Car Hire in Queenstown
This information is correct as of June 2015.
As a scenic town in the South Island of New Zealand, driving around Queenstown feels like a journey in itself. Queenstown is also one of the most beautiful regions that offer year round attractions, and it will be a pain to waste it by not exploring the countryside on your own. From Queenstown, nearby destinations are also within reach that offers equally stunning views. Read on to find out more how you can benefit from hiring a car via Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car in Queenstown
If you are coming from Queenstown Airport, you can easily rent a car. Car rental companies Hertz, Wai Hire Cars, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty, and Jucy are all accessible in the Queenstown Airport Terminal. Meanwhile, Ace Rental Cars and Smart Cars are accessible beside the public car park and Queenstown Airport delivery, respectively. Go Rentals is also within a 300-metre distance from the airport, accessible via pink shuttle bus in the airport. These and other local providers also have various locations within the city, making it convenient for you to rent a car anywhere you are, as well as to specify your desired pick-up and drop-off location other than the airport.
What to expect when hiring a car from Queenstown
Queenstown in itself is compact enough and most sites can be visited by foot. Because of this, parking is extremely difficult to find by day. If you wish to simply go around Queenstown, it is best if you will leave your car in your hotel or around the quieter neighbouring suburbs within Queenstown’s Central Business District.
However, if you wish to go beyond Queenstown, a car rental is highly useful. You can reach other destinations via State Highway 6. Driving a car in New Zealand also has its rewards, as you will get to see the countryside’s amazing sceneries of tooth-range Mountains and enormously beautiful lakes.
Getting to your destination
From Queenstown, you can go on an exploration spree to visit other nearby destinations.
The compact village of Arrowtown is a short 20-minute drive from Queenstown. Upon reaching Arrowtown, substitute your four-wheeled vehicle into two-wheeled bicycle. The most scenic view are laid on bike trails, such as Macetown old mining village and if you are the sporty type, go on a Queenstown Cycle Tour over a 100-kilometre stretch of Queenstown trail that passes by vineyards.
Easily reachable via Gorge Road / Arthur’s Point Road, continue driving until Malaghans Road and you will reach Arrowtown. You can leave your car in a designated parking area in Macetown and hop aboard a 4WD. You can also leave your car in the outskirts of the busy district of Arrowtown, and walk your way towards the main road, which features wide array of eateries and restaurants.
Wanaka is a compact town lying on the shores of Lake Wanaka, where it got its name. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Southwest New Zealand alongside with Fiordland National Park to the south, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and Westland National Park both on the North. Notable attractions include the Gates of Haast Falls, a series of rapids along HAAST Highway.
If you want to travel off the beaten track, you should make sure first that your car is in good driving condition and your gas tank is full of fuel. Wanaka is a remote town in New Zealand. Reachable within a one hour drive on State Highway 6 over a 70-kilometre stretch, continue driving until Cardrona Valley Road, and the roads will lead you to Wanaka. Upon reaching Wanaka, you can simply visit Lake Hawea and follow a local carpool system. You can also refer to stop and pickup points for car rental.
A perfect destination for families or any large groups who want to make the most out of New Zealand and recharge their weary spirit through a relaxing getaway. Relatively quieter than the nearby Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier rests at the foot of Aoraki, or Mt. Cook, one of New Zealand’s highest peaks. Go to Matheson, a short drive from Fox Glacier just to have a glimpse of Mt. Cook’s reflection. Drive further south of the Matheson and you’ll find yourself marvelling at the best view of the peaks of Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and Mt. Tasman.
Reachable within a 4.5-hour drive from Queenstown unto State Highway 6, turn left unto Crown Range road and continue unto Cardrona Valley Road. Make a slight right unto Riverbank Road and make a right turn unto State Highway 84. Continue driving past Haast Pass – Makarora Road and just continue following the road that will lead you to Fox Glacier.