Car Rental in Nelson Airport

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Nelson Airport (NSN)

Address: Terminal Building, (South Island), Nelson, 7011, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 03-547-2727
Hours of Operation: Sun 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM; Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Sat 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM


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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.

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Car Hire at Nelson Airport - Avis New Zealand

As the oldest city in New Zealand's South Island, Nelson is known for its stunning scenery and significant hours of sunshine. Whether you're flying into the region for business, or for leisure purposes, now's the time to start arranging your transport options. At Avis New Zealand, we provide a Nelson Airport car hire service.

How to find our Nelson Airport car hire desk

Finding our Nelson Airport car hire desks is easy. Just head to the ground floor of the main building and you'll see us close to the main entrance.

Would you rather reduce the amount of time you spend hanging around? By downloading the Avis app, you can manage your car hire agreement on the go. From adding new drivers through to requesting upgrades, every action you execute with the app shaves minutes off your airport wait. If you're an Avis Preferred user, you can update your preferred settings via the app.

How to get to Nelson Airport

If you're trying to reach Nelson Airport from Nelson, try the following directions:

  • Start on Trafalgar Street and head south east towards Halifax St E
  • At the first cross street, turn right onto Halifax St E
  • Turn left onto Rutherford Street
  • Continue straight onto Waimea Road
  • At the roundabout, continue straight onto Whakatu Drive
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit onto State Highway 6
  • Keep right to remain on SH 6
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Quarantine Road
  • Turn left onto Trent Drive
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit to remain on Trent Drive
  • Follow the signs for the main airport terminal building

Things to do near Nelson Airport

When you hire a car at Nelson Airport, you're free to explore the nearby area. Although there are lots of attractions and sites for you to choose from, we'd like to suggest the following:

World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum

As one of the more niche museums you'll find in New Zealand, the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum is fascinating from start to finish. As its title suggests, the exhibitions feature a combination of wearable art and classic cars. It's just 1.7km away from Nelson Airport too.

Broadgreen Historic House

Step back 150 years and see how the people of Nelson lived their lives in the 19th century. At Broadgreen Historic House, you'll glimpse into New Zealand's colonial beginnings. In addition to the historic house experience, you can relax by walking in the gardens. It's just a 1.3km drive from Nelson Airport.

Pic's Peanut Butter

As a peanut butter brand that's loved around the world, Pic's Peanut Butter is a major employer in the Nelson area. You can start your tour by getting a picture with the giant peanut butter jar. From there, you'll have the chance to learn about the manufacturing experience, before moving onto the Pic's Peanut Butter shop. This attraction is 2.7 miles away from Nelson Airport.

Nearby locations for a refuel

When you hire a car at Nelson Airport, we ask that you return your vehicle with a full tank of fuel. Here are some nearby locations for a refuel:

  • Mobil at 565 Main Road
  • Mobil at 28 Tahunanui Road
  • Z at 7/11 Kotua Plaza
  • Z at 106 Rutherford Street
  • Caltex at 209 Waimea Road

Your guide to our fleet

At Avis New Zealand, we offer a Nelson Airport car hire service that benefits from a diverse fleet of cars. If you're looking for something large and spacious, try one of our SUVs or family vehicles. Each one has ample space for you to spread out, plus plenty of room for your luggage. Alternatively, you can economise by hiring one of our city vehicles. No matter which one you choose to hire, you'll benefit from our industry-leading customer service and fair pricing. If you want to add extras to your car, you can do so. For an additional fee, we'll include satellite navigation, child seats, and more.

Distances to local attractions

Hiring a car at Nelson Airport makes it easier for you to explore attractions in the nearby area. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Abel Tasman National Park 60.6km
  • Founders Heritage Park 13.2km
  • Tahunanui Beach 3.5km
  • Nelson Provincial Museum 7.4km
  • Great Taste Trail 10.6km


What time does Nelson airport open?

Nelson Airport's opening hours vary throughout the week. They are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 5 am to 10.30 pm
  • Saturday: 5 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday: 6 am to 10 pm

What is Nelson airport famous for?

Nelson Airport is famous for being the fifth busiest airport in New Zealand. Each week, around 500 flights pass through there. As a result, it's the busiest airport in New Zealand without an international service. It's ideally located for those who want to make the most of New Zealand's sunshine.

Where is Avis car rental located at Nelson Airport?

Avis Nelson Airport is located in the arrivals hall.

How far is Avis Nelson Airport from the Nelson city centre?

The drive from Avis Nelson Airport to the city centre is around a 5-minute drive.

How much does it cost to hire a car from Nelson Airport?

To provide you with a cost to rent a car from Nelson 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!

At Avis New Zealand, we're here to help you make the most of your Nelson Airport car hire experience. To see what we can do for you, explore our fleet.