to fly into Nelson.

How busy is Nelson Airport?

Being a regional airport, Nelson is busy enough to have the flights you need, but not so busy you will get lost. With nine tarmac gates and up to 500 flights weekly to places throughout the region, the airport is the fifth busiest in New Zealand. Daily flights go to Christchurch, Auckland, and Wellington.