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Sunrise at New Brighton in Christchurch, New Zealand

Finding a cheap car rental in Christchurch is easy when you use VroomVroomVroom. We compare car hire deals from top suppliers such as Hertz, Budget, Thrifty and Avis. Sort the list by price to find cheap rental cars.

Christchurch is a beautiful city in New Zealand's South Island. Restoration work in the city centre after the earthquake lead to 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.

Location Overview

Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch can be found on the East Coast of the island. Known as a gateway to some of the most spectacular road trip destinations in the world, Christchurch encapsulates beauty, scenery and culture all in one. Explore the city, road trip down south or venture to the west in your rental car for unforgettable memories.

In and around Christchurch, some of our favourite things to do year-round are:

Summer (December, January, February): When summer is in full swing, Tekapo is a stunning road trip destination. Famously known for its purple lupin flowers at Lake Tekapo, this place is filled with scenic sights. Lake Tekapo is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin.

Autumn (March, April, May): Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is one of the most popular road trip stops in New Zealand, and for good reason. Check out Hooker Valley Track, Tasman Lake, Mount Cook Village, and Lake Pukaki. You can also go on a helicopter ride that takes you around the mountain and glaciers.

Winter (June, July, August): Road trip from Christchurch to Queenstown for an iconic experience. From Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook and Wanaka, you’ll be able to see why this place is raved about by tourists from all over the world. That aren’t many places as scenically stunning than this road trip.

Spring (September, October, November): Arthur’s Pass National Park is filled with a range of sights. From vibrant rainforests on one side of the pass to rivers and beech trees on the other, you can experience a pass that spans 900 high in the Southern Alps.

Year-Round: Explore Christchurch’s city centre and enjoy the cuisine, shopping and cultural sites. Explore the botanic gardens, Canterbury Museum, Hagley Park, and the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

Where to Find Rental Cars in Christchurch

There are many rental car depot locations in both Christchurch’s CBD and surrounding suburbs to hire a car from in addition to the rental counters at Christchurch Airport.

Major car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty all have multiple depot locations in and around the city centre including:

Avis: 150 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Downtown. (Open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm, Saturday to Sunday 8 am to 5 pm)

Budget: 150 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Downtown. (Open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm, Saturday to Sunday 8 am to 5 pm)

Hertz: Unit 4, 150 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Downtown. (Open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday to Sunday 9 am to 4 pm)

Thrifty: 150 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Downtown. (Open Monday to Sunday 8 am to 5 pm)

When you pick up your car rental from an area that is not a premium location (airports, some CBD locations) you are avoiding having to pay a premium surcharge. Keep this in mind if you are tossing up which location to book your car rental with.

Customer Reviews & Feedback for Renting at Christchurch Airport

The best way to get an idea of renting a car is to read about fellow traveller’s real recent experiences. Our team have reached out to some of our customers who recently rented from Christchurch Airport and their experiences are shared below.

Whitney (September 2019): Whitney picked up her rental car from Thrifty at Christchurch Airport. She booked a full-size car for 2 days and rated the condition of the car a 10/10. She said her experience in collecting and returning the vehicle was good. She also shared one valuable tip: Make sure you have a credit card on you!

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Why Hire a 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.

  1. Great rates - We have listed down all available vehicles so you can easily compare prices and book a hire car. Get the best deal with our Price Promise.
  2. Wide selection of vehicles - Apart from rental cars, you can also compare Campervan Rentals in Christchurch.
  3. Excellent service - We have been helping people find the perfect rental car since 2001. Let us help you too so contact us now. You can also leave us a message on Facebook and Twitter​.

Best Time to Visit Christchurch

Visitors often wonder about the best time to visit Christchurch. There is no bad time to visit Christchurch since this city is lovely throughout the year. If you're after warmer weather, 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. If you are planning to travel in this season, reserve your accommodation early. But, in the non-peak months, the weather is still warm and it is easier to find accommodation.

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. Plan a multi-island road trip and a trip on the inter-island ferry.

If the coastal route is not open, 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. Leave your car rental in Picton and your supplier will organise you a new one in the North Island.

Start planning your trip with our list of the best road trips from Christchurch.

FAQs About Hiring a Car in Christchurch

Do I have to pay tolls when driving in Christchurch?

There are no toll roads on the South Island of New Zealand.

What is the speed limit in Christchurch?

  • 50km/h is the speed limit in built-up areas unless signed otherwise.
  • 100km/h on rural roads and motorways unless signed otherwise.

Is it difficult to drive in Christchurch?

The roads in and around Christchurch are well maintained and high quality. This is also the same on the main roads that take you to other towns. Keep in mind that in New Zealand, you need to drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Do I have to wash the car before I return it?

Unless the car is visibly dirty, you don’t have to wash it. If it is dirty, it is recommended to wash it to avoid having to pay cleaning fees.

How do I find a carpark in and around Christchurch?

You can find car parks by simply looking for the ‘P’ signs. A popular parking location is on Lichfield Street. For more information, click here.

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 | Accommodation | Restaurants & Bars



Attractions

Hey Brew Craft Beer Tasting Tours

Address: 68 Lichfield Street, Christchurch (Bus Interchange - pickup only)

craft beer tours by Hey Brew

Join Hey Brew for New Zealand's newest and most comprehensive craft beer experience! Visit a selection of Christchurch's craft breweries, meet brewers and learn about the differences between beer styles first hand. Your guide is an expert on all things Christchurch and also a passionate brewer. You will taste a wide range of craft beers and ciders and have an afternoon of good times with like-minded people. They offer a 5-hour tour called Christchurch Hopper wherein you get to visit 5 breweries and have an option to add pizza at the halfway point. Also, enjoy a city tour in between stops. For more information, please click here.

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 artwork, that's yours to keep! Visit their website to see the calendar of events and book your session.

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.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool and Spa

Address: 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 10 am to 9 pm daily, except Christmas Day.

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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 the 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

Address: 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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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 and 8:00am-11pm on weekends

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