Find and Compare a Cheap Car Rental at Christchurch Airport
Beginning your South Island road trip from Christchurch Airport is a great idea. Currently all our suppliers have their fleets based at the airport. Due to the earthquake on November 14th, some popular tourist routes in the South Island are affected, particularly heading north to Picton from Christchurch. The town of Kaikoura has limited road acccess. Discuss your plans with your rental company when you pick up your car.
Start your road trip direct from the South Island's main airport
We can help you book a car rental from Christchurch Airport at a fantastic rate. With Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz all offering a great range of rental cars from the airport, we can find something that will get your South Island holiday rolling.
We always suggest you book your car hire as soon as you know you need one. This is to ensure you will not be disappointed by the choice in available vehicles. Booking is simple, and will definitely save you time and money.
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Christchurch is an easy airport to navigate, as the domestic and international terminals are in adjoining buildings. You may see some unusual aircraft out on the tarmac, as the airport is the hub for the air logistic operations of the US, Italy and New Zealand to McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Look out for the RNZAF Hercules, or a US Airforce C-17 Globemaster.
There are several transport options available upon arrival at the airport, including the airport hopper buses, taxis and shuttles. However, you can't beat hiring a vehicle for comfort and convenience. If you are travelling in a group, pooling resources and sharing a car can be a significant saving. Once you have your car, you are about a 20 minute drive to the city centre.
Booking your car rental in Christchurch Airport when you're on a domestic flight has never been easier, thanks to VroomVroomVroom's super-efficient car hire booking engine. We list all of the cheapest prices on cars available at Christchurch Airport, so if you'll be visiting this city, we're definitely the best way to book! We don't charge hidden fees, and there is no charge if you need to modify or cancel your booking.
Our booking system is super-simple, but if you have any questions our customer service team is available by email, phone or through our live chat feature.
Do you prefer to road-trip by campervan?
Christchurch Airport is a fantastic place to start a South Island motorhome tour from. VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect camper too! Have a look at our camper page for Christchurch Aiport.
Get the best local tips for your South Island road trip
While there is still rebuilding to do in Christchurch, it is very much back in business for tourism with a great choice of things to do. VroomVroomVroom has come up with a list of activities, accommodation, and restaurants/bars that you can visit during your stay. Some of them are just a few minutes away from the Christchurch Airport so you can call in before your flight.
Where to Go
The family-owned park is one of the favourite attractions of animal lovers travelling to Christchurch. It houses more than 50 species of animals and many can be found free-ranging while just a few of them live in enclosures. Willowbank is known for their kiwi breeding program so you can find several species including the North Island Brown. Apart from the wildlife, you can also enjoy a Maori cultural experience and dine in their restaurant.
Dolphin Swimming Adventure by Black Cat Cruises
Address: Akaroa Main Wharf, Akaroa, 7520
If you're looking for an awesome water experience, then try Black Cat's Dolphin Swimming Adventure! Get a chance to swim with Hector's dolphins, which are the world's rarest and smallest dolphins. They can be found at the marine mammal sanctuary of Akaroa Harbour, which is around a 90 minute drive from the airport. Black Cat Cruises also offers other exciting water-based activities such as Akaroa Harbour nature cruises, Diamond Harbour ferry, and Quail Island adventures.
Where to Stay
Address: 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch 8013
The George boasts of its tranquil surrounding and breathtaking views of the Avon River and Hagley Park. The boutique hotel has easy access to the main attractions of Christchurch. Expect excellent service during your stay because this luxurious accommodation has a one-to-one staff to guest ratio. The George takes pride in its award-winning restaurants and numerous recognitions including “New Zealand's Leading Boutique Hotel” for six years.
Amross Court Motor LodgeAddress: 61 Bealey Ave Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013
This picturesque motel is situated near the rebuilt CBD and just a stone's throw away from the restaurants along Victoria Street. Amross Court Motor Lodge offers affordable accommodation in the city centre. Choose from 14 spacious and refurnished units. Each room is equipped with luxurious beds, new carpeting, and kitchenware. Whether you're travelling solo or with your family, you will find the perfect accommodation here.
Haka Lodge is a backpacker's haven because of its relaxed atmosphere, spacious accommodation, modern facilities, and best of all, cheap rates. The lodge is surrounded by towering trees and lush gardens. It is located just outside the CBD and near the public transport, attractions, and shops. Take advantage of their free Wi-Fi, cosy lounges, and widescreen entertainment. They also offer tours for those who want to explore more of New Zealand.
A Nest on Mt. Pleasant
Address: 15 Toledo Place, Christchurch 8008
If you're in search for an accommodation with a hillside setting, then A Nest on Mt. Pleasant is the ideal place for you. The holiday home is nestled in one of the city's most beautiful hill suburbs and surrounded by native bushes. It features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms that are fully-furnished so all you need to bring are your clothes and food. They have also been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2014.
Where to Dine
Burgers & Beers Inc.
Address 2: 478 Cranford Street, Redwood, Christchurch
Some people have a secret love affair with burgers and beers. This combination has been sought after by many diners and you can find the perfect pair at Burgers & Beers Inc. They offer big and flavourful burgers placed between freshly-made soft buns matched with icy cold beer. Kids, on the other hand, can select from their tempting menu that were specifically made for children. Enjoy their energetic vibe, appetising menu and eclectic music.
Dragons Den Social Lounge
Address: 357 Colombo Street, Sydenham
After munching on some burgers, why not continue the fun with some cocktails? Head to Dragons Den Social Lounge, which is also situated along Colombo Street. This sophisticated late night venue offers a wide selection of fine wines, well-crafted cocktails, boutique beers, and strong tipplers. Pair your drink with their delectable snacks served in small plates or shared platters.
The Lotus-Heart has received numerous awards and recognition for their global cuisine, including "New Zealand's Favourite Veggie Restaurant" for 2013 and 2014. Lotus-Heart is managed by the Sri Chinmoy students and their main goal is to promote healthy eating. They use organic and the freshest ingredients in their dishes. This is the ideal restaurant for vegans and diners who practice raw food and gluten-free diets.
The Monday Room
The perfect place to unwind is at The Monday Room, which is situated in the Strategy Building in Moorhouse Avenue. It was named as "Christchurch Bar of The Year" in 2014. The interiors of the cosy café and wine bar features a roaring fireplace, botanical artwork, exposed bricks, and encyclopedic bar. Make sure to try their signature Japanese Fried Chicken, yakitori, and tapas as well as their excellent list of beers and wines.
Top Things to do from Christchurch Airport
Christchurch Garden ToursFurther afield, the Giant's House and Gardens in Akaroa are a truly magical experience. The gardens are filled with mosaic sculptures by artist Josie Martin, and have been awarded with the title of Garden of National Significance.
One of the world's great train journeys, from Christchurch, across the Southern Alps to Greymouth.
Aoraki Mount Cook Day Tour
You can admire the majestic beauty along the way including the Canterbury Plains, Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lindis Pass. Try a scenic flight if the weather is fine.
The Avon River is the life-blood of Christchurch city, rising from springs in the western suburbs, and winding its way through the city centre, and the north-eastern part of the city. Take a punt on the Avon River and see the stunning gardens situated on the riverbanks. Your guide, in his elegant Edwardian dress propels the punt by pushing against the river bed with a pole.
The Antarctic Centre is a fun family attraction right by the airport. You can experience a real snowstorm, (don't worry, warm coats are provided) view penguins or have an exciting Hagglund ride.