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Christchurch car hire is still available. However, you can only collect your vehicle from the Christchurch Airport until further notice as they rebuild the city after the 2011 earthquakes. 

Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz have moved their fleet to the airport location. You can still compare and save up on  a car rental in Christchurch with VroomVroomVroomand make your way to the airport to collect your rental car.

Christchurch is still a gateway to the South Island of New Zealand and is a great option for car hire when you land at the airport and begin your driving experience.

Although there are no suppliers using city depots at present, we envisage that the suppliers will move back into the city in the future. For now, you may simply choose to collect a car rental Christchurch from the airport.

Explore Canterbury in your hire car from Christchurch

Christchurch is handily placed to some great road trips. Head to the alpine village and spa town of Hanmer Springs, just an hour and a half drive from the city. Try the unique French heritage town of Akaroa, and the bays of Banks Peninsula, also an easy hour and twenty minute drive away. Further up the coast, you can enjoy the mountains to sea vistas in Kaikoura, the capital of crayfish and whale watching in New Zealand. 

Akaroa Harbour, photo by Carolyn Cossey

New Zealand Road Tips

  • You must keep on the left hand side of the road
  • If visiting for a short time and planning on driving you must have either an international drivers license or a certified English translation of current license
  • Urban Speed Limit is 50km per hour
  • Seatbelts are a legal requirement for all passengers and may incur a fine if caught without one.

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, please contact VroomVroomVroom customer service and we will happily arrange this service for you. Please note that car seats are limited so it is best to book early with particular priority for the school holidays.

Do you prefer renting a campervan in Christchurch?

VroomVroomVroom also compares discounted campervan deals from trusted suppliers. Check out our Campervan Hire Christchurch  page to know more about renting a motorhome or campervan.

Ideas on how to have an awesome time in Christchurch

Christchurch Car Rental

001.png THINGS TO DO

Hanmer Springs

01_location.pngAddress: 42 Amuri Ave, Hanmer Springs

At this location 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 Hanmer Springs opening hours are from 10am to 9pm daily, except Christmas Day.

Wine Trails

Christchurch is fast a leading New Zealand wine region and has been nominated to represent NZ in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. These four trails offer a mix of wine tasting experiences with good food and wonderful country scenery to enjoy.

- The South Canterbury Food and Wine Trail
- The North Canterbury Food And Wine Trail
- The Selwyn Food and Wine Trail 
- The Mid Canterbury Food and Wine Trail 

Cashel St Pop-Up Shipping Container

Following the 2011 earthquake, the majority of the CBD had been devastated giving room for creativity and fresh ingenuity for a pop-up shipping container shopping center. This innovative shopping center really warrants a look. So empty out the rental car (to make space for all the amazing shopping you will find) and check it out.
Historic Sites: There are many heritage-listed sites and buildings that are worth a visit such as Cathedral Square, Victoria Square and Christchurch Pier.

National Parks: The city has a number of National Parks. The parks allow visitors to experience the outdoors like you would never imagine! Mount Cook National Park -- the tallest mountain in New Zealand -- offers scenic walks that can take 30 minutes or alpine hikes and camps that can take days to enjoy.

Christchurch Casino: 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.


004.jpg At the Right Place

01_location.pngAddress: 85-87 Bealey Avenue

Comfortable, affordable accommodation that is situated a 10 minutes walk from the Hagley Park, botanical gardens, arts center and city center, 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.

Saggio di vino Restaurant

01_location.pngAddress: 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

01_location.pngAddress: 290 Montreal Street

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 Weekdays
8:00am-11pm on the Weekends

Must see annual events in Christchurch

World Buskers Festival

In mid- to late January, the world's most popular street performers gather to exhibit their unique and spectacular talents.

Festival of Flowers

In mid February, check out some of the city's most beautiful gardens and displays in full bloom.

Garden City SummerTimes

From December to March, the Garden City offers tons of free, outdoor events for all the family to enjoy. 

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