Christchurch Car Hire

Discover Car Rental in Christchurch

Book car hire in Christchurch with DriveAway for superb service at unbeatable rates. We search & compare rental cars in Christchurch with reputable suppliers including Europcar, Ezi Car Rental, InterRent Hertz and Thrifty.

The suppliers we partner with are located at Christchurch Airport. Christchurch Airport is located in the suburb of Harewood, 12 kilometres from the city of Christchurch (approximately 20-minutes to drive). If waiting in line for taxis and shuttle buses after a flight doesn’t sound like your thing, choose car hire - the perfect option for saving time and money. Don’t be restricted, discover the rich culture of Christchurch completely and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of New Zealand in your rental car.

There are plenty of options for you to choose from in Christchurch. Our supplier's fleets are made up of vehicle categories ranging from economy through to fullsize, hatchbacks, sedans & SUV's. If you prefer to drive manual, rather than automatic - that is also an option available. If you're stuck on what size to choose, see below for our guide to car hire categories in Christchurch.

The city of Christchurch is a convenient base from which to explore the surrounding rural countryside and the natural attractions and activities of the region. For more information about driving in Christchurch, take a look at our New Zealand Driving Tips page. View driving rules, speed limits, child safety seat regulations & more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring a Car in Christchurch

It's about a 20-minute drive, depending on traffic to drive from Christchurch Airport to Christchurch CBD.

In Christchurch and most places around New Zealand, you must be at least 20 years old to hire a car. However, the age may vary by car category. Some suppliers have a maximum age limit of 75 years and a young driver surcharge so please be aware of the terms and conditions.

Christchurch itself does not see snow however the mountaintops surrounding the city might be snowcapped during the colder months. However, if you take a leisurely drive outside the city during winter you'll be sure to find some snow on the way!

Experience Christchurch

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Christchurch was established by English settlers and evidence of its rich heritage is found in the greystone nineteenth-century buildings, leafy green parks, famous Gothic Cathedrals and historic architecture. Mt Cook National Park is known for its exquisite alpine beauty and home to the highest mountain in New Zealand. It is also one of the best stargazing sites on earth, this is an experience that cannot be missed! Wine enthusiasts will enjoy indulging in the beautiful wines of the Marlborough region, as their Sauvignon Blanc is world famous after all!

From Christchurch it's a relaxing drive towards Queenstown, the scenic town which sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, and a great base to begin exploring the spectacular Milford Sound. Drive your Christchurch car hire along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, one of the most stunning highways in New Zealand. For magnificent views of Christchurch and its surrounds take a trip in your car hire to the Christchurch Gondola. The Gondola is the most popular activity in Christchurch and is the only gondola in the city.

Car hire in Christchurch makes it convenient to discover New Zealand's amazing landscape in the comfort of your own vehicle. DriveAway takes pride in delivering outstanding service from beginning to end, our online booking engine above has been designed to make booking car hire easy! Simply enter your pick-up and drop-off locations with dates to get started. For more information on New Zealand car hire, contact us online or call 1300 363 500.

Cities (To and From) Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx. hr)
Christchurch to Dunedin 365 4.5
Christchurch to Nelson 440 5.5
Christchurch to Wellington* 465 8.5
Christchurch to Rotorua* 890 14
Christchurch to Auckland* 1080 16.5

*Includes travel time between North and South Islands via ferry.

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