Car Rental Christchurch Airport (CHC)

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Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Daihatsu Sirion 2006 or similar
Daihatsu Sirion 2006
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Lucky Rentals
$11.04 / per day
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
NuCarrentals
$19.05 / per day
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Discount Car Rentals
$21.17 / per day
Compact
Nissan Tiida 2009 or similar
Nissan Tiida 2009
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$22.00 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Standard
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
EZU Car Rental
$35.62 / per day
Minivan
Toyota Hiace 2004 or similar
Toyota Hiace 2004
  • 10x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Bargain Rental Cars
$69.45 / per day
Full-size
Toyota Highlander or similar
Toyota Highlander
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Europcar
$72.73 / per day
Economy Elite
Toyota Prius Hybrid or similar
Toyota Prius Hybrid
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Hitch Car Rentals
$25.16 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
NZD
Country code
64
Average car rental length
11 days
Economy car rental price
$21.15 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
30 - 60 km/h
19 - 37 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Christchurch Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental car at Christchurch International Airport! Then head to the city, park outside the center, and go on a leisurely walk to appreciate the local atmosphere and architecture. Check out the art galleries, the Christchurch Arts Center, and the Canterbury Museum. Visit the International Antarctica Center to learn more about the fascinating continent that’s so close to New Zealand.

Drive to the nearby Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo, and the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve where you’ll encounter lemurs, kiwis, iguanas, kakas, and other wildlife. Drive the beautiful Summit Road through Port Hills, and, if you’re up for a more thrilling adventure, go on a volcanic and geothermal tour.

Christchurch is a great place to visit, but the surrounding area has even more to offer, so why not get a longer-term car rental? You can head to the southernmost part of the South Island, which is the closest land to Antarctica, explore the Southern Alps, drive all the way to Picton to take the Interislander ferry to Wellington on the North Island, or visit the unbelievable sights around Lake Tekapo. You can even pick up your rental car at Christchurch Airport and drop it off in a different city. Start planning your vacation now!

Top international routes

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Singapore
  • Gold Coast
  • Guangzhou

Main airlines

Air New Zealand, the countries flag carrier, provides service from the major cities of New Zealand and Australia in addition to Singapore. Jetstar Airways, Air New Zealand’s low-cost subsidiary, provides service from Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand and Melbourne and the Gold Coast in Australia.

Qantas, Australia’s flag carrier, provides service between Christchurch and the three largest cities in Australian, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Virgin Australia provides year-round service between the airport and Brisbane and Melbourne and seasonal service to Rarotonga and Sydney.

China South Airlines and Emirates serve international routes to Guangzhou in southern China and Dubai, respectively.

Terminals

There is a single passenger terminal located at the intersection of two runways, which serves both local and international flights.

Location

Christchurch Airport is about 12 km (7.4 miles) from the city center. Memorial Avenue and Fendalton Road are the main streets connecting the airport to Christchurch.

Most popular types of rental car

Economy, Mini, Compact, Van, SUV

Top car rental companies

Europcar (including their Keddy brand), Enterprise (which also services Alamo rentals) and Aerodrive are located in the airport’s terminal.

Hitch Car Rentals, RightCars, GO Rentals, Discount Car Rentals, Lucky Rentals, are all located near, but not at, the airport.

NU Car Rentals is located at 189 Blenheim Rd. which is close to the city center of Christchurch but about 10km away from the airport.

Car rental desks

The rental desks for those companies that are located at the airport are in the International arrivals hall across from the customs and biosecurity screening exit. The domestic Baggage Claim area is next to the desks.

The rental companies that are located outside of the airport all provide shuttles to their locations. These shuttles can be found outside of the Regional Lounge at the opposite side of the terminal (exit through Doors 1 or 2).

Services and facilities

There are many restaurants, cafeterias, and bars, stores, ATMs, a stretch and relaxation area, a beauty salon, a fitness center, a lost and found office, and a prayer room. The airport is disabled friendly. The Luggage Solutions office, which provides luggage storage services, is located in the check-in hall. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

An Allied Fuel gas station is located right next to the airport, at 75 Orchard Rd., from which the rental car returns of the companies located at the airport is just one kilometer away. Lucky Rentals is even closer to the station. It is open 24/7.

For renters returning cars to companies that are not located at the airport, other gas stations may be more convenient. Those returning cars to GO Rentals or Discount Car Rentals are best served by a BP station located on the roundabout of Highway 1 and Harewood Rd, which is directly on the way to those companies’ locations.

