Car Rental in Christchurch Airport

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Christchurch Airport (CHC)


Terminal Building,
(South Island), Christchurch, 8053, New Zealand


(64) 03-358-9661

Hours of Operation:

Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Location Information
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Renter Requirements

Optional Coverages

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) is included in most Avis New Zealand rentals. LDW limits the renters responsibility for loss or damage to the Avis vehicle to the standard excess amount.

Optional Extras

Excess Reduction (ER), available online, or Zero Excess, available at counter in participating locations, are optional coverages that further reduces the standard excess. Please click here for further information.

Credit Card Policies

Avis accepted cards include; Visa, MasterCard, American Express and an Avis Charge Card. At the start of your rental, a physical credit and or a debit card must be presented. Your card must show your name, signature and card number, with applicable logo. The cardholder must be the renter and present when collecting the vehicle.

Avis does not accept, bank cards worded cardholder, nor accepts prepaid or reloadable store value cards, travel money cards and EFTPOS cards. Avis also does not accept cards presented on phones/watches and doesn't allow contactless payment methods such as pay-wave.

At the end of the rental, some Avis locations will accept a prepaid or reloadable stored value card as a final form of payment.

Please Note: Credit card and or debit cards are subject to a card transaction fee of 2.53% for Visa and MasterCard and American Express 3.57% (including GST) at time of pick-up and payment.

Avis New Zealand may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. Please see Rental Qualification Policy.

Debit Card Policies

Please see Credit Card Policies

Drivers License

The Driver must (i) hold a full, current and valid driving licence appropriate for the vehicle class while they are using the vehicle. (not being a learner’s, provisional or Pink licence) and (ii) have an International Driving Permit (IDP) or official translation (if licence is not in Roman alphabet).

New Zealand issued Pink licences will state the words Limited, Alcohol Interlock or Zero Alcohol Limit on them. Avis will not rent to a Pink licenced customer.
An International Driving Permit is not a stand-alone document and this must be carried with your valid domestic driving licence for it to be valid.

Digital drivers licence from Australia are not accepted. You must present a physical (plastic) drivers licence.

Chinese licences are acceptable as long as they are also accompanied with a full English translation from an approved translator. This also includes a notary translation done in China.

Public Liability and Property Damage

Public liability insurance is in accordance with the insurance laws of the country.  Customer may inquire at the time of rental for additional information of the benefits, conditions and acceptance.

Note: Some credit cards provide insurance coverage, with certain limitations, as a benefit of using the card to rent vehicles.  The customer is advised to contact the card issuer before the rental.  Any waiver must be discussed directly with the location upon arrival.

Additional Drivers

All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age & drivers licence requirements as the main renter. Each Additional Driver may be charged a daily fee.

For further information, view our Additional Driver policy here.

Additional Fees

Extensions or late returns result in additional charges.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21 years of age. A Young Driver Surcharge may apply.


You may cancel your booking at any time by calling reservations or managing your booking online.


For Pay Now reservations, depending on when you cancel, you may be charged a cancellation or no-show fee.

  • If you need to cancel at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $86.25 NZD.
  • If you need to cancel within 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up time, you will be refunded the pre-paid amount less a cancellation fee of up to $172.50 NZD.
  • If the value of the reservation is less than the cancellation fee, you will not be charged any further amount and will not be entitled to any refund.
  • If you fail to cancel your reservation prior to the pick-up time and do not collect the vehicle on the pick-up date, a no show fee of the entire prepaid amount will be forfeited.
  • Amounts indicated above are inclusive of GST.
  • For 'Pay at Counter' reservations, no cancellation and or no show fee applies

COVID-19 Cancellation Waiver: Until 28 February 2022, we are offering free cancellation on Pay Now Rentals when you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of rental collection.

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Fuel Policy

Modifying Your Booking

  • You may change your booking (whether a Pay Now or Pay at Counter booking) any time before the day you are due to pick-up the vehicle by calling reservations or managing your booking online (if available). We will send you a revised booking confirmation email confirming your new booking details. For Pay Now reservations, the additional amount to be paid will be charged at time of rental pick up.
  • For Pay Now reservations, if you return the vehicle before the original return date (early return), you will not be refunded any portion of your payment. This does not detract from your rights as a consumer under applicable consumer protection legislation, including the New Zealand Consumer Law.
  • Modifying or returning your vehicle to a different location, changing the dates or the rental duration, will result in the reservation being recalculated at the new daily rates and any applicable one way fees or other charges may apply.

