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Christchurch Car Hire

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Christchurch car hire information

Pick-up location Christchurch
Car types 4x4, Box truck, Commercial, Compact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Luxury, Mini, People mover, Premium, Standard, Van
Rental locations 58
Airport locations 43
Popular agencies Hertz, Abell, Apex, Thrifty, AeroDrive

Cheap Car Hire in Christchurch

Economy $17/day
Compact $16/day
Intermediate $18/day
Standard $18/day
Full-size $25/day
4x4 $33/day
People mover $56/day
Mini $23/day
Premium $54/day
Van $104/day
Luxury $146/day
Convertible $75/day
Box truck $36/day
Commercial $53/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Christchurch acerentalcars
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Christchurch dollar
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Christchurch discount
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Christchurch bargaincar
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Christchurch apex
5 Adults, 3 Bags 4x4 car in Christchurch yesaway
5 Adults, 5 Bags People mover car in Christchurch economy
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Christchurch luckyrentals
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Christchurch aerodrive
4 Adults, 2 Bags Van car in Christchurch hertz
5 Adults, 5 Bags Luxury car in Christchurch aerodrive
4 Adults, 2 Bags Convertible car in Christchurch nucar
5 Adults, 2 Bags Box truck car in Christchurch apex
5 Adults, 2 Bags Commercial car in Christchurch moderentals
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 24 hours.

