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Book Budget car rentals in Queenstown

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Budget car rental prices in Queenstown

Compact$28/day
Intermediate$30/day
SUV$32/day
Full-size SUV$77/day
Passenger van$50/day
Premium SUV$93/day
Supplier choice$26/day
Compact SUV$29/day
Intermediate SUV$31/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Reviews for Budget in Queenstown

Pros

" and helpful."(in 1394 reviews)
"Great price, very ."(in 3750 reviews)
" and fast."(in 1394 reviews)

Cons

"Terrible as well"(in 355 reviews)
"Will Budget again!"(in 252 reviews)
"Will Budget again."(in 252 reviews)
Overall Rating7.7 GoodBased on 10 reviews
Cleanliness
8.6
Comfort
7.8
Overall
7.8
Pick-up/Drop-off
7.4
Value for money
8.0

Recent reviews

Traveler rating
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2.0
There was three people working but only one person manning a computer. Check-in per person takes about 20 minutes and there's lots of printing and signing paperwork. The car smelled like gasoline had been spilled in it, the infant car seat was broken and unable to be tightened and they were unable to provide a replacement! The second car in the party was not even available as they run on a thin margin of car availability and it hadn't been returned. When it was returned it had no gas (on empty with notification lights) and they refused to gas it. This car had about 60k miles on it and was in poor condition. Third rental car in the group battery died and had to be jumped to get back to the airport. Yay!Reviewed Feb 27 2024
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10.0
Pros:Very easy pick up and drop off, very good quality cars and category as promised for very affordable price. We had to switch cars between NZ islands and it was extremely “trouble-free”.Reviewed Jan 2 2020
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9.6
Pros:Friendly and efficient staff with no pressure to purchase add-ons.Reviewed Mar 7 2019
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10.0
Pros:Staff was super friendly at pick up. Returning the car wasn’t an issue at all.Cons:I guess maybe a lower day rate.Reviewed Feb 5 2019
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2.0
Cons:Wait was very longReviewed Jan 8 2019
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2.0
Cons:they charged me more than the agreed amount and I have not received an answer yetReviewed Dec 1 2018
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10.0
Great carPros:Nice car to log 1,400 kilometers of open country drivingReviewed Apr 30 2017
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7.6
I would recommend you know your coverages so your not pressuredPros:The car was clean and ready promptly.Cons:I think we were pressured into extra insurance and the rate was much higher than originally planned.Reviewed Apr 30 2017
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2.0
Awful experience - rude, unhelpful desk person, noCons:Our flight came in late and we missed the pick up window. I emailed Budget to let them know, but this message didn't get through to the rental location. When we picked up our car, the woman was not very friendly and said we missed our window and it was given away. She said they had no cars left for us. She did not give us other options of where to rent or what to do in this situation. She did not show sympathy either. Do not rent from Budget. We went with Europcar in the end. They were nice and had a great car for us (and their counter was right next to the Budget one).Reviewed Feb 27 2017
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8.0
Pros:We just dropped off our car in Queenstown, didn't pick one up, so not much to really report in the "like" or "dislike" columns that hasn't already been said.Cons:Maybe would've been useful to have some signage with instructions since there was only one staff member around and I didn't want to interrupt him only to find out I didn't need to do anything other than drop the car off and deposit the keys.Reviewed Feb 24 2017
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10.0
Car was great but had issues with pricing.Pros:The pick up and drop off were both easy and we were happy to be upgraded to a nicer car when we picked it up in Christchurch. We loved the car and found it to be clean, comfortable, and smooth throughout our 8-day rental.Cons:When we dropped the car off in Queenstown, we were shocked to find that our receipt said we were charged more than 2x as much as my reservation said we would be paying. We were in a rush and didn't notice this until after we left the lot, so we called the Queenstown Budget office. Luckily, they fixed the issue and we were charged the correct amount. Thank you Claire!Reviewed Jan 22 2017
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10.0
Worked out greatPros:We didn't know about the drop-off at the ferry until we picked up the car in Queenstown, but it worked our great! Drop one off in Picton, pick up a similar car in Wellington!Reviewed Sep 6 2016
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Where can I find Budget car rentals in Queenstown?

