Car Rental Nelson

Nelson Airport Car Rental

Explore this vibrant region on the South Island of New Zealand with a RaD rental car from Nelson Airport. Get on the road in one of our spacious, brand-new quality hire cars at an affordable price.

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.

We offer an easy online booking process to find an affordable hire car all year round in Nelson, NZ. Rent a car by entering your pick-up and drop-off dates in the booking form above. Then, choose one of our Nelson Airport rental cars at great prices to fit your budget and travel needs.

Nelson price example "from $35 per day" is based on a 3-week booking period during non-peak days in 2024.

Save Time, Effort, and Money with RaD’s Great Vehicle Range

All our rental vehicles in Nelson, New Zealand, are under two years of age, immaculately presented, and smoke-free. You’ll find all the modern features in your quality Nelson car rental, such as airbags, Bluetooth, and auxiliary ports. In addition, all our models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Your hire car 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

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. Check out our modern fleet on our vehicles page online and pick up an incredible deal.

Our Rental Car Range: Hatchbacks, SUVs, and MPVs

In New Zealand, on business? Zip around central Nelson in a hatchback or compact SUV. If you are 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.

Our Minibus and Cargo Van Range 

Are you transporting large groups to a function, or moving house? RaD also offers 12-seat minibuses and varying-sized cargo vans to suit your needs.

Where to Find Us: Location and Opening Hours

Nelson Depot
RaD House
4 Dakota Street
Nelson Airport 7011

Phone: +64 3 546 9890
Toll-free option: 0800 736 823 (press 4 and then 1 after the prompt)

Call us anytime!

Our operating hours are from 7.30 am to 7:00 pm during winter and 7.30 am to 8:00 pm during the 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].

When You Arrive: Our Nelson Airport Pick-Up Service

Once you arrive, enjoy the friendly Nelson car rental service of one of our representatives. Derek, Sue, Jude, or Ian will pick you up from Airport House, located to the right of the domestic 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 terminal from our private park.

We also offer an after-hours service for you to pick up/drop off the vehicle keys at whatever time of the evening you arrive or depart.

Why Book Rental Cars with RaD Car Hire Nelson?

RaD Car Hire in Nelson is a proudly New Zealand-owned and operated enterprise offering great service and cheap car rentals, ensuring value for money for your travel needs. Our dedication to delivering excellence is evident in our impeccably maintained Nelson rental cars and our friendly service.

What's more, when you choose RaD car rentals in Nelson, you gain the added benefits of unlimited kilometres on rentals of 4 days or more, allowing you to explore New Zealand's South Island at your own pace, coupled with competitively priced options and nationwide roadside assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Things to do in Nelson

Discover Nelson’s must-visit attractions, which include spectacular national parks, beaches, markets, gardens and more. Hire a car from RaD to experience the essence of this vibrant region as you delve into its rich tapestry of outdoor adventures, cultural gems and natural wonders. 

Abel Tasman National Park

Drive your 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. 

Nelson Lakes National Park 

At Nelson Lakes National Park, serene alpine lakes reflect towering peaks, inviting hikers through ancient forests to uncover hidden waterfalls. 

Kahurangi National Park

Exploring the wilderness of Kahurangi National Park reveals mystical landscapes intertwined with Māori legends. Diverse trails are available for both the intrepid hiker and the casual stroller.

Golden Bay

Enjoy spectacular views of Tasman Bay along the 1.5-hour drive north from the RaD Nelson rental car depot. In Golden Bay, visitors can explore bike trails and walking tracks, go swimming, and even rock climb.

Art galleries and museums

Visit one of the city’s many art galleries and museums: The Suter, the Nelson Provincial Museum, the Nelson Classic Car Museum, or the World of Wearable Art.

Montgomery Square

Visit Montgomery Square to explore Nelson’s famous Saturday arts, crafts, and local produce market.

Local Gardens

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 car rental Nelson Airport service, please get in touch with our friendly team today. Whether you’re looking for a great car long-term or short-term, we look forward to welcoming you to this amazing region in NZ. Rent a car with RaD today. Your adventure starts here.

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