Car Hire & Rental in New Plymouth Airport

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New Plymouth Airport (NPL)

Address: Terminal Building, New Plymouth, 4373, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 6-758-8039
Hours of Operation: Sun 10:00 AM - 8:45 PM; Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 8:45 PM; Sat 9:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Holiday Hours:
2020
CHRISTMAS DAY   December  25  09:00AM - 06:00PM
BOXING DAY   December  26  09:00AM - 06:00PM

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FAQs

What is there to do around New Plymouth airport?

Most of the attractions in the area are centred in the city of New Plymouth including several parks, Brooklands Zoo, and the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. Closer to the airport is Bell Block Beach – a beautiful beach with a picnic area.

What is New Plymouth known for?

New Plymouth is a culturally rich town, known for its museums and art galleries. It’s also known as the “oil town” of New Zealand, and you can see the rigs extracting oil and natural gas offshore.

Location Information
Fastbreak Service
Proceed to the Budget counter Fastbreak line/or normal line if no Fastbreak line designation/or follow directions to the Fastbreak Kiosk. Present identification and receive your rental agreement. The counter representative will give the customer the keys & directions to their car.
FASTBREAK RETURN: Follow the airport signs for Car Rental return. You do not need to return to the counter to complete your rental. Record your mileage and fuel level on the rental agreement and drop it in the Budget Fastbreak return box. A closed rental agreement will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
General Directions
COUNTER: Located in airport terminal, upon entering turn left, office is located along the back wall at the end near the Cafe.
CARS: Go out the main doors, vehicles are on the right-hand side.
RETURNS: Same as pick-up.
AFTER HOURS RETURNS: After-hours key drop available until 2000.
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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Car Hire New Plymouth Airport

New Plymouth is a small coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s a natural base for travellers planning to hike Mount Taranaki, and the city’s sunny climate, beautiful parks, and world-class art galleries make it a popular tourist destination.

If you’re flying into New Plymouth Airport, you’ll need a car to make the most of the stunning natural beauty the area of Taranaki has to offer. Budget car rental is conveniently located inside the airport, so your adventure can start as soon as you land.

Our Location

The budget car rental counter is located inside the main terminal building, on the left side of the entrance along the back wall near the café. The counter is open from 7am – 9pm Monday to Friday, 7am – 6.30pm Saturday, and 9am – 9pm Saturday. After hours keydrop is available until 8pm.

To save time at the airport and ensure your onward journey runs smoothly, download the Budget app and register for our Fastbreak service. Fastbreak gives you access to a priority line at Budget counters, and you can get the keys to your rental car after showing your ID – no waiting around and filling out paperwork. Fastbreak members can also enjoy self-service car return – just drop your keys and rental agreement in the designated box when you return your vehicle.

New Plymouth Airport Information

New Plymouth Airport is a small airport with two domestic terminals. A new terminal is currently under development and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Air New Zealand, Jet Star, and Originair are the airlines currently flying to and from New Plymouth Airport. Daily flights are available to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, and Napier.

The airport is 11km northeast of the city centre, a drive which takes approximately 13 minutes. To get to the airport from New Plymouth, head east out of town on State Highway 3. Follow the road for 8km until the left turn for Airport Drive. This road heads north for a further 2km until you reach the airport.

Things to See and Do Around New Plymouth Airport

New Plymouth is a small city but it has plenty to keep you occupied if you have some time to kill before your flight. The advantage of the city being compact and the airport being close is that all the major attractions are just a short drive away.

Pukekura Park in the city centre is one of New Plymouth’s most popular tourist attractions. It offers some lovely walks, a children’s playground, a teahouse, and light shows in the evening.

Brooklands Zoo is another popular spot with families. It’s free to enter and the animals have well-kept habitats. There are farmyard and exotic animals, reptiles, and birds in a walk-through aviary.

If you have an interest in art and culture, a visit to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is a must. This contemporary art gallery houses exhibitions by the artist and sculptor Len Lye, as well as works from other international artists. The modern building itself is also a work of art.

The Te Rewa Rewa Bridge over the mouth of the Waiwhakaiho River is a unique and impressive pedestrian bridge that makes for great photographs, as well as being part of a pleasant walk in natural surroundings.

Of course you can’t visit New Plymouth without a trip to the beach. Back Beach is one of the best beaches in the city and is completely unspoiled – you might even catch a seal basking on the sand.

Fuel locations Near New Plymouth Airport

If you’re returning a Budget rental car you’ll need to make sure it has a full tank of fuel before you drop it off.

If you’re driving from New Plymouth, the closest fuel station is Allied Petroleum on State Highway 3, 800m before the turnoff to the airport. If you’re approaching the airport from the north, there’s a BP gas station 300m before the turnoff.

Budget Fleet Information

Budget New Zealand offers a fleet of vehicles to suit any type of holiday, whether you’re city-hopping or exploring the wilderness. We have cars, 4WDs, and vans for 4-8 passengers, and several of our vehicles offer extras like reversing cameras and flexible seating configurations.

Location Distances from New Plymouth Airport

  • New Plymouth City 11km
  • Te Rewa Rewa Bridge 10km
  • Paritutu Rock 16km
  • Tupare 14km
  • Mount Taranaki 60km
  • Taranaki Pioneer Village 44km
  • Three Sisters and Elephant Rock 62km