Christchurch Car Rental

Discover Car Hire in Christchurch

Looking for car hire in Christchurch? Book now with DriveAway for the best service at unbeatable rates. Collect your rental car from Christchurch Airport, located in the suburb of Harewood, 12 kilometres from the city which is approximately a 20-minute drive. Alternatively, DriveAway offers the option of collecting from convenient city locations. If waiting in line for taxis and shuttle buses 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 a car hire.

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It is 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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The city of Christchurch is a convenient starting point from which to explore the surrounding rural countryside and the natural attractions and activities of the region. 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, is a gateway to exploring the spectacular Milford Sound. Drive your Christchurch hire car 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. 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 0800 885 590.

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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