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Nelson car hires from RM 185

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in Nelson with a pick-up date of 17/7 and drop-off date of 19/7. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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CompactRM 185/day
SUVRM 245/day
Supplier choiceRM 203/day
Compact SUVRM 217/day
Intermediate SUVRM 232/day
Standard SUVRM 234/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Nelson

  • The minimum age to hire a vehicle in New Zealand is 18. However, if you're aged between 18 and 25, you may find that many Nelson car hire companies either don’t accept younger drivers or charge an additional fee. This may limit the range of vehicles you’re able to hire, so a good strategy is to compare different options through KAYAK and check the prices, policies and conditions. This should help you find a hire agency in Nelson that’s willing to accept younger drivers.
  • New Zealand car seat rules apply to all hire vehicles, so if you’re travelling with little ones, you’ll need to bring the appropriate seat or add one to your booking. All kids under seven will require a booster or child car seat under New Zealand law. From ages seven to eight, you should use approved child safety restraints if they are fitted to the vehicle. Children aged eight to 14 should be buckled into safety belts, and at these ages, it’s recommended that they don't travel in the front seat. Whether you’re opting for a luxury SUV or cheap car hire in Nelson, you’ll generally be able to add age-appropriate child seats to your hire.
  • In New Zealand, the blood alcohol limit for drivers over the age of 20 is 0.05%. Note that, for drivers under 20 years of age the limit is strictly 0.00%. The Nelson police frequently conduct roadside drug impairment tests and breath tests to enforce this regulation. It is not advisable to take the risk of driving while under the influence, as there are severe penalties for violating this law, including specific charges for anyone who refuses to consent to a breath test or provide a blood sample if asked by an officer. To avoid any accidents or legal trouble, it is always recommended to be cautious and refrain from driving while intoxicated.
  • Hire a car in Nelson to easily transport all your beach equipment and luggage without having to worry about carrying it on public transport. The last bus services in Nelson depart between 18:00–19:00, meaning a hire car is your best option for eating out and sampling the nightlife. Wineries throughout the region, such as Seifried Estate and Neudorf, are easily reached with a hire car, taking the stress out of organising shuttles or booking taxis. The 1h 15min drive to Abel Tasman National Park is shorter than the 1h 45min bus journey and offers more flexibility as the bus only runs once per day.
  • Once you land at Nelson Airport (NSN), turn left as you exit the terminal building and walk approximately 50 m to find the car hire offices. Vehicles can be picked up directly behind the reception desks, meaning no shuttles are required for hire companies with kiosks on site. A shuttle van pick up area is located 150 m to the right of the terminal, next to Airport House, for companies with offices off airport grounds.
  • Be wary approaching corners on coastal roads, such as State Hwy 6, around Nelson as a clear view of oncoming vehicles can be obstructed. Single-lane bridges are scattered across the South Island of New Zealand; it’s important to give way to any vehicles already crossing and read the priority sign (larger arrows indicate priority for crossing). The winding Nelson roads invite many cyclists and drivers should provide a safe distance of at least 1.5 m when passing.
  • Traffic peaks between 08:00–09:30 and 16:00–17:30 in Nelson; however, congestion is not nearly as bad as most major cities in New Zealand. If driving during these periods, allow an additional 10–15min and you will reach your destination smoothly. Annesbrook Dr and Tahunanui Dr are two of the major arterial roads that are most affected by commuter travel in rush hours.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Nelson for RM 514 or less
  • Book your rental car in Nelson at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Nelson are around 13% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Nelson

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Nelson?

    With wide roads and manageable traffic, intermediate models offer a comfortable ride without sacrificing practicality. Full-size cars navigate Nelson’s winding coastal roads well, providing steady traction and control around bends. 4WDs are competitively priced considering the additional storage space and power they deliver.

  • What’s the speed limit in Nelson?

    Unless indicated otherwise, the default limit in Nelson is 50 km/h. Highways, including Queen Elizabeth II Dr, are set at 100 km/h, while school zones are reduced to 40 km/h.

  • Where are the best places to park in Nelson?

    The first hour of metered car parks in Nelson’s CBD is free, with restrictions in place from 08:00–17:00 on Monday to Friday and 09:00–13:00 on Saturdays. Buxton Square Car Park has 3h spaces for around A$ 4 and Hathaway Terrace Parking has free, unrestricted spaces.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Nelson?

