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Sunrise at New Brighton in Christchurch, New Zealand

Find the cheapest car rentals in Christchurch when you search on our website. We compare car hire from top suppliers such as Hertz, Budget, Thrifty and Avis to bring you the best deals. 

Christchurch is a beautiful city in New Zealand's South Island. After the 2011 earthquake, the restoration work to the city centre lead to many new attractions. See various murals painted on building walls as you explore the narrow streets of the city. A rental car in Christchurch is a fantastic way to start your New Zealand holiday. 

Why book a hire car in Christchurch with VroomVroomVroom?

Christchurch and its surrounds are perfect for exploring with a rental car. Here are some of the reasons why customers choose to book their rental cars through us. 

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Driving tips in Christchurch

Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown is one of the world's great road trips. 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. 

If the coastal route is closed, you can use the inland State Highway 7, which will take around 6 hours. You are not permitted to take your hire car on the ferry, you will 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 about the best time to visit Christchurch. The answer always depends on when you are free to travel, since this city is lovely throughout the year. 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 is not always easy to find accommodation. However, in the non-peak months, the weather is still warm and it is easier 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. 

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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.

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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