Nelson Airport (NSN) Car Hire

Nelson Airport (NSN)

Location Details

Rental Car Building Trent Dr
Nelson, NZ, 7011

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Directions from Terminal

We're located in the rental car building at Nelson Airport. You'll find us by exiting the terminal through the main doors and crossing the road. We're inside the rental car building, on the right-hand side.

Hiring a car at Nelson Airport (NSN)

You'll find Enterprise Rent-A-Car at Nelson Airport (NSN), just a short walk across the road from the terminal exit in the car rental building. The full address is Rental Car Building, Trent Dr, Nelson Airport, Nelson, NZ, 7011. The rental office remains open seven days a week from 08:00 to 17:00 for convenient car or van hire in Nelson Airport.

Nelson Airport is located approximately 6 km from Nelson's city centre in the suburb of Annesbrook. There are several ways to make this drive, including via Whakatu Drive to arrive in Nelson from the south or via State Highway 6 to arrive from the west. Both routes take roughly 10 to 12 minutes and consist of well-paved two-lane roads. The SH6 route is particularly scenic as it skirts the coast of Tasman Bay.

Nelson Airport is the sixth-busiest in the country and an important travel hub for the South Island's north coast. Over a million passengers travel through the airport each year, making it the busiest airport in New Zealand without any international routes. Instead, domestic flights are available to Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Kapiti Coast, Karamea, Palmerston North, Takaka and Wellington.

Nelson Airport is the only airport serving Nelson and the Tasman Bay area. It offers convenient access not only to Nelson and its fantastic museums but also to settlements along the coast like Motueka and Havelock. It's also noted for its local road links to Mount Richmond Forest Park and Kahurangi National Park, two exceptional wildernesses. Car hires in Nelson Airport offer excellent road-tripping opportunities as Nelson is situated on the famed SH6 for travel across the South Island.

Rental Policies

Each additional driver will incur an additional driver fee of $5 NZD plus GST per day, capped at a max of 5 days. Additional drivers must be present at pick up and provide their driving licence. Additional drivers must meet all age and driving licence requirements.

When you enter the airport, follow the airport signs for "Rentals" and "Rental Cars".
Drive into the reserved Rental Cars car park and simply park in any of the signposted Alamo/National/Enterprise parking spaces.
Lock the car and return the key to the Alamo/National/Enterprise counter inside the Rental Car building.
If unattended, please put the key in the key drop box.

Minimum driver age is 21 years old. There is no maximum age, however drivers under 25 years old will only be able to reduce their damage liability to 340.00 NZD (excluding GST).
A young driver surcharge of 13.00 NZD per day, which excludes GST, applies to all Drivers aged between 21-24 years old.
Drivers between 21-24 years of age are restricted to vehicle classes Economy, Compact, Intermediate, and Standard only.
All drivers must have held their license for a minimum of one year. If any driver is on a probationary license there is an additional Probationary License Fee of 20.00 NZD per day, which excludes GST.

The Renter must not use the Vehicle outside the Permitted Area of Use. If the renter takes the Vehicle outside the Permitted Area of Use their Liability for any loss or damage will increase and any optional damage waiver selected void.

Vehicles may not be driven above the snow line from June to October, on beaches, in watercourses or rivers.

"Permitted Area of Use" means the area in which the Vehicle may be driven. The Permitted Area of Use is limited as described on our Terms and Conditions.

