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About Christchurch International Airport (CHC)

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Address: Unit 1, 3 Pukaki Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch

The first international airport in New Zealand and the second biggest in the country, Christchurch International Airport recently received a massive upgrade which was completed in 2013.

Serving the south island, Christchurch International sees around 7 million visitors each year. It’s relatively close to the centre of Christchurch itself, which is just a trip of around 15 kilometres.

Getting to your destination once you have landed can be done in many ways but perhaps the easiest is pre-booking car hire from the range of available Christchurch International Airport car rental companies found throughout the airport.

  Getting around

New Zealand is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. It’s small size means it’s a great driving country as well, where you can explore at your own pace while covering large sections in a relatively short time.

And the only way to do this is by using car rental. Not only is it cheap, it’s simple to book. So even before you arrive in New Zealand you are safe in the knowledge that when you disembark, your chosen Christchurch International Airport car rentals agency will have your vehicle ready and waiting.

Some of the must see sites on the south island include the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site, home of the Te Anau glow worm caves. Or travel all the way south to the city of Dunedin. There is so much more to see and do, however, so plan your trips well before you rent a car.

  Choosing your car

While you can book a car in all major cities in New Zealand, the easiest way to do so is online through an airport car rental. With a few simple clicks, you can have one priced just right for your budget. And vehicles are available across the range and include a variety of makes and models, able to transport a single driver to a larger group of 9 to 12 people. A range of car rental agencies are found at Christchurch airport including the largest brands in the world such as Hertz, Budget and Avis as well as small local car rental companies. Finding a deal that suits your pocket has never been easier.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at Christchurch Airport


In New Zealand, you will be driving on the left-hand side of the road. So that means on highways, it’s keep left and pass right.


Speed limits are strictly enforced. Highly visible signs will tell you the maximum speed you can travel. Keep a look out for them! And the top speed? Well, that’s 100 kilometres an hour on highways.


Many New Zealand roads have twists and turns, so overtaking can be dangerous at times, especially if you are not driving safely. Rather wait for the perfect opportunity than ruin your holiday.


Chances are if you like exploring, you going to encounter some less than perfect roads, even gravel roads in some cases.


Drivers under 20 may not have any alcohol in their system when driving. The limit for drivers older than 20 is 250 micrograms per litre. Rather don’t drink and drive.


In rural New Zealand, you are going to come across animals on the road. Give them the chance to cross or drive slowly past they are on the verge.     

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car at Christchurch

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1. Is it best to book my car rental before I arrive at Christchurch?

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2. How far in advance should I book a car rental pickup at Christchurch?

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3. Does Christchurch have cars with 7 seats?

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4. Am I able to rent a car one way from Christchurch to a different drop off location in New Zealand?

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5. What are the best cars to rent at Christchurch?

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6. Is it better to rent at Christchurch or off airport?

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7. What happens to my car rental if my flight is cancelled or delayed into Christchurch?

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8. What happens if I need to extend my car rental drop off time at Christchurch?

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9. Are minivans and people movers available for rent at Christchurch?

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10. Should I buy car rental insurance at the pick up desk at Christchurch?

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11. What car types are there for rent at Christchurch?

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12. What car rental brands offer SUV’s at Christchurch?

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13. What is the cheapest 7 day car rental for May at Christchurch?

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14. What SUV cars are available at Christchurch in 3 months time?

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15. Which rental companies are there at Christchurch?

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16. How much waiting time should I allow for picking up a car at Christchurch?

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17. Which forms of payment are generally acceptable for car rental at Christchurch?

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18. What is the cheapest car for next weekend at Christchurch?

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19. What is the highest rated rental company for overall service at Christchurch and how does this compare to others?

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20. Are there eco friendly rated cars for rent at Christchurch?