Christchurch car hire reviews and directory

From $46/day
Rated no. 1
Thrifty
thrifty
Best rated
7.1 Good (2,728 reviews)
2 locations in Christchurch
From $29/day
Rated no. 2
EZI
ezi
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Christchurch
EZI
Locations in Christchurch
238 Roydvale Avenue
+64 800 439 473
Durey Road
From $33/day
Rated no. 3
Apex
apex
9.8 Excellent (5 reviews)
2 locations in Christchurch
Apex
Locations in Christchurch
150 Kilmore Street Christchurch Central
+64 3363 3001
28 Ron Guthrie Road, Christchurch Airport
+64 3357 4536
All Apex reviews
Apex reviews in Christchurch
From $22/day
Rated no. 4
Hitch Car Rentals
9.7 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Christchurch
Hitch Car Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch airport
+64 9256 0546
  • 10.0
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 10.0
  • 10.0
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
24 Aug 2018
Good company
Pros: Great price, easy to deal with & friendly service.
Cons: N/A
9.6 Excellent
16 Oct 2018
Pros: Really friendly and helpful customer service staff Particularly Amy who was incredible
10.0 Excellent
25 Dec 2018
Pros: Friendly service and a bonus prius hybrid which was very economical
From $1/day
Rated no. 6
Avis
Cheapest deal
9.6 Excellent (10 reviews)
3 locations in Christchurch
Avis
Locations in Christchurch
150 Kilmore Street
+64 3930 6103
26A Sheffield Crescent
+64 3357 0167
Terminal Building
+64 3358 9661
  • 9.6
  • 9.8
  • 9.8
  • 9.2
  • 9.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
26 Dec 2016
Helpful & efficient front desk assistance
Pros: We liked the simplicity of the procedures & the fact that everything was according to what had been arranged.
10.0 Excellent
9 May 2017
Pros: Organized, efficient, not pushy on add-ones, very clean vehicle of low mileage with great extra safety features like lane sensors
Cons: nothing
10.0 Excellent
26 Jun 2017
Great experience!
Pros: Easy access to vehicles from gate exit.
8.0 Excellent
10 Dec 2017
Cons: Did not have an opportunity to add my Wizard number (loyalty program) during purchase online.
10.0 Excellent
9 Apr 2019
Pros: Easy, convenient, good car.
Cons: Nothing.
9.2 Excellent
18 Apr 2019
Pros: The car was very new, comfortable and clean.
Cons: The drop off process was unclear.
10.0 Excellent
17 Jan 2017
Pros: The customer service was topnotch! She really helped us out in a pinch when we found out our reservation pick up and drop off were not at the airport(s) like we were expecting.
8.8 Excellent
12 Feb 2017
Cons: pickup point too far from airport
9.6 Excellent
5 Apr 2017
Pros: When we wanted to return at a different location in Christchurch, they were very nice. Highly recommend that you go with Avis and avoid any budget rental agencies in NZ!!
Cons: everything was good
10.0 Excellent
28 Dec 2018
Good prices, quality rentals
Pros: Pick up was easy, everything was explained. The car was damage free and operated as exspected. It worked space wise for our luggage and was great in the rain.
Cons: Nothing.
From $76/day
Rated no. 7
Hertz
8.5 Excellent (5 reviews)
2 locations in Christchurch
Hertz
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Apt
+64 3358 6730
Unit 4 150 Kilmore St
+64 3365 2195
  • 8.8
  • 9.2
  • 8.8
  • 7.6
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
31 Dec 2016
Service
Pros: Free Upgrade Available Wi-Fi Hotspot rental Service at 11pm
3.6 Mediocre
1 Jan 2017
Overpriced and inflexible
Pros: My car was mechanically sound, the reservation, purchase process was easy.
Cons: A poor value, and Hertz was difficult and inflexible. My Holden Captiva was a below-average car. Hertz charged $90 USD daily. Hertz also refused to accept my car at Queenstown vs. Christchurch when travel plans changed. Will try another agency next time.
9.2 Excellent
21 Feb 2017
Nice car
Pros: This car was the perfect size to travel around with. It was large enough for our luggage but small enough that it was easy to park.
Cons: Returning the car in Queens town was a little confusing because finding parking is extremely difficult. We were told they had a designated parking space but not until after we went to return the car. It isn't signed and just looks like the access for an alley.
9.6 Excellent
15 Mar 2017
Good quality vehicle and friendly service
Pros: Nice relatively new vehicle that performed well for us.
Cons: cigarette smoke smell :(
10.0 Excellent
25 Mar 2017
Excellent experience
Pros: Automatic mid size SUV. Good Bluetooth
Cons: Nothing
From $30/day
Rated no. 8
Budget
7.4 Good (5 reviews)
3 locations in Christchurch
Budget
Locations in Christchurch
150 Kilmore St
+64 3930 6102
26a Sheffield Cres
Terminal Building
+64 3357 0231
  • 6.4
  • 8.0
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent
6 May 2018
Cons: More trouble trying to drop car off because of the system want to charge us more than quoted
7.6 Good
24 Feb 2017
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.
2.0 Mediocre
27 Feb 2017
Awful experience - rude, unhelpful desk person, no
Pros: 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).
9.2 Excellent
22 Jan 2017
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.
10.0 Excellent
3 Feb 2017
Incredible customer service
Pros: 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 Toni
From $25/day
Rated no. 9
Lucky Rentals New Zeland
luckyrentals
6.9 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in Christchurch
Lucky Rentals New Zeland
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport
All Lucky Rentals New Zeland reviews
Lucky Rentals New Zeland reviews in Christchurch

