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Queenstown Airport (ZQN)


Terminal Building,
Queenstown, 9300, New Zealand


(64) 3-442-3450

Hours of Operation:

Sun - Fri 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM



How many airports are there in Queenstown?

There’s only one main airport in Queenstown, which is Queenstown Airport. As the 4th busiest airport in New Zealand, it hosts over 2 million passengers each year. You may see the IATA code ZQN on your airline tickets, or when you’re making a booking.

How do I get to Queenstown Airport?

You can reach Queenstown Airport from Queenstown by following a combination of State Highway 6A and State Highway 6. As there’s only one terminal building, finding it is easy. Depending on the time of day, your journey should last just under 10 minutes.

At Budget Australia, we’re here to help you save money on your Queenstown Airport car rental. If you’re ready to see what we can do for you, explore our fleet.

Location Information
Fastbreak Service
Fastbreak Pick up: Proceed to the Budget Fastbreak line or Budget rental counter. Present your driver licence and receive your rental agreement and keys.

Fastbreak Return: Park the vehicle and lock it. If a return agent is not available in the rental car park, proceed to the rental counter/office with your vehicle keys, mileage and fuel level. You can access your receipt online within 72 hours of returning your vehicle.
General Directions
COUNTER: Located inside airport terminal at Queenstown Airport.
CARS: On-site
RETURNS: Same as pick-up.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

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Renter Requirements

Car Hire in Queenstown Airport

Surrounded by dramatic alps and gorgeous lakes, Queenstown is popular amongst travellers from throughout Australia. If you’re heading there soon, now’s the time to choose your transport options. At Budget Australia, we provide a Queenstown Airport car hire service that’ll help you save money. If you want to explore the benefits of hiring a car at Queenstown Airport, it’s time to learn more about what you can do with yours.

Where to find our Queenstown Airport car hire desks

You’ll find our Queenstown Airport car hire desks in the arrivals section of the main terminal building. To save time on arrival, download the Budget car hire app. It allows you to make changes to your hire agreement from your phone, request upgrades, and extend your hire period. If you’re a regular Budget Australia user, you can update your preferred settings via the app.

Your guide to Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport features just one terminal, which makes it easy to find. If you need directions to the airport from Queenstown, try the following:

  • Start on Ballarat Street and head north-east towards State Highway 6A
  • When you reach the first cross street, turn right to remain on SH 6A
  • Use the roundabout to take the 3rd exit onto State Highway 6
  • Use the roundabout to take the 1st exit onto Lucas Place
  • Use the roundabout to take the 1st exit onto Sir Henry Wigley Drive
  • Follow the signs for the main airport terminal building

Things to do near Queenstown Airport

Queenstown is a city that’s well known for its stunning scenery and active adventure sports scene. If you’re looking for something to do, try the following:

The Remarkable Sweet Shop

From New Zealand classics through to sweets from years gone by, the Remarkable Sweet Shop is a sweet lover’s dream. Whether you love lollipops, nougat, chocolate, or something else, you’ll find a treat to snack on there. If you’re looking for a gift to take home with you, we’re sure the recipient will love the vintage sweets available at the shop. It’s less than 0.5km away from Queenstown Airport.

Game Over Queenstown

If you’re looking for an action-packed indoor activity that all the family can enjoy, try Game Over Queenstown. In addition to go karting, you can take part in laser quest, games, and more. It’s just under a 1km drive away from the airport.

Frankton Trail

When you need to unwind after your flight, getting into nature by walking Frankton Trail is the perfect way to do so. With plenty of benches to rest on as you take a break from strolling, Frankton Trail is perfect for stretching your legs. It’s under a 1km drive away from Queenstown Airport.

Refuelling locations nearby

When you rent a car at Queenstown Airport, you’ll need to return it with a full tank of fuel. Here are some of our nearby refuelling locations:

  • Mobil at 1 Mcbride Street
  • BP at 1094 Frankton Road
  • Park ‘n’ Save Fuel in Frankton
  • Z Service Station at 846 Frankton Road
  • Caltex at 43-45 Gorge Road

Our car hire fleet

Hiring a car at Queenstown Airport doesn’t need to be expensive. At Budget Australia, we provide a large fleet with excellent prices. If you’re looking for a smaller car, try one of our compact vehicles or city cars. Alternatively, when you’re travelling with a larger group, you’ll need an expansive vehicle. We have people carriers and SUVs in our range, giving you lots of space for your group and their luggage. If you need to add extras to your car, we can help. Available add ons include child seats, GPS systems, and other navigational aids.

Driving distances to nearby locations

When you hire a car at Queenstown Airport you give yourself the chance to explore the best attractions in the nearby area. Here are some distances to a few of our favourites:

  • Coronet Peak 23.4km
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park 8.1km
  • The Remarkables Ski Area 16.9km
  • Queenstown Ice Arena 7.5km
  • Gibbston Valley Winery 19.3km