Car Rental in Blenheim Airport

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Blenheim Airport (BHE)


Terminal Building,
(South Island), Blenheim, 7206, New Zealand


(64) 3-572-8328

Hours of Operation:

Sun 9:00 AM - 8:15 PM; Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 8:15 PM; Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location Information

Car Rental from Avis Blenheim Airport is a quick and convenient way to start your visit to Blenheim. Avis Rent a Car is well positioned in the arrivals hall at Blenheim Airport and with so much to see and experience in Blenheim a rental car offers you the flexibility to fully enjoy your stay.

Avis Blenheim Airport offers a wide variety of late model rental cars to suit any travel needs, including the compact Toyota Corolla. Whatever your plans we have the right rental car for you.

Avis operates car rental locations at all major airports in New Zealand including Auckland Airport, Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport, and Queenstown Airport, as well as other metropolitan areas. Make driving around Blenheim easy by including a portable GPS in your reservation. Rent your car from Avis Blenheim Airport today, and enjoy the wonderful city of Blenheim with Avis Rent A Car.

After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Renter Requirements

Optional Coverages

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) is included in most Avis New Zealand rentals. LDW limits the renters responsibility for loss or damage to the Avis vehicle to the standard excess amount.

Optional Extras

Excess Reduction (ER), available online, or Zero Excess, available at counter in participating locations, are optional coverages that further reduces the standard excess. Please click here for further information.

Credit Card Policies

Avis accepted cards include; Visa, MasterCard, American Express and an Avis Charge Card. At the start of your rental, a physical credit and or a debit card must be presented. Your card must show your name, signature and card number, with applicable logo. The cardholder must be the renter and present when collecting the vehicle.

Avis does not accept, bank cards worded cardholder, nor accepts prepaid or reloadable store value cards, travel money cards and EFTPOS cards. Avis also does not accept cards presented on phones/watches and doesn't allow contactless payment methods such as pay-wave.

At the end of the rental, some Avis locations will accept a prepaid or reloadable stored value card as a final form of payment.

Please Note: Credit card and or debit cards are subject to a card transaction fee of 2.53% for Visa and MasterCard and American Express 3.57% (including GST) at time of pick-up and payment.

Avis New Zealand may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. Please see Rental Qualification Policy.

Debit Card Policies

Please see Credit Card Policies

Drivers License

The Driver must (i) hold a full and valid driving licence appropriate for the vehicle class while they are using the vehicle. (not being a learner’s, provisional or Pink licence) and (ii) have an International Driving Permit (IDP) or official translation (if licence is not in Roman alphabet).

New Zealand issued Pink licences will state the words Limited, Alcohol Interlock or Zero Alcohol Limit on them. Avis will not rent to a Pink licenced customer.
An International Driving Permit is not a stand-alone document and this must be carried with your valid domestic driving licence for it to be valid.

Digital drivers licence from Australia are not accepted. You must present a physical (plastic) drivers licence.

Chinese licences are acceptable as long as they are also accompanied with a full English translation from an approved translator. This also includes a notary translation done in China.

Public Liability and Property Damage

Public liability insurance is in accordance with the insurance laws of the country.  Customer may inquire at the time of rental for additional information of the benefits, conditions and acceptance.

Note: Some credit cards provide insurance coverage, with certain limitations, as a benefit of using the card to rent vehicles.  The customer is advised to contact the card issuer before the rental.  Any waiver must be discussed directly with the location upon arrival.

Additional Drivers

All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age & drivers licence requirements as the main renter. Each Additional Driver may be charged a daily fee.

For further information, view our Additional Driver policy here.

Additional Fees

Extensions or late returns result in additional charges.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21 years of age. A Young Driver Surcharge may apply.


You may cancel your booking at any time by calling reservations or managing your booking online.


For Pay Now reservations, depending on when you cancel, you may be charged a cancellation or no-show fee.

  • If you need to cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $86.25 NZD.
  • If you need to cancel within 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $172.50 NZD.
  • If the value of the reservation is less than the cancellation fee, you will not be charged any further amount and will not be entitled to any refund.
  • If you fail to cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time and do not collect the vehicle on the pick-up date, a no show fee of the entire prepaid amount will be forfeited.
  • Amounts indicated above are inclusive of GST.
  • For 'Pay at Counter' reservations, no cancellation and or no show fee applies

COVID-19 Cancellation Waiver: Until 28 February 2022, we are offering free cancellation on Pay Now Rentals when you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of rental collection.

