Car Rental in Queenstown, New Zealand

Ringed by the Southern Alps, Queenstown is easily the ski capital of New Zealand, although it ups the ante and claims to be the Adventure Capital of the World. Because it is also strategically located at the southern portion of New Zealand's South Island, it is where you can rent a car in Queenstown and explore the rest of the South Island. Queenstown is well-covered by international car rental companies Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, and Thrifty rental cars, so it is easy to book online and compare car rental in Queenstown to obtain the best deal and find a cheap car hire in Queenstown, than hop on a bus and endure long wait times.

Queenstown Mountains, Lakes & Adventure

Queenstown sits at the edge of scenic Lake Wakatipu and overlooks The Remarkables, a beautiful jagged-peaked mountain across the lake. With its compelling geography, Queenstown puts any adrenaline-seeker before a whole gamut of outdoor activities that can be easily accessed by a Queenstown car hire.

Tour operators can outfit you for familiar pursuits like mountaineering, cycling, kayaking, fishing, river cruising and parasailing; or the exotic – bungy jumping, ziplining, parapenting (launching from an elevation with a parachute and gliding with the "thermals"), luge-riding (rolling down the hill on a gravity-propelled vehicle) and jet-boarding (riding a water-propelled vehicle at high speeds and heart-thumping stunts).

A rental car in Queenstown also gets you from watering hole to dance venue to plush restaurant with as little hassle as possible. With hundreds of bars and dining options and entertainment venues to choose from, sampling as many as possible can be the highlight of your Queenstown experience.

One-Way Car Rentals in Queenstown to Christchurch & Auckland

Queenstown also claims to be the home of the southernmost vineyards in the world, and you can follow the Central Otago wine trails on your car hire in Queenstown New Zealand to put the title to test.

A more intrepid road adventure unfolds on a one-way Queenstown car rental to Christchurch. Stretch your legs at Arrowtown, once home to New Zealand’s Gold Rush, and then follow the lead of Clutha, South Island’s longest river. Pitch a lakeside tent at or parachute over Lake Wanaka, a turquoise body of water surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped mountains.

From here, drive your car hire in Queenstown NZ through Lindis Pass and stand before New Zealand’s tallest, Aoraki Mount Cook, where Sir Edmund Hillary trained before Everest. Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo are both holiday hot spots close to each other, perfect for photo opportunities or simply a relaxing break in between towns.

That much physical movement should make you hungry, which makes the foodie haven Geraldine a must-stop destination. An hour and a half further north on your one-way cheap car rental in Queenstown is the cheeses and preserves heaven Christchurch, otherwise known for its lush city gardens and Gothic revival cityscape.

New Zealand’s capital Wellington, where you can soak up the city’s vibrant art scene and thriving film industry, is where you can drop off car rentals in Queenstown NZ, or start another adventure further north to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, for cosmopolitan culture and cuisine, and stunning city harbours.