Nelson Airport Car Rental
While privately owned, RaD Car Hire Nelson & Marlborough is part of the group of companies that trade under the banner of ‘RaD Car Hire’ across the North and South Islands. This network makes us one of the widest-ranging car rental companies in New Zealand.
Save Time, Effort, and Money with RaD’s Great Vehicle Range
RaD Rental Cars for Hire at Nelson Airport (Hatchbacks, SUVs, MPVs, UTEs Minibuses, Cargo Vans and more)
We aim to make the transition on arrival to your rented car as seamless and quick as possible. Our great range of new car rentals in Nelson offers you a wide and varied choice.
In New Zealand on business? Zip around central Nelson in a hatchback or compact SUV. If on holiday or need more space, head out of town in one of our luxury vehicles, such as a large SUV. Carry more equipment and seat more people with an 8-seat MPV or a 4WD double-cab Ute with a tow bar and bike rack.
RaD Nelson Minibus and Van Rentals
RaD also offers 12-seat minibuses and varying-sized cargo vans to suit your needs. Check out our modern fleet on our vehicles page online and pick up an incredible deal.
Pick-up Service from Nelson Airport
We offer an easy online booking process to find an affordable hire car in Nelson, NZ. To rent a car, enter your pick-up/drop-off dates on our website. Then, choose one of our new rental cars with great prices to fit your budget and travel needs. When you arrive, speak with our friendly staff - Derek, Sue, Jude or Ian — 0800 736 823 (press 4 and then 1 the prompt) from any public phone or your mobile or direct on +64 3 546 9890.
Our opening hours are from 7.30 am - 7.00 pm during winter months, and 7.30 am - 8.00 pm during summer months. We are open every day except for Christmas Day, but we can arrange a rental collection for you even then. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected].
Our Nelson Branch Address
Once you arrive, enjoy the friendly service of one of our representatives, who will pick you up from Airport House, located to the right, as you exit the terminal building. Then, we will drive you to our airport branch, conveniently located just 3 minutes away. Simply present your driver licence to receive your keys and rental agreement and begin your trip!
All our customers hiring a car from RaD experience a hassle-free rental experience. RaD customers don’t need to worry about organising an airport shuttle to return. Instead, we will show you how to return your rental vehicle directly to the Airport Car Park. You can, of course, return your vehicle to our depot car park.
If collecting a large vehicle, MPV, Minibus, Cargo Van etc., you will collect these at the Airport from our private park.
We also offer an after-hours service for you to pick up/drop off the keys to your vehicle at whatever time of the evening you arrive or depart.
RaD Car Hire Nelson - Our Location
4 Dakota Street
Nelson Airport 7011
Why Book with RaD Car Hire Nelson?
Each rental vehicle in Nelson, New Zealand, is under two years of age, immaculately presented and smoke-free. You’ll find all the modern inclusions in your quality rental car, such as airbags, Bluetooth and auxiliary ports. In addition, all our models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Your vehicle rental price includes GST and unlimited kilometres. Drive anywhere in New Zealand with confidence; we provide full standard insurance with options to reduce your insurance excess liability right down to zero.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I rent a car in Nelson?
How much does it cost to hire a car in Nelson?
All RaD Nelson & Marlborough rental vehicles are under two years old and are equipped with multiple airbags and all the usual safety features.
What is the most popular car hire in Nelson?
Uncover Nelson's most amazing attractions with our budget-friendly and reliable car rental options. Among our most sought-after cars are the Honda Jazz 5-door hatchback and HRV-S SUV.
What time does Nelson Airport open?
The airport is open from 5 am to 10.30 pm Monday to Friday, 5 am to 8 pm on Saturday, and 6 am to 10 pm on Sunday.
How busy is Nelson Airport?
Nelson's bustling regional airport facilitates approximately 500 weekly domestic arrivals and departures.
What’s the speed limit in Nelson?
The speed limit for roads in the city centre and home zones is 30km/h. On open roads such as highways and motorways, cars are permitted to travel up to 100km/h.
How are petrol prices in Nelson?
Average petrol prices in Nelson, NZ during the third quarter of 2023 are between 2.97 to 3.10 NZD per litre.
Where are the best places to park in Nelson?
Visitors will find various on-street parking spaces conveniently located throughout the city. Check the parking signs for time limits and payment requirements. Some areas offer free parking for a limited time, while others require payment via parking meters or mobile apps. The city also has several public parking lots and garages in the CBD.
How can I find car hires near me in Nelson?
Rent a car and embark on your NZ adventure with confidence with RaD. We offer an exceptional range of well-maintained rental cars to suit every need, budget and preference. We are dedicated to providing great service, competitive prices, and quality cars to all our customers.
Distances from Nelson Airport to Nearby Attractions
Nelson City is just a 25-minute drive from the airport along State Highway 6. Must-visit attractions in the region include:
The city boasts a wealth of spectacular national parks. Drive your Nelson car hire an hour north of the terminal to reach Abel Tasman National Park. Explore the world-famous coastal track, go kayaking, or soak up the sun on one of the Park’s magnificent sandy beaches. At Nelson Lakes National Park, serene alpine lakes reflect towering peaks, inviting you to hike through ancient forests and uncover hidden waterfalls. Exploring the wilderness of Kahurangi National Park reveals mystical landscapes intertwined with Maori legends, offering diverse trails for both the intrepid hiker and the casual stroller.
Enjoy the spectacular views of Tasman Bay along the 1.5-hour drive north from RaD’s Nelson rental cars depot. In Golden Bay, visitors can explore bike trails and walking tracks, go swimming, and even rock climbing.
More Things to Do in Nelson
- Visit one of the city’s many art galleries and museums: The Suter, the Nelson Provincial Museum, Nelson Classic Car Museum and the World of Wearable Art.
- Visit Montgomery Square to explore Nelson’s famous Saturday market of arts, crafts, and local produce.
- Stroll around Nelson’s many local gardens, such as the Queen’s Gardens or Miyazu Gardens.
Book with RaD Nelson Today
To check vehicle availability or for more information on our Nelson car rental service, please get in touch with our friendly team today. We look forward to welcoming you to this amazing region in NZ! So, rent a car, grab your keys and head off on the trip of a lifetime.