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Get Great Local Rates on Car Hire in Christchurch


Find the sharpest rental rates in Christchurch with VroomVroomVroom. By comparing prices from a number of trusted car rental brands throughout New Zealand, it's easy to find a quality vehicle to suit your budget.

International travel into New Zealand from Australia is currently restricted due to COVID-19. If you have an existing booking that has been impacted by these restrictions, please contact us .

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Christchurch

Vehicle ClassesCompact, Intermediate, Fullsize, SUV
Number of Depots2
Car Rental BrandsAvis, Budget

Christchurch Airport Collection

For the convenience of getting straight in your rental from the plane, book your vehicle directly from Christchurch Airport with a broad selection of vehicles across nine car rental partners.

Top Rental Car Tips in Christchurch

Christchurch is the gateway to the natural wonders of the South Island, including Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and Wanaka. Here are some of our top tips for exploring Christchurch and New Zealand:

1. Christchurch’s grid layout means you can get to most places in no more than 20 minutes, but traffic can be dense, so be sure to take your time and make the most of the city’s abundance of parking stations and car lots.

2. Be aware of Christchurch’s peak hour traffic periods and plan accordingly. These are typically on weekdays between 6:30am and 8:30am, and from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

3. If you’re visiting from overseas, remember that you are required to drive on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand.

4. The speed limit in built-up areas of the city is 50km/h, while most highways default at 100km/h. Always drive to the signposted speed limit and conditions of the road.

5. Make sure to fill up the tank prior to returning your vehicle; this will prevent additional refuelling fees from your car rental provider.

Frequently Asked Questions for Christchurch Car Hire

What is the highest-rated rental car in Christchurch?

As per recent ratings by our customers, the highest-rated rental car in Queenstown is a Toyota Rav4, Hyundai Tuscon, Nissan Xtrail, or similar.

How far is Christchurch CBD from Christchurch Airport?

The drive from Christchurch Airport into the CBD takes around 20 minutes via Memorial Avenue.

Can I pick up my hire car in Christchurch and drop it off somewhere else?

Yes, you can. The one-way fees charged by our car rental partner will be included in the rates we compare for you.

Is travel open between Australia and New Zealand?

Visit immigration.govt.nz for updates on New Zealand travel restrictions.