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Framed by hillsides and a magnificent harbour, Wellington is a great place to start your New Zealand adventure. Collect your Nova rental car from Wellington Airport and prepare to enter a city of creative exuberance, as well as a major travel hub between the North and South Islands.

About Nova Car Hire

Nova Car Hire has spent the past 16 years working to make car hire easier. A leading online car rental broker, Nova has developed a network of some 500 reputable car hire providers, who offer us steeply discounted car hire on the basis of our 1.5-million-plus customer base. Enjoy those great rates with an instant quote today

Just tell us which of our 26,000 locations suits for your car hire collection and when you want to rent a car, and we will give you the best rate available on the spot. Booking is easy, either online or over the phone, and our choice of vehicles and availability are unrivalled. Contact us with any queries and enjoy exceptional customer service.

About Car Hire at Wellington Airport

Wellington International Airport is an international airport located 8km from the centre of Wellington in the suburb of Rongotai. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and its second most populous urban area. It lies at the southwestern edge of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range.

Consult your Nova Car Hire booking confirmation document for details of your car hire provider's opening hours and location in Wellington Airport. A member of their staff will direct you to your rental car.

6 Tips for Driving in New Zealand


  • Drive on the left-hand-side of the road.
  • Speed limits are 100kmh on the open road and 50kmh in built-up areas. Adjust your speed to suit conditions.
  • Double yellow lines indicate that it is too dangerous to overtake.
  • Drivers and front- and rear-seat passengers must wear seat belts. Children up to seven years of age must be correctly restrained according to their size and age. Since February 2010, restraints have been classified restraints according to approximate age and seated height rather than the previous weight and age range.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited and the ban is enforced by police, with severe penalties for offenders. The legal alcohol limit for drivers 20 years and over is 400mcg for breath and 80mg for blood. It is 0 for younger drivers.
  • Signposting follows standard international symbols, with distances measured in kilometres.

  • Doing Wellington On A Budget

    We work with leading car suppliers to provide you with cheap car hire


    Easy pickup at our New Zealand location. The price of the car was very reasonable.

    Lesley Birch, Jun-2012

    Friendly service and car rental at a great price. We had no hassle with our pick up at the Airport.

    Graeme Eadie, Apr-2012

    Found your staff very helpful and the whole booking process went without a hitch. I'd have no hesitation in recommending you to a friend.

    Kenneth Hendy, Feb-2012

    Yes, again satisfied with car and service , always a pleasure using Nova Car Hire. Thanks.

    Kevin Philips, Feb-2012

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    Doing Wellington On A Budget

    Hi! My name is Joanna and I'm the Head of Car Hire at Nova. I love travelling, dogs, classical music, reading, and making sure all our customers have the best car rental experience!

    Wellington probably doesn’t get the tourist attention it deserves, probably because it’s seen as a long- haul destination and is somewhat isolated, situated somewhere between the South Pacific and the Southern Ocean. The reality is that Wellington has much going for it. If you’ve had to spend most of your budget getting here, we can help you save money without sacrificing your enjoyment while you’re here.

    Backpackers’ Heaven

    New Zealand is probably responsible for producing more backpackers than any other country in the world, so, as you might expect, there are plenty of low cost hostels here, all offering a full range of facilities. Two popular choices are Lodge in the City and Nomads.

    Get to the Very Heart of New Zealand

    The National Museum, Te Papa Tongerewa, offers free admission and is a great way to learn about New Zealand, Maori heritage, the environment, and the national ecosystems. Nearby, in Civic Square, you’ll come across the City Gallery, also free, with a good selection of contemporary visual art, among other exhibitions. You can enjoy a good cup of coffee, or a reasonably priced lunch at the Nikau Gallery Café here.

    For a view of the city from above, strike out for Lambton Harbour, where, for just a few dollars, the ride on the Wellington Cable Car (a funicular railway) offers stunning views across the city and harbour. If you’re in the mood for the 40-minute stroll back, you can take in Wellington Botanic Gardens with its Japanese Rock Garden.

    Once back in the harbour, recuperate with a drink at one of the bars or cafes. If the weather’s good, you’ll find people socialising all across the waterfront. Lambton Harbour, Queen’s Wharf,and Oriental Bay, with its little beach, are all great places to hang out and watch life go by. At Queen’s Wharf, you can hire kayaks inexpensively to explore the bay. If that sounds a bit energetic, film buffs will be happy to know that New Zealand’s involvement with the Lord of the Ring franchise, and other big screen ventures, has inspired several tours to movie locations.

    Tuck into some tucker

    Being a cosmopolitan destination, Wellington is home to every type of cuisine. In fact, the city has more restaurants per head than New York, making it a little easier to find a good, cheap meal. Coffee shops, such as Fidels and Deluxe, serve food of a similar standard to that offered by far more expensive restaurants.

    Lambton Quay has a food court with stalls offering a wide range of fare at low prices. Many Asian restaurants offer “all-you-can-eat” buffets– a good way to conserve your cash for a night out. Chow is a good, low cost, option for ordering à la Carte.

    For something quirkier, Sweet Mothers Kitchen specializes in Cajun, Creole, and Mexican food. Sushi fans should make a beeline for the sushi train at Catch Sushi Bar on Courtenay Place.

    When in Wellington

    Wellington comes alive at night and one of Wellington’s comedy clubs, such as The Fringe on Cuba Street, is an ideal place to kick off your evening. Afterwards, the clubs and bars on Courtenay Place are where all the locals party the night away. Drink prices are reasonable and, because there are so many clubs to choose from, most offer free admission. The best are Shooters (which also offers good food), the Mexican themed Coyotes, and the ever-popular Matterhorn.