About Napier Hawke's Bay Airport (NPE)

Address: Domestic Terminal, Napier, 4110, Xx

Hawke's Bay Airport (NPE) — commonly referred to as Napier Airport — is the main transport hub of the Hawke’s Bay region, and located 6 km (4.8 mi) north of central Napier, New Zealand. The airport is served by at least five major airport car rental companies, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty. Rental counters are located in the terminal and vehicles found in the adjacent car park.

  Getting around

The city of Napier is known for its concentration of Art Deco buildings and wineries — Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking regions. This modest city of 61,000 is exceedingly easy to navigate, with a network of well-maintained highways and roads. State Highways 2 and 50 are the primary routes in and out of the settlement.

With its mountainous terrain and most developed areas located near the coastline, transport in New Zealand is particularly car-dependent. In light of Napier’s barebones bus system and limited number of taxis, most visitors will need to rent a car in order to reach many top destinations. The city is situated roughly equidistant between the North Island’s other two major urban areas — Auckland (408 km / 248 mi) to the north, and Wellington (329 km / 197 mi) to the south — which should give you an idea of driving distances in New Zealand. Meanwhile, a significant portion of inland area is sparsely populated national parks.

  Choosing your car

While every type of vehicle class is available at Napier Airport, your choice of manufacturer will be limited to Toyota or Holden. But that’s not a problem because those are two of the most reliable cars on New Zealand roads anyway. Now, you can concentrate on the type of driving you’ll be doing. For mostly urban transport, 3-door compact and 4-door economy sedans are the budget traveller’s top choices. Standard, intermediate, fullsize sedans set 5 passengers with room for 3 large suitcases. For all-conditions driving in remote areas, rent an SUV. And for larger groups or extra cargo, choose a 7-9 seater minivan.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at Napier Airport


New Zealand vehicles travel on the left side of the roadway.


The speed limit on highways is 100 km/h, while the default limit for urban areas is 50 km/h. You’ll find a limited number of highways with a posted limit of 110 km/h in the northern reaches of the North Island — but nowhere near Napier.


Debit and prepaid credit cards are not acceptable forms of payment for car hire in New Zealand.


Cancellations more than 24 hours prior to your pick-up date and time will be refunded in full. Cancel less than 24 hours from the pick-up and receive a refund with a substantial penalty. No-shows will not receive any refund at all.


New Zealand summer is peak season for international and domestic travel, when airport car rentals and options such as automatic transmission and child safety seats are limited. To get the best deal and secure your reservation, book as far in advance as possible.


Animal hazards are a big problem on rural roads in New Zealand. If you do happen to hit an animal — dead or alive — you’re required to contact the police (555 on your mobile phone).