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Sunrise at New Brighton in Christchurch, New Zealand

Every January the streets of Christchurch take on colourful antics during the SCIRT World Buskers Festival. Over 65 performers, comedians, fringe artists and musicians draw crowds in street performances, outdoor stages, and indoor shows.

The New Zealand Cup and Show Week is the biggest week of the year on the Christchurch events calendar. In early November every year, the glamour event of New Zealand harness racing is held, the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup. The idea is for Cantabrian's to dress up in their glad rags, and spend the afternoon at the race-track, in a party atmosphere, with live music between the races. Those who take fashion seriously can enter the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes, for cash prizes.

Cup day is followed by three days of the Canterbury A&P Show, that's agricultural and pastoral show, a showcase of the best of the farming community, including equestrian events. There's also fantastic food, and amusement-park style rides. This is a colourful, authentic event, which will give you a real taste of New Zealand. 

Why book a car hire in Christchurch with VroomVroomVroom?

Here are some of the reasons why customers choose to book their rental cars through us. 

  • You can compare prices and find the cheapest car rental in Christchurch with VroomVroomVroom. Enter a few details of your trip into our search engine, such as your preferred pick up location, dates of travel and the driver's age, and we will present you with a list of available vehicles.  
  • Our trusted partners, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz, have a wide range of vehicles, from economical compacts to 8-seater vans and people-movers, all available from the airport.
  • VroomVroomVroom does not have any hidden charges, so the price you see is what you pay. Neither do we charge to cancel or modify your booking. You can book with confidence well in advance of your trip to secure the best car rental at a great price. Then, if your plans change, you are free to make changes without any penalties.
  • We also compare discounted campervan rental deals from trusted suppliers. Check out our Campervan Hire Christchurch page to find out more about renting a motorhome or campervan.

Note that when it comes to baby child seats, all children under the age of 5 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Rear facing, forward facing and booster seats are available to hire with your rental.

To arrange a car seat, contact our friendly customer care experts and we will happily organise this service for you. Please note that car seats are limited so it is best to book early for busy times such as school holidays.

Driving tips in Christchurch

Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown is one of the world's great drives. Take a few days, and go the long way, including a detour to Aoraki Mt Cook, the Tasman Glacier and Lake Tekapo. Another spectacular drive is from Christchurch to Picton, should you be planning a multi-island road trip and a trip on the inter-island ferry. Currently, the coastal route is closed, you'll need to go inland via State Highway 7, which will take around 6 hours . You aren't permitted to take your hire car on the ferry, you'll leave yours in Picton and your supplier will organise you a new one in the North Island. 

Best time to visit Christchurch 

Visitors frequently ask - when is the best time to visit Christchurch in New Zeland. Well the answer is it always depends on when you are free to travel, since this city is truly an any time of the year destination. The summer months in New Zealand are from November to April. The peak season is during December, February and March. Take note that Easter weekend and late October are also vacation times, so if you are planning to travel in this season, make sure to reserve early because it's not simple to find accommodation. However, in the non-peak months, the weather is still warm and it's so easy and cheap to find accommodation.

Ideas on how to have an awesome time in Christchurch

There's plenty to do in Christchurch. Lonely Planet listed Christchurch as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2013, and the New York Times ranked it as number 2 in its list of 52 places in the world to visit in 2014.  There's a new energy in Christchurch, and a unique opportunity in rebuilding. Get amongst it! We've made it easy for you, by listing some of the best ideas below. 

Attractions | Tours | Accommodation | Restaurants & Bars


Attractions

The Tannery

Address: 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston, Christchurch 8023

The Tannery Christchurch

What used to be a 19th industrial precinct is now a premier retail destination in Christchurch. The Tannery features more than 50 boutique shops, restaurants and bars. They also have several function venues including a deluxe cinema. Finding a place to park your hire car wouldn't be a problem since they have free car parking by the beautiful Heathcote river.  The Tannery is your one stop shop since everything you need can be found here - ranging from homewares and fashion to crafts and postal services. This is also the perfect place to dine and drink as it is home to the famous Cassels & Sons Craft Beer and Brewery.  

