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Christchurch Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Christchurch Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Car Hire in Christchurch
Are you ready to hit the open road in New Zealand’s South Island? At Avis, we have just the vehicle to make your journey one to remember. From those nippy little city cars that get you from A to Z, to rugged SUVs that are perfect for mountain roads, we have it all. When you choose us for car hire in Christchurch, you’ll benefit from a first-class service with excellent prices. It’s time for you to learn more about how you can use our services.
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Public transport to the Avis Christchurch branch
You can find our Avis branch for car hire in Christchurch at the airport. If you want to reach us by public transport, you have a few options:
- Catch the Number 29 metro bus from Central Station to the International Terminal
- Take the airport shuttle for a faster journey
Once you reach Christchurch Airport, you’ll find our car rental desk within the arrivals section of the International Terminal. To save time while you’re there, consider using our car hire app to make changes to your reservation, add drivers, and more.
Things to do in Christchurch
A city that’s known for blending diversity with English heritage, Christchurch has plenty for you to see and do. Some of our personal recommendations include:
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
After being established in 1863, Christchurch Botanic Gardens have continued to flourish. The gardens are open from 7am to 8.30pm, which means you have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. Christchurch Botanic Gardens are just 10.2km from the Avis car hire collection point.
International Antarctic Centre
Few people will get to visit the Antarctic, but Christchurch’s International Antarctic Centre can bring you pretty close. In addition to learning about conservation efforts, you can see gorgeous penguins in their habitat. It’s a 1km drive from our car hire desk.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
If you’re new to New Zealand and you want to see the local nature in all its glory, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is perfect for you. In addition to encountering the New Zealand national bird, the kiwi, you can immerse yourself in a Maori cultural experience at the onsite restaurant. It’s a 8.2km drive from our car hire desk.
Do you need help planning your trip to Queenstown? Check Out Our New Zealand Travel Guide
A quick guide to Christchurch’s weather
The climate in Christchurch is often sunny, dry, and windy. While you can expect favourable temperatures of 20 degrees celsius (68 degrees fahrenheit) and above in January to March, the temperature drops to 11 degrees celsius (51.8 degrees fahrenheit) in June and July.
Fuel locations for a refuel
When you hire a car in Christchurch, you’ll probably need to return it with a full tank of fuel. At Avis, we recommend trying one of the nearby petrol stations:
- Burnside Service Station at 449 Wairakei Road
- Mobil Creyke Road at 106/108 Creyke Road
- Bishopsdale Service Station at 210 Harewood Road
- BP Harewood at 661 Russley Road
- Brydndwr Service Station at 52 Strowan Road
Distances to Christchurch’s most famous attractions
When you hire a car in Christchurch, you have an excellent opportunity to visit some of the most famous attractions nearby. Hear are some of the distances to our customers’ favourite choices:
- Canterbury Museum - 10km
- Punting on the Avon - 10.3km
- Cardboard Cathedral - 11.9km
- Sumner Beach - 26.1km
- Quail Island - 39.4km
Where can I rent a car in Christchurch?
Avis is conveniently located at Christchurch Airport, downtown Christchurch at 150 Kilmore St and in Harewood.
How much does it cost to hire a car in Christchurch?
The cost depends on the location you collect from, the dates and the vehicle you choose. Enter your details in the search form for a quote.
What cars can I rent in Christchurch?
Avis offers a large fleet of modern comfortable vehicles to rent. Vehicles include the Holden Barina, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Holden Trax, Rav 4 or the Toyota Fortuner or similar to name a few.
Does Avis offer Hybrid/Eco-Friendly vehicles in Christchurch?
Yes, Avis has a range of eco-friendly options including the Group B, BMW i3 Electric Hatch or similar, the Group L, Toyota Corolla Hybrid or similar and the Group K, Toyota Camry Hybrid or similar.
Do I need an International Driving Permit to rent a car in Christchurch?
If your licence is not in English, an International Driving Permit is required in addition to your home licence.
What is Christchurch famous for?
With one of the highest quality water supplies in the world, Christchurch is well-known for its pure and clean living. The city has a laid-back and gentle vibe, although you’re never too far away from an opportunity to submerge yourself in luxury. With a plethora of gardens and lots of tree-lined streets, Christchurch is an excellent destination for blending city living with countryside charm.
What is there to do in Christchurch at night?
When it comes to destinations for having dinner with a twist, Christchurch is difficult to beat. While in town, scope out restaurants where you can enjoy a Maori performance alongside your meal. Or, if you want to increase your culture exposure still further, head to the 19th-century Theatre Royale and catch a show. If you plan in advance, you may be able to take part in a late-night tour of Christchurch Art Gallery.
What can you do on a rainy day in Christchurch?
If you’ve ever enjoyed the idea of a more refined cinema experience, try Alice Cinemas. When the rain is pouring in Christchurch, Alice Cinemas is an excellent place to enjoy a luxury movie-watching experience, complete with cheese platters. Alternatively, you could head to Ferrymead Heritage Park and learn more about how the city became what it is today. If you're prepared to stay until after dark, you can take part in a murder mystery event.
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