Recent reviews

From $26/day
Rated no. 10
Economy Rent a Car
economy
2.0 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in Christchurch
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport
+64 9303 3912
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
  • 2.0
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
14 Jan 2019
Worst Rental Car Experience of My Life
Pros: Nothing. Services were not rendered.
Cons: This rental was the worst customer service experience of my life. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT BOOK WITH ECONOMY OR SCOTTIES. If I could give zero stars, I would. Kayak should drop this company immediately. While booking online, be warned, Economy serves as an umbrella company to many smaller companies in New Zealand. If you are unfortunate enough to have your reservation served by Scotties, be prepared for a terrible experience. In my case, after a flight arrival time change from 1000 to 1400, I called Scotties for a pickup (the only way to get picked up as they are not in the terminal and do not run a constant shuttle). After 2 calls and a 40 minute wait, the shuttle arrived and I was informed by the driver that my booking had been canceled (allegedly NZ law requires a company to only hold a reservation for 2 hours - other companies hold your car for 24 hrs), they had no additional cars available, they were sorry but they could not help me. There was no communication from the company that my reservation had been canceled despite them having access to my email, phone number, and the two phone calls I’d made upon arrival at the airport requesting to be picked up. Still in need of a car, I went online and booked a vehicle with Economy through Travelocity. My credit card was charged and I received a confirmation email at which point saw the company providing the car the was once again Scotties. I called again, now with a valid reservation in their required 2 hour window, and was told to wait 10-15 minutes, the shuttle was on the way. Again the shuttle arrived (35 minutes after the phone call) and again the shuttle driver refused to take me to their office stating that there had been a miscommunication and they did not have a car for me. I called the company back, (which was now the fourth long distance phone call for that day) they apologized for the inconvenience but offered no assistance or compensation for my time or troubles. I strongly recommend you never rent from “Economy” or Scotties. Their non-existent customer service is not worth the discounted prices for their vehicles. It’s a wonder a company like this stays in business. It’s quite obvious it’s terribly mismanaged and only makes me wonder the quality of the vehicles they rent to travelers. I most certainly will never book with them again and encourage others to do the same. There are several other options available that I highly recommend you explore. I ended up booking with Firefly, a partner company with Hertz and located in the terminal. Only slightly more expensive then Scotties, the car was ready as soon as I finished paying, the customer service was excellent, and there was no shuttle or long distance phone call required for pickup I emailed Scotties with a formal complaint and was answered with a shameful sarcastic response from Scott himself. They do not care the slightest bit about customer service. Avoid like the plage. Go elsewhere even if prices are higher.
From $18/day
Rated no. 11
Scotties
scotties
2.0 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in Christchurch
Scotties
Locations in Christchurch
189 Blenheim Rd Riccarton (6.5 kilometers from the airport - shuttle service)
+64 3 348 2002 / 0800 800 317 / 0800 736 825
Sunnycars
sunnycars
3 locations in Christchurch
Sunnycars
Locations in Christchurch
150 Kilmore St
155 Orchard Road
Memorial Avenue
AutoEurope
autoeurope
2 locations in Christchurch
AutoEurope
Locations in Christchurch
Europcar 134 Victoria Street
Europcar Meet Greet
From $15/day
Bargain Car Rentals
bargaincar
2 locations in Christchurch
Bargain Car Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
515 Moorhouse Ave
+64 800 566 701
Christchurch Airport
Gold Car Rent a Car
goldcarrent
