Car Rental in Wellington Airport

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Wellington Airport (WLG)


Terminal Building,
Stewart Duff Dr, Wellington, 6022, New Zealand


(64) 4-388-0987

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Sun 7:00 AM - 12:30 AM

If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a short walk to the car lot.


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 on the ground floor, close to baggage claim.

CARS: Located on site, a short distance from the terminal.

RETURNS: Take the right hand lane on Stewart Duff Dr and follow the signs for the rental car park.

AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available. Key drop on terminal counter during airport hours. On Budget booth in the car park 24/7.
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.

Budget Car Rental at Wellington Airport

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, and also one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Located on the south western tip of the North Island, Te Whanganui-a-Tara is the second biggest city in New Zealand after Auckland.

Wellington International Airport is an important piece of infrastructure for the city, with this world-class airport located just 5.5 km from the city centre. Budget New Zealand has an office at the airport and offers a range of vehicles for domestic and international guests.

Budget car hire location at Wellington Airport

Wellington International Airport is one of the most centrally located airports in the world. Just 5.5 km south-east from the city centre, this airport is famous for its short runway along with occasional rough and turbulent landings.

The Budget office is located in the main terminal on Level 0 next to the domestic Baggage Claim area. It's easy to find the Budget counter from anywhere in the airport, with a number of rental services located within the terminal and the well-stocked car lot just a short walk away.

Wellington Airport information

Wellington International Airport is located at Terminal Building, Stewart Duff Dr, Wellington, 6022, with most guests arriving by Calabar Road. This airport is the third-busiest in New Zealand after Auckland and Christchurch, and the second-busiest in terms of aircraft movements. Wellington's location at the bottom of the North Island, close to the geographical centre of the country, makes it an ideal arrival point for people who want to explore the entire country.

The airport services a number of domestic and Australian destinations, with national and regional carriers all utilising the single runway along with several smaller general aviation businesses. Wellington International Airport operates a single terminal at the eastern end of the airport, with a main building and three piers making up a total floor area of 32,300 square metres.

Things to see and do around Wellington Airport

Wellington International Airport is located very close to the city centre, making it easy to visit multiple attractions when you have just a few hours to spare. The beautiful bays of Wellington are just a short drive away, including Breaker Bay, Houghton Bay, and the Karaka Bays. The city itself is always lively, with great restaurants, cafes, and bars dotted in and around the CBD.

Wellington Zoo is another great attraction, as is the famous Wellington Cable Car and Beehive parliament building. Wellington Harbour is also worth a visit, with this large natural harbour servicing all types and sizes of marine vessels. Wellington is a relaxed, friendly and relatively small city, with many visitors enjoying the simple pleasure of walking around and trying not to get blown over by the infamous Wellington winds.

Nearby petrol stations

Wellington Airport is well serviced with petrol stations, including the nearby Z-Broadway petrol station at the corners of Calabar Road and Broadway. Other nearby petrol stations include the Pak'nSave on Onepu Road and the Mobil on Bay Road, both at Kilbirnie.

There are also plenty of options closer to the CBD, including Z Service Stations at Vivian Street and Taranaki Street and a BP just up from Waitangi Park. Wellington is a compact city and petrol stations are easy to find in any direction.

Fleet information for Budget Wellington Airport

The Budget office at Wellington International Airport has multiple vehicles in stock, from smaller economical and compact models through to large sedans and SUVs. Vans and utility vehicles are also readily available, as are wagons for large families.

All of the cars come with automatic transmission, making them easy to drive in a range of conditions. Whether you want a small car to get around the city or a powerful vehicle to discover the rest of New Zealand, the Budget office at Wellington Airport has got you covered.

Distances between Wellington Airport and attractions/locations

Location Distance from airport
Wellington Airport to Wellington CBD 5.5 km
Wellington Airport to Cable Car 7 km
Wellington Airport to Petone 23 km
Wellington Airport to Eastbourne 32 km
Wellington Airport to Rotorua 461 km
Wellington Airport to Auckland 652 km
Wellington Airport to Napier 330 km


What time does Wellington airport open?

Wellington International Airport is open daily for 22 hours, closing for just 2 hours between 1.30am and 3.30am.

How much is a taxi from Wellington Airport to City?

A standard taxi fare from the Wellington CBD to the airport costs around NZ$40, with a number of taxi companies operating in the city. To make the most of your time in Wellington we suggest renting a car for easy transport. 

Where is Budget Rent A Car located at Wellington Airport?

At Wellington airport, Budget is located in the car rental section, on the ground floor next to domestic luggage claim.

How much does it cost to rent a car from Wellington Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Wellington Airport depends on the type and size of vehicle, the duration of rental as well as any optional coverages and products you choose. To get a quote enter your details in the search form today!

Can I rent a car from Wellington Airport and return to the South 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.

What cars are available to rent from Budget at Wellington Airport?

Budget offers a variety of vehicles for rent from Wellington Airport.  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 details in our search form to view the available cars in Wellington.

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