    On average a rental car in Nelson costs RM 518 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Nelson?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Apex (RM 185/day), Europcar (RM 203/day) and Thrifty (RM 229/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Apex 4 Trent Drive, Tahunanui 7011 (5 kilometers from city center).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Nelson?

    The average price of fuel in Nelson is RM 32.44 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between RM 389 and RM 519, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Nelson?

    Compact (Mitsubishi ASX or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Nelson.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Nelson airport (NSN)?

    The only car rental company onsite at Nelson airport is Go Rentals.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Nelson?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Nelson?

    A Compact car rental in Nelson costs RM 226 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Nelson?

    An Economy car rental in Nelson costs RM 247 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Nelson?

    A Full Size car rental in Nelson costs RM 209 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Nelson?

    On average a car hire in Nelson costs RM 3,623 per week (RM 518 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Nelson?

    On average a car hire in Nelson costs RM 15,528 per month (RM 518 per day).

  • Which hybrid or electric vehicles are available to hire in Nelson?

    Nelson car hire companies offer a range of hybrid and electric vehicles, including Toyota Corolla, Tesla Model 3, Suzuki Jimny and Kia Niro. If you want cheap car hire in Nelson that’s also eco-friendly, compact hybrid models tend to be a cost-effective option.

  • How can I use an overseas driver’s licence to hire a car in Nelson?

    It is certainly possible, but do note that if your licence is in a language other than English, you will also need to get an International Driver's Permit in your country of origin. It's also worth knowing that some hire agencies impose a stricter age limit on drivers with IDPs.

Nelson car rental reviews and directory

Avis

10.0

Wonderful

3 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Nelson

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Terminal Building

+64 3 547 2727

Monday07:30 - 20:30
Tuesday07:30 - 20:30
Wednesday07:30 - 20:30
Thursday07:30 - 20:30
Friday07:30 - 20:30
Saturday07:30 - 20:30
Sunday09:30 - 20:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Staff very helpful changed car at depot no problem

1 out of 1

Europcar

10.0

Wonderful

5 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Nelson

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Terminal Building

+64 3 265 5201

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10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Great car. Friendly staff.

Cons:

Nothing

6.4 Okay

Apr 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at pick up in nelson was not there at 8am when i had organised pickup. She arrived 8.25am and proceeded to tell me she was in the office the whole time which she wasnt as it has glass doors. She was belligerent and rude. Staff at chch was fantastic. Really kind and caring man. Fabulous.

Cons:

Yr nelson staff person was late. She was rude and unkind. I believe she would benefit from customer service training and some humility and owning about being late for work and not making excuses for this tardiness.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2024

KAYAK
The easiest and friendliest car rental process ever! Booked online for Nelson Airport pickup and return Feb ‘24. Cheerful and helpful man at the desk. No surprises. Smooth process. But be aware that there is an extra surcharge for the airport ( ours was $45).

1 out of 1

Hertz

10.0

Wonderful

2 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Nelson

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Trent Drive

+64 3 547 2299

Monday07:30 - 20:30
Tuesday07:30 - 20:30
Wednesday07:30 - 20:30
Thursday07:30 - 20:30
Friday07:30 - 20:30
Saturday07:30 - 20:30
Sunday09:30 - 20:30

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2.0 Poor

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

15% surcharge for credit card. Rented twice. Paid cash last rental.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
everything was fine and well, great service 💯

1 out of 1

Apex

8.0

Very Good

1 review

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Nelson

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4 Trent Drive, Tahunanui

+64 3547 6800

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8.0 Very Good

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Everything was fine except that we couldn't alter the return time because we didn't book direct. This left us with a massive gap between dropping the car off and our flight. Next time I'll book direct to avoid this.

1 out of 1

Budget

8.0

Very Good

7 reviews

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

9.0

One location in Nelson

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Domestic Terminal

+64 3 547 9586

Monday07:30 - 20:30
Tuesday07:30 - 20:30
Wednesday07:30 - 20:30
Thursday07:30 - 20:30
Friday07:30 - 20:30
Saturday07:30 - 20:30
Sunday09:30 - 20:30

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful. Great employees who really want to help their customers

Cons:

