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Car Rental Nelson Airport

Opening soon - 1st November 2022

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Opening Soon

Hello Nelson! We are delighted to be opening our latest car rental branch in Nelson where we will be based at the airport. From 1 November 2022, you will be able to rent a car in Nelson with GO Rentals. If you are planning a trip later in the year, bookings are open now for trips from 1 November onwards so check out our range of hire cars and book direct with GO today.

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Nelson Airport car rental

Branch landline
+64 3 974 3700
Branch email

Pick-up & Drop-off
24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Office open hours
08:00 - 17:00, 7 days a week.
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GO Rentals - Nelson Airport

Terminal Building Trent Drive, Nelson Airport, Nelson 7011

Reasons to GO with us

  • New Zealand Tourism Awards winners. Visitor Experience
  • Most Satisfied Customers Award. Canstar Blue 2018, 2020 & 2022
  • Huge choice of great rental cars to choose from
  • Highly recommended on major review sites
  • Competitive car hire rates
  • Convenient airport locations
  • The car you book is the car you drive
  • 24hr AA Roadside Assistance
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • FREE GO Play discount card for 650+ activities
  • FREE Basic car rental insurance
  • SAVE 6c per litre of fuel nationwide
  • FREE maps and guides
  • NO hidden costs
  • After hours support
  • Local knowledge

GO all across NZ

We have seven car rental branches spread evenly throughout New Zealand, in the major destinations of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, Queenstown, and Dunedin so that you’re never far from a GO rental car.

Ridiculously simple pick-up & drop-off of our rental cars

Our rental car branch in Nelson is nice and easy to spot, find us in the main terminal. Just look for the big pink sign and pop over and see us. Pick-up made easy so you can enjoy the journey.

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Hiring a car in Nelson

We’re delighted to open our brand new car hire branch in Nelson – bringing our award-winning customer service to the top of the South Island. Car hire in Nelson has never been so simple. When you book with GO, you can access your Nelson car hire booking direct from our app, helping to get you out on the road in no time.

When you land in Nelson, look for the big pink sign in the terminal where our amazing team will check you in and get you on your way. As well as welcoming Kiwis for the first time to our rental car branch in Nelson, we also look forward to welcoming our Australian friends in early 2022 followed by the rest of the world in late 2022 – it’s an exciting time and we’re delighted to be servicing Nelson and the upper South Island.

As the largest independent Kiwi car rental company, GO prides itself on providing a quality car hire service and rental cars at reasonable prices. We have a great choice, the best rental cars and the best value.

If you are looking for a rental car with a difference, make sure you check out the all-new Tesla Model 3 – the latest addition to the GO fleet available for rental in Nelson. Couple all of this with our award-winning team for customer experience and we hope to bring an exciting new car rental experience to Nelson.

Nelson is a fantastic place to start your South Island adventure or to simply spend a few days exploring. Nelson is the biggest city in the north of the South Island and is a fantastic place to base yourself for exploring this stunning part of New Zealand.

From the vineyards of Blenheim to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson is within easy driving distance of some of the South Island’s most beautiful destinations. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches and as one of the sunniest destinations in New Zealand, you will get plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in Nelson and beyond. Make sure you check out our top 5 destinations from Nelson and get inspired for your New Zealand road trip.

Outstanding on-road support

Change of plans? We’ve got you covered. From fuel discounts, and travel hints and tip to 24/7 roadside assistance - we’re a call away.

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Image of a mum holding her child's hand on a wall overlooking Lake Wakatipu

Award-Winning Customer Service in Nelson

Thanks to our amazing customers, GO Rentals was awarded the prestigious Canstar Blue Award for Most Satisfied Customers in the Hire Car category in 2018, 2020 & 2022. That means when you hire a car from GO Rentals in Nelson, you’re getting a world-class customer service experience as well as access to some of the best rental cars in New Zealand – a winning combination.

Nelson is the gateway to the South Island and is big on experiences – something we know a thing or two about here at GO. We have been recognised at the New Zealand Tourism Awards for our outstanding visitor experience and we also achieved the Qualmark Gold award that recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand – something we are excited to be bringing to Nelson.

Frequently asked questions

Is the Nelson branch located inside the airport terminal?
Our Nelson Airport car rental branch is conveniently located right in the terminal. Once you have landed, simply look out for the pink sign in the terminal where our helpful team will get you on your way in no time at all.

What are your Nelson branch hours and what is the after-hours process?
Our branch hours at the Nelson Airport branch are:
8am - 5pm Monday to Sunday
If you need to pick up or drop off your rental car outside of these hours, there is an after-hours service that will enable you to do so. Once you’ve confirmed your booking, we’ll email you instructions on how to pick up and drop off your car outside of our branch hours.

Where can I find special deals on car rental in Nelson?
If you are looking for cheap car rental in Nelson, you have come to the right place. Our car rental deals page is home to some of New Zealand’s cheapest car rental offers. These deals are constantly changing so make sure you bookmark the page and check back regularly.
We also offer one-way relocation deals from time to time as well as exclusive partner deals with the AA. For the latest car rental deals straight to your inbox, make sure you sign up for our newsletter and never miss a deal!

Do you offer one-way car hires from Nelson Airport?
We sure do. We can arrange one-way car hires to and from all our locations including Nelson Airport. There are a couple of things you’ll have to consider - we do have minimum hire periods in place, and one-way hires are dependent on the time of year and your direction of travel. On occasion, we will make allowances if we need vehicles in other branches.
Make sure you keep an eye on our rental car relocation deals for all the latest rental car relocation deals.

How far is it from Nelson Airport to downtown Nelson?
Nelson Airport is located around 8km from downtown Nelson City and this will take you around 15 minutes depending on traffic. Thanks to our self-service check in stations, we’re committed to getting you on the road as quickly as we can - checking in via the app can also help to speed up your pick-up time.
If you are planning on heading further afield and exploring the South Island, we provide you with handy maps in your rental car or you can always speak to one of our friendly team who will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Renting a car at Nelson Airport

Renting a car in Nelson couldn’t be easier. When you choose to rent with GO, you can either book in advance or look to pick up a car on arrival in the terminal. When you book in advance, you will have instant access to our awesome app which you can use to check-in and request a shuttle. It also allows you to populate your information, upgrade your insurance, add drivers, pay any balance owing, and sign your rental agreement prior to arriving at branch. What’s more, if you hire a Tesla with us, you can access key Tesla controls via its integration within our GO app.

You can complete our pre-check-in documentation to speed up the process when you arrive at the branch as well as store information such as your driver’s licence to make future bookings easier. You can always use the free in-terminal Wi-Fi to book your rental car whilst you wait for your bags to arrive or give us a call whilst you wait – we’ll be more than happy to get you sorted with the perfect rental car for your Nelson adventure.

As well as using the app to manage your booking you will also find a wide range of discounts on activities in Nelson, Marlborough and beyond through our GO Play programme.

Renting a car in Nelson just got a lot easier thanks to GO. We’re excited to welcome customers through the doors of our latest branch and sharing our knowledge and expertise on everything New Zealand. See you soon.

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With exclusive discounts for GO Rentals' customers in Nelson - GO do more for less. From kayak cruising in the Abel Tasman to delivering the mail on a Marlborough Sounds cruise, our GO Play card is yours free with every hire. It's your key to unlocking discounts across NZ.

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