Car Rental in Invercargill Airport

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Invercargill Airport (IVC)

Address: 73 Airport Avenue, (South Island), Invercargill, 9879, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 3-218-7019
Hours of Operation: Sun - Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Holiday Hours:
CHRISTMAS HOLS   December  24 - January  10  closed


Location Information
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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Fuel Policy

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.

Car Hire at Invercargill Airport

As the most southern Airport in New Zealand, Invercargill Airport is the perfect endpoint for exploring the Fiordlands. If you need to hire a car at Invercargill Airport, come to Avis New Zealand. With a firm focus on exceeding our customers’ expectations, we’re confident we have the right hire car agreements for you.

How to find our car rental desk at Invercargill Airport

You’ll find our car rental desk inside the main terminal of Invercargill Airport.

How to get to Invercargill Airport

To reach Invercargill Airport from the centre of Invercargill, head south on Conon Street towards Forth Street. Take the third exit at the roundabout and continue onto Tweed Street. At the second roundabout, go straight on onto Stead Street and then turn right onto Airport Avenue. From there, keep left and follow the signs for the main terminal building.

Things to do near Invercargill Airport

With some of the best scenery in New Zealand, the area surrounding Invercargill Airport has plenty for visitors to see and do. Here are some of our favourite activities:

Dig This Invercargill

If you’ve always wanted to try using a digger, but you don’t have any intentions of getting a license for one, try Dig This. Under the watchful eye of professional operatives, you can dig until your time runs out. It’s only a 5.6km drive from the airport.

Queens Park

If you prefer to spend time in nature after flying, head to Queens Park. As well as being ideally located for seeing everything Invercargill has to offer, it’s an excellent place for enjoying the greenery. Queens Park is 5.5km from Invercargill Airport.

Oreti Beach

With 26km of perfectly smooth sand, Oreti Beach is the perfect location to escape to after a hectic day. It was also a filming location for The World’s Fastest Indian and it’s only a 9.3km drive from the airport.

Refuelling locations

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

  • Z Petrol on Airport Avenue
  • Z Petrol at 455 Dee Street
  • Z Service Station at 206 to 214 Dee Street
  • NPD Fuel Stop at 248 Bond Street
  • Mobil at 298 Elles Road

Cars you can hire at Invercargill Airport

At Avis, we’re proud of our range of cars for hire at Invercargill Airport. We know the area has lots for you to explore, which is why we feature plenty of rugged 4x4s. Or, if you need something smaller, try one of our city cars. No matter which vehicle you choose, we guarantee you’ll benefit from fair prices and unbeatable reliability.

Distances to nearby popular attractions

After collecting your rental car, you’ll want to start exploring the area. Here are some distances to some of the most popular attractions near Invercargill:

  • Bill Richardson Transport World 5.4km
  • Fiordland National Park 157.8km
  • Demolition World 8.2km
  • Anderson Park 9.4km
  • Otepuni Gardens 3.1km

Invercargill Airport FAQ

What is there to do in Invercargill Today?

If you’re looking for something to do in Invercargill today, head to the Southland Museum. As a natural history exhibition, it’s open daily to visitors and features a Maori gallery for those who want to learn more about social history. It’s an excellent place for learning everything you need to know about evolution from the Jurassic period onwards.

Alternatively, the Invercargill Water Tower is a free attraction for those who want to admire its architecture. As it’s surrounded by lots of open and green spaces, you may want to take a picnic when the weather is warm.

What is Invercargill known for?

Invercargill is best known for its Scottish heritage and gathering of quirky farms. The airport is the most southern managed airport in New Zealand, making it a go-to place for those who want to explore the Fiordland. The Invercargill area is also known for its fertility, which is perhaps what makes it so popular amongst farmers. It’s that same fertility that gives it an almost pre-historic feel, making it the perfect destination for learning more about natural history.

How long does it take to get to Invercargill?

If you’re trying to reach Invercargill by air from some of New Zealand’s larger airports, you’ll find that the flights last no longer than 90 minutes. Christchurch has the longest flight time, lasting one hour and 20 minutes. If you want to reach Invercargill from Auckland, you’ll need to change at either Christchurch or Wellington.

How much does it cost to rent a car from Invercargill Airport?

To provide you with a cost to rent a car from Invercargill Airport, we need to know more about your hire period, the car you want, and how long you need it for. Enter your details and get a quote today!

Where is the Avis car rental counter located at Invercargill Airport?

The Avis car rental counter is located in the arrivals hall opposite baggage claim.

Can I collect an Avis rental car from Invercargill Airport and return to another location?

Yes, you can collect a car from Invercargill Airport and return to other South Island locations. Fees and restrictions may apply so enter your details in our search form for quote.

At Avis New Zealand, we’re here to make hiring a car at Invercargill airport affordable and easy. Book your Invercargill car hire online today!