Renting A Car In Wellington


Our tips for hiring a car and driving around Wellington

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Many visitors to Wellington will be arriving into Wellington not just to see the city but to explore the surrounding region and beyond. 

As New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is a bustling harbour city of tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee.  Surrounded by a rolling hillside of houses, it's home to Parliament, a historic cable car ride, botanical gardens and glorious panoramic views.

At the foot of the North Island, Wellington is a good starting point to explore the rest of the North Island.  It’s also the northern gateway to the South Island and a popular setting off point by ferry for those who want to explore Marlborough, Nelson and the South Island.  With plenty to explore in Wellington and beyond, it means renting a car is the best way to get around all the attractions.

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Where To Pick Up Your Wellington Car Rental:

Most of the major car rental companies are located at Wellington Airport including, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Entreprise, Europcar, Thrifty and Ezi.  You’ll see the car rental counters on the Ground Level next to domestic baggage claim.  Wellington Airport is around a 20 minute drive, from the town centre although around 40 minutes during peak traffic times.   A number of the rental companies also have downtown locations.

Car Rental Insurance:

Typically there are 3 levels of insurance cover to choose from which will determine your final price.  This ranges from $0 excess to usually $2500 excess cover.  We’d suggest picking the $0 excess to remove any financial worries in the event of an accident.

New Zealand Car Rental Locations:

Most of the car rental pick-up and drop-off locations are in the major cities which there are not many!  Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua on the North Island.  While on the South Island, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Driving Distances In New Zealand

A quick guide to the driving distances from Wellington to the main areas to visit in New Zealand.  View Here.

Driving Routes:
Wellington To Auckland
Our guide to driving from Wellington to Auckland.

Best Wellington Day Trips 
Our guide to the best 5 trips to make by car from Wellington.

Scenic Drives Around Wellington
Wellington offers some spectacular scenic drives that take in the coastline, mountains, city and farmland that typify this beautiful island.  Here is our guide to four of the best Wellington scenic drives.