What you should know before hiring a car in Queenstown
|Queenstown city centre|
|Queenstown Airport (ZQN): 4 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Queenstown: practical information
Where to rent a car in Queenstown
New Zealand-bound? Queenstown is a popular place to start your tour, on the South Island. Once you book your flights to Queenstown Airport, go ahead and compare the car hire deals because you’ll definitely need a set of wheels to explore this incredible country. At the airport, you have your choice of a rental from Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty, among a handful of others.
While the airport will offer the most choice in one location, you can also pick up a Queenstown rental car from the city centre. Check out the offices near the bus station but be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Driving in Queenstown: parking and other tips
Some car hire companies have restrictions in their rental agreements, which prevent visitors from driving on certain high country roads. So if you’re enjoying Queenstown holidays in the winter, better check this before you sign on the dotted line. Winter driving can be dangerous in New Zealand so drive according to current conditions.
Parking spaces in central Queenstown are hard to come by and come at a pretty premium price. The best is to book a hotel in Queenstown with its own car park to avoid any time spent constantly circling and searching for a free spot.
Road trips from Queenstown: what to do, what to see
Arrowtown is a village just outside of Queenstown and is a tread to visit for walking and hiking. Check out Tobin’s Track, Big Hill or Sawpit Gully for hikes. You can also try your hand at gold panning while you’re here. You never know, you might strike gold!
Fox Glacier is about a 4.5-hour drive from Queenstown and makes a great day trip. The village atmosphere is much better than the more crowded Franz Josef Glacier. Visit Lake Matheson and Gilespies Beach after you see the glacier.
Quite the day trip but one that is totally worth it! Milford Sound is probably New Zealand’s most popular natural attraction. The fjord was carved out by a glacier over thousands of years. Don’t miss the New Zealand glow worm, which you can only spot after dark.