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Southern alps in timaru new zealand

Situated on the Pacific coast of New Zealand’s Canterbury region, the port city of Timaru is located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch. To find the lowest rates available on car rental in the area, compare and secure your vehicle with VroomVroomVroom.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Timaru

Vehicle ClassesEconomy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Number of Depots1

Rental Car Depot in Timaru

We compare rates from this local depot for rental cars right out of Timaru:

Avis logo8 King Street, Timaru 7910
8:00am - 5:30pm weekdays.
9:00am - 5:00pm weekends.

Frequently Asked Questions for Timaru Car Rental

Can I pick up my rental car in Timaru and drop it off somewhere else?

Yes, though you’re likely to be charged a one-way fee by our car rental partner. If you require a one-way rental, we can include this fee in the rates we compare for you.

How far is Timaru from Christchurch?

It’ll take about two hours and fifteen minutes via State Highway 1 to drive your rental car from Christchurch to Timaru.

How far is Timaru from Timaru Airport?

It’ll take about ten minutes to drive your rental car from Timaru Airport to town via Hilton Highway.

Explore Timaru in your car rental, and enjoy the views.

Timaru is one of the largest ports in New Zealand, and is a handy resting point on a South Island driving tour, being half way between Christchurch and Dunedin. Drive your rental car around the city that has the stunning Southern Alps as a back drop . Book a rental car in this area to explore Caroline Bay, one of the South Island's most popular beaches. Over the Christmas and New Year period, there is a summer carnival in the bay with games, fun-fair rides and concerts. The scale and distances between attractions in Timaru makes a rental car the ideal way to get around.

Timaru is just an hour's driving time to the white stone town on Oamaru, over the border into Otago, another must do on any coastal drive of the East Coast of the South Island. Check out the little penguin colony, or the innovation of Steampunk HQ, on your way through.

Things To Do

The Aigantighe Gallery

The Aigantighe (pronounced "egg and tie") is proud of its Scottish heritage. The name means “at home” and was founded by the Grant Family. Its reputation hails it the home of art in South Canterbury. Take your family in your Timaru rental car to this gallery which hosts 16 exhibitions a year that are renowned for being provocative and inspirational. Take a stroll around the grounds and sculpture garden while you are there.

Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre

A culturally rich experience you will love. The Ngai Tahu people (Maori Tribe of the area) present a unique collection of ancient Maori Rock art. The legacy of Ngai Tahu is on display as they share their history and culture through their art.

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Customer Reviews for Timaru Car Hire
Rating: 5 / 5 based on 7 reviews
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Romano S.
    Date: 12 Apr 2021
    Feedback: Very happy and friendly staff. Even upgraded our car without extra charge.
    Rating: 5/5 😀
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Karen R.
    Date: 14 Feb 2021
    Feedback: Excellent service. Great to pick up keys and car at airport. My husband needs a wheel chair so it is great we don’t have to go far to get the car and return. The price is very good too. Thanks
    Rating: 5/5 😀
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Donald M.
    Date: 13 Feb 2021
    Feedback: Super easy and this is the best site out of searching so many!
    Rating: 5/5 😀
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Harry B.
    Date: 13 Feb 2021
    Feedback: Very easy web site to navigate
    Rating: 5/5 😀
  • How was your booking experience?
    Reviewer: Murray D.
    Date: 28 Jan 2021
    Feedback: easy
    Rating: 5/5 😀