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Nelson Airport (NSN)


Domestic Terminal,
Nelson, 7011, New Zealand


(64) 03-547-9586

Hours of Operation:

Sun 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM; Mon - Fri 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM; Sat 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM


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: As you exit terminal building, the Budget booth is located to the left.

CARS: Located a short distance from the booth.

RETURNS: Follow signs for car rental returns. The car park is located on Trent Dr.

AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available 24/7. Drop box on Budget booth.
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 at Nelson Airport

Nelson is a spectacular destination, offering a whole host of world-class attractions, from its beautiful beaches and thriving culinary scene to its many unique art galleries and delightful wines.

Known as the sunniest place in New Zealand, Nelson attracts thousands of visitors every year from across the country and the world.

With so much to offer, most visitors find exploring this vibrant region by car the best way to soak up the sights and sounds. Here’s everything you need to know about car hire in Nelson. We know your trip is likely to begin at the airport, so let’s start there.

Our Location

Budget makes it easy to secure a vehicle that not only ticks all of the boxes in terms of space and comfort but which is also kind to the wallet.

The Nelson Airport location is conveniently situated in the Domestic Terminal. They are open between 7:30 am and 8:30 pm from Monday to Friday; 8:00 am and 5.00pm on Saturday; and 9:30 am and 8:30 pm on Sunday.

Budget makes car hire in Nelson quick and stress-free by offering several industry-leading services, including:

  • Fastbreak service and returns. You’ll be behind the wheel in no time at all with the convenient Fastbreak service. What’s more, when you return your vehicle, there’s no need to make the trip right back to our kiosk in the airport.
  • After-hours returns. Need to return your vehicle after our Nelson airport car hire kiosk has closed? No worries. Park and lock the car and place your completed contract and the keys in the designated Drop Box.

About Nelson Airport

The bustling Nelson Airport is situated in the suburb of Annesbrook, about 8km from Nelson City centre and 9km from Richmond, making it an extremely convenient place from which to start your getaway.

Incredibly, despite its size the Nelson Airport is the fifth busiest in the country and welcomes 1.2 million passengers into its single terminal every year.

Nelson Airport does not offer international flights. But, has more than 14 scheduled flights to Auckland, 12 to Wellington, and nine to Christchurch every day, the majority of which are operated by Air New Zealand.

If you have arrived in Nelson Airport and need a pick-me-up before you pick up your hire car and set off toward your accommodation, you’ll find a number of local food and beverage providers. Sublime Coffee is a highlight. The number of foods and drink providers, as well as shops, is set to expand as the Nelson Airport undergoes significant renovations in the coming years.

Things to see and do around Nelson Airport

Whatever your interests, you are sure to find a number of exciting, delicious, and memorable activities just a short drive from Nelson Airport.

Close by, why not drop into the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum, which is situated a quick 1.7km drive from the airport. This one-of-a-kind museum is a local icon and celebrates two distinct passions, united by the power of excellent design.

If it’s the outdoors you’d like to explore, check out The Gentle Cycling Company. Offering a range of self-guided half-day, full-day, and multi-day bike rides and tours along the Great Taste Cycle Train, The Gentle Cycling Company allows you to explore the best food and drink offerings the region has to offer. This includes vineyards, breweries, cafes, villages, beaches, and stunning rural landscapes.

The Nelson region also plays host to a dynamic range of sporting, community, and cultural events. It’s worth doing a bit of homework before you arrive.

Where to refuel in Nelson

So, you’ve hired a car in Nelson Airport, and you’re ready to explore this fascinating region. You’ll need to familiarise yourself with a few of the major petrol stations and refuelling locations in the area.

Click here to find the nearest petrol stations in Nelson.

About Budget’s Nelson hire car fleet

Opting for a hire car in Nelson? Fantastic. Budget prides itself on offering a dynamic, affordable fleet that caters to all travellers, whether you’re on a solo business trip, a jet setting couple, or a family of five.

From zippy three-door hatchbacks to spacious, comfortable SUVs, Budget has a vehicle in our fleet suited to your needs. They even have a range of speciality vehicles, such as vans and trucks.

Get in touch with the Nelson Airport location to learn more.

Distances from Nelson Airport to nearby attractions

Attraction Distance (km) Time it takes to drive Tahunanui Beach 3.6 8 minutes Port Nelson 7.1 12 minutes Nelson town centre 7.8 14 minutes Cable Bay 29.1 34 minutes