2 locations in Christchurch
Gold Car Rent a Car
Locations in Christchurch
3a The Wickets,christchurch
+64 800 300 123
Christchurch Airport
+64 800 300 123
From $18/day
Ace Rental Cars
acerentalcars
1 location in Christchurch
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Christchurch
Abros Place
From $30/day
AeroDrive
aerodrive
1 location in Christchurch
AeroDrive
Locations in Christchurch
30 Durey Rd, Airport
+64 3666 0026
Alamo
alamo
1 location in Christchurch
Alamo
Locations in Christchurch
30 Durey Rd
+64 3358 6554
From $15/day
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
discount
Most popular
1 location in Christchurch
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport
From $23/day
Dollar
dollar
1 location in Christchurch
Dollar
Locations in Christchurch
3/3 Pukaki Road Yaldhurst
+64 278 086 501
From $25/day
Drive NZ
drivenz
1 location in Christchurch
Drive NZ
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport
DriveCyprus
drive
1 location in Christchurch
DriveCyprus
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport
Enterprise
enterprise
1 location in Christchurch
Enterprise
Locations in Christchurch
30 Durey Rd
+64 3358 6554
From $63/day
Europcar
europcar
1 location in Christchurch
Europcar
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch International Terminal
+64 3357 9202
EZU Car Rental
ezucarrental
1 location in Christchurch
EZU Car Rental
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport
Firefly
firefly
1 location in Christchurch
Firefly
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Apt
+64 3358 6730
Garenta
garenta
1 location in Christchurch
Garenta
Locations in Christchurch
GO Rentals - Christchurch Airport
+64 3358 4051
GO Rent A Car
gorent
1 location in Christchurch
GO Rent A Car
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch airport
+64 508 246 784
From $29/day
Go Rentals
gorentals
1 location in Christchurch
Go Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport
Goldcar Rental SP
goldcar
1 location in Christchurch
Goldcar Rental SP
Locations in Christchurch
73 Orchard Rd., Harewood
INTERRENT
interrent
1 location in Christchurch
INTERRENT
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport - Free Shuttle Service.
From $28/day
JUCY
jucy
1 location in Christchurch
JUCY
Locations in Christchurch
Wairakei
KEA Campervan rental-AU
keacamperrental
1 location in Christchurch
KEA Campervan rental-AU
Locations in Christchurch
159 Orchard Road
keddy by Europcar
keddy
1 location in Christchurch
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch International Terminal
+64 3357 9202
Letz Rent a Car
letzrentacar
1 location in Christchurch
Letz Rent a Car
Locations in Christchurch
Unit 1, 3 PUKAKI ROAD
+64 3348 2002
From $18/day
Lucky's Car Rental
luckys
1 location in Christchurch
Lucky's Car Rental
Locations in Christchurch
791 Wairakei Road, Christchurch Airport
+64 800 808 881
From $18/day
Mode Car & Camper Rentals
moderentals
1 location in Christchurch
Mode Car & Camper Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
Unit 1, 3 PUKAKI ROAD
+64 800 247 727
National
national
1 location in Christchurch
National
Locations in Christchurch
30 Durey Rd
+64 3358 6554
NU Car
nucar
1 location in Christchurch
NU Car
Locations in Christchurch
189 Blenheim Rd
+64 800 800 317
From $17/day
Right Cars
rightcars
1 location in Christchurch
Right Cars
Locations in Christchurch
Christchurch Airport
+64 273 628 768
From $17/day
Snap Rentals
snaprentals
1 location in Christchurch
Snap Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
578 Wairakei Road
SURPRICE CAR RENTAL
surpricecarrental
1 location in Christchurch
SURPRICE CAR RENTAL
Locations in Christchurch
5 Ivan Jamieson Pl, Airport
+64 3666 0026
Yes Rent A Car
yesrentacar
1 location in Christchurch
Yes Rent A Car
Locations in Christchurch
9/41 Sir William Pickering Dr, Burnside, Christchurch , New Zealand
+64 275 696 999
From $21/day
Yesaway
yesaway
1 location in Christchurch
Yesaway
Locations in Christchurch
78 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch , New Zealand
+64 3358 5740
24 travellers who rented a car in Christchurch gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.6

