Book Budget hire cars in Christchurch

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Budget car hire prices in Christchurch

Full-size SUV$123/day
Passenger van$77/day
Supplier choice$41/day
Compact SUV$44/day
Intermediate SUV$49/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Reviews for Budget in Christchurch


" and helpful."(in 1394 reviews)
"Great price, very ."(in 3750 reviews)
" and fast."(in 1394 reviews)


"Terrible as well"(in 355 reviews)
"Will Budget again!"(in 252 reviews)
"Will Budget again."(in 252 reviews)
Overall rating8.4 Very GoodBased on 5 reviews
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Recent reviews

Traveller rating
Car was it ready at pickup. Waited over an hour. Everything else was very goodReviewed 25 Nov 2023
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Cons:At pickup was informed Invercargil roads were all closed (which was untrue), so I may not be able to drop the car off at scheduled point, but if I made any changes to the dropoff location I would be charged extra by Budget. Very unhelpful, and very unfair to charge customers extra due to weather events outside of our control.Reviewed 16 Feb 2020
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Cons:More trouble trying to drop car off because of the system want to charge us more than quotedReviewed 6 May 2018
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Awful experience - rude, unhelpful desk person, noPros:We did not like anything but the online booking process. The rest was painful.Cons:Our flight came in late and we missed the pick up window. I emailed Budget to let them know, but this message didn't get through to the rental location. When we picked up our car, the woman was not very friendly and said we missed our window and it was given away. She said they had no cars left for us. She did not give us other options of where to rent or what to do in this situation. She did not show sympathy either. Do not rent from Budget. We went with Europcar in the end. They were nice and had a great car for us (and their counter was right next to the Budget one).Reviewed 27 Feb 2017
review fromkayak
Pros:The car was decent, ran fine and fulfilled our needs. It was nothing special or out of the ordinary, just a basic Toyota Corolla, but it did the job.Cons:We could've used some instructions on pickup and return - in a foreign country we didn't know if processes would all be the same. A little disappointed that the car was a Corolla when we booked "Camry or similar" since the Camry really is a significantly nicer car.Reviewed 24 Feb 2017
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Incredible customer servicePros:I left my cell phone in the vehicle and didn't notice until I was on the airplane. I called the Christchurch Budget office and explained the situation. Toni McLean, the Budget agent there, secured my phone and sent me instructions on how to get it back. She then processed the FedEx transaction and I received my phone without issue. This was awesome! Thanks ToniReviewed 3 Feb 2017
review fromkayak
Car was great but had issues with pricing.Pros:The pick up and drop off were both easy and we were happy to be upgraded to a nicer car when we picked it up in Christchurch. We loved the car and found it to be clean, comfortable, and smooth throughout our 8-day rental.Cons:When we dropped the car off in Queenstown, we were shocked to find that our receipt said we were charged more than 2x as much as my reservation said we would be paying. We were in a rush and didn't notice this until after we left the lot, so we called the Queenstown Budget office. Luckily, they fixed the issue and we were charged the correct amount. But it does seem that the issue originated with the Christchurch Budget, so that's why I'm only giving an 'Okay' rating.Reviewed 22 Jan 2017
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Where can I find Budget hire cars in Christchurch?


Terminal Building


Monday00:00 - 01:3006:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
Wednesday00:00 - 01:3006:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 01:3006:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 01:3006:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
Sunday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30


+64 3 357 0231


150 Kilmore St


Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00


+64 3 930 6102


78 Orchard Road


Monday07:45 - 17:00
Tuesday07:45 - 17:00
Wednesday07:45 - 17:00
Thursday07:45 - 17:00
Friday07:45 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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Top tips for hiring a car from Budget in Christchurch

  • If you want to book Budget car hire in Christchurch and are staying downtown, the Budget offices on Kilmore Street are the most popular pick up for your visit conveniently situated right in the centre of the city. The office hours are not 24/7 but they do have the option for you to drop off your car after hours and leave the keys in the dropbox. This popular destination is close to tourist attractions like the Canterbury Museum and the Margaret Mahy family playground.
  • If you are looking for convenience when you book Budget car hire in Christchurch, then the 78 Orchard Road car rental offices are perfect for a pick up if you want to be close to the Russley Golf Club and Conference Centre for a business meeting. Pick up your car and be within your destination in 5 minutes. This car rental office is also central and close to popular attractions and hotels.
  • When looking to book Budget car hire in Christchurch choosing from one of the 3 car rental offices in Christchurch will offer you a wide selection of fleet cars perfectly suited to your needs. The Budget car selection is constantly updated with the latest model cars and you can find anything from an intermediate or compact car up to a high-level SUV or luxury car. Book in advance at your chosen rental office to make sure you get the car you desire.
  • Budget car Hire are always keeping up with the latest technologies and when booking at any of the 3 Budget rental locations in Christchurch you can make use of their special feature ‘PhotoProof’. The car is photographed in its current condition, which can be viewed prior to pick up. If there is any pre-existing damage this is recorded and sent to you via email to sign off. This saves anxiety on being accused of damage not caused by you.
  • 25% of our users found car hire from Budget in Christchurch for $50 or less.
  • Book your car hire from Budget in Christchurch at least 6 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price.
  • Economy car hire from Budget in Christchurch are around 56% cheaper than other car types, on average.

FAQs about hiring a car from Budget in Christchurch

  • Does Budget car hire offer roadside assistance cover?

    Budget car hire offers a free ‘Not Your Fault’ mechanical breakdown cover, which will cover you in case of any mechanical breakdowns and will assist to get you back on the road in no time. This is included in all rentals. If you would like extra insurance for windscreen and tyres, this will be at an extra charge. There is a basic Roadside Assistance and Roadside Assistance Plus, which will be charged at a small extra daily fee, so check before your trip which would suit you best depending on what sort of travel you will be doing.

  • What benefits are included in my Budget car hire in Christchurch?

    Budget car hire has certain benefits included in all of their rentals which will save you worry of extra costs you are not aware of. All Budget rentals from each of the 3 locations in Christchurch include unlimited kilometres, access to free travel assistance and local maps, 24 hour roadside assistance and more. Optional extras can be booked for an extra reasonable fee.

  • Does Budget car rental allow you to take your hire car across the island?

    You are allowed to take your rental car on the Inter Island ferries across the Cook Strait if you are travelling between the North and South Islands. You would need to book your own ferry tickets and vehicle tickets and pre warn Budget car hire before you pick up the car. If you would then like to drop off your car hire at a different location in New Zealand, this is possible. Budget recommend that you make sure to book the ferry crossing well in advance to make sure you can secure the desired crossing date to suit your travels.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car from Budget in Christchurch?

    On average a car hire from Budget in Christchurch costs $69 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire from Budget in Christchurch?

    Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type from Budget in Christchurch.

  • How many car hire locations does Budget have in Christchurch?

    Budget has 3 hire locations in Christchurch. Take a look at our Budget hire location map to find the best car hire near you.

  • Does Budget have a car hire location at the airport: Christchurch airport (CHC)?


  • Does Budget offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from Christchurch airport (CHC)?