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Car rental options at Christchurch Airport

New Zealand’s South Island is one of the most picturesque locations in the world. Explore the beautiful countryside by hiring a car when you land at Christchurch.

Travellers are spoilt for choice at Christchurch Airport (CHC), with 7 companies offering car rental in the terminal: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Ezi, Hertz and Thrifty.

Where to hire a car at Christchurch Airport

Although Christchurch has an international airport, all facilities are located within a single terminal. The car hire facilities are found in the arrivals hall of this terminal, beside the baggage carousels.

While it’s sometimes possible to get a car on a walk-up basis, the widest choice of vehicles and the best deals on car rental are available when you book online.

Parking at Christchurch Airport

Parking Christchurch Airport rates - parking is free for the first 15 mins at Express Park, $8 per hour and $32 per day. For short stay, the minimum charge is $12, $25 per day, $175 per week. For long stay, the minimum charge is $25 per day and $125 per week.

Getting from Christchurch Airport to your hotel

Christchurch

Christchurch Airport is 10km north-west of the city centre, which takes 15-20 minutes to drive depending on traffic levels. The quickest route travels south-east along Memorial Avenue following the signs to the CBD until you cross the Avon River. From here, you can make your way into the CBD or drive alongside the river until you find your Christchurch hotel’s road. 

Geraldine

A 2-hour drive to the south-west is the town of Geraldine, a quaint stopping-off point on the way to Lake Tekapo and Queenstown. As well as its small-town charm, Geraldine is home to a few quirks, such as the world’s largest knitted jumper.

To get to Geraldine, follow signs to State Highway 1 and follow this until you come to State Highway 79, which takes you to the outskirts of the town.

Kaikoura

To the north of Christchurch is Kaikoura, a coastal town that offers great experiences for guests. Go on a dolphin or whale watching tour or jump in the water and swim with seals.

The trip to Kaikoura offers plenty of pit stop options in small towns along the coast. Simply follow State Highway 1 north for 2 hours and you’ll find yourself at the turn off for Kaikoura. 

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Please note: all information is correct as of December 2018.

Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does it cost to rent a car at Christchurch Airport?

A car rental at Christchurch Airport costs about $46 per day on average.

What is the most popular car rental at Christchurch Airport?

Compact is the most frequently booked car rental type at Christchurch Airport.

What is the cheapest car rental agency at Christchurch Airport?

On average, the cheapest car rentals were found at Bargain Rental Cars.

*Data is based on lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/ or availability.

What is the best car rental agency at Christchurch Airport?

Based on our data, the best car rental companies at Christchurch Airport are Easy Rent Cars, Economy Bookings, Holiday Autos, Argus Car Hire, Discover Car Hire.

How can I find more car rental companies near me at Christchurch Airport?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best car rental deals near you.

What are some top tips for driving around from Christchurch Airport?

Side of road
Left

Rush Hour
Traffic in Christchurch is a cakewalk compared to some major cities across the world. You can expect increased congestion between 4:30 pm and 6 pm; however, traffic continues to flow and you will be able to reach anywhere in the city with relative ease. During the peak snowfall period (from June to August) you can expect some delays on Highway 73 as people flock towards Mt. Hutt.

Speed Limit
Most streets have a speed limit of 50km/h throughout the city. Routes are well-sign posted for any changes.

Important things to note
• Always check Google Maps for an updated list of roadworks, and leave earlier than needed in case you come across unlisted ones and have to make a detour.

• Keep an eye out for one-way signs when driving in the CBD in your Christchurch rental car.

• The CBD is quite compact, so it might be easiest to park and simply walk to get around.

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