Thrifty Rental Car
When we arrived at Queenstown Airport we had decided that we would rent a car and us it for 24 hours to get around and see some of the countryside out of the town. We picked up this nifty number for $90 (included extra insurance cover) from Thrifty Rental Cars. It was a late model Toyota Corolla and it did the job nicely. If you are going down on a long weekend or holiday then I recommend that you book ahead as many of the other rental companies in the airport had already booked out when we arrived. We were able to conveniently leave the vehicle at our accommodation the next day and they picked it up.
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Being a local from Queenstown, I can say first off that it is an expensive place to live, not just to visit. The local population is about 40% British who now live there permanently, most of the rest are travelers. There are few actual locals who were born/raised there as it is such an expensive place.
The lest expensive mode of transport is the local Connector Bus (yellow bus). If you are using this, get the day pass (NZD$17 per day) or if you are there 3+ days just get the weekly pass. This pass will get you onto any yellow bus, no matter which zone its going to. This bus goes to Fernhill, Sunshine Bay, Arrowtown, Jack's Point (Shotover Jet), Kelvin Height's, Frankton, Airport & Remarkables Park (local's shopping area). A single journey into or out of the airport is NZD$7. Compare this to a taxi ride from the airport to downtown Queenstown ($40-$60 one way) and you're saving a lot of money.
The only downside to the local transport is some of the drivers are quite rude and they don't always run to schedule early morning/late night.
Good Luck with your travelers to this beautiful (but expensive) location!
We found van rentals really useful for day trips up to the slopes surrounding Queenstown. Even though we mainly used cars to get around the South Island, taking a van for just a day gave us heaps of room for gear and actually worked out cheaper cause we could fit everyone into one vehicle.
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Intercity : Wanaka to Queenstown / to Invercargill
If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.
Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.
If you need to make a firm itinerary to ensure your planned tour of New Zealand, you may want to look at booking your tickets early with Intercity who have a limited number of $1 tickets on a number of routes.
In February 2014, I travelled from Wanaka to Queenstown ($??.00) and from Queenstown to Invercargill ($??.00).
It is worth noting that you pay a booking fee for each completed process, so if you're going to book a number of tickets, it's a good idea to plan them out and complete the purchase in one process, thereby incurring just one booking fee.
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Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand has the most service to Queenstown. They fly to and from many cities within New Zealand. Most international flights will pass through Christchurch or Auckland.
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