Queenstown Airport Car Rental

Queenstown Airport Pickup

The Easy As airport pickup service from Hitch

If you’ve pre-booked your Queenstown car rental with Hitch, picking up your car will be easy. Once you touch down at Queenstown Airport, all you have to do is call +64 21 150 7706 from any phone, or head to the free airport phones and dial 808. From these numbers you’ll reach one of our friendly staff, who will organise an airport pickup for you from right outside the terminal.

Once we pick you up, we’ll take you directly to Hitch HQ Queenstown at 180 Glenda Drive, where after quickly checking your driver’s licence and booking information, we’ll set you up with your keys and rental car – you’ll be out on the road as quick as possible. We’re open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, to make sure you can get the rental car you need. In the event that you need to pick up your vehicle after hours, contact us while booking and we’ll see what we can do.

No searching for cars or offices at the airport, Hitch will pick you up from out front and take you to your car.

Small Price. Big Experience

Hitch has lower prices than other airport rental car providers, speedy online bookings and an easy-to-use online booking manager. Hitch car rentals provides a choice of modern and attractive cars, from Super Saver low cost options to new 7 seater SUVs and people movers. We offer a free Queenstown Airport pickup shuttle, super friendly and efficient service and we are a New Zealand operated company.

The Hitch Experience At Queenstown Airport

Returning your rental car at Queenstown Airport

Returning your rental car at Queenstown Airport

If you’re finishing up your rental car journey in Queenstown, returning your car is simple. All you need to do is drive it to the Hitch HQ Queenstown at 180 Glenda Drive – just five minutes from the airport – with a full tank of petrol. When you arrive, one of Hitch’s helpful and efficient team members will give your rental car a quick inspection, and then it’s off to the airport! We’ll drop you off right outside the Queenstown Airport terminal so there’s no need to organise any other transport, although please note that we recommend allowing at least 1 hour for this process, to ensure that you have enough time to check-in for your flight.

Welcome to Queenstown – Nau mai ki Tahuna.

Welcome to Queenstown
– Nau mai ki Tahuna.

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most scenic and remote main centres, home to not only luxurious hotels and restaurants with views of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, but also a huge range of popular attractions and activities. Whether you’re into skiing, white water rafting, bungee jumping, or almost anything else scenic or adventurous, Queenstown has plenty to offer.

Despite being one of the world’s most beautiful, relatively untouched locations, Queenstown is home to just as many luxury and high-end tourism options as there are adventure opportunities. Here at Hitch Car Rentals, we want you to be able to enjoy your time in New Zealand’s adventure capital without having to pay over the hill amounts for something as simple as car rental!

With cars for every budget starting from just $17 a day, an easy rental car-collection process including free Queenstown airport pickup, and a friendly and helpful team of staff that’s always willing to help out, Hitch Car Rentals are the Queenstown car rental provider for you. We are dedicated to making your South Island journey magical from start to finish – when it comes to your vacation, ensuring the best experience possible for you is our priority.

The best way to explore Queenstown

The best way to explore Queenstown

Within close range of Queenstown are a wide range of attractions and activities which you’ll be able to reach by car: the Skyline Queenstown is a gondola that’s home to a restaurant with amazing panoramic views, from which you can even ride back down in a luge! There’s also the relaxing Onsen Hot Pools, the thrilling Shotover Canyon, and the beautiful Queenstown Gardens, all of which you’ll be able to visit over the course of a few days in Queenstown! For food and wine lovers, there are many amazing vineyards in the Queenstown area, some of which contain outstanding restaurants - the perfect location for that late, long, wine-heavy lunch.

Having a rental car in Queenstown will also allow you to travel around the stunning Queenstown-Wanaka region and visit the beautiful Lake Wanaka that sits right in the shadow of Mount Aspiring, the ski resorts at Coronet Peak or the Remarkables, or even the picturesque fjord of Milford Sound with its dramatic views of mountains and waterfalls. From any of these locations you’ll likely be headed off on an adventurous guided tour by boat or helicopter – or perhaps you’ll be taking part in an activity such as skiing, snowboarding, or even bungee jumping!

As remote as it seems, Queenstown is only around six hours’ drive from Christchurch, and there’s lots more to do in-between, so if you want to return your car at our Hitch centre in Christchurch there’s no problem! Just let us know of your plans when booking, so you can make the most of this amazing journey through the splendour of the South Island!

Just arrived in Auckland and need a car?

Just arrived in Auckland
and need a car?

If you’ve touched down in Queenstown and need a rental car but don’t have a booking, there’s no need to fret – Hitch Car Rentals will be able to sort you out with a vehicle quickly and painlessly. Just give us a call on our Queenstown contact number at +64 21 150 7706 or head to 180 Glenda Drive near the Airport, and we’ll be able to find the perfect car for you! With vehicles starting from as little as $17 a day for a modest budget vehicle, all the way up to premium SUVs and people movers, Hitch can accommodate any number of rental car needs.

Queenstown’s Best Budget Activities


Perhaps it’s the holiday mindset, a more unguarded, laissez faire approach to spending, but it always seems to be the way that the generous stash of cash you put by for your trip diminishes with surprising speed. Fear not, New Zealand is a generous hearted place and Queenstown is no exception. Hitch offers a range of budget car rental options and once you have a set of wheels, it’s easy to make a low cost list of things to do without feeling hard done by. Here are some of our recommendations.

Hit the beach

Nothing beats the simple (and free) pleasure of throwing a blanket down on the sand and soaking up some rays on a sunny day. There are some gorgeous lakeside beaches in Queenstown where you can swim, kayak, paddleboard, take a boat trip or just relax and feast your eyes on the cinematic beauty of the mountain framed cobalt waters.

Gold rush on a shoestring

Arrowtown is an enchanting historic gold-mining village and only around 25 minutes by car from the city. Its unique combination of history, picturesque buildings, craft shops, eateries, museums and nearby nature walks in stunning scenery make it a delightful and low cost family day trip.

Vicarious thrill seeking!

Adventure and adrenalin are words synonymous with Queenstown as the ‘home of bungy’ but you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket or feel your heart in your mouth to enjoy the high-octane action. After making international headlines by bungy jumping from the Eiffel Tower in 1987, AJ Hackett launched the world’s first bungy jumping centre, on the historic Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown. Whether you decide to leap or not, you can enjoy a bite to eat and some epic views while you watch the terrified jumpers from a safe distance… Read More

Queenstown’s Best Budget Activities

Queenstown’s most beautiful drive-to places

Queenstown is an amazing city with such a wealth of fabulous things to see and do you could easily enjoy a couple of weeks here without running low on ideas.

New Zealand’s adventure capital certainly deserves its reputation as one of the most scenic and exciting destinations in the country. It’s a thriving, vibrant city that really packs a punch in terms of nightlife and entertainment. Set along the shores of the vast, glassy Lake Wikatipu and embraced by The Remarkables mountains, some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes are virtually on your doorstep. To do this magnificent and diverse scenery justice, hire a rental car so you’re free to explore at your leisure. Hitch offers a Queenstown car rental service so you can collect your vehicle from Queenstown airport and then it’s only a ten-minute drive to the city centre.

To get you started on your journey of discovery, here are three short haul road trips that promise to take your breath away.

Queenstown to Glenorchy

For visual feasts of unparalleled beauty, pack up your car and… Read More

Queenstown’s most beautiful drive-to places