TRAVELLING UNDER THE RED AND ORANGE TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM FROM 3 DEC 2021: Airlines, ferries and other transport operators will require you to have your vaccine pass or negative test before you can travel, and the same applies if you are crossing the Auckland border (after 15 Dec). Whilst our industry is not required to check vaccine passes, when you collect your car or use our shuttle service, please mask up, scan in and follow physical distancing guidelines. Contactless transactions can be arranged, just let us know in advance if this is your preference, you have a mask exemption, or if you are exiting an MIQ facility - we will be only too happy to assist. Enjoy your summer adventure!


RaD Auckland Airport was absolutely fantastic to rent a car from. They were friendly, honest, factual and helpful at every turn. Your team even allowed us to change vehicle at no extra charge, as well as help us understand the confusing toll system of New Zealand. We warmly recommend them to anyone.

Thank you once again for the excellent service I received from you and your staff. It was truly SERVICE EXCELLENCE. Kind regards Franco

Hi RaD, I just wanted to say thank you for making everything so easy with hiring the car. The car went well and is very economical. I will be recomending you guys to people who need to hire cars. Thanks again have a great day. Becks


Save time, effort, and money with RaD’s great vehicle range

Explore this vibrant region on New Zealand’s South Island with a RaD car rental from Nelson Airport. Get on the road in a spacious, new quality rental car at an affordable price.

RaD Car Hire Nelson & Marlborough, while privately owned, 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 hire companies in New Zealand.

Rental Cars for Hire at Nelson Airport (SUVs, MPVs, UTEs and more)

It Is our aim to make the transition on your arrival to your rental car as seamless and as quick as possible. Our fleet of new rental vehicles offers you a large and varied choice.

Zip around the city in a small hatchback or compact SUV. Head out of town in one of our luxury rental cars - choose a large SUV or 8-seat MPV. Carry more equipment and seat more people with an 8 seat luxurious MPV, 12-seat minibus or a 4WD double cab ute with a tow bar and bike rack.

RaD Nelson Minibus and Van Rentals

RaD Nelson also offers 12 seat Minibuses and Cargo Vans of varying sizes to suit your needs. Check out our modern fleet online on our Vehicles page:

Nelson Airport - easy rental pickup

We offer an easy online process for you to book and collect your rental vehicle. Just enter the rental period you require on our website and choose one of our new rental vehicles to fit your requirements.

We love to hear from you directly so please call Derek, Sue, Jude or Ian on 0800 736 823 (press 4 and then 1 the prompt) from any public phone or your mobile or direct on +64 3 546 9890. Alternatively, you can email us at

Call us anytime!

Our telephones are manned from7.30 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.

Where to find us

Once you arrive at the Nelson terminal, there is no standing in queues or wondering where to go next. RaD Car Hire Nelson will send one of our representatives to collect you from Airport House, located to the right, as you exit the terminal building. We will drive you to our Nelson car hire Airport location, which is a 3-minute drive away.

You will experience a hassle-free car hire experience. You will not need the Transfer Bus for the return as we will show you how to return your car directly back into our parks at the Airport.

You can, of course, collect or return your hire vehicle to our Depot.

RaD Car Hire Nelson - Our Address

Nelson Depot
RaD House
4 Dakota Street
Nelson Airport 7011

Great reasons to book with RaD Car Hire Nelson

Each vehicle for rent is under two years of age, immaculately presented, and smoke-free. You can expect to find all the modern inclusions in your rental car, such as airbags, Bluetooth and auxiliary ports. All our models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Your vehicle rental price includes GST and unlimited kilometres. This means you can drive with confidence as we provide full standard insurance with affordable options to reduce your insurance excess liability right down to zero.

Are you looking to explore the Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay, and other beautiful surrounding areas in the Nelson region of New Zealand? Check out some of the best things to do and see here.

Frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Nelson

Can I hire a vehicle with a tow bar for my bike rack and can I put my bike in the car?

Yes - our 4WD’s have tow bars. Our other cars do not - please note that we do not allow bikes to be carried inside our RaD Nelson cars.

How old are the vehicles in the RaD Nelson fleet?

All RaD Nelson & Marlborough rental vehicles are under two years old and are of course fitted with multiple airbags and all the usual safety features fitted to modern cars

Can I pick up my Nelson rental car after hours from either the Airport or your depot?

Yes, you can collect your car at Airport Parks, but not at the Nelson Depot. Please make your reservation online as usual, and we’ll send instructions for self-collection if you arrive after hours. Our collection process is very easy - our private parks are well lit and are just four minutes’ walk from the Terminal exit. There are no after-hours charges, but you may have to pay a parking ticket to exit the Airport.

Distances from Nelson Airport to nearby attractions

Nelson City is just a 25-minute drive from the airport along State Highway 6.

  • Visit one of the city’s many art galleries and museums: The Suter, the Nelson Provincial Museum, and the World of Wearable Art & Collectable Cars Museum.
  • Head to Montgomery Square for Nelson’s famous Saturday market of arts, crafts, and local produce.
  • Take a stroll around Nelson’s many local gardens, such as the Queen’s Gardens or Miyazu Gardens.

Book with us today

To check vehicle availability or find out more about our Nelson Airport car rental service, please get in touch with our friendly team today. We look forward to hearing from you.