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Car Hire from Christchurch Airport

Car Hire at Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch is a well-known stop for many open spaces, parks, in addition to a good mixture of European elements seen through its architecture. Drive throughout the largest city within the South Island of New Zealand through the car rental companies that provide rent-a-car services straight from the city’s main airport, Christchurch International Airport.

Car Class Prices from*
Economy $40.43/ day
Compact $21.58/ day
Intermediate $27.75/ day
Fullsize $39.81/ day
Premium $77.46/ day

*Disclaimer: The price shown above was found on 8 May 2018 for one day of car rental on 8 July 2018. Prices are subject to change and/or availability.

Where to hire a car at Christchurch International Airport

When travelling out of Christchurch via Christchurch International Airport, there are approximately six car rental providers that operate from within the airport. Available from the International Arrivals Hall of Christchurch International Airport, some of the rent-a-car providers include Avis, Budget New Zealand, Europcar, Ezi Car Rental, Hertz, and Thrifty. The major car rental companies and campervan brands can be located within the arrivals hall close to the domestic baggage area. Drop by the vehicle rental stops and inquire about the rental cars, to explore Christchurch and its surrounding city at your pace, without any of the unnecessary pressure.

What to expect when hiring a car from Christchurch International Airport

The car still serves as the dominant form of transport in Christchurch, as with the rest of the country. Travel down the State Highway One to get to the western edge of Christchurch to go beyond the airport. Driving down, the State Highway One is the main north or south passageway or arterial road of New Zealand. From Picton to Christchurch there are some very picturesque sceneries with cliffs and seal colonies. When headed to the west your best bet is State Highway 73, through Arthur’s Pass towards the west coast. Also accessible from SH73 or State Highway 73 is Mount Hutt along with other regional ski fields. It is generally easy to travel throughout the city by car. However, it is still best to be mindful of the many one-way streets, as well as bus- or taxi-only intersections within the city centre. The parking within the city use a pay and display system and costs roughly $2.60 (AUD) per hour. The parking can be paid by coins and credit card, among others.

Driving around Christchurch

New Zealand also offers many destinations such as West Coast and Marlborough, to name a few. Although some ways from Christchurch International Airport, West Coast, New Zealand can be reached by car by taking Durey Rd down SH1 for four minutes or 1.4 kilometres. Get on SH1 then Sh73 to reach Old West Coast Rd within Yaldhurst. Reach Lake Brunner Rd within Jacksons in 126 kilometres then go to Arnold Valley Rd to State Highway 7 within Stillwater. After approximately 53.4 kilometres or 41 minutes additional, get to West Coast, New Zealand. West Coast has destinations like Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, and Paparoa National Park, to name a few.

Getting to your destination

Destinations close to Christchurch that can be reached within less than an hour of driving include Darfield, Rangiora, and Loburn.

Darfield is known to be the main town between Christchurch and West Coast, within the country of New Zealand. The town can be found within the Selwyn District and offers various activities for all ages like surfing, hiking, skiing, sailing, and more.

Darfield can be reached by going west on Durey Rd. for 750 metres. At the roundabout, go towards the 3rd exit towards Memorial Ave. For 3.3 kilometres at the roundabout, also take the 3rd exit to get to SH1 heading towards Hornby or Timaru. Travelling 2.2 kilometres, turn right onto SH 73. At the roundabout, take the second exit then travel 33.7 kilometres to Clinton St to reach Darfield, for a total of 40.6 kilometres or 32 minutes of driving without traffic.

Towards the south of Christchurch City is Rangiora. It is considered as the largest town within the North Canterbury area and offers various tourist spots that include something that everyone, no matter the age, can enjoy.

From Christchurch International Airport, get to Rangiora within 28 minutes or 27.8 kilometres in total. Drive down Orchard Rd to reach SH1 within Harewood then to Lineside Rd to State Highway 71 within Kaiapoi. Take Route 71, and then exit from SH 1. This will take around 14 minutes or 16.2 kilometres. Continue down Lineside Rd. to High St or Inland Scenic Route to get to the destination within 10 minutes or 9.1 kilometres.

As a rural community within North Canterbury, Loburn is known as home of the Langcliffe Llamas.

Getting to Loburn from the airport would require going via Orchard Rd to reach SH1 in Harewood, drive for five minutes or 2.5 kilometres. One would have to then get to Rangiora Woodend Rd within Woodend, then take Cones Rd to Carrs Rd to reach Langcliffe Llamas or Loburn within 37 minutes or 38.1 kilometres.

*Prices provided subject to change without prior notice.

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