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Modifying Your Booking

  • You may change your booking (whether a Pay Now or Pay at Counter booking) any time before the day you are due to pick-up the vehicle by calling reservations or managing your booking online (if available). We will send you a revised booking confirmation email confirming your new booking details. For Pay Now reservations, the additional amount to be paid will be charged at time of rental pick up.
  • For Pay Now reservations, if you return the vehicle before the original return date (early return), you will not be refunded any portion of your payment. This does not detract from your rights as a consumer under applicable consumer protection legislation, including the New Zealand Consumer Law.
  • Modifying or returning your vehicle to a different location, changing the dates or the rental duration, will result in the reservation being recalculated at the new daily rates and any applicable one way fees or other charges may apply.

Multi Island Hires

Customers wishing to travel between the North and South Islands are not permitted to take Avis rental vehicles on the Inter-island ferries across Cook Strait. To allow for this type of inter-island travel Avis has a special rental system called a Multi-Island Hire which creates one continuous rental. If you require a Multi-Island Hire, the following rental conditions apply:

  • A minimum rental of 3 consecutive days is required on each island, with a minimum total of 6 days across both islands. If this requirement is not met the rental will be charged as two separate hires.
  • If you are traveling more than once between the two islands, the third (and subsequent) rental period has no minimum length of rental requirement.
  • The rental can start and finish at any Avis location in New Zealand (subject to vehicle availability).
  • You can cross between the two islands using the Picton Ferry Terminal and the Wellington Ferry Terminal, or you can fly into cities where Avis is located. Note: this policy only applies if you are traveling to the other island, not to a location within the same island.
  • A maximum of 5 hours is allowed between the drop off of the vehicle in one island and the pick-up of the next vehicle.
  • A minimum of 72 hours' notice is required of the customer's intention to cross between the islands if a crossover booking has not been previously made. If notice is not given, we cannot guarantee a vehicle will be available on the other side.

It is important to note that no Avis vehicle is allowed to cross Cook Strait between the North and South Islands. Any customer taking a vehicle across on an Inter-island ferry will not be covered by insurance for any damage occurred to the vehicle. If you collect a car in one island and leave the vehicle in the other island location without Avis authorisation, you will face an automatic relocation fee of NZ$450.00 plus GST. Further information and details may be found here.


At the start of your rental, a pre-authorisation will be placed on your credit/debit card for the total estimated rental charges.
A pre-authorisation holds an amount of money on your credit/debit card. Once a pre-authorisation has been held, you will not be able to use that money. You must have sufficient funds to cover the total estimated rental charges and the card be in your name.
At the end of your rental, the final payment amount will be processed and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released. Depending on your bank, the money is usually released within 7-10 working days. Avis will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees.
Customers who prepay or who use the Pay Now option, an additional pre-authorisation of up to $200 at time of pick up will apply.


The collection, use, disclosure and retention of your information, including your personal information, provided to us in connection with payment for our services and products, or participation in our programs, whether directly by you or on your behalf through a payment service, is subject our Privacy Notice located on our website or in the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement and the Privacy Act 1993.

Rates and Inclusions

The vehicle rental price is calculated based on your requested start and end dates and times, the rental location(s), the amount of time you rent for and the type of vehicle you request.

During the year, Avis offer discounted relocation rates. Relocation rates can range from $1.00 to $30.00 NZD per day.
While Avis will endeavour to provide you the vehicle group selected, you may be required to drive another vehicle due to operational requirements.
Changes to returning the vehicle to a different location other than what you select will result in the reservation being recalculated at the prevailing daily rate which will be significantly higher than the advertised price. 
Any applicable one way fee or other charges will apply.

Unless stated otherwise, the price also includes all costs you must pay - for example, GST and any Airport or Wharf fees.

Rental Qualification Policy

Avis New Zealand may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. For further information and to download the form please click here.

Travel Into Other Countries

Vehicles are not permitted to leave New Zealand.

