A large selection of well maintained rental cars to suit your needs

A handy car rental location at the Nelson Airport

Car Hire Nelson

As part of a national network of local owner-operator businesses, we can guarantee you a first-class, friendly car rental service in Nelson and across New Zealand.



Local knowledge to help you make the most of your car hire

A great selection of well maintained, quality rental cars

A handy car rental location at the Nelson Airport

Local knowledge to help you make the most of your car hire

A great selection of well maintained, quality rental cars

A handy car rental location at the Nelson Airport

Nelson Car Hire

Hello and welcome to New Zealand Rent A Car Nelson, we make it our priority to provide top quality, reliable car hire at competitive rates in the Nelson region. As part of the nationwide NZ Rent A Car network we are able to provide the personal service of independent owner-operators as well as the convenience of one way car hires to many destinations throughout New Zealand.

Nelson is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand that has long hot summers and relatively mild winters. Well known for its eclectic mix of local arts and crafts, galleries, cafes and picture perfect beaches, Nelson is the postcard perfect Kiwi holiday destination and the ideal starting point for extended south island holidays.

While you’re in the area, come in and see our friendly staff, for some local knowledge and guidance. Whether its exploring the Abel Tasman National Park, camping in Motueka, taking in a wine trail in Kaiteriteri, mountain biking in Marahau or wandering the scenic beaches of Golden Bay, our staff will ensure that you are well and truly looked after.

Nelson Airport Car Rental

The NZ Rent A Car Nelson depot is located right outside the main terminal at Nelson Airport, perfect for those arriving by air, being centrally located provides a good starting point for travel throughout the Nelson-Tasman region and beyond. The Nelson team offer a truly personal service and will go the extra mile (literally!) to ensure that your stay in the Nelson Tasman region is a memorable one.


Car Rental Vehicles

As Nelson’s rental car specialists we have a wide selection of rental cars, SUV’s and even 4WD’s suitable for rental purposes. Our range of affordable rental cars includes compact economical hatchbacks for the budget conscious, mid-size sedans and station wagons perfect for families and 8 – 12 seater people movers, minivans and minibuses, the ideal solution for larger groups and sports teams. All rental cars come with the convenience of air conditioning – a must-have in the summer months and the choice of manual or automatic transmission in most cases.

If you are looking for something a little different, why not ask about one of our sports, convertible or luxury vehicles.

Booking essential and subject to availability and meeting minimum hire conditions.

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rental cars near nelson airport

The Nelson car rental branch is conveniently located at the main terminal of Nelson Airport, with a desk in the main terminal and dedicated car parks for your convenience. Our handy car hire location provides easy access to the whole Nelson-Tasman region and a number of spectacular national parks.

With so much to do in the region, the Nelson staff are always ready to help you get the maximum enjoyment from your visit. They have a wealth of knowledge about the region, from the national parks and reserves to the wine and craft trails and cycle-ways.

The team at our rental car operation in Nelson will leave no stone unturned to help you make the most of your trip to the sunshine capital of New Zealand.

Learn more about the things you can see and do using Nelson car rentals. The Nelson branch of New Zealand Rent A Car will help you maximise your time and enjoyment in the Nelson-Tasman region and beyond.

Our vehicle fleet is regularly updated and well maintained to ensure your car hire is trouble free. View our great range of Nelson rental cars or contact us if you have any questions or if you need help or advice.

Great value Nelson car hire from New Zealand Rent A Car – the better choice by far.

Our Promise

nelson airport car rentals

Our Nelson car hire branch is part of New Zealand Rent A Car – a national network of independently owned and operated car hire companies, working together to provide you with quality car hire at budget prices.

Our car hire depot in Nelson is a locally owned and operated company. We promise to provide an efficient, friendly, personal service and a safe, clean, quality car hire at an affordable price.

Our friendly car hire team in Nelson promise you a warm welcome and assure you of the best quality help with your car hire needs. As locals, we can also offer you lots of information about the Nelson region and the best places to visit. We aim to make your stay in the sunshine province a holiday to remember.

We guarantee a trouble free, clean car hire vehicle with the best personal back up service you could wish for.

We offer exceptionally competitive car hire rates, backed up by a nationwide network of independently-owned branches whose sole concern is ensuring you get the best possible service and support – wherever you travel.

