Car Rental in Palmerston North Airport

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Palmerston North Airport (PMR)

Address: Terminal Building, (North Island), Palmerston North, 4442, New Zealand
Phone: (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:
ANZAC DAY HOL   April  26  08:00AM - 04:30PM
QUEENS BIRTHDAY   June  7  08:00AM - 04:30PM
LABOUR DAY   October  25  08:00AM - 04:30PM


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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 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.