Queenstown is the ideal base from which to start your self drive adventure. Hiring a car from Queenstown Rental Cars gives you the freedom to travel where you choose. Here are just a few of our pointers. We are always happy to provide more detailed information according to your planned itinerary.
Situated within the scenic Southern Lakes of New Zealand you are approximately 1 hour’s drive from Wanaka with it’s neighbouring lake and ski fields, 2.5 hours from Mt Cook and Tekapo and around a 6 hour drive to Christchurch and the remote West Coast of the South Island with glaciers, stunning rainforest views and scenic townships.
Within the local area there are several self drive day trips to do with your Queenstown rental car:
Glenorchy: Approximately 50 mins drive around Lake Wakatipu to this beautiful and remote township at the head of the lake, Glenorchy is the start/finish point of several of New Zealand’s Great Walks. There are a number of day walks and beautiful camp sites here too, definitely recommended!
Gibbston Vineyards: This area is home to some of the best pinot noir in the world. Other grape varieties grown here include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
Our summers are hot and dry, and the winters crisp and snowy and these extreme seasonal variations lead to world class boutique vineyards, many of whom offer cellar door tastings. Just be sure to nominate your sober driver before setting out!
Milford Sound: An ideal day trip from Queenstown, leave early in the morning to avoid the coaches and plan to stop several times on the way to take in the incredible World Heritage scenery of the Fiordland National Park.
Ski-ing/Snowboarding: Queenstown has several excellent ski resorts within an hour’s drive. The season runs from June to early October and there is a slope to suit everybody. Ask us about suitable vehicles and 4WD’s for ski season – snow chains are FREE with Queenstown Rental Cars!
We look forward to welcoming you to Queenstown and starting your adventure with Queenstown Rental Cars