Car Rental in New Plymouth Airport

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New Plymouth Airport (NPL)


Terminal Building,
New Plymouth, 4373, New Zealand


(64) 6 755 1565

Hours of Operation:

Sun - Fri 7:15 AM - 9:00 PM; Sat 7:15 AM - 5:45 PM


Location Information

Conveniently located at the arrivals hall at New Plymouth Airport, Budget Rent a Car offers a wide range of late model rental cars, 4WDs, and vans. Budget New Plymouth Airport is open to meet all incoming flights and is managed by the New Plymouth City location, so you can count on Budget for all your New Plymouth and Taranaki 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.

Keep an eye out for our latest car rental Special Offers and let Budget drive your dollar further.

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 terminal, along the back wall past the café, to the right of baggage claim.

CARS: Exit the main doors and the vehicles are on the right-hand side.

RETURNS: Take Airport Dr towards the terminal. The rental car park is located in front of the terminal.

AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available until 8pm. Drop box located on the in terminal counter.
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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Renter Requirements

Car Hire at New Plymouth Airport

Serving the immediate region of Tairaki, New Plymouth Airport is compact and intimate. Whether you’re in the area for a brief stay or you’re planning to spend a little while there, have you thought about how you’ll get around? At Budget New Zealand, we make hiring a car at New Plymouth Airport both cost-friendly and convenient.

Where to find the car hire desks at New Plymouth Airport

Finding the car hire desks at New Plymouth Airport is easy. You’ll find them in the arrivals area.

How to reach New Plymouth Airport

To reach New Plymouth Airport, you’ll need to take State Highway 44 from Molesworth Street. Turn right onto Hobson Street, then continue onto State Highway 3. Take a slight left to remain on SH3, then exit when you see signs for Airport Drive on your left. Once you’re on Airport Drive, follow the signs for the airport. There’s only one terminal, so finding your target destination should be easy.

Things to do near New Plymouth Airport

If you have a brief layover in New Plymouth or if you just don’t want to travel far, there’s still lots for you to do. Here are some of our favourite activities near New Plymouth Airport:

Mount Taranaki

As the mountain that stood in for Mount Fiji in The Last Samurai, Mount Taranaki is impressive to behold. Fortunately, it isn’t as tall as Mount Fiji, so you won’t struggle to climb it. It’s only 56.6km away from New Plymouth Airport, too.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is both an art gallery and a museum. While there, you’ll likely learn more about kinetic motion than you would do elsewhere on Earth. As it’s free to enter and only 11.9km away from New Plymouth Airport, it’s definitely worth driving to.

Puke Ariki

If you want to focus your learning activities purely on Maori culture, Puke Ariki is worth a visit. It’s interactive and captures some of the key events in the Maori world. Much of it is outdoors, so prepare for rainy weather if you’re visiting outside of the summer season. Puke Ariki is 12.1km away from New Plymouth Airport.

Refuelling locations near New Plymouth Airport

When you hire a car at New Plymouth Airport, you’ll need to return the vehicle with a full tank of petrol. Fortunately, there are lots of refuelling locations nearby that you can try:

  • Z on the Smart Road
  • Z at 202-204 Mangorei Road
  • Z on the corner of Courtenay Street
  • Challenge Spotswood at 136 South Road
  • GAS Vogeltown at 344 Carrington Street

The cars you can hire

At Budget New Zealand, we want to make sure you hire a car at New Plymouth Airport while staying cost-friendly. At the same time, we always strive to help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs. Whether you require something large and rugged or small and extra-economical, we’ll find something in our fleet for you.

Distances to nearby popular locations

Hiring a car at New Plymouth Airport is an excellent opportunity to explore more of New Zealand’s North Island. Here are some of the best sites for you to try:

  • Lake Mangamahoe 22.1km
  • Brooklands Zoo 12.7km
  • Tupare 13.7km
  • Sugarloaf Island 16km
  • Taranaki Beach 16.5km


What is New Plymouth known for?

Globally, New Plymouth is known for its favourable climate and abundance of nearby mountains and lakes. Those who visit the area for business often do so because of the oil rigs. As an area that doesn’t have a dense population, New Plymouth is known for its laid-back vibe and seemingly endless opportunities to relax.

What is there to do in New Plymouth at night?

If you have an evening to spare while you’re in New Plymouth, consider heading to Pukekura Park. It’s well lit, but there’s an emphasis on decorative lighting, which makes it perfect for night photography or romantic walks. Alternatively, you can try one of the area’s many late-night restaurants. India Today Tandoor and Bistro offer dishes for all dietary requirements, making it a versatile option.

What is the best time to visit New Plymouth?

Visit New Plymouth during September through to November if you want to see it in full bloom during its spring months. Otherwise, December through to February are the best months to visit when you want good weather.

At Budget New Zealand, we want to make hiring a car at New Plymouth Airport cost-friendly and efficient. Book online today to find the best New Plymouth rental car today.