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Car hires in Christchurch, Canterbury

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Christchurch, New Zealand
4 Mar — 11 Mar
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Car hire insight and trends in Christchurch

Useful insights to help you book the perfect car hire in Christchurch

What is the cheapest car hire agency in Christchurch?

The cheapest car hire in Christchurch are generally found through Lucky Rentals New Zeland. When booking with Lucky Rentals New Zeland, you may be able to find car hire prices for as low as €9/day. The average price to hire a car in Christchurch is €12/day.

What car hire company in Christchurch has the most locations?

Avis has the most locations of any car hire company in Christchurch, with 3 locations.

What car do most people hire in Christchurch?

When hiring a car in Christchurch, most of our users will opt for the Toyota Auris at €43/day on average. The second most popular is the Toyota RAV4 car hire for an average of €35/day. Our users have found Toyota Auris hires in Christchurch for as low as €42/day and Toyota RAV4 hires for as low as €32/day.

Best deals found for Christchurch, Canterbury car hire

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental car types in Christchurch, Canterbury
Economy€14/day
Compact€16/day
Intermediate€27/day
SUV€19/day
People carrier€39/day
Full-size SUV€38/day
Premium SUV€32/day
Supplier choice€24/day
Intermediate SUV€27/day
Compact SUV€28/day
Standard SUV€32/day
Best rates found by momondo users in the past 48 hours.

Important information about Christchurch car hire

Can I drive across New Zealand islands with a rental car from Christchurch?

Car hire in Christchurch may allow you to cross borders with your hired vehicle, such as inter-island travel. If you are planning on taking your hire car abroad, it is best to inform the company and ask if they allow this. Most car hire companies will add an extra charge if you take your hire car out of New Zealand. You may also have to pay for additional insurance so that the company can insure the car in another country. Hire car companies may only allow specific cars to be taken across the border as well. Generally, cars in the economy car hire category are available to take across the border. There is also a possibility that you might have to pay a charge at the border to take the car over to another region. A tip is that if you are planning a long journey in your hire car, it might be best to not get an electric car hire; however, if you are doing city driving, this is an environmentally friendly car to hire.

Can you hire a car in Christchurch without a credit card?

Car hire in Christchurch does allow you to hire a car with another method of payment. Generally, the hire car company will take a deposit from you, this will be held until you return the hire car. It will then be released to you after they check that there are no damages. Another method they may use is to ask you to pay the bond on the car, which would also be refunded once you bring the hire car back. Christchurch car hire companies that offer debit card payments are Apex, Hertz, Thrifty, Go hires, Avis and Rhino Car Hire. It is also sometimes possible to hire a car with cash; with this, you will have to pay a cash deposit that you will get back once you return the car. Some companies that offer this method are Snap Rentals, Bargain Rental Cars and Rental Cars New Zealand. It is also good to note that luxury car hire in Christchurch is not commonly done without the use of a credit card; however, there are a large variety of other cars to choose from.

What driving laws should I keep an eye out for in Christchurch?

Christchurch follows all the same driving rules as the rest of New Zealand and Australia. In Christchurch, people drive on the left-hand side, everyone must be wearing a seatbelt while the car is moving and all children that are under the age of 12, or under a certain height, must use a child seat. It is illegal to be on your phone while driving in New Zealand; if you need to answer calls regularly in the car, it is best to book a vehicle with Bluetooth installed. The drinking and driving limit is 0.05%, and there is zero tolerance for anyone under the age of 20.

What documents does an international traveller need to hire a car in Christchurch?

In order to obtain car hire in Christchurch, you must have your passport, driver’s licence and debit/credit card (or other acceptable payment method). If your driver’s licence is not printed in English, it is required that you get an international driver’s licence. To hire a car in Christchurch, you need to be at least 21 years old and to have had your licence for over a year. If you are between the ages of 21 and 25, you will generally need to pay an additional young driver’s fee. This fee covers the additional insurance that the company will take out on the hire car. Most cheap car rentals in Christchurch allows for young drivers, but it is also good to remember that if you are a young driver, you will be limited to the types of cars you will be able to hire.


