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The Best Car Rental Companies in Wellington

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What is the best car rental company in Wellington?

Enjoy the ultimate freedom of exploring New Zealand at your own pace by renting a car! If your adventure starts in Wellington, then you are onto a good thing. New Zealand’s capital city has a fantastic range of car rental companies located across the city, from Wellington Airport to the ferry terminals. What’s more, many of the car rental companies in Wellington offer a fantastic range of inclusions, such as one-way travel at no extra cost. We compare such inclusions and more in this comparison of the best car rentals in Wellington!

In this Wellington car rental comparison, we focus on car rental companies that offer the best value for money. We look at convenience in their pick-up and drop-off locations, what insurance is provided, and more. Take a look at How to Compare Car and Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand for more advice on comparing rental companies.

For more options, check out the Wellington car rentals on Rentalcars.com.

5 Tips for comparing Car rental companies in Wellington

  • Location: In Wellington, there are car rental depots located at the Wellington Airport, city centre, ferry terminals and elsewhere. When comparing location, figure out if you are able to get to the rental depot. What is the most convenient location for you? Are there any extra fees you will need to pay for the “premium” location, i.e. the airport? 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 rentals in Wellington vastly changes from season to 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. Plus, when comparing prices, compare what is included in the price to understand the true value of the car rental. For this reason, we have added the inclusions in the Wellington car rental comparison below. Additionally, insurance policies are not the same, so compare what the insurance offered actually covers.
  • Vehicles offered: Most car rental companies in Wellington 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 sleeping in the vehicle, check out our advice in Should You Rent a Campervan or Car in New Zealand?
  • Service: Once you have picked a few car rental companies from this comparison, we recommend sending 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 travels.
  • Reviews: It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers’ experiences. Why not ask the question in a backpacking Facebook Group?
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GO Rentals

Go Rentals

Go Rentals has a huge fleet of rental cars in all the major arrival cities in New Zealand, giving you the option to do one-way trips (from Auckland to Wellington, for instance) with ease. Their fleet is constantly kept up to date, giving you a more reliable vehicle with less chance of a breakdown. However, should it happen, roadside assistance is included in every rental. The Wellington car rental company also offers hundreds of discounts on activities around the country, including the ferry across to the South Island.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

A courtesy shuttle is available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Wellington Pick-Up Location: Wellington Airport

Drop-off Locations: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch Airport and Queenstown 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 a 25+-year-old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for a 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.

Omega Rental Cars

Omega Rental CArs

Ideally located at the Wellington Airport and the InterIslander Ferry Terminal, Omega Rental Cars is ready to go as soon as you leave the ferry. Speaking of the ferry, the Wellington car rental company also offers the choice of dropping off a car in Picton and picking up a different rental vehicle in Wellington, therefore vastly reducing the cost of your ferry crossing. What’s more, Omega has no one-way charge, so they are worth considering if you’re ending your road trip in, let’s say, Auckland.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

A courtesy shuttle is available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Wellington Pick-Up Location: Wellington (Thorndon, InterIslander Ferry Terminal) and Wellington Airport

Drop-off Locations: Auckland City Centre, Auckland Airport, Christchurch, Wellington, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim, Queenstown and Queenstown 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 the 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 an NZ$2000 bond for a 21+-year-old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for an 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.

Apex Car Rentals

Apex Rental Cars

For ultimate flexibility, Apex Car Rentals is another car rental company in Wellington with plenty of more drop-off locations and no one-way fee. It’s possible to get a good deal with this rental company, adding to the advantage of their large and modern fleet.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

A courtesy shuttle is available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Wellington Pick-Up Location: Wellington (Victoria Street) and Wellington Airport.

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

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.

Ace Rental Cars

Ace Rental cars

With a fleet of new and late-model vehicles, Ace Rentals offers reliable and be fuel-efficient cars in Wellington. Again, there’s no need to worry about dropping your rental vehicle in a different location, as the one-way fee is waived. Note that there is a premium location fee for airport depots but this fee is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

A courtesy shuttle is available to and from airport and airport depots between during normal working hours.

Wellington Pick-Up Location: Wellington Airport.

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

Bargain Rental Cars

Bargain Rental Cars

Just like the name suggestions, Bargain Rental Cars is all about competitive prices. In fact, they are the only car rental company in this comparison with a “best price guarantee”. They offer an alternative rental depot in Wellington within the city centre, as well as a courtesy shuttle from the Wellington Airport, which may be more convenient for some travellers.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

A courtesy shuttle is available for Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Wellington Pick-Up Location: Wellington (Cuba Street).

Drop-off Locations: Auckland City Centre (Beach Road), Auckland (Onehunga), North Shore (Glenfield), Mount Wellington, Grey Lynn and East Tamaki, Hamilton (Frankton), Wellington and Christchurch (Hornby).

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, scooters, van/people carriers, trucks and trailers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 18 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance (for drivers over 25 years old)
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$1200 excess for a 25+-year-old driver or a mandatory NZ$15 per day insurance with NZ$2500 excess for an 18-24-year-old driver. Alternatively, there are insurance add-ons for NZ$10-$15 per day with less excess and bond to pay. An NZ$250 bond is only payable if you cannot supply credit card details.

Ezi Car Rentals

Ezi Car Rental

There are plenty of options with Ezi Car Rental thanks to their fleet of around 1800 vehicles. If you haven’t found the perfect vehicle with the other Wellington car rental companies on this list, then it’s likely that Ezi Car Rental will have something just right.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Wellington Pick-Up Location: Wellington Airport.

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

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