Nothing

6.0 Okay

Sep 2023

KAYAK
I had a late pickup when it was dark and raining so I was unable to check the car properly. The next day I was shocked to see the number of scratches on the paintwork. I called the Nelson airport office and was told they could send through some photos from your files so I could verify that the scratches had already been noted. The email/link to photos did not reach me. I was also told that scratches are regarded as wear and tear but there was one significant long scratch that I was particularly concerned about. The next day I noticed a dent in the passenger door. I took a photo and I think I called again. Basically for the whole of the hire I had anxiety and uncertainty whether I would be charged the excess for repairs to the dent or the scratches, that I hadn’t seen when I picked the car up. I was unsure whether I would be held responsible even though I had taken care where I parked the car and certainly wasn’t aware of causing any of the scratches or dent myself. I won’t be picking up hire cars in the future when it is dark but I also think the check over of the car should have been done with one of your staff. The fact that Budget regards scratches and dents as general wear and tear is up to you but it doesn’t help your customers if they pick up cars late and during bad weather making it impossible to check over the car adequately. Apart from this, I was pleased with the car and pickup/drop off was very straightforward.

1 out of 1

Firefly

6.4

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Nelson

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Nelson

+64 3547 2299

Monday07:30 - 20:30
Tuesday07:30 - 20:30
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Thursday07:30 - 20:30
Friday07:30 - 20:30
Saturday07:30 - 20:30
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6.4 Okay

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was simple.The vehicle was fine.

Cons:

I booked it under your Webb site with the no excess option. But when we picked up the car, I had to sign the contract that had a $5500.00 x/s. I was not happy, and your staff said it was not there problem as it was insured with another company, not them, but as I told them it was booked thru the Firefly web site. The manager got involved but his answer was not our problem and said give me the keys back and get a rental from another company. The final insult was when I had to pay another $200.00 just in case I didn’t fill the car upon my return. I did fill the tank on my return. I am still waiting on the 200.00 to be refunded. Overall a very disappointing and stressful experience. Mary and Dennis Hunt.

1 out of 1

Dollar

2.0

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Nelson

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Trent Drive

+64 800 243 789

Monday07:30 - 20:30
Tuesday07:30 - 20:30
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Thursday07:30 - 20:30
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2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Not able to contact Nelson counter in NZ to advise of flight delays, despite using their helpline (in USA) their counter in Dunedin and agent in UK and emergency out of hours number in Nelson. Meant we were left without a car in arrival, not able to move to our pre booked accommodation and had to find alternatives late at night! The following day however the agent secured a car and provided an upgrade which helped a little but we couldn't regain the list time and prepaid costs

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9.7

Wonderful

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One location in Nelson

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Rental Car Building Trent Dr

+64 9 870 3330

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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Go Rentals

9.5

Wonderful

No reviews available

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Most popular

One location in Nelson

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Nelson Airport

+64 3 974 3700

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Alamo

8.8

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in Nelson

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Rental Car Building Trent Dr

+64 9 870 3330

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

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EZI

8.7

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in Nelson

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Rental Car Kiosk, Terminal Building, Trent Drive

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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Thrifty

8.1

Very Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Nelson

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Nelson Ap

+64 3 547 5563

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

Trent Drive

+64 800 737 070

Monday07:30 - 20:30
Tuesday07:30 - 20:30
Wednesday07:30 - 20:30
Thursday07:30 - 20:30
Friday07:30 - 20:30
Saturday07:30 - 20:30
Sunday09:30 - 20:30

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keddy by Europcar

8.0

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in Nelson

Locations in Nelson

Terminal Building - Meet & Greet

64 3 5738800

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Right Cars

4.4

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Nelson

Locations in Nelson

Nelson Airport

+64 3 288 0097

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:30 - 18:00
Sunday08:30 - 18:00

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Apollo Car Rentals

No score available yet

One location in Nelson

Locations in Nelson

Nelson Airport

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Go Rental Car Hire

No score available yet

One location in Nelson

Locations in Nelson

Nelson Airport

+64 3 974 3700

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Moto Car Rental

No score available yet

One location in Nelson

Locations in Nelson

Rental Car Kiosk, Terminal Building Trent Drive, Nelson

+64 800 656 564

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Shouqi

No score available yet

One location in Nelson

Locations in Nelson

Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

One location in Nelson

Locations in Nelson

Trent Drive Nelson

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20 travellers who rented a car in Nelson gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car hire locations in or near Nelson

Good to know

Most popular agency

Go Rentals

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

RM 518/day

Good deal

RM 514/day

When to book a car hire in Nelson

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Nelson car hire information

Pick-up locationNelson
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Intermediate SUV, SUV, Standard SUV, Supplier choice
Hire locations20
Airport locations20
Popular agenciesEuropcar, Thrifty, Apex, Dollar