Car Hire at Christchurch International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
When you hire a car at Christchurch International Airport you can enjoy exploring the South Island. From vineyards and hot pools to whale watching and arts festivals, there's plenty to discover.
Where to hire a car at Christchurch International Airport
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Ezi, Hertz and Thrifty all offer car hire from Christchurch International Airport. They all have a base within the international arrivals hall, quite near the domestic baggage reclaim area.
Petrol stations near Christchurch International Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The Caltex Airport Service Station is the most convenient place to fill up. It's just off Memorial Avenue, the road leading into Christchurch International Airport.
Driving around Christchurch International Airport
The airport is very near the city, so as soon as you pick up your hire car you'll find yourself on the outskirts of Christchurch. There's no need to worry about hitting the motorway right away. The first road you will encounter is Memorial Avenue, a dual carriageway which brings you right into the city centre. If you're planning a driving tour of the South Island we recommend choosing a car hire package that includes a sat-nav system.
Getting to your destination
The largest city on the South Island, Christchurch is a vibrant city which is still undergoing rejuvenation after the 2010-11 earthquakes. Pop-ups and temporary structures lend an arty feel to the city.
It takes just over 15 minutes to drive to Christchurch from the international airport. There are 12 council run car parks in the city centre, as well as a number of privately owned garages. Hourly, daily, and nightly rates vary depending on the car park. On-street parking is usually charged at $3.10 (about £1.30) per hour and free on public holidays. Always check the charge hours before parking your car.
Gallic charm abounds in New Zealand's first French settlement. Cute craft shops, art galleries and colonial architecture characterise the town, but the real joy of visiting Akaroa is getting out and exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding it.
It takes about an hour and twenty minutes to drive to Akoroa from Christchurch International. Most of the hotels in the area have car parking for guests, and there are some large car parks in the town where you can leave your car while you explore.
New Zealand's up and coming wine region, Waipara, is sure to be a hit with foodies and booze buffs.
Waipara is just over 45 minutes away from the airport. Car parks are available throughout the region. Most vineyards have car parking for visitors: just remember to choose a designated driver before you start sampling. There are also plenty of car parks near the region's beautiful hiking trails, but remember to hide all valuables before going for a long ramble.
Prices subject to change