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Queenstown Airport (ZQN)


Terminal Building,
Queenstown, 9300, New Zealand


(64) 3-442-3450

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Sun 8:00 AM - 9:00 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: Located in-between International Arrivals and Domestic Baggage claim.

CARS: Exit the terminal near the counter and proceed past the taxi and shuttle stands. Cross the road and follow the signs to the rental car park.

RETURNS: Take the entry on the left of Sir Henry Wigley Dr to the Rental car park.

AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available. Drop box on the car park booth 24/7 and another on the terminal counter during airport opening 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.

Adventure in Queenstown

Bored? Seeking adventure? Look no further than Queenstown, New Zealand - the adventure capital of the world. This small town offers breathtaking views, ski resorts, and endless mountains – a sure place to find your adventure. Hop from mountain to mountain with a rental car from Budget Rental Car, which you can get right at the local airport.

The Airport

Meeting rooms are available at the airport for the business traveller, from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. The rooms can be used for board meetings, workshops, and a wide variety of other meetings and activities. Free wifi is available throughout the airport, including the meeting rooms. While waiting at the airport, grab coffee or food at one of the cafes. Shop for clothing, jewellery, books, or sweets at one of several onsite retail stores. Grab something you forgot, or find a gift for your loved one still at home.

Budget Car Rental

Queenstown Airport conveniently has a car rental area along the arrivals hall of the airport. Budget Car Rental is there to help you with your car rental needs. Open for all incoming flights to the airport, you'll find the staff at Budget quick to help.

Budget's large fleet of cars gives you a variety of cars to choose from, whether you are looking for something for a large family or if you're flying solo. Planning a trip with rugged terrain? No problem. Budget's 4-Wheel Drive options have you covered. We include cars which are suitable for the mountainous area and the snow sports available in the area.

The unlimited kilometres, 24-hour roadside assistance, and insurance that Budget Rental Car offers for free with each vehicle make renting your car even easier. Child safety seats and GPS navigation are also available if you should need these options.

We know your schedule does not revolve around our business hours. Use the drop box for your after-hours returns, by simply putting the keys and the agreement in the drop box after filling out the mileage and fuel level. Don't forget your personal belongings!

Before returning your car, you'll need to stop for fuel to avoid those pesky return charges. Choose from different stations in the area, including a Mobile Station on McBride Street, a BP and a Z-Queenstown on Frankton.

Things to Do in Queenstown

Queenstown is New Zealand's most popular tourist destination. With Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps in the background, it's hard to miss the beauty of the area. Lake Wakatipu offers crystal clear water, kayaking, and other summer sports in the warmer months. Take a jet boat ride majestic Skippers Canyon. In the winter, the mountains are filled with skiers and snowboarders. The energy of the area is contagious and draws a big crowd.

If you need a break from the great outdoors, stop in at one of the many art galleries in town offering a variety of different art by local and national artists. Also, be sure to visit the local wineries for a tour and tasting. There are many to choose from, each offering their own unique twist on your favourite wines.

For your wining and dining pleasure, Queenstown has it all. You have a variety of food options from Japanese, Italian, French, Thai, Turkish, Mexican, Sushi, or Indian. Many restaurants serve selections of the local wine, so be sure to check it out. The only problem you'll have here is picking which restaurant to eat at!

Explore the beauty and vibrancy of this area with a Budget Rental Car. You will get to see the landscape at your pace, explore places you've only dreamed of, and take time to relax the night away.

Distance to Attractions

From Airport to Attraction Distance in km

  • Lake Wakatipu 19.1 km
  • Skippers Canyon 35.5 km
  • Chard Farm Winery 20.5 km
  • Central Art Gallery 7.9 km
  • Queenstown Gallery of Fine Art 7.9 km

With so many activities near and in the city, everyone will find something to enjoy, from the great outdoors to the dining and arts. Make your sightseeing easier by picking up a rental car from Budget Rental while at the airport. See the city and surrounding area at your pace. Whether you are visiting Queenstown for pleasure, or for business, you will find something to enjoy.


How far is Queenstown Airport from town?

Located just seven kilometres away from Queenstown, Queenstown airport is in a convenient location for starting your perfect adventure. They have recently implemented a self-service check-in solution so you can avoid lines at the counter.

Where does Queenstown Airport fly to?

Domestically, you can fly from Queenstown airport to Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. International destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Coolangatta.


Queenstown Airport Car rental and Location details

Our Car Hire Fleet


Do you need a dependable car rental at Queenstown Airport? The Avis airport counter supplies a great selection of vehicles, from compact hatches and family wagons to 4WDs and SUVs. We also have commercial models, with all vehicles maintained by experts and kept in tip-top condition. If you're looking for van rental at Queenstown Airport, car hire at Queenstown Airport, or something else entirely, we are happy to help. We offer great car rental deals on all makes and models, from 4WD rental and EV rental packages to mini bus hire, bus hire, truck hire, and more.

