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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 l compare and save up on  a car rental in Christchurch with VroomVroomVroom and 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. 

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

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.  It's a unique opportunity to experience the energy and debate of a major city re-building, and the process involved in that. We've made it easy for you, by listing some of the best ideas below. 

001.png Things To Do

Hanmer Springs
01_location.pngAddress: 42 Amuri Ave, Hanmer Springs

Hanmer is a 90 minute drive from Christchurch city.  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.

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. 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. Victoria Square has statues of Queen Victoria and Captain Cook. Head 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.

041.png Places To Stay

004.jpgAt 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.

002.png Places To Eat

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.

New Zealand  Cup and  Show Week

This is the biggest week of the year on the Christchurch events calendar. On the 10th of November this year, and 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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