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Car Rental in Christchurch, New Zealand


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Rent a car in Christchurch with Europcar

Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island and a gateway to the Canterbury region, Christchurch is a refreshing urban hub with plenty to see and do. Take advantage of car hire in Christchurch with Europcar and start your adventure in style. With easy access to four wheels you can experience the very best of Christchurch and beyond at your own pace.

Our Europcar Christchurch Airport car rental station is located within the Airport Main Terminal at Ground Level. If you’re arriving on a domestic flight, the rental pick-up area is just opposite the luggage carousels for your convenience. To return your rental vehicle, follow the signs to Rental Vehicle Returns Carpark. Christchurch International Airport is just a 20-minute car ride to the city centre.

Discover Christchurch by car

With a car rental, you can pack your itinerary full of exciting excursions and day trips. Christchurch offers a wealth of entertainment, with top attractions including Christchurch Botanic Gardens to the west of the city. Founded in 1863, you’ll find an impressive array of plant life with the picturesque rose garden being a particular highlight. The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is another must-see or you could head to the International Antarctic Centre where you can experience a realistic Atlantic Storm and enjoy a Hagglund Ride.

For the adventurous, there are plenty of activities that are sure to get your heart racing and cause your adrenalin to surge. From helicopter rides to bungy jumping in the nearby Hanmer Springs which is located 134-kilometres north or Christchurch, you won’t be disappointed. Skydiving is also a big deal in this part of the world thanks to the picturesque surroundings, with the Skydiving Kiwis Dropzone just 90-kilometres south-west of Christchurch. If you fancy a spot of jet boating, head to Waimakariri Gorge which is a beautiful 60-kilometres drive north-west.

When in Christchurch, you’ll also find there are plenty of wonderful beaches on your doorstep. Best beaches in and around the area include Corsair Bay near Lyttelton to the south and popular surfing hotspot, Taylor’s Mistake Bay, located between Sumner and Lyttelton Harbour. While at Taylor’s Mistake, don’t miss Godley Head Park, a prominent headland where you can experience Queensland’s rustic natural beauty.

What’s great about hiring a car from Europcar is that you can head further afield and experience life outside of Christchurch. Wellington might involve a coastal drive of over 430-kilometres, but it’s the perfect chance to enjoy a journey that’s one of the most scenic in the whole of new Zealand. Ferries cross to Wellington in the North Island from Picton in the South Island and along the way to Picton you can stop off for wine at Blenheim or enjoy a spot of whale-watching at Kaikoura.

Other places of interest in New Zealand include Greymouth to the north-east. This is 242-kilometres by car with a route running through Arthur’s Pass National Park. This is the highest pass over the Southern Alps with the Park being home to many nature trails.

The Europcar car rental experience in Christchurch

Europcar rental services are efficient and flexible with both short and long-term options available. We’ve an extensive car fleet comprised of new, reliable and technology advanced vehicles to suit your needs. From the compact Suzuki Swift to the family-friendly Holden Trax, you won’t be short of choice. Our premium range also features vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz C200. With no hidden charges, budgeting for your trip is quick and easy.

Driving in Christchurch

When in New Zealand, including Christchurch, always drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. Obey speed limits at all times which are typically 100km/h on major highways linking Christchurch to other locations. Hazards in the region include railway lines which require extra vigilance. There are no toll roads in Christchurch.

Many of the main attractions have designated parking areas in the city centre making it easy to leave your car. There are also 5 multi-level car parks throughout the city.

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Car hire at Christchurch is made easy with Europcar.

Friendly service, new cars and low prices are part of our every day offer. Whether you are hiring a car for business or pleasure, or you need a car or van, Europcar has the right hire car at Christchurch for you.

Europcar is looking forward to serving you at its car hire branch: Christchurch. Remember to always bring your driving license, valid credit card and additional proof of identity (such as a passport if you are hiring abroad).

Europcar’s Green Programme: At Europcar, we understand the environmental impact of car hire. That’s why we have wholeheartedly embraced a sustainable development programme and are proud to be the first car hire company at Christchurch with certified commitments.