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The Best Car Rental Companies in Queenstown

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What is the best car rental company in Queenstown?

Travelling New Zealand by car gives you the ultimate freedom! Starting your trip from Queenstown puts you right in the heart of the South Island beauty, but which car rental company in Queenstown is the right one for you? Use our comparison of the car rental companies in Queenstown to make the decision that will lead to an awesome trip starting from Queenstown!

The list of car rental companies in Queenstown are the market leaders which provide the best value for money. They offer competitive daily rates so the best way to compare prices to simply fill out your travel dates direct on their website. That way, you can really see what’s included in your rental. Learn more about making comparisons in our How to Compare Car and Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand.

5 Things to look at when comparing Car rental companies in Queenstown

  • Location: In Queenstown, most car rental companies are based close to Queenstown Airport with a few exceptions on Shotover Street in the centre of Queenstown. Are they convenient for your? Are there any extra fees you will need to pay for the “premium” location? Also consider where you are ending your trip and whether the drop-off locations are convenient for you.
  • Prices and inclusions: The price of car rental changes largely depending on season. Read our 20 Ways To Save Money on Car Rental in New Zealand to see when the best time to rent a car usually is. Also, when comparing prices, compare what’s included in that price to understand the true value of the car rental. We have added the inclusions in the comparison below. Additionally, be aware that not insurance policies are the same, so compare what the insurance offered actually covers.
  • Vehicles offered: Most car rental companies in Queenstown will maintain even their oldest cars to the highest standards, however a more modern vehicle is less likely to give you any problems. You also need to find a car type that meets your needs. If you are considering a campervan, head over to Should You Rent a Campervan or Car in New Zealand?
  • Service: Once you have picked a few car rental companies from this comparison, send some questions to the companies and see how helpful they are with their answers. Service will become very important should anything go wrong during your trip.
  • Reviews: It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers’ experiences. Why not ask the question in a backpacking Facebook Group?
Off Track Rentals

Apex

Apex Rental Cars

For ultimate flexibility, Apex Car Rentals has a huge number of depots around the country with no extra costs for one-way trips. Their fleet is large and modern for a more premium experience on a budget.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown (Shotover Street) and Queenstown Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown, Auckland, Auckland Airport, Blenheim Airport, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch City (Kilmore Street), Greymouth, Napier Airport, Nelson Airport, Nelson City, Picton, Picton Ferry Terminal, Wellington (Victoria Street) and Wellington Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons and 4WD and van/people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 7 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free one-way rental available
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$19-$27 per day with less excess.

GO Rentals

Go Rentals

Go Rentals has a large fleet of rental cars in all the major arrival cities in New Zealand. There modern fleet means less chance of a breakdown, however, should it happen, roadside assistance is included in every rental. The Auckland car rental company also offers hundreds of discounts on activities around the country.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Aiport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown, Auckland City Centre, Auckland Airport, Wellington (Miramar) and Christchurch Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, van/people carriers, and camper trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 6 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Go Play discount card (discounts on 100+ activities)
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$1500 excess and NZ$1500 bond for 25+ year old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for 21-24 year old driver. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$18 per day with less excess and bond to pay. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Snap Rentals

Snap Rentals

Snap Rentals is extremely backpacker-friendly, especially for young drivers with insurance costs being the same for drivers of any age. No extra charge for multiple drivers is an added bonus.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs. They also do accommodation shuttle pick-up and drop-offs for airport locations.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Centre (Church Street) and Queenstown Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown, Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD/ute and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 13 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance included in the rental with NZ$2000 excess or get an insurance add-on for NZ$16-$24 per day for 0 to NZ$200 excess and no bond to pay. There is also an insurance available for restricted or P Plate licenses.

OMEGA

Omega rental cars

With so many pick-up and drop-off locations with no one-way charges, Omega is well worth considering if you plan to start and end your trip on different islands. What’s more, the possibility of changing rental vehicles in Wellington and Picton to reduce ferry costs is appealing.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown (Shotover Street) and Queenstown Aiport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown, Auckland City, Auckland Aiport, Wellington (Thorndon), Wellington Airport, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch (Lichfield Street), and Christchurch Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, SUV, 4WD and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • One way hire available
  • Option to leave a vehicle at Wellington/Picton and pick up another vehicle after the ferry crossing to reduce cost of the ferry
  • Basic insurance
  • Maps and guide book with activity discounts
  • Free seats for children
  • Postcard and pen
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and a NZ$2000 bond for 21+ year old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for 18-20 year old driver or driver with a restricted license. Or insurance add-ons for drivers over 21 years old of NZ$15-$20 per day with no excess and NZ$400 bond. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Ezi Car Rentals

Ezi Car Rental

With a fleet of 1800 vehicles, there are plenty of options with Ezi Car Rental. Most of the models are late models, with the exception of a few, so if you are looking for something reliable at a bit of an extra cost then Ezi is for you.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

The Ezi Car Rental kiosk is located inside the airport.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown, Auckland Airport, Auckland, Christchurch Airport, Wellington Airport and Dunedin Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, utes, and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 11 years old.

Inclusions
  • 2 drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2500 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$18-$22 per day with less excess.

Jucy

Jucy

Jucy Rentals is car and campervan rental company with backpackers in mind. With a low minimum age and a great range of budget options, they are worth considering for a budget trip around New Zealand. Be aware that they do charge a “Premium location fee” for the Queenstown Airport, however this fee is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown, Christchurch Airport, Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Wellington Airport and Dunedin Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, 4WD, van/people carriers, and campercars, campervans and motorhomes.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Basic insurance
  • Activity discounts
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$2000 bond. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$16-$20 per day with less excess and less bond to pay. What’s included in the insurance is clearly stated on the Jucy website so be sure to use this compare with other insurances offered.

Hitch

Hitch

Given the right season, Hitch offers some extremely affordable cars. Their budget range might have some older vehicles, as expected, but they are low mileage making for a more reliable journey.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, SUVs and van/people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$1000 bond by way of credit card or insurance add-ons for NZ$10-$17.50 per day with less excess.

ace rental cars

Ace Rental cars

With a fleet of new and late-model vehicles, Ace Rentals has cars that are more likely to be reliable and be fuel-efficient. With plenty of drop-off locations (at no extra one-way costs), this allows you to be more flexible. There is a premium location fee for airport depots but this is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available to and from Queenstown Airport between 8am and 8.30pm.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown, Christchurch Airport, Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Dunedin Airport, Picton, Queenstown Airport and Wellington Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, people carriers and campervans.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 8 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Toll road fees included
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$750 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$17 per day with less excess and no bond to pay.

Alamo

Alamo (Redspot Car Rentals)

This Australian-based company has a fleet of Kia cars available to rent from Queenstown Airport. Note that a young driver surcharge applies at NZ$13 per day for drivers between 21-24 years old and you must have held your license for at least one year. Also note that they charge an airport surcharge of around NZ$45. The rental depot is within walking distance of the airport.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Queenstown Pick-Up Location: Queenstown Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Queenstown Airport, Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport and Wellington Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 6 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$4600 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$24-$27 per day with less excess and bond to pay (the excess can only be reduced to NZ$340 for drivers aged 21-24 years old). Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

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