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If you are looking for a rental car to get out and about in Queenstown, Snap has you covered!


Our Queenstown car rental branch is located in Frankton, less than a 5 minute drive from the exit doors at Queenstown Airport. You can walk, however it would take about 40 minutes. You are much better to take advantage of our Free Queenstown Airport Shuttle Service.


Snap Rentals Queenstown

5 Glenda Drive


Queenstown 9371


Ph: 09 275 2438
Free Phone: 0800 288 699

International Phone: +64 9 275 2438



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Between 08:00am - 05:00pm:

Visit our Queenstown Airport Shuttle Request page below to request your shuttle pick up. Please ensure that you are at the airport & have cleared customs & security before requesting the shuttle.

Our shuttle is available on demand - there's no need to arrange your shuttle prior with us to your arrival at the airport

Our Queenstown Airport Shuttle arrives at the Rental Car Transfer Area.

Exit the airport by the Jetstar check in area. Once outside, please stand next to the blue lockers and free phone - the shuttle will arrive here once requested.

Shuttle guide in Queenstown Airport

Unfortunately, After Hours Pick Ups are unavailable from our Queenstown Depot. If you are running a bit late for your vehicle collection please give us a call on 0800 288 699 and we will try to accommodate your request. If we are unable to provide a vehicle to you after hours, your vehicle will be ready to collect when the depot opens at 8am the following day.

Dropping off your rental car at our Queenstown Airport depot is super simple, the key things to remember are:

  • Make sure you have fueled up your vehicle to the same level as when you picked it up to avoid a refuelling charge ($25). The nearest gas station to our Queenstown car rental depot is the PAK'n'SAVE Fuel just up the road on Hawthorne Drive.

  • Make sure the vehicle is left in a clean & tidy state - we don't expect it to be fully groomed or anything, but a general clean and tidy will help to avoid an additional charge.

After checking the above, simply drop the keys off to the branch staff who will do a 2 minute final handover process and your away!

Our Queenstown Airport Shuttle service does work both ways - simply ask for a lift back to the airport when dropping off your vehicle.


One way car rental from Queenstown to Christchurch is no problem with Snap Rentals. This is a very common one way trip taken by our car rental customers as they explore what the South Island has to offer.


The distance from our Queenstown car rental depot to our Christchurch depot is 474km - or just under 6 hours drive. Typically will book a car for a week or so and stop off at a number of popular destinations in the South Island along the way. We have collated a list of cool things to do in an around Queenstown below for some inspiration!

Can I rent a car from Queenstown to Auckland?

Renting a car from Queenstown to Auckland is a great way to explore New Zealand in its entirety. Our car rental depots in both Queenstown and Auckland mean that one way car rental from Queenstown to Auckland is easy with Snap! Just include Queenstown as your pick up destination and Auckland as your drop off location when you make your car rental booking.

Customers making this full country trip typically book a car for between 4 to 6 weeks, stopping at a number of destinations between Queenstown and Auckland on the way.

How long does it take to walk to the Snap car rental depot from Queenstown Airport?

Our Queenstown Airport depot is located 3.2km from the Terminal, taking about 40 minutes to walk.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Queenstown?

Car rental prices in Queenstown vary based on the type of car you are renting, when you are renting the car for and how long you are booking the car for. Popular periods such as Christmas, New Year and long weekends will typically see higher prices, as well as bigger more luxurious vehicle categories. Overall, prices typically peak in Queenstown at both the height of the winter months (when the Queenstown Ski season is in full swing) and the height of the Summer months when NZers and other tourists alike are soaking up the sun.

A tip for reducing car rental costs from Queenstown Airport – look to book your car from operators that aren’t based in the Airport terminals themselves (like Snap). These operators don’t have to pay the lofty terminal rents and so are typically in a better position to offer a better deal. Snap even offers a free airport shuttle to and from the Queenstown airport terminal to our depot!

Where do I collect my Queenstown rental car?

You can collect your Snap rental car from Queenstown at Unit 9 - 222 Glenda Drive, Frankton - our Queenstown depot. The best way to get there is via our free Queenstown airport shuttle, but walking is an option too if you are feeling fit (note - it's about 40 minutes which isn't ideal if you are lugging bags about)! Simply walk into the depot and one of our friendly team will be able to help you to your rental car.

Where is the rental car drop off location in Queenstown?

You can drop off your Snap rental car at our Queenstown depot at Unit 9 - 222 Glenda Drive, Frankton - the drop off & pick up locations at this depot are the same. Once you have dropped off your rental car, our free Queenstown Airport shuttle is available to take you to the terminal.

What is the best rental car in Queenstown?

The best rental car in Queenstown is typically a bigger vehicle with a bit more grunt or a 4WD to get more easily navigate the ups & downs and rougher roads that are common in the Queenstown area. 
Snap's most popular rental cars in Queenstown are our RAV4's and Toyota Prado, or the Toyota Corolla station wagon for those who are a bit more budget conscious.

How long does it take to drive from Queenstown Airport into town?

It takes about 12 minutes to drive from our Queenstown Airport depot into Queenstown town center.

What are the most popular destinations for people picking up a rental car at Queenstown?

We have included a full list of popular car rental trips and destinations below.


Below we have listed a number of destinations our clients most commonly visit when picking up their rental car in Queenstown. Whether stopping off at a number of these destinations on a round trip, or taking the very popular one way trip from Queenstown to Christchurch - these destinations are sure to make your South Island adventure a great one!

Another common trip taken by customers is exploring NZ from South Island to the North Island, picking up their rental car in Queenstown and dropping off in Auckland. Our customers typically book for between 4 to 6 weeks to complete such a trip depending on how many destinations they want to see along the way.

Visit Arrowtown


Discover the town of Arrowtown - a small gold rush village close to Queenstown. This town is a popular spot due to its unique character and community spirit.

Distance from Snap Rentals Queenstown:

13km approx. – 13 min drive

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Kawarau Bungy

Probably the most famous bungy jump in New Zealand. Jump out from the middle of the suspension bridge overlooking the river - falling 43m! You can even jump nude if you are that way inclined!

Distance from Snap Rentals Queenstown: 17km approx. – 15mins drive

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Skiing (June - October)

Just around the corner from Queenstown are some of NZ's best ski fields, these include:

Cadrona - 1hr drive from Snap Queenstown

Coronet Peak - 24 min drive from Snap Queenstown

The Remarkables - 30 min drive from Snap Queenstown

Treble Cone - 1hr 30 min drive from Snap Queenstown

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Central Otago Wineries

Taste world famous Pinot Noir as you bike from winery to winery. Wide plains, bright blue skies and amazing snow capped mountain vistas make tasting what this region has to offer even more special.

Distance from Snap Rentals Queenstown:

87km approx. – 1hr 15m

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Mt Aspiring National Park

With lakes, glaciers, river flats and soaring mountains to explore, Mt Aspiring National Park near Wanaka is a hugely popular spot amongst outdoor enthusiasts.


Distance from Snap Rentals Queenstown:

123km approx. – 1hr 46m

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Milford Sound

Explore waterfalls, forests and mountain peaks or some amazing wildlife like fur seals, penguins and dolphins at this beautiful fiord.

Distance from Snap Rentals Queenstown:

283km approx. – 3hr 31m

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