Blenheim Airport Car Rental

As a regional airport that was one of the first of its kind in New Zealand, Blenheim Airport is small and intimate. It has excellent connections with the rest of the country, which are maintained through the use of domestic carriers. If you’re looking for a Blenheim Airport car hire service, Avis New Zealand is here to help. With our dependable fleet and our strong customer focus, we’re confident we’ll exceed your expectations.

How to find the car hire desk at Blenheim Airport

You’ll find the car hire offices at Blenheim Airport on the left as you exit the main terminal building.

How to reach Blenheim Airport

To reach Blenheim Airport from Blenheim, head west on State Highway 1. When you reach the roundabout, take the third exit to remain on SH1. Eventually, you’ll reach another roundabout, where you should take the second exit and head for State Highway 6. Continue until you can turn left onto Tancred Crescent, then at the roundabout take the third exit. From there, follow signs for Blenheim Airport until you arrive at the terminal.

Things to do near Blenheim Airport

Hiring a car at Blenheim Airport gives you more time to explore everything in the immediate area. Here are some of our favourite nearby attractions:

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

If you love everything to do with planes, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is worthy of your attention. In addition to seeing old aircraft, you can immerse yourself in a world of experiences where audience participation is encouraged, leaving you feeling as though you’ve travelled back in time. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is 8.2km away from Blenheim Airport.

Wither Hills Farm Park

No matter what your fitness abilities are, you’re almost guaranteed to find a cycling route or walking trail at Wither Hills Farm Park that you can tackle. With Mount Vernon Lookout onsite, it’s also the perfect place for taking in stunning scenery. Wither Hills Farm Park is less than a 10-minute drive from Blenheim Airport.

Upton Oaks Garden

If you’re ready to spend time in nature while grabbing a little peace after your flight, try Upton Oaks Garden. After being recognised as a Garden of National Significance by the NZ Gardens Trust, it’s become exceedingly popular amongst visitors to the area. Despite this, it still provides plenty of tranquillity. Upton Oaks Garden is 5.8km away from Blenheim Airport.

Refuelling locations nearby

When you hire a car at Blenheim Airport, you’ll need to return it with a full tank of fuel. Here are some of our recommended refuelling locations:

  • Z Service Station on Halifax Street
  • Z Service Station at 165 Middle Renwick Road
  • Z Service Station at 225 Scott Street
  • Z at 101 High Street Picton

Our fleet and the cars you can hire

At Avis, we offer a broad selection of cars for hire at Blenheim Airport. We know that our customers are diverse, which is why we maintain an equally diverse fleet to meet their requirements. If you’re looking for something small and compact, try one of our city cars. Otherwise, we have an excellent selection of family estates and SUVs for you to choose from.

Distances to popular surrounding attractions

Whether you’re flying into Blenheim Airport to explore nearby nature or enjoy a thrilling experience, here are some of the distances to nearby surrounding attractions:

  • Pollard Park 7.7km
  • Marlborough Farmers Market 8.9km 
  • Villa Maria Marlborough Winery 7.1km 
  • Taylor Dam 13.9km 
  • Horton Park 9.2km

Blenheim Airport FAQs

How busy is Blenheim Airport?

As the 12th busiest airport in New Zealand, Blenheim Airport welcomes 302,884 passengers through its terminals each year. Passengers catch regular domestic flights to a variety of major airports throughout New Zealand, including Auckland and Christchurch. One of the biggest carriers to serve the passengers is Air New Zealand, which provides international connections via other major airports.

Does Blenheim have an airport?

Blenheim has a small regional airport that provides domestic flights only. It’s also known as Marlborough Airport and it’s a popular landing location for those who want to visit nearby areas such as Nelson. Blenheim Airport is also a popular choice amongst individuals who want to tour New Zealand’s wine region, as nearby Marlborough makes most of the country’s wine.

How do I get to Nelson from Blenheim?

The best way to reach Nelson from Blenheim Airport is to take State Highway 6. You’ll remain on the highway for just over 100km, eventually arriving at Nelson via a roundabout where you’ll need to exit to Trafalgar Street.

At Avis, we’re here to make hiring a car at Blenheim Airport a seamless experience. To learn more about what we can do for you, browse through our fleet or book online today.