Queenstown

Cheap Car Hire in Queenstown from $18

Queenstown, New Zealand
25 Apr — 2 May
Driver's age: 26-65
Queenstown, New Zealand
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Queenstown car hires in 2024

Get helpful information to start your search for the perfect car hire in Queenstown. The average price data is based on the last 12 months and was last updated on 18 April 2024.

Most popular company

SNAPRENTALS

Price of petrol per litre

$2.85

Average price per day

$67

Cheapest price per day

$18

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in Queenstown?

Discover the most affordable period to rent a car in Queenstown and save money on your trip. The monthly average price data is based on historical data over the last year and was last updated on 18 April 2024.

January

$87

February

$88

March

$74

April

$59

May

$51

June

$57

July

$93

August

$77

September

$63

October

$57

November

$68

December

$110

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in Queenstown is May. The most expensive time to rent a car is December. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Popular car types in Queenstown

Explore the most popular car models available for hire in Queenstown and choose the one that suits your needs. The price data is sourced from various car hire companies and was last updated on 18 April 2024.

In Queenstown, there are 67 active hire locations from 50 car hire companies. medium car is the cheapest car type to hire in Queenstown in the past week - currently priced from $18/day. View deals for 4 car types available to hire in this destination:

Economy

Economy

Compact

Compact

Intermediate

Intermediate

SUV

SUV

People mover

People mover

Full-size SUV

Full-size SUV

Pick-up truck

Pick-up truck

Premium SUV

Premium SUV

Compare available car types for hire in Queenstown

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for hire in Queenstown to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on 18 April 2024.

Small cars

$44 - $130

All Car Types

$73 - $158

To hire a small car in Queenstown, New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $71/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a small car in Queenstown, New Zealand (~$44/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$130/day). In fact, May is about 39% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car hire for Queenstown. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Queenstown, hiring a small car saves you 31% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Queenstown small car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a medium car in Queenstown, New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $91/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a medium car in Queenstown, New Zealand (~$62/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is December (~$147/day). In fact, May is about 33% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car hire for Queenstown. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Queenstown, hiring a medium car saves you 10% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Queenstown medium car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a large car in Queenstown, New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $145/day. April is the cheapest month to hire a large car in Queenstown, New Zealand (~$118/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is February (~$193/day). In fact, April is about 19% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car hire for Queenstown. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Queenstown, hiring a large car is 30% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a SUV in Queenstown, New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $96/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a SUV in Queenstown, New Zealand (~$69/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is December (~$157/day). In fact, May is about 29% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV hire for Queenstown. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Queenstown, hiring a SUV saves you 5% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Queenstown SUV hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a van in Queenstown, New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $166/day. August is the cheapest month to hire a van in Queenstown, New Zealand (~$127/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is December (~$275/day). In fact, August is about 24% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van hire for Queenstown. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Queenstown, hiring a van is 39% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a pickup truck in Queenstown, New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $164/day. October is the cheapest month to hire a pickup truck in Queenstown, New Zealand (~$96/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is March (~$239/day). In fact, October is about 42% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a pickup truck hire for Queenstown. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Queenstown, hiring a pickup truck is 38% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Queenstown pickup truck hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a luxury car in Queenstown, New Zealand, you would pay an average price of $155/day. May is the cheapest month to hire a luxury car in Queenstown, New Zealand (~$89/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is December (~$274/day). In fact, May is about 43% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car hire for Queenstown. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Queenstown, hiring a luxury car is 35% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

Toyota Corolla$22/day
4
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A/C
Toyota Corolla
Hyundai Accent Hatch$23/day
2
M
A/C
Hyundai Accent Hatch

Tips for hiring a car in Queenstown

Browse helpful tips for hiring a car in Queenstown including age restrictions, car type suggestions and more. Tips were last updated on 18 April 2024.
  • While having a hire car in Queenstown often comes in handy, finding somewhere to park can be tricky if you don't have access to a hotel car park. The Man Street car park is a good option, with hundreds of undercover spaces, CCTV monitoring and security outside their office hours. It's close to the city centre, so you can use it to park during the day while you explore Queenstown on foot or store your vehicle there overnight if you're staying nearby.
  • New Zealand Law states that children under the age of seven must use an appropriately fitted, approved car seat. You can book this as an extra or bring your own, but it must comply with the AS/NZS 1754 standard. This standard is used by both Australia and New Zealand, so a car seat you use in Australia should be suitable in New Zealand. Bringing your own can be especially useful for younger children, as you can often use them on the flight over too; just check with your airline.
  • Your car hire provider in Queenstown should include a Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection as basic insurance. Make sure you know exactly what you're covered for and consider taking out extra third-party insurance. It's always a good idea to check to see if your credit card offers any insurance. Make sure to check before your trip as you may need to activate it in advance.
  • You can get a Queenstown hire car with an overseas driver's licence as long as it is in English. If your licence is in another language, you'll need an official translation. Present this along with your normal driver's licence when you pick up your vehicle. You'll also need a credit card or a Mastercard or VISA debit card issued by a bank. You may also be asked for additional ID, such as your passport. You usually need to be at least 21 years old, and some companies will charge an additional fee for drivers under 25.

Top hire agencies in Queenstown

Explore the leading car hire agencies in Queenstown known for their outstanding service and extensive range of vehicles to choose from. There are currently 8 car hire companies in Queenstown. Reviews were last updated on 18 April 2024.
Book your reservation with one of the top car hire agencies located in Queenstown, including Go Rentals, Thrifty and Ace Rental Cars. Read through reviews, double check the pickup location, and other important information before making your selection.