Address

Terminal Building

Hours

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00

Address

68-70 Stanley St

Hours

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00

Good to know

Most popular location

Terminal Building

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$52/day

Good deal

$36/day

Top tips for renting a car from Budget in Queenstown

  • Book Budget car hire in Queenstown to make the ultimate leap in taking control of your holiday by exploring the city and surrounding areas on your schedule and not by other means. You'll avoid the high cost of local taxis and the inconsistent scheduling of public transport. You'll be able to visit places like Coronet Peak, Lake Wakatipu, and Milford Sound without worrying about how to get there or how long to stay. You can also take advantage of the freedom of a hire car to take a road trip to places like Arrowtown, less than an hour's drive away.
  • When you choose to book Budget car hire in Queenstown, you'll be picking a reputable company that's a leader in its field throughout the world. Budget offers possibly the largest and most varied fleet in Queenstown at some of the most affordable prices. The company's commitment to providing a stress-free hiring experience through top-quality car hires and unrivalled customer service makes Budget car hire in Queenstown an ideal choice for many.
  • if you're flying into the city, consider booking Budget car hire at Queenstown International Airport to have the perfect start to your holiday. Not only will you avoid the expensive airport transfers and unreliable public transport services, but you'll also be able to get to the city centre the fastest. Once you land, follow the signposts from inside the Baggage Claim area in the main terminal to close to the Belt 1 luggage belt where you'll find car hire counters like Budget. Booking online will help save you time and money since in-person booking at the airport is much more costly.
  • When choosing Queenstown Budget car hire, be aware that the surrounding highways in Queenstown can be treacherous, with winding roads and tight corners. They're especially dangerous during the icy snow-ridden months. It's important to keep your eye out and drive more slowly along these roads than recommended. You can check the local weather apps to be aware of the conditions you'll be driving in to make sure.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars from Budget in Queenstown for $36 or less.
  • Book your rental car from Budget in Queenstown at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price.
  • Intermediate rental cars from Budget in Queenstown are around 11% cheaper than other car types, on average.

FAQs about renting a car from Budget in Queenstown

  • Which Budget offices should I be using in Queenstown?

    There are two well-placed Budget offices available in the city, and the one you choose to use will depend on how you arrive in Queenstown. If you're flying in, Queenstown Airport is the ideal location. It's important to book online to avoid the extra fees you'll pay in person. The second option is located close to the heart of the city, at 68 - 70 Stanley Street. Regardless of whether you book from the airport or the office on Stanley Street, you'll have the choice of the same cars. If one branch doesn't have a vehicle you like, the two branches will organise with each other to get you your vehicle.

  • What documents do I need to choose Budget car hire in Queenstown?

    Budget won't hire a car to you unless you're at least 21 years and have held your driving license for a year or more. If you're younger than 25 years old, be prepared to pay an additional surcharge for being a young driver. Remember to bring your confirmation details and reference number, as well as the same credit card used for your online booking. If the credit card used isn't in your name, the card owner must be present when collecting the vehicle. You'll also need a valid driving license written in English and a valid form of ID, preferably a passport.

  • Where can I park my Budget hire car in Queenstown?

    It's typically difficult to find on-street in the city centre, especially free parking. You'll find 10 minutes of free parking at the airport but there isn't much else available in the city. You'll find Pay & Display parking spaces throughout the city centre with various time limits. There are two-hour limits available along Church Street, Earl Street, Marine Parade and Camp Street. Athol Street offers Pay and Display parking with a four-hour limit.

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

    On average a rental car from Budget in Queenstown costs $52 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car from Budget in Queenstown?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Budget in Queenstown.

  • How many car rental locations does Budget have in Queenstown?

    Budget has 2 rental locations in Queenstown. Take a look at our Budget rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Does Budget have a car rental location at the airport: Queenstown Intl airport (ZQN)?

    Yes

  • Does Budget offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from Queenstown Intl airport (ZQN)?

    Yes