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Car Rental in Queenstown, New Zealand


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Nestled on the picturesque shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of the South Island’s most-loved gems. Located in the south-west of the South Island, Queensland is renowned for its adventure sports and is a gateway to the nation’s vineyards.

Want to explore in style? Then why not hire a car in Queenstown and enjoy the flexibility of four wheels. Craft an itinerary full of adventure and make memories to last a lifetime. Our Europcar Queenstown Airport station is just a stone’s throw from the city centre which is reachable in under 9-minutes by car. We can be found within the Terminal Building.

Discover Queenstown by car

Queenstown is a paradise for anyone who loves adventure sports. And with a car rental you can head to all the hotspots and put your nerves to the test. Main Town Pier is the place to be if you want to try your hand at jet boating and don’t miss top bungy jumping locations including spots overlooking the striking Nevis River. With opportunities for 8.5-seconds of uninterrupted freefall, Queenstown doesn’t mess around when it comes to getting your heart racing. Kawarau Bridge, located 20-kilometres east of Queenstown, is also a great jump location, with freefalls towards the Kawarau Gorge.

If you fancy raising your heartbeat in a different way, take the hour’s drive north of Queenstown to Shotover River for a spot of white-water rafting. The launch site for Kawarau River, east of Queensland is also just 25-minutes away by car and offers the perfect excuse to pass through historic Arrowtown – an old goldmining location with a colourful past. Tandem skydives over Shotover Street are also possible or you could have a go at indoor skydiving at the Marine Parade in central Queenstown.

Queenstown is ideal for thrill-seekers, but if you’d rather find other ways to pass the time, there’s plenty of calmer activities to enjoy. Tiki Trail to the west of the city goes all the way to the Skyline Gondola and offers spectacular views across the region. There’s also the Ben Lomond mountain range to explore with the summit being some 4-kilometres north-west of Queenstown centre. If you’re into the viticulture of New Zealand, don’t also miss the spectacular wine tours that run through the region. Visit central Queenstown wineries on a guided tour and sample local delights.

If you wish to venture further afield, you can do so with ease in a car rental. Queenstown to Christchurch takes around 6-hours by car, giving you the chance to explore close to 500-kilometres of New Zealand landscape. Invercargill to the north is a closer at just over 180-kilometres away and then there’s Dunedin, some 315-kilometres south-east.

The Europcar car rental experience in Queenstown

When you rent a car from Europcar Queenstown, you can expect a smooth, efficient service. We know you want to start exploring as soon as you arrive which is why we offer a wide range of vehicles from our extensive car fleet. From compact runners like the Suzuki Swift to muscular, family-friendly alternatives such as the Holden Trax that can take on any terrain without breaking a sweat, you won’t be short of choice. Our premium models are also designed to add a touch of luxury to your trip with the Mercedes-Benz C200 offering good looks and exceptional power. Enjoy car rental with no hidden charges for your convenience.

Driving in Queenstown

When in New Zealand, always drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. This is really important if you’re coming from a country where the opposite is true.

Roads, particularly around Lake Wakatipu, tend to have many tight corners and turns, so be sure to watch your speed and always drive with care. This is true should you also head up any of the nearby mountain ranges. Speed limit reductions have recently been applied. Most urban areas have a limit of 50km/h. This climbs to 50km/h in certain regions, so always read the local signage.

Peak hours are between 7-9am and 5-7pm. Avoid travelling around the city centre at this time if possible as congestion is possible. Parking in the centre of Queenstown is plentiful but usually works out between $1 and $4 New Zealand dollars per hour.

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Car hire at Queenstown is made easy with Europcar.

Friendly service, new cars and low prices are part of our every day offer. Whether you are hiring a car for business or pleasure, or you need a car or van, Europcar has the right hire car at Queenstown for you.

Europcar is looking forward to serving you at its car hire branch: Queenstown. Remember to always bring your driving license, valid credit card and additional proof of identity (such as a passport if you are hiring abroad).

Europcar’s Green Programme: At Europcar, we understand the environmental impact of car hire. That’s why we have wholeheartedly embraced a sustainable development programme and are proud to be the first car hire company at Queenstown with certified commitments.