Multi Island Hires

Customers wishing to travel between the North and South Islands are not permitted to take Avis rental vehicles on the Inter-island ferries across Cook Strait. To allow for this type of inter-island travel Avis has a special rental system called a Multi-Island Hire which creates one continuous rental. If you require a Multi-Island Hire, the following rental conditions apply:

  • A minimum rental of 3 consecutive days is required on each island, with a minimum total of 6 days across both islands. If this requirement is not met the rental will be charged as two separate hires.
  • If you are traveling more than once between the two islands, the third (and subsequent) rental period has no minimum length of rental requirement.
  • The rental can start and finish at any Avis location in New Zealand (subject to vehicle availability).
  • You can cross between the two islands using the Picton Ferry Terminal and the Wellington Ferry Terminal, or you can fly into cities where Avis is located. Note: this policy only applies if you are traveling to the other island, not to a location within the same island.
  • A maximum of 5 hours is allowed between the drop off of the vehicle in one island and the pick-up of the next vehicle.
  • A minimum of 72 hours' notice is required of the customer's intention to cross between the islands if a crossover booking has not been previously made. If notice is not given, we cannot guarantee a vehicle will be available on the other side.

It is important to note that no Avis vehicle is allowed to cross Cook Strait between the North and South Islands. Any customer taking a vehicle across on an Inter-island ferry will not be covered by insurance for any damage occurred to the vehicle. If you collect a car in one island and leave the vehicle in the other island location without Avis authorisation, you will face an automatic relocation fee of NZ$450.00 plus GST. Further information and details may be found here.


At the start of your rental, a pre-authorisation will be placed on your credit/debit card for the total estimated rental charges.
A pre-authorisation holds an amount of money on your credit/debit card. Once a pre-authorisation has been held, you will not be able to use that money. You must have sufficient funds to cover the total estimated rental charges and the card be in your name.
At the end of your rental, the final payment amount will be processed and if applicable, the unused portion of the pre-authorisation will be released. Depending on your bank, the money is usually released within 7-10 working days. Avis will not be held responsible for any overdraft fees.
Customers who prepay or who use the Pay Now option, an additional pre-authorisation of up to $200 at time of pick up will apply.


The collection, use, disclosure and retention of your information, including your personal information, provided to us in connection with payment for our services and products, or participation in our programs, whether directly by you or on your behalf through a payment service, is subject our Privacy Notice located on our website or in the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement and the Privacy Act 1993.

Rates and Inclusions

The vehicle rental price is calculated based on your requested start and end dates and times, the rental location(s), the amount of time you rent for and the type of vehicle you request.

During the year, Avis offer discounted relocation rates. Relocation rates can range from $1.00 to $30.00 NZD per day.
While Avis will endeavour to provide you the vehicle group selected, you may be required to drive another vehicle due to operational requirements.
Changes to returning the vehicle to a different location other than what you select will result in the reservation being recalculated at the prevailing daily rate which will be significantly higher than the advertised price. 
Any applicable one way fee or other charges will apply.

Unless stated otherwise, the price also includes all costs you must pay - for example, GST and any Airport or Wharf fees.

Rental Qualification Policy

Avis New Zealand may require a customer renting a vehicle to complete a Rental Qualification Form and provide additional identification as it deems necessary or appropriate or in accordance with applicable law. For further information and to download the form please click here.

Travel Into Other Countries

Vehicles are not permitted to leave New Zealand.

Christchurch Airport Car Rental

As the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch Airport welcomes millions of visitors each year. No matter what your reasons for visiting the area are, you may want to consider using a Christchurch Airport car rental service. At Avis, we offer one of the best fleets in the area. If you want to hire a car at Christchurch Airport with us, it’s time to learn more about what we do.

Car rental at Christchurch Airport

You can find the Avis desk inside the main terminal building at Christchurch Airport. Our desk is located on the ground floor level.