If coming from the city center of Christchurch and returning a rental car to Hitch or Right Cars, A Z service station on Wairakei Rd. is the best station to use. If coming from the north along Highway 1, the previously mentioned BP station would be best. And if coming from the south along Highway 1 a Caltex station located at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 73, though a little further away, may be the best choice.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Auckland (1,075 km / 668 miles)
  • Wellington (439 km / 273 miles)
  • Queenstown (479 km / 297 miles)

Airport info

Rating
7.8
  • Getting to the airport 7.2
  • Departure and check-in 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 7.5
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.1
  • Restaurants and car rental services 6.7
  • Lounge 6.4

Christchurch Airport (CHC)

  • IATA: CHC
  • ICAO: NZCH
  • Airport name: Christchurch Airport (CHC)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil / Military
  • Airport Size: Large Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 37 m / 123 ft
  • Runway Surface: Bitumen
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 94,955
  • Passengers (per year): 6,439,703
  • Distance from City: 5.6 miles / 9 km WNW of town
  • Airport Hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +64 3 358 5029
  • Email: info@cial.co.nz

Top 13 Locations near Christchurch Airport

  1. 245.0 km / 152.2 miles away
  2. Car Rental at Nelson Airport from $57.41 per day
    249.6 km / 155.1 miles away
  3. 303.9 km / 188.9 miles away
  4. 328.0 km / 203.8 miles away
  5. 347.1 km / 215.7 miles away
  6. 434.4 km / 270.0 miles away
  7. 464.7 km / 288.8 miles away
  8. Car Rental at New Plymouth, from $45.77 per day
    516.4 km / 320.8 miles away
  9. Car Rental at Napier Airport from $45.77 per day
    574.6 km / 357.0 miles away
  10. 677.1 km / 420.7 miles away
  11. 716.6 km / 445.3 miles away
  12. 745.1 km / 463.0 miles away
  13. 872.4 km / 542.1 miles away

When are car rental prices cheapest at Christchurch Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Christchurch Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Christchurch Airport
$33.63
January
$36.30
February
$26.76
March
$28.67
April
$30.87
May
$27.70
June
$27.31
July
$26.24
August
$56.65
September
$51.46
October
$77.01
November
$77.01
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Christchurch Airport is August when prices for an Economy class start from $26.24. You can see that this is 37% cheaper than the yearly’s average and 66% cheaper than renting a car in November (when rental prices start at $77.01 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Christchurch Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in June the average rental period is 13 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 3 days.
Average Rental Length at Christchurch Airport
10
January
9
February
9
March
10
April
10
May
13
June
12
July
12
August
4
September
3
October
4
November
4
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Christchurch Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Christchurch Airport in January, while the fewest number of travelers rent in October.
Christchurch Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
228%
January
174%
February
139%
March
124%
April
122%
May
105%
June
142%
July
164%
August
September
October
November
December

Our Customers Reviews

Australia
Toyota Corolla Sedan
July 27, 2019
Go to the banks peninsula. Its beautiful.
New Zealand
Toyota Corolla Sedan
July 24, 2019
This was my first time using a rental car. Alena in The Christchurch airport office made it such an amazing experience for me as I was stressing so much. Excellent service:)
New Zealand
Nissan Tiida
July 22, 2019
No issues. Peace of mind.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla Sedan
July 14, 2019
If you're staying in the centre of Christchurch I wouldn't bother hiring a car! Definitely hire from Christchurch if that's where your tour begins!
South Korea
Toyota RAV4
May 6, 2019
It was the best car to travel to New Zealand. And the staff was very kind. The drab and pickup service was also very good. Best of all, the price was low. My trip could have been satisfactory. Thank you.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Estima 2007
March 31, 2019
I e loved our time in Christchurch and traveling around Canterbury. So many beautiful places to visit and see.

Top 14 Suppliers for Christchurch Airport in 2019

Hitch Car Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
0064 033 582 299
232 Roydvale Ave, Burnside, Christchurch 8053
GO Rentals
GO Rentals
Exceptional 9.2
0064 508 246 784
8051, 155 Orchard Road, Christchurch
Discount Car Rentals
Discount Car Rentals
Excellent 8.9
0064 92 754 085 (2)
8051, 6 Sir Keith Park Place, Harewood, Christchurch
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+64033579202
CHRISTCHURCH INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
006433586554
20 RON GUTHREY RD,
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+64033579202
CHRISTCHURCH INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
RightCars
Excellent 8.4
0064 68 880 032
28 Sheffield Cres Burnside, Burnside Christchurch 8053
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.4
006433586554
20 RON GUTHREY RD,
Bargain Rental Cars
Bargain Rental Cars
Excellent 8
0800 001122
Airpark Canterbury 17/25 Logistics Dr, Harewood, 8544
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Very good 7.6
0064 0800 800 317 / 0064 021 417 556 / 0064 6433 482 002 / 0064 0800 800 312
189 Blenheim Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
64-3-360-3270, 03 360 3271
20 Abros Place
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
0064 3666 0026
30 Durey Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053
Lucky Rentals
Lucky Rentals
Good 6
0064 800 808 881 / 0064 092 755 110
8053, 791 Wairakei Road, Christchurch

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