From sub-compacts that will bounce along all day on a cupful of fuel to 12 seater minibuses and everything in between, New Zealand Rent A Car has it.

Check out our full range of Nelson rental cars and view our convenient central Nelson car rental location.

The popular South Island region is famed for a number of reasons. As the geographical centre of New Zealand, Nelson enjoys sunshine all year round and boasts some of the most stunning golden beaches in the country to make use of the sunny weather. The region is also popular for its many national parks, vineyards, locally caught seafood and fantastic arts community.

Hiring a car in Nelson is made affordable for all with the variety of vehicles and special offers NZ Rent A Car provides. Whether you are travelling alone or with family and friends, we have the option of cheap and cheerful motors for the budget traveller right through to SUVs and minibus hire for a dozen people, perfect for sports teams and trips. Prices vary on how long you wish to hire a vehicle and whether you wish to complete a return journey or travel one-way. Often, the sooner you book the cheaper. So book today!

Nelson airport currently opens from 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM Monday to Saturday and opens at 6:00 AM on Sundays. By booking your rental car with us in advance you can pick up and drop off even outside of our opening hours for simple and easy traveling. We’ll email you instructions on confirmation of booking with all the relevant information.

Nelson Rental Cars - Our Vehicle Options


Our Nelson rental cars range from compact 3 & 5-door vehicles up to 1.4L, perfect for city driving. If you need more space, consider our mid-size 4-door cars up to 1.6L. For a luxurious ride, we have full-size sedans up to 3.0L. Those seeking adventure might opt for our station wagon or SUV 4x4 options, with 4WD available. We have the right vehicle options for everyone.

Larger groups will appreciate our 8-seater MPV and 10-12 seater minibus. Each Nelson car rental option is competitively priced, ensuring great value for money.

Boasting nationwide coverage through a network of independent branches, NZ Rent A Car sets itself apart as one of the best options for car rentals in Nelson. We offer a combination of convenience, affordability, and personalised service. We are committed to enhancing your Nelson car rental experience by providing a wide range of vehicles to suit your needs and budget.

Whether you need a town car, minibus or van, we have it all. We also offer competitive car deals in Nelson, ensuring that you get value for your money. Convenience is at the heart of our service, with a free courtesy pick-up within a 5km radius. Choose NZ Rent A Car for the best car rentals in Nelson.

With a rental car from our Nelson location, you're perfectly positioned to explore the breathtaking beauty of Marlborough and the wider South Island at your own pace.

When you hire a car in Nelson, our friendly staff will guide you with directions and local insights to ensure your journey is smooth and enjoyable.

Our Nelson car rental service offers the flexibility to stop at scenic spots, wineries, and wildlife reserves that make Marlborough unique.

As you traverse the stunning landscapes of the South Island, you'll appreciate the freedom that comes with self-drive exploration.

Whether it's a day trip or a long-haul journey, your adventure starts the moment you decide to explore Marlborough and the South Island with one of our rental cars.

Discover unbeatable deals on rental cars in Nelson, with special offers and competitive rates on long-term hires that cater to both local and international customers. Get the best deals on car hire in Nelson by leveraging our special offers of 10-20% off, available for a limited time only.

We’re known for our transparency, with no hidden fees or additional charges, making us a superior choice for cheap car rentals in Nelson. For long-term hires, give us a call and get tailored rates.

Contact Us

Hi from the team at New Zealand Rent A Car Nelson.

If you have any questions or need help or advice about Nelson rental cars or your New Zealand holiday we’re here to help you. We look forward to being of service to you and hope you enjoy your time in the Nelson region.

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Nelson Airport 7011
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New Zealand: +64 3 547 1270
Australia: 1800 771 302

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    If you have any questions or need help or advice about rental cars or your New Zealand travel plans we’re here to help you. Please contact us

    New Zealand Free Phone: 0800 800 956

    Australian Free Phone: 1800 771 302

    Other international enquiries. Find your nearest New Zealand rental cars branch.


    If you have any questions or need help or advice about rental cars or your New Zealand travel plans we’re here to help you. Please contact us


    New Zealand Free Phone: 0800 800 956

    Australian Free Phone: 1800 771 302

    Other international enquiries. Find your nearest New Zealand rental cars branch.