Why not make car rental at Christchurch Airport a little easier by choosing to use the Avis self-service app? Our app is ideal for selecting your car, making last-minute upgrades, and adding useful extras such as satellite navigation or additional drivers. By using our app, you could spend less time at the rental desk and enjoy using your car sooner rather than later.

How do I get to Christchurch Airport?

Christchurch Airport is conveniently located about 12 minutes outside of the city centre. If you’re driving to the airport from downtown, take Hereford Street and Park Terrace to Harper Avenue, continue onto Memorial Avenue and then Durey Road. Once you reach the roundabout, take the second exit and continue onto the airport.

Fortunately, there’s only one terminal at Christchurch Airport. It serves both domestic and international flights, making it exceptionally easy to navigate your way around.

Things to do near Christchurch Airport

When you catch a flight into Christchurch Airport you may as well seize the opportunity to explore the nearby area. Some of the places you can visit with your Christchurch Airport car hire include:

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

As the national museum for the nation’s Air Force, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand is an excellent location for learning about the country’s history. Additionally, it also caters to the tastes of aviation geeks. It’s just 9.3km from the airport, making it an ideal first stop during your stay.

Quake City

Quake City offers an excellent insight into how Christchurch and its emergency services managed the earthquakes of 2011. From examining the rebuilding of structures such as Christchurch Cathedral to providing details about the disaster plans, this experience is fascinating from start to finish. It’s located 10.1km away from Christchurch Airport.

Punting on the Avon

If you want to relax after your flight by reconnecting with nature, Punting on the Avon is the perfect way to do it. Featuring gondolas that take in the abundant flora and fauna surrounding the Avon, this boating experience isn’t to be missed. You’ll find Punting on the Avon just 10.3km away from Christchurch Airport.

Refuelling stations near Christchurch Airport

When using a Christchurch Airport car hire service you’ll of course find that you need to refuel at some stage. Here are some of the nearest petrol stations for your convenience:

  • Yaldhurst at 39 West Coast Road
  • Allied 24/7 Fuel at 25 Orchard Road
  • BP Harewood with Truck Stop at 661 Russley Road
  • Burnside Service Station at 449 Wairakei Road
  • Sawyers Arms Service Station at Sawyers Arms Road

Your Avis fleet at Christchurch Airport

At Avis, we want to make sure car hire at Christchurch Airport is accessible for everyone. To achieve this, we’ve created an impressive fleet of cars that’ll meet all needs. If you’re travelling as a couple or as a small family, consider hiring one of our economy cars and saving money. Alternatively, if you have a lot of luggage you may want to consider one of our spacious SUVs. Regardless of which car you choose, you’ll find that our Christchurch Airport car hire service provides excellent value for money.

Distances to key Christchurch attractions

Hiring a car at Christchurch Airport is an excellent way to explore everything the city has to offer. Here are some of the attractions you may want to consider:

To/From Distance (    Travel Time (Approx. hr)  
Christchurch CBD 10 .20
Antigua Boat Sheds 10 .20
Air Force Museum of New Zealand 8 .12
Quake City 10 .15
Dunedin 360 4.5
Queenstown 480 6

How much does it cost to rent a car from Christchurch Airport?

To provide you with an estimate of a cost to rent a car from Christchurch Airport, we need to know more about your hire period, the car you want and how long you need it for. Enter your details in the search form for a quote.

Can I rent a car from Christchurch Airport and return it to another location?

Yes, it is possible do a one-way rental from Christchurch Airport and return to another location. Enter your details in the search form for a quote, including all the fees and restrictions.

Can I take my Avis rental on the Inter-Islander ferry?

No, It is not possible to take your Avis rental car on the ferry. You must complete a multi-island hire. Please contact Avis for more information.

Do I need an International Driving Permit to rent a car from Christchurch Airport?

If your licence is not in English, you must present an International Driving Permit in addition to your home licence.

How many airports are there in Christchurch?

There is only one airport in Christchurch: Christchurch Airport. Its airport code is CHC, which you may see on your tickets or when you’re booking a flight.

Is Christchurch Airport open 24 hours?

Christchurch Airport is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. However, the terminal building closes after 11pm, which is when the last flights are scheduled to leave.