What you should know before hiring a car in Christchurch
|Christchurch city centre|
|Christchurch International Airport (CHC): 6 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Christchurch: practical information
Where to rent a car in Christchurch
Heading to New Zealand? Start planning your trip with cheap flights to Christchurch and while you’re at it, consider booking a rent car if you have some countryside exploring on your itinerary. From Christchurch Airport choose a rental car from Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, A2B or Go Rentals.
There are at least a dozen car and camper van rental companies located in the city centre, including some local operators. You may find a cheaper rate if you’re travelling with a rent car from Christchurch to Auckland.
Driving in Christchurch: parking and other tips
Christchurch is easy to navigate, mostly because it’s flat and the city streets are laid out in a grid. One-way streets can be tricky though! Christchurch is the perfect kind of city for cycling, so why not leave your rent car at your Christchurch hotel for the day and cycle instead?
Parking is relatively pain-free. The city centre has a pay and display system which takes coins and credit cards (even Amex!) or you can pay by mobile phone text message, just like in London.
Road trips from Christchurch: what to do, what to see
Summit Road traverses the crest of the Port Hills which separate Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour. You won’t find any better views over the city than from here and it’s the most scenic drive. It’s not possible to drive the entire way, as the road was damaged during the earthquake in 2011.
Arthur’s Pass National Park
A drive through this park is a must. Take New Zealand highway 73, which goes right through Arthur’s Pass. The road is majestic and beautiful but it can test driver’s nerves, particularly in the wintertime when the road frequently becomes covered in ice.
A trip to Hanmer Springs will certainly give you the rest and relaxation you’ve been waiting for on your holiday. The town hot springs feature a variety of pools, some of which are quite smelly from the sulphur. There are also some good hikes in the surrounding woods.