Renting a car during your time in Queenstown is highly recommended as a personal vehicle is the best way to get out of town and check out the gorgeous countryside. For instance, Wanaka at 67 km (41.7 miles) away takes just an hour to reach in a car and it offers some of the most spectacular lakeside views in New Zealand.
Excited to arrive in Queenstown so you can begin your trip to New Zealand? If you are planning on picking up a rental car after landing at Queenstown Airport, it is quite an easy affair. There are a large variety of rental car counters located right within the airport’s terminal so you can go straight from the plane to driving away.
A lot of the intersections in Queenstown’s city center lack traffic light crossings so be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the street. This warning doubly applies during the high season, which lasts from December to March and is when Queenstown sees its largest influx of tourists. Drivers must also remember that you must drive on the left, which is often trickiest to remember at roundabouts, of which there are many in Queenstown.
Drivers can expect the morning rush hour in Queenstown to pick up at around 6:30 a.m. during the work week and to finish up around 9:00 a.m. As for the afternoon rush hour, it is a bit less severe and starts at 4:00 p.m., then quieting down shortly after 6:00 p.m. The 6A Highway is where drivers will experience the largest backups during rush hour due to the number of commuters going into and out of the city.
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Economy rental cars in Queenstown are around 67% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Queenstown
Some car rental companies in Queenstown which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Dollar, Budget and Hertz
On average a hire car in Queenstown costs C$ 34 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Queenstown. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Queenstown is C$ 7.72 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 93 and C$ 123, depending on the car size.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Queenstown.
A Compact car rental in Queenstown costs C$ 36 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Queenstown costs C$ 33 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Queenstown costs C$ 12 per day, on average.
In Queenstown, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 1-7 Ears St,st Peters Close (1 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Queenstown costs C$ 236 per week (C$ 34 per day).
On average a rental car in Queenstown costs C$ 1,010 per month (C$ 34 per day).
Smaller vehicles such as sedans and compacts are certainly the more popular option for drivers in Queenstown. There are a decent number of SUVs as well, while trucks are much rarer in the city. In general a smaller car is a better bet because many of the city’s streets are somewhat on the narrower side, so parking may be easier in a more compact car.
Speed limits in Queenstown go from 30 km/h (19 mph) in city centers up to 110 km/h (68 mph) on the largest and fastest of highways. In between those speed limits drivers will commonly see speed limits of 40 km/h (25 mph) in residential areas and speed limits of 60 km/h (37 mph) on city roads. Additionally, speed limits of 80 km/h (50 mph) are found on larger rural roads.
The average price per liter of gas in Queenstown is about $2.20 NZD ($1.51 USD). For those who prefer gas prices in gallons that is about $8.33 NZD ($5.73) per gallon of gas.
Parking is an easy affair in Queenstown, thanks to the large number of parking garages and lots in the popular areas of town. For most situations these lots and garages should put you close enough to your final destination. In moments where they don’t, there still is plenty of streetside parking to choose from in most parts of town.