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Rental car options at Christchurch Airport

The following car rental companies received the highest ratings in Christchurch Airport. Compare the ratings and prices of these rental companies with a single search.

  • Enterprise

    8.6 (1606)
  • Hertz

    8.5 (5686)
  • Thrifty

    8.4 (4499)
  • Europcar

    8.3 (6691)
  • Alamo

    8.2 (7456)
  • Avis

    8.2 (4864)
  • National Car Rental

    8.2 (360)
  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.9 (3609)
  • Sixt

    7.9 (2565)
  • Budget

    7.8 (8462)
  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.7 (2783)
  • Drive On Holidays

    7.4 (911)
  • FireFly Car Rental

    7 (3274)
  • Ace Rental Cars

    6.7 (12)

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Car rental location Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport Guide

Car Hire

Christchurch Airport is New Zealand’s gateway to the matchless beauty of the South Island, made famous by the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Located just over seven miles from Christchurch city centre in its Harewood suburb, the airport is well supplied with public transport options, including three municipal bus routes, shuttles and a plethora of taxis. However, the preferred means of touring the South Island’s magnificent volcanic countryside and glacial peaks is with car hire in Christchurch Airport, which is easily arranged at the terminal.

Who to Book With
No less than nine car and campervan rental companies are established at Christchurch Airport, including Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, Budget and several Kiwi companies including ExploreMore and Maui Rentals. The car hire offices are found in the International Arrivals hall or the main hall, with vehicles rented on a pre-booked or walk-up basis.

Need to Know Essentials
The following documents will need to be presented at vehicle collection:

- Your home country valid driver’s licence
- The credit card used to make the reservation
- Your passport to confirm your ID
- Confirmation of booking

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving
New Zealand drives on the left. Journey times are tricky to calculate as rural roads can be narrow, winding and steep, and vary from motorway standard to dirt tracks. Most motorways and major roads have a 62mph speed limit, with limits clearly marked in kilometres. Seatbelts must be used by all occupants and only hands-free mobile phone usage while driving is permitted. In rural areas, drivers should watch out for farm animals, and winter visitors should carry snow chains and ensure winter tyres are fitted by their rental company, especially if driving in mountainous regions. Petrol stations are common in urban areas but less so on rural roads, and most accept card payment.

See our guide to New Zealand for more information on driving here.

Transport

Arrivals at Christchurch Airport have a choice of onward transportation options, from local buses through hotel and pre-booked shuttles to taxis and car hire. In practice, pre-booked cars give the fastest getaway. Buses are the cheapest mode of transport, with taxis and pre-booked shuttles the most expensive.

Trains
There is no rail link between Christchurch Airport and Christchurch city, but the city’s main rail station in Addington offers TranzAlpine services to Greymouth and TranzCoastal services to Picton.

Taxis
Two taxi ranks are found outside the terminal, the first outside the Regional Lounge and the second outside the International Arrivals hall. Several licensed taxi companies operate here, with all cabs metered and the journey to city hotels taking around 20 minutes and costing around £40.

Taxi prices:
Christchurch Airport to Christchurch city centre is about £25
Christchurch Airport to Lyttleton is about £20
Christchurch Airport to Kaiopoi is about £15

Buses
The airport offers a choice between pre-bookable shuttle minibuses and a public bus service, with the public buses operated by Christchurch Metro, running every half-hour or so and costing around £3 for the 30-minute journey. Door-to-door shuttle buses are more convenient, but considerably more expensive (unless you’re travelling a group), at around £10 for the first person and £2.50 for each passenger thereafter.

Facilities

Terminals
Christchurch Airport offers a comparatively new international terminal and a domestic terminal which is undergoing expansion that is due to be complete in 2013. Carriers here offer a wide range of New Zealand and Australian regional destinations combined with international routes to Japan, the UAE, Singapore and Thailand. Visitors from the West can fly to Auckland and take a short JetStar or Air New Zealand flight from the North Island airport at Auckland to Christchurch.

Parking
Parking at the airport is divided into Premium, the closest car park to the terminals, Short Term, just a few minutes’ walk away, and Long Term, a five-minute walk away. Only the Premium car park is covered, and the first 10 minutes of parking in all car parks is free. Subsequently, rates range from £2.50 for 20 minutes up to a daily maximum long-term stay charge of around £12, or £40 per week.

Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi internet access is provided in both the domestic and international areas.

Information Services
There are information desks in the Domestic Terminal and the International Arrivals area.

Useful Numbers
Service Centre: +64 3 353 7774

Accessibility
Assistance for passengers with reduced mobility is provided on request, with facilities for the disabled including wheelchair-accessible areas, Braille ATMs, lifts to all floor levels, medical assistance, dedicated car parking bays and adapted toilets. Assistance is provided on request for boarding and deplaning.

Restaurants and Bars
Christchurch Airport is well set-up, both landside and airside, with places to eat, drink, snack and relax. In the public area, there’s a Burger King, the Noodle Bar, a ‘life-choice’ eatery named Healthy Habits, the Sakura Sushi bar and several bars and cafés. Beyond security in the Departures lounge, you’ll find the Coffee Club, Espresso to Go and Grab & Fly’s deliciously fresh juices, smoothies and healthy snacks. In the International Arrivals hall there’s the Long White Café and in the Domestic Arrivals area you’ll find the South Bar and Café.

VIP Lounges
Quantas Lounge
Singapore Airlines Lounge
Emirates Lounge
Air New Zealand Lounge

Money and ATMs
A Bank of New Zealand branch is found on the ground floor, close to the check-in desks, but does not offer currency exchange as does the Travelex Forex desk close-by. ATMs are found in all areas, with several offering Australian dollars as well as New Zealand currency.

Shopping
Shopping is available in both the Domestic and International Departures lounges, as well as in the main hall. JR Duty-Free outlets are found in the International Departures and Arrivals areas, and offer cosmetics, perfumes, alcohol and tobacco products. In addition, Ballantynes sells New Zealand merino wool fashions and outdoor gear, and Relay offers magazines and books. Before security you’ll find Antarctica and Global Culture with their themed gifts and souvenirs, as well as Luggage Solutions and MAC cosmetics.

Practical information

  • Currency
    New Zealand dollar
  • Driving direction
    Left
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Māori
  • Popular car category
    intermediate

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • Enterprise
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Europcar
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • National Car Rental
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Sixt
  • Budget
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Drive On Holidays
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Ace Rental Cars
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