Car Rental Locations in or near Christchurch

Good to know

Most popular agency Discount Car & Truck Rentals
Most popular car type Economy
Average price $32/day
Good deal $24/day

When to book a hire car in Christchurch

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Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches
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Top tips for renting a car in Christchurch

  • A city that is uniquely blossoming with resurgence following devastating earthquakes in 2011, Christchurch is bustling with energy and is going through a process of identity redevelopment. Renting a car will not only give you the best scope to explore the combination of heritage buildings, reconstructions, and modern skylines that line the Christchurch streets, it will also open up your access to the Waimakariri River and Southern Alps. The freedom to go where you want and when you want cannot be undervalued, especially considering the world class skiing location, Mt. Hutt, is only a 90-minute drive from town.
  • Christchurch International Airport is located 12 km (7 miles) northwest of the downtown district. After viewing the best available deals on the market with KAYAK, reserve your hire car and make arrival on the South Island a seamless transition. Major hire companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz have counters located within the International Arrivals Hall.
  • For a start, you’ll have to adjust to driving on the left hand side of the road. If you haven’t done this before, don’t fret -- your brain has a way of adjusting naturally following a few confusing minutes at the start. If you are planning a trip to the Southern Alps, be sure to check the local weather reports and road conditions before you leave.
  • 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.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Christchurch for $24 or less
  • Book your rental car in Christchurch at least 6 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Christchurch are around 33% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Full-size rental cars in Christchurch are around 47% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Christchurch

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

On average a hire car in Christchurch costs $32 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Christchurch?

Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Christchurch.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Christchurch?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Dollar ($16/day), Ace Rental Cars ($17/day) and Discount Car & Truck Rentals ($18/day).

What is the best rental car company in Christchurch?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Christchurch are Avis (7.6, 2261 reviews), Budget (7.4, 4198 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 3853 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Christchurch Airport (CHC)?

Car hire companies onsite at Christchurch Airport include Discount Car & Truck Rentals, Snap Rentals, Right Cars, Ace Rental Cars, Yesaway, Bargain Car Rentals, Lucky Rentals New Zeland, Apex, EZI and Lucky's Car Rental.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Christchurch Airport (CHC)?

Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Christchurch Airport to off-airport locations include Discount Car & Truck Rentals, Right Cars, Ace Rental Cars, Bargain Car Rentals, Lucky Rentals New Zeland, EZI, Drive NZ, Hertz, AeroDrive and Europcar.

What is the cheapest car hire location in Christchurch?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Dollar 3/3 Pukaki Road Yaldhurst null (8 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find car rentals near me in Christchurch?

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

How much does a Economy car rental cost in Christchurch?

A Economy car rental in Christchurch costs $32 per day, on average.

How much does a Compact car rental cost in Christchurch?

A Compact car rental in Christchurch costs $25 per day, on average.

How much does a Intermediate car rental cost in Christchurch?

A Intermediate car rental in Christchurch costs $36 per day, on average.

What is the most popular rental car location in Christchurch?

In Christchurch, cars are most frequently hired at Hertz Christchurch Apt (8.7 km from city centre ).

How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Christchurch?

On average a rental car in Christchurch costs $226 per week ($32 per day).

How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Christchurch?

On average a rental car in Christchurch costs $966 per month ($32 per day).

What type of car is recommended for driving in Christchurch?

If you would like a small economical car to minimize emissions and fuel consumption, consider getting a Toyota Yaris or Volkswagen Polo. These cars are also ideally suited to inner-city driving, their smaller size helping you navigate tight parking spots. If you would prefer a car with more space and power, a Mazda6 or Toyota Corolla Wagon will suit your needs.

What's the speed limit in Christchurch?

Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit of urban traffic areas is 50 km/h (31 mph). Once outside urban areas and on highways or rural roads, the maximum speed is 100km/h (62 mph). Keep a careful eye on your speedometer as to avoid fines, since speed cameras operate in Christchurch and can add an unwanted expense and issue to your travel.

How are gas prices in Christchurch?

You can expect to pay approximately $2.33 NZ Dollars per liter. This equates to approximately $6.06 USD per gallon, which is a little more than double the American average. It’s possible to keep fuel costs low if you choose an economical hire car model and avoid filling up at smaller independent petrol stations in rural locations.

Where are the best places to park in Christchurch?

Parking spots in the downtown district of Christchurch are plentiful and make life easy for those with a car. Christchurch City Council operates eight parking lots across the city, two of which (on Lichfield St. and Center of Contemporary Art) have free parking for the first hour. Consider parking with a conscience at Gap Filler, an urban regeneration enterprise which provides spaces on the corner of Lichfield and Manchester streets, where all revenue goes toward redevelopment projects in central Christchurch.