Parts of New Zealand are not suitable for access by rental vehicles. You must not take the Vehicle:

(i)                  Off road; means any area not a legally designated public road
(ii)                on Unsealed roads; means a legally designated public road, that is formed but not sealed with a hard materials such as bitumen, asphalt or concrete (Unless ULDL is purchased)
(iii)               to Snow areas; means any area were snow or ice is present on the ground or any area where it is recommended or required that snow chains are fitted to any vehicle(unless Snow Cover is purchased)
(iv)              between the North and South Islands in either direction or on to any island other than mainland New Zealand's North or South Islands. Will change with one-way-rental policy development-note to us
(v)                through any river, creek, ford,  stream, flood areas or tidal crossings
(vi)              on the following roads: Ball Hutt (Mt Cook), Skippers Canyon (Queenstown), 90 Mile Beach (Northland) and the coast road to Russell (Northland)
(vii)             on all roads north of Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula, the Tapu to Coroglen road(all parts east of Rapaura Gardens), the 309 road from Coromandel to Kairnarama and the Blackjack Road from Kuatuna and Opito and Lake Waikarimoana Rd State Highway 38 (Central North Island)
(viii)           or on the following highways in the South Island between the hours of 2200 and 0600 local time from April 1 until October 31; State Highway 6 and 8, between Twizel and Queenstown; The Milford Road between Te Anau and Milford Sound; State Highway 6 between Franz Joseph and Wanaka; or Arthurs Pass.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is an optional coverage that reduces the applicable excess amount in case of damage to and/or theft of the vehicle. If CDW is not included in the reservation, it is available for purchase.

The excess can be reduced to 678 NZD for the car categories Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard and Full Size. For any SUVs, Pickups, Vans and any Premium vehicles, the excess is reduced to 826 NZD. All electric vehicles have a reduced excess of 1000 NZD. The excess will be charged every time a vehicle is damaged, lost, not returned or stolen.

Before purchasing CDW, it is advisable to determine if the renter's personal coverage is adequate to cover damage, theft, loss of revenue, administration fees, diminishment of value, and any towing, storage or impound fees. If CDW is declined, the renter will be required to pay these charges up to the excess amount and seek compensation through their carrier of personal coverage. The Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is not insurance.

One-way drop fees apply for all valid one-way rentals in New Zealand.

In the event that the renter returns the vehicle to a location different from the one noted on the original rental agreement, Alamo Rent-a-Car NZ reserves the right to charge a relocation fee based on the KM distance table below.

From 1 KMS to 50 KMS – Charges excluding GST: NZD 46.00
From 51 KMS to 250 KMS – Charges excluding GST: NZD 287.50
From 251 KMS to 500 KMS – Charges excluding GST: NZD 575.00
From 501 KMS to 750 KMS – Charges excluding GST: NZD 920.00
From 751 KMS+ – Charges excluding GST: NZD 1,500.00 (max charge)

The car will be supplied with a full tank of fuel. Customers must return the car with a full tank, otherwise refuelling charges at the listed rate plus a 12.5% fee will apply.

A valid credit card or debit card must be provided for all rentals. For payments we accept all major credit cards, debit cards and cash and for deposits we only accept all major credit cards, we do not accept debit cards or not cash. Charges for options and coverage must be settled at the commencement of the rental together with a deposit (bond). The credit card holder is listed as the hirer and must be present at the time of rental commencement. The credit card deposit by way of authorization is NZD 200.00.

A credit card fee of 2.5% applies and is applicable to all rental charges excluding the deposit bond; including any optional items purchased and damage liability charges. There is no refund of credit card surcharges.

Union Pay Cards:
Unfortunately, the rental location cannot accept a card branded only by Union Pay. The rental location accepts Visa and MasterCard with Union Pay logo on the card.

We accept current New Zealand, International and overseas licences. Overseas licences that are not easily identifiable as a drivers licence must be accompanied by an International Licence or English translation. Valid driver's licence must be held for a minimum of 12 months.

In New Zealand there is no need for third party compulsory insurance (CTP) as there is a form of insurance scheme managed by the Accident Compensation Corporation (AA) which covers injuries caused by car accidents via a fund by levy that is paid as part of the motor vehicle registration fees. This scheme provides no fault cover, meaning that any person injured as a result of an accident is covered. This cover does not include property or damage to other vehicles. There is no fixed coverage limit per policy.

Nelson Airport (NSN) Car Hire FAQs

For additional questions, please visit our main car hire FAQs page.