Paint'n'Sip Studio Christchurch

Address: Unit 3 - 136 Ilam Rd, Christchurch

Looking for a unique night out? Christchurch is home to New Zealand's only paint and sip destination. You get to relax with a glass of wine, or whatever beverage takes your fancy, while exploring your creativity. A local artist guides you to create your own replica of a New Zealand art work, that's yours to keep! Visit their website to see the calendar of events and book your session.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool and Spa

Hanmer Springs is a 90 minute drive from Christchurch city.  Here you'll you will find a relaxing day spa, natural thermal pools and waterslides with an alpine background. It is an attraction that the entire family will appreciate. The pool complex is found in the village of Hanmer Springs, a compact town with great accommodation and dining options. The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools opening hours are from 10am to 9pm daily, except Christmas Day.

Cathedral Square

Address: Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

While some of Christchurch's prized heritage buildings are still damaged,  Cathedral Square is open, complete with vibrant art installations. It is regaining its place as the central gathering point of the city, with events such as Food Truck Fridays. Another site worth a visit is Victoria Square with statues of Queen Victoria and Captain Cook. A bit out of the city to the historic pier at New Brighton.  

Christchurch Casino

Address: 30 Victoria St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Feeling lucky? Then a visit to the casino might make you a winner! Situated in the heart of the city, you will enjoy a great night out.

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Tours

Arthur's Pass

Address: Canterbury, 7875, New Zealand

Formerly known as Camping Flat then Bealey Flats, and for some time officially Arthur's Pass, this  majestic town is situated 153 km and only two-hour drive from Christchurch via SH73. Make sure to spend a day in magical natural New Zealand, with towering rocky mountains, steep gorges, rushing rivers and waterfalls, and lush native bush. Get out and explore however you like – there are short gentle strolls right through to mountain summit crusades, and scenic mountain bike trails.

Weka Pass Railway


Looking for a fun adventure? Operating on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, every Sunday in January and most public holidays, there's fun for the whole family on the 12.8km Weka Pass Railway scenic line. Here, you can either climb aboard a vintage steam or diesel-electric locomotive for a nostalgic journey through steep gorges and rolling farmland. Enjoy!

Waipara Valley Walks

Only 45 minutes north of Christchurch International Airportvia rental car, enjoy the scenery of Waipara Valley with a walk. A picturesque valley, there are many trails to select from, such as the Mt Cass Walkway and Tiromoana Bush Walk. Also, you can head to Leithfield Beach if you lap up some good surf, a relaxing seaside saunter, or a  a cooling dip,

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Accommodation

Dorset House Backpackers

Address: 1 Dorset St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Dorset House Backpackers

Dorset House Backpackers provides you with high quality accommodation at a budget price within a historic 1871 home. Recently refurbished, Dorset House is spacious and elegant and is well-equipped with all that a backpacking hostel traveller could need for a comfortable stay (free unlimited WiFi access throughout the hostel). Rooms are bathed in afternoon sun and all rooms are within 3-7 metres of a bathroom. Choose from a variety of room types including double, twin, single, family and dorm rooms (single beds, no bunk beds!). All beds are fully made with sheets, duvets and pillows. Late check in is easily arranged.

At the Right Place

Comfortable, affordable accommodation that is situated a 10 minutes walk from Hagley Park, botanical gardens, and city centre, with tons of restaurants & cafes in proximity. Located at the end of a 70-meter-long driveway, it keeps you well away from busy roads to give you a quieter and more relaxing place to stay.

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Restaurants & Bars

Saggio di vino Restaurant

Address: Carlton Butchery Building, 179 Victoria Street

Recipient of Wine Spectator-Best Award of Excellence 2013 and The World of Fine Wine-Worlds Best Wine List 2014, this traditional European cuisine with a hint of modern artistry, provides a classy, sophisticated atmosphere that won't disappoint.

Hours: From 5pm-Late daily

The Coffee House Cafe & Bistro

Address: 290 Montreal St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Recipient of Tripadvisor's- Certificate of Excellence 2014, this Cafe offers a charming setting for a perfect lunch date. With great food at affordable prices, you're sure to leave with a happy stomach and not with an empty wallet.

Hours: 7am-11pm on weekdays
8:00am-11pm on weekends

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