Car Rental in Palmerston North Airport

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Palmerston North Airport (PMR)


Terminal Building,
(North Island), Palmerston North, 4442, New Zealand


(64) 6-357-0168

Hours of Operation:

Sun 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM; Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Holiday Hours:

CHRISTMAS DAY   December  25  closed
BOXING DAY HOLS   December  27 - December  28  08:00AM - 04:30PM

NEW YEARS HOLS   January  3 - January  4  08:00AM - 04:30PM
HOLIDAY   January  24  08:00AM - 04:30PM

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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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 rental at Palmerston North Airport - Avis New Zealand

As the gateway to the Manawatu Region, Palmerston North Airport welcomes thousands of passengers each year. It's a key hub for those who want to access locations in New Zealand's Central North Islands. If you're landing there sometime soon, it's time to start exploring your transport options. At Avis New Zealand, we offer a Palmerston North Airport car hire service.

How to reach our Palmerston North Airport car hire desks

Finding our Palmerston North Airport car hire desks is easy. After you've landed and cleared through security, head to the arrivals area and you'll see us there.

At Avis New Zealand, we know you want to get ahead with your journey as soon as possible. To make this easier, we've created a handy app. When you download our app and add it to your phone, you can use it to manage your existing booking, view previous ones, and look at upcoming hire agreements. Whether you want to add another driver or request an upgrade, it's all easier when you have the Avis app on your side.

How to get to Palmerston North Airport

Palmerston North Airport only has one terminal, which makes it easy to find. If you're trying to reach it from nearby Palmerston North, try the following directions:

  • Start on State Highway 3 and head North West toward Maire Street
  • Turn right onto John F Kennedy Drive
  • At the roundabout, continue straight onto Airport Drive
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Terminal Access Road
  • Follow the signs for the main terminal

Things to do near Palmerston North Airport

By hiring a car at Palmerston North Airport, you open yourself up to exploring the Manawatu Region. If you're not sure what you'd like to do there, we have a few suggestions to get you started:

Esplanade Scenic Railway

When you'd love to explore the Esplanade's hidden areas, try the Esplanade Scenic Railway. After starting out in 1969, the Esplanade Scenic Railway has continued to carry passengers who love scenery and vintage experiences. As a relaxing experience, it's a great way to see more of the Native Bush. At just 5km away from Palmerston North Airport, it's also an easy drive.

Te Manawa

As one of the most varied museums in New Zealand's North Island, Te Manawa has something for everyone. Whether you're interested in art, history, or science, there's something for you there. Some of the exhibitions cover periods stretching back millions of years, giving you the chance to see how New Zealand grew into the country it is today. Te Manawa is just 4.2km away from Palmerston North Airport.

New Zealand Rugby Museum

If you've always wanted to learn more about the formidable All Blacks, now's your chance. At the New Zealand Rugby Museum, you'll learn about how rugby has shaped New Zealand's culture. Many of the exhibitions there tie into important historic events. For example, rugby during the First World War. Keep an eye out for visiting exhibitions before your trip too. New Zealand Rugby Museum is just 4km away from Palmerston North Airport.

Nearby locations for a refuel

When you hire a car at Palmerston North Airport, you'll receive it with a full tank of fuel. To make sure the next customer enjoys the same benefits, we ask that you refill the tank before handing the car back to us. Here are some nearby petrol stations for you to try:

  • Z Service Station at 131 Airport Drive
  • Z Service Station on Rangitikei Lane
  • Z Service Station at 768 Main Street
  • Z Service Station at 676 Pioneer Highway
  • Z Service Station at 372 Fergurson Street

Your guide to our fleet

When you hire a car at Palmerston North Airport, it's always handy to have access to an extensive fleet. At Avis New Zealand, we have everything from small city cars to expansive family vehicles. Each one benefits from a super-clean interior, air conditioning, and ample space for your luggage. If your vehicle needs any little extras, such as sat nav, we can provide them too.

Distances to nearby attractions

By hiring a car at Palmerston North Airport, you're free to see more of the Manawatu Region. Here are some distances to popular attractions:

  • Mount Tongariro 220.1km
  • Whakapapa 216.1km
  • Timber Trail 274.8km
  • The Square 1km
  • Tongariro National Park 220.1km


Where can you fly to from Palmerston North?

When you fly from Palmerston North Airport, you can go direct to five locations:

  • Christchurch
  • Auckland
  • Hamilton
  • Wellington
  • Nelson

If you want to fly elsewhere, you may be able to catch a connecting flight at one of the airports listed.

What is Palmerston North airport famous for?

Palmerston North Airport is famous for its ongoing commitment to making it easier for people to reach the area. Those who manage the airport are enthusiastic about ensuring people can fly there from more destinations throughout New Zealand. As for Palmerston North itself, it's famous for its many rose gardens and spectacular scenery.

How much does it cost to hire a car at Palmerston North Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Palmerston North Airport depends on the size of the car, the dates and duration, your age and any extra coverages you select. Enter your details in our search form to get an accurate cost.

How far is Palmerston North Airport from the city?

The Palmerston North airport is 5kms from the city and around a 10 minute drive.

Where can I find the Avis desk at Palmerston North Airport

The Avis counter is located inside the terminal building.