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Christchurch tourism is thriving, but you must collect your vehicle from the Christchurch Airport until further notice as the city is rebuilt after the earthquakes of 2011. 

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

At VroomVroomVroom we've joined forces with leading car hire companies to get you the best deals for your New Zealand road-trip. Enter a few simple details such as where and when you want to go, with the driver's age into our search-engine and we will show you a list of all available vehicles. We don't have any hidden charges, so the price you see is what you pay. Neither do we charge to cancel or modify your booking. So, you can book with confidence well in advance of your trip to secure the best car at a great price. Then, if your plans change, you are free to make changes without any penalties. 

Explore Canterbury in your hire car from Christchurch

Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island, and handily placed for great road trips. Yes, it gets pretty cold in Christchurch in the winter. Bad for beach lovers, but the best news for snow bunnies! 

Mt. Hutt is the nearest ski field to Christchurch, just 90 minutes driving time away. It's great for beginners, and for experts there are plenty of choices too. Maybe heli-ski to off piste trails? The alpine village of Hanmer Springs combines skiing with thermal spa waters. In the magical Mackenzie country you can ski at the Roundhill field, then ice skate and soak in the hot pools at Tekapo. 

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 you may incur a fine if you are 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.

Want to know what's happening in Christchurch while you're there? 

It's been a while, but in May NRL returns to Christchurch. The Penrith Panthers will play the New Zealand Warriors at the AMI stadium on 14 May. If you are a league fan, now is the time to start planning! 

Another exciting return to the central city is the Christchurch Airport Marathon on 5 June. 

Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown?

This 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.  

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, a unique opportunity in rebuilding. Get amongst it! We've made it easy for you, by listing some of the best ideas below. 

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Paint'n'Sip Studio Christchurch

01_location.pngAddress: 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

01_location.pngAddress: 42 Amuri Ave, Hanmer Springs

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

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

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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At the Right Place

01_location.pngAddress: 85-87 Bealey Avenue
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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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 events in Christchurch

SCIRT World Buskers Festival

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.

Penrith Panthers versus New Zealand Warriors, 14 May AMI Stadium

NRL action returns to Christchurch! 

Christchurch Airport Marathon 5 June

An exciting return to the central city for the South Island's favourite foot race. With a new base at Cathedral Square, this course takes in Hagley Park, the Avon River and Oxford Terrace. Various course distances available. 

Botanic Delights 3 -7 August

Christchurch Botanical Gardens becomes a winter wonderland of light. 

New Zealand  Cup and  Show Week

This 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. 

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