Car Hire in Christchurch
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Have the best travel experience in Christchurch, New Zealand, by driving around the place with your own rental car. Aside from the convenience it gives you from not commuting by public transportation, you are in charge of your own schedule. You would not have to chase around buses and trains to get to where you are heading. Plan your trip ahead and book now with Skyscanner for a hassle-free adventure in Christchurch!
Where to hire a car in Christchurch
Seven car rental companies await you the moment you arrive in Christchurch. When renting a vehicle, you may choose between self-drive and chauffeur-driven service. For pre-booking prior to your flight, do not forget to check promos and other discounts for cheaper and better deals. Some car rental companies do not grant these deals when you do direct booking at their locations.
The car rental companies operating in Christchurch are: GO Rentals, Budget, Avis, Omega, New Zealand Rent A Car, Apex, and Ace. GO Rentals, Avis, and Budget’s desks are in the Christchurch Airport, while New Zealand Rent A Car and Ace are at Burnside. Omega is in Christchurch Central and Apex is in Waltham.
Pick-up locations in Christchurch are at the airport and the central city. Drop-off points can be at major airports, key cities, and landmarks around New Zealand.
What to expect when hiring a car from Christchurch
Though it would be easier to go around the Christchurch by taking the public transportation, hiring a car would be better if you are going to places not frequented by public buses, especially on weekends.
Christchurch is a bike-friendly city so expect to see a lot of people pedalling on the streets. There are, however, lanes dedicated for them so you do not need to worry of bumping them by accident. The city’s street system is in a grid layout, but there are one-way streets and lanes allotted for buses and taxis only.
Parking fee usually costs about $2.60 per hour and payment can be in coins or credit cards.
Getting to your destination
A seaport satellite town in Christchurch, Lyttelton was established in the 1840s and has become one of New Zealand’s most scenic views. The deep water harbour is situated in an extinct volcano’s caldera.
From the city centre, you can reach Lyttelton in 20 minutes via SH 74, via Ferry Road, or via State Highway 76.
Formerly the “Cardboard Cathedral,” the de-consecrated ruins of Christchurch Cathedral was built in 1864 and 1904. There is, however, no public parking space in the Cathedral so you have to opt to park somewhere near the vicinity.
An estimated 19-minute drive from the airport, Christchurch Cathedral can be reached by taking the Durey Road to Memorial Ave. Drive straight Memorial Ave. until you reach the Christchurch Central. Head to Colombo St., then finally you will see the Cathedral Square. If coming from the city centre, the cathedral can be reached via Hereford St, Manchester St, and Gloucester St.
For tourists who are into shopping, Ballantynes is the place to go. It is a major upmarket department store that has boutiques, shops, and cafes.
Coming from the airport, take Durey Road going to Memorial Ave. Following Memorial Avenue and Fendalton Road, head to Riccarton Ave. in Christchurch Central. Drive until you reach Lichfield St. where Ballantynes is.