Commercial Vehicle Hire - Ute - Van - Truck - Bus

At Avis, we offer a comprehensive range of vehicles, including a large and growing commercial fleet. Whether you're a tourist operator in town for the season, a local business owner, or a travelling builder, we have the right automobile for you. We offer ute hire, mini van rental, bus rental, and van hire at Queenstown Airport, and all models are selected for local conditions. We also offer competitive market prices, including one-way car hire and long-term car rental discount offers. At Avis, we are the recognised ute - van - truck - bus rental experts.

Our Car Rental Deals & Offers

At Avis, we want to ensure our Queenstown Airport car rental services are available to everyone.

Whether you’re planning to spend an extended period exploring the city or simply need transportation to explore the city centre, our long-term car rentals are a great option. Additionally, to help you save money on your car hire, we recommend searching for our car rental deals.


How much does it cost to hire a car at Queenstown Airport?

Whether you're in Queenstown for work or play, having your own vehicle is the only way to get around. While the CBD itself is very small, most attractions are located a fair distance from the city. The exact cost of a car rental depends on many things, including the vehicle you choose, the rental period, and the type of insurance coverage you select. Whether you want SUV hire, 4WD hire, electric car hire, or mini van hire, we offer great car rental deals throughout the year.

What are the opening hours for the Queenstown Airport station?

At Avis, we do everything we can to make your life easier. Our airport opening hours reflect popular arrival times, and our downtown office is also very accessible. The Queenstown Airport station is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. If you need to drop off your car outside these hours, there are two secure drop boxes located in the car park and at the counter inside the terminal. Whether you're looking for SUV rental, electric car rental, or something else entirely, Avis makes it simple.

Do I need a New Zealand driving license to rent a car at Queenstown Airport?

The Driver must (i) hold a full, current and valid driving licence (not being a learners licence or provisional licence), (ii) have an International Driving Permit (IDP) or official translation (if a licence is not in Roman alphabet), (iii) have held their licence for minimum 12 consecutive months immediately prior to signing the Rental Agreement.

An International Driving Permit is not a stand-alone document and this must be carried with your valid domestic driving licence for it to be valid.

Digital drivers licences are only accepted in the issuing state. If you're travelling interstate you must present a physical (plastic) drivers licence.

What is the age requirement to rent a car at Queenstown Airport?

The minimum age to drive a vehicle with Avis is 21 years of age. All drivers must hold a current, full and valid driver's licence, that has been valid for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. A young driver surcharge may apply.

Can I rent a car at Queenstown Airport and return it to a different location?

You can amend your booking online by clicking on this link and following the prompts or on our mobile app. If you have trouble amending your booking online please contact the location you collected the vehicle from to make amendments.

Can I rent ski racks, snowboard racks and snow chains?

At Avis, we have a range of ski accessories that can be added to your rental. Available from select locations refer to the recommended extras and equipment tab on step 3 of the booking process for further information.

Does Queenstown have an international airport?

Queenstown Airport is primarily domestic. However, a selection of New Zealand and Australian airlines fly to cities throughout Australia as well as major domestic destinations. If you want to take an international flight that goes further afield, you’ll need to fly with Air New Zealand Link to either Wellington or Auckland and connect with an international carrier there.

How far is Queenstown City Centre from Queenstown Airport?

Queenstown City Centre is about 10 kms away from Queenstown Airport. Depending on the time of day, your journey will last between 15 and 20 minutes.

Driving in Queenstown

Driving in the city and surrounding region is fairly easy, as long as you have the right vehicle. Lots of people prefer SUVs and 4WDs in this part of the South Island, especially if you plan on heading to the mountains. Local speed limits range from 50 km/h in urban areas to 110 km/h on highways, and road congestion varies depending on the season. If you're looking for a service station near the airport, you will find multiple examples on Frankton Road, including a BP and Mobil near the airport on the corner of Kawarau Road.

Explore Queenstown

Queenstown is a picturesque city full of many attractions, which are found both within and beyond the city limits. As the primary jewel in the South Island's tourism crown, this popular city brings in tourists from all over the world. Queenstown is famous as an adventure-lovers paradise, and some of the biggest highlights include bungee jumping, white water rafting, jet boating, and helicopter rides. There are also lots of great skiing on offer, including many great runs at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Whether you want EV hire, ute rental, mini bus rental, or truck rental to explore Queenstown, Avis has the solution.

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