Car Rental in Nelson Airport

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Nelson Airport (NSN)


Terminal Building,
(South Island), Nelson, 7011, New Zealand


(64) 03-547-2727

Hours of Operation:

Sun 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Mon - Fri 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM; Sat 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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, current 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 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.