Car Hire at Palmerston North Airport
This information is correct as of November 2015
Whether you're planning a road tour of the North Island or just enjoy having access to your own vehicle, car hire at Palmerston North Airport will get your trip off to the right start.
Where to hire a car at Palmerston North Airport
Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz and Europcar all offer car hire from Palmerston North Airport.
Petrol stations near Palmerston North Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There's a Gull Petrol Station on Tremaine Avenue, about five minutes drive from the terminal.
Driving around Palmerston North Airport
Driving around the airport is very easy going. The roads between the airport and the city centre are single-carriageway. Traffic in New Zealand drives on the left-hand side of the road, just like in the UK.
Getting to your destination
With a lively student population and a fantastic cultural scene, Palmerston North combines cosmopolitan buzz with rural charm. The Tararua and Ruahine mountains are just a short hop away, as is the breathtaking Te Apiti-Manawatu Gorge.
It takes about ten minutes to drive into downtown Palmerston North from the airport. Parking in the city is zoned and metered. Charge periods are from Monday to Friday 8:30-5:30pm, Saturday 9am-3pm, and free parking on Sundays. You can stay in on-street spaces for up to 120 minutes and for an unlimited amount of time in parking lots. Fees vary depending on zone, but the maximum you can expect to pay is $1.20* (about 50p) an hour. Always pay attention to local signs.
Turoa on Mount Ruapehu is one of New Zealand's most popular ski destinations. It's also worth visiting during the summer period (November to April), when you can hike the mountain and explore the breathtaking volcanic scenery.
It takes about two hours and ten minutes to drive to the Turoa Ski Area from Palmerston North Airport. If you're visiting during the winter season make sure the car hire company supplies you with tire chains as the roads to the resort can be very snowy. Bring an ice scraper: a day in the resort parking lot can leave your windscreen icy.
Art Deco architecture and Hawke's Bay wine are the two main draws to Napier. The city is near some of the region's oldest and most prestigious wineries, and has the world's largest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings.
Driving from Palmerston North makes a great alternative if you can't find cheap flights to Napier-Hastings Airport. It takes about two hours and ten minutes to reach Napier from Palmerston North Airport. Parking in the city centre is zoned and metered. Charge periods are from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, 8am-2pm on Saturday and free on Sunday. Free parking is available for up to two hours on the outskirts of the CBD. Always check local signs.
Prices subject to change