Wellington Car Hire

Discover Car Rental in Wellington

Explore Wellington in the comfort of a hire car from DriveAway and enjoy the flexibility that comes with a self-drive holiday. We search & compare prices from New Zealand's most reputable suppliers including Europcar, Enterprise, Ezi Car Rental, InterRent, Hertz and Thrifty.

By pre-booking you car rental with DriveAway you can skip the taxi / shuttle queues and collect your car hire from the terminals at Wellington Airport. Our reputable suppliers also have depots at various downtown / city locations. For your convenience, for those catching the Interislander ferry to travel between North Island and South Island, we also work with suppliers at the Wellington ferry terminal.

Whether you’re after a small and economical vehicle to quickly zip around the city, or a full sized vehicle to fit in the family, we have a range of categories to choose from. See below for a quick guide to the various car size categories available to choose from in Wellington. Most categories come in hatchback, sedan & SUV - with the added choice of manual or automatic (so keep an eye out when comparing vehicles on our website).

DriveAway are commited to ensuring our customers are confident and prepared for their self-drive adventure. If you would like more information about driving in New Zealand, take a look at our New Zealand Driving Tips page. It's full of important information to keep you to safe and informed whilst driving.

It is about a 19-minute drive, depending on traffic to drive from Wellington Airport to Wellington CBD.

In Wellington and most places around New Zealand, you must be at least 20 years old to hire a car. However, the age may vary by car category. Some suppliers have a maximum age limit of 75 years and a young driver surcharge so please be aware of the terms and conditions.

Although a majority of tourists believe that Auckland is the capital city, it is actually the city of Wellington that is the capital of New Zealand!

Experience Wellington

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Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, located on the southern tip of the North Island, on the edge of a stunning harbour surrounded by rolling hills. Windy Wellington has something for everyone to enjoy, from bustling cafes, top restaurants, and funky stores to magnificent parks, scenic walks, and action-packed adventure activities.

After collecting your car rental get ready to explore all that this amazing city has to offer. Take a ride in the cable car up to the beautiful botanic gardens and absorb the spectacular views of Wellington city and its harbour. Be sure to explore Ta Papa, Wellington’s National Museum where you can experience some of New Zealand’s treasures and stories. Drive to Beehive if you desire to see some of Wellington’s parliamentary buildings and the nearby National Library of New Zealand. If you’d prefer to visit some of New Zealand’s best wine regions, take a day trip out of Wellington and into the Wairarapa area, famous for its Pinot Noir. Adventurers can travel to Hutt Valley, a gateway to the great outdoors attracting walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders alike.

Our online booking engine above makes it easy and convenient to book your New Zealand car hire. Simply enter your pick-up and drop-off dates as well as preferred locations to get started. For more information contact us online or call 1300 363 500, our friendly reservations staff are happy to answer any further questions you may have.

Cities (To and From) Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx. hr)
Wellington to Christchurch* 440 8.5
Wellington to Rotorua 455 6
Wellington to Auckland 645 8.5
Wellington to Dunedin* 800 12.5
Wellington to Queenstown* 920 14

*Includes travel time between North and South Islands via ferry.

Top Locations in New Zealand

DriveAway are the self-drive specialists. Choose from one of our car hire locations in New Zealand below. If you can't see your desired location search our booking engine above for many more locations.