Go Rentals

2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

10.0

Thrifty

10.0
Wonderful
1 review2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

9.0

Ace Rental Cars

9.3
Wonderful
2 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.3

Overall

9.3

Pick-up/drop-off

9.3

Value

9.3

Hertz

9.3
Wonderful
14 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

9.4

Overall

9.3

Pick-up/drop-off

9.2

Value

8.7

Apex

9.1
Wonderful
4 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

8.6

Overall

9.1

Pick-up/drop-off

8.8

Value

8.4

Avis

8.7
Very Good
8 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.4

Comfort

9.4

Overall

8.8

Pick-up/drop-off

8.5

Value

8.2

Snap Rentals

8.6
Very Good
7 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.6

Pick-up/drop-off

8.6

Value

8.6

Budget

7.9
Good
18 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.0

Pick-up/drop-off

7.6

Value

8.1

Best Queenstown car hire deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car hire deals in Queenstown. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect hire option for your needs. There are currently 8 hire car agencies in Queenstown with an average daily rate of $36. Data was last updated on 18 April 2024.
Some of the most attractive options when it comes to hiring a car in Queenstown. Make sure to check back soon if you're not finding what you're looking for, as deals are updated frequently.
Hyundai i30$18/day
5
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A/C
Hyundai i30
Toyota Yaris Cross$22/day
4
M
A/C
Toyota Yaris Cross
Hyundai Accent Hatch$23/day
2
M
A/C
Hyundai Accent Hatch

Car hire FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car hires in Queenstown, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on 18 April 2024.
  • What extras should I get for my hire car in Queenstown?

    There are a few extras you should consider adding when you book your Queenstown hire car. A GPS can be very useful if you plan on driving into rural areas. You won't necessarily be able to rely on your mobile phone reception to get around. Snow chains are essential for anyone planning to visit mountainous areas during winter. In fact, drivers are required by law to carry snow chains when driving in the Queenstown Lake District during winter. If you're driving a standard vehicle, check with your Queenstown car hire provider whether you should fit them to the back or front wheels. When choosing between car hire companies, consider that some will charge a daily rate for extras, while others will charge a flat rate.

  • What attractions near Queenstown can be reached with a hire car?

    Queenstown is close to a number of excellent day trip destinations that are easily reached with a car. You can also use your Queenstown hire car to take a longer road trip through the stunning South Island countryside. Glenorchy is only about 45min away and is home to some stunning landscapes. You can stop at the Bennett’s Bluff lookout along the way. The Gibbstone Valley wine region is roughly 30min away with a car, and the beautiful Arrowtown is around 20min away. For an overnight trip (or a long day trip) make the roughly 3h 30min drive to Milford Sound, where you can take pictures of stunning waterfalls, take a tour by boat and spot native wildlife. If you drive there, you'll be able to take quick detours along the way to small towns like Te Anau and other natural wonders like the Mirror Lakes.

  • What is the cheapest hire car found in Queenstown?

    In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $67/day when booking a car hire in Queenstown. The absolute best deal a user found was for $30/day from Mode Car & Camper Rentals, booked on Apr. 14.

  • What car hire company is typically the cheapest in Queenstown?

    According to our data, users have found the cheapest deals when booking a rental car in Queenstown from the following companies over the past two weeks: Mode Car & Camper Rentals ($18/day), EV Hire ($22/day), and JUCY ($23/day).

  • Which car hire company is considered to be the best in Queenstown?

    Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Yesaway (10.0 rating), Thrifty (10.0 rating) and Europcar (10.0 rating) seem to be the best car hire companies in Queenstown.

  • What are petrol prices like in Queenstown?

    The average price of petrol in Queenstown is $2.85/litre over the past month, costing you anywhere between $128 and $185 to fill up a car’s fuel tank.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Queenstown for a week from Snap Rentals?

    From Snap Rentals you can hire a car in Queenstown from about $360 per week on average.

  • How far in advance should I hire a car in Queenstown for the best price?

    Booking early almost always ensures you have more options of car models to choose from, as well as prices reduced by up to 36% to make it a great deal in Queenstown. Try to book at least 56 days prior to when you need the car hire to close on a rate below the average.

  • Can I rent a car for a month in Queenstown?

    The length of time you can book a car hire for is subject to the inventory of the supplier. When renting a vehicle from Queenstown it should be possible to hire a car for a whole month if needed.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Queenstown for a month?

    The monthly cost of a car hire in Queenstown is $1,543 ($51/day) on average.

  • How much is a car hire in Queenstown for a weekend?

    The average price for a weekend car hire in Queenstown is $84. Hiring a Intermediate is your cheapest option if you’re looking to save money on your weekend car hire in Queenstown. For the month of May, Cheapflights users have found hire cars in Queenstown for as low as $70/day.

  • What car do most people hire in Queenstown?

    Toyota RAV4, which is a Economy vehicle, is the most popular to hire at Queenstown according to Cheapflights users.

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Car hires by fuel type in Queenstown

Browse car hires by fuel type in Queenstown. Currently, Petrol/Diesel cars are the cheapest to rent in Queenstown. Deals were last updated on 18 April 2024.

Browse through car hire deals by fuel type in Queenstown. There are currently 3 fuel types to choose from with Petrol/Diesel being the cheapest ($10+).

Electric

Electric

Hybrid

Hybrid

Petrol/Diesel

Petrol/Diesel

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