Christchurch, Canterbury car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in Christchurch that's right for you

Small cars

€21 - €52

All Car Types

€31 - €86

The average price of a small car hire in Christchurch, New Zealand is €38. The cheapest time to hire a small car in Christchurch, New Zealand is in August. The price is 45% lower than the rest of the year at just €21 per day. A small car rental is typically 29% less expensive than the average rental car in Christchurch. The average price of a car hire in Christchurch can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Christchurch small car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car hire in Christchurch, New Zealand is €56. The cheapest time to hire a medium car in Christchurch, New Zealand is in June. The price is 51% lower than the rest of the year at just €28 per day. A medium car rental is typically 8% more expensive than the average rental car in Christchurch. The average price of a car hire in Christchurch can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Christchurch medium car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car hire in Christchurch, New Zealand is €59. The cheapest time to hire a large car in Christchurch, New Zealand is in August. The price is 14% lower than the rest of the year at just €51 per day. A large car rental is typically 11% more expensive than the average rental car in Christchurch. The average price of a car hire in Christchurch can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a SUV hire in Christchurch, New Zealand is €59. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Christchurch, New Zealand is in June. The price is 43% lower than the rest of the year at just €34 per day. A SUV rental is typically 11% more expensive than the average rental car in Christchurch. The average price of a car hire in Christchurch can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Christchurch SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a van hire in Christchurch, New Zealand is €55. The cheapest time to hire a van in Christchurch, New Zealand is in June. The price is 50% lower than the rest of the year at just €28 per day. A van rental is typically 4% more expensive than the average rental car in Christchurch. The average price of a car hire in Christchurch can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Christchurch van rentals found on momondo in the past week.

Volkswagen Polo
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

€14/day

29 Apr - 20 May
Volkswagen Polo
Opel Astra
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

€16/day

29 Apr - 20 May
Opel Astra
Toyota Auris
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

€17/day

29 Apr - 20 May
Toyota Auris

Christchurch car hire directory

All major car hire suppliers in Christchurch, Canterbury

Rental Cars 247

10.0
Wonderful
1 review1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

10.0

Avis

9.6
Wonderful
15 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.8

Comfort

9.6

Overall

9.8

Pick-up/drop-off

8.9

Value

9.2

Budget

8.6
Very Good
8 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.6

Comfort

9.3

Overall

8.6

Pick-up/drop-off

8.0

Value

9.0

Apex

8.3
Very Good
3 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.1

Overall

8.3

Pick-up/drop-off

8.0

Value

8.1

Hertz

8.1
Very Good
11 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.1

Pick-up/drop-off

8.6

Value

8.5

Thrifty

8.0
Very Good
2 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

9.0

Overall

8.0

Pick-up/drop-off

8.3

Value

8.0

Bargain Car Rentals

3 locations

Dollar

3 locations

Quick facts about car hire in Christchurch

Get the overview on great hire deals, popular car hire companies, and best car types for your visit in Christchurch

Popular Car Types

SUV, Intermediate, Compact

Cheapest Hire Car

€17

Most Popular Model

Toyota RAV4
The following car types were offered at car hire companies in Christchurch in the past 72 hours: SUV, Intermediate, Compact.
The lowest price for a car hire in Christchurch is €17/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from €34/day.
The most popular car model to hire in Christchurch in the past 7 days is the Toyota RAV4. Our users also prefer the Toyota Auris as an alternative.

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in Christchurch

Below are the most popular hotels in Christchurch
Novotel Christchurch Airport

Novotel Christchurch Airport

30 Durey Road, Christchurch, New Zealand

8.8 km from city centre

Sudima Christchurch Airport

Sudima Christchurch Airport

550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand

8.6 km from city centre

Carnmore Hotel Christchurch

Carnmore Hotel Christchurch

840 Colombo St, Christchurch, New Zealand

1.0 km from city centre

Lylo Christchurch

Lylo Christchurch

5 Peter Leeming Road, Christchurch, New Zealand

8.3 km from city centre

Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

189 Deans Ave, Christchurch, New Zealand

1.9 km from city centre

Bealey Quarter

Bealey Quarter

263 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand

1.6 km from city centre

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

764 Colombo Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.6 km from city centre

Hotel Give

Hotel Give

12 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.4 km from city centre

Sudima Christchurch City

Sudima Christchurch City

47-49 Salisbury Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

1.0 km from city centre

The Observatory Hotel Christchurch

The Observatory Hotel Christchurch

9 Hereford Street Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.4 km from city centre

BreakFree on Cashel

BreakFree on Cashel

165 Cashel Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.4 km from city centre

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

52 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.4 km from city centre

Fable Christchurch

Fable Christchurch

166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.6 km from city centre

Parkview On Hagley

Parkview On Hagley

1 Riccarton Road, Christchurch, New Zealand

1.8 km from city centre

Commodore Airport Hotel

Commodore Airport Hotel

449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand

7.4 km from city centre

Urbanz

Urbanz

273 Manchester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.7 km from city centre

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

30 Latimer Square, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.9 km from city centre

Christchurch City Hotel

Christchurch City Hotel

699 Colombo Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

0.3 km from city centre


Driving with a car hire in Christchurch - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in Christchurch so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

How much will it cost to hire a car in Christchurch, New Zealand in March?

Our data shows that for weekend car hire deals during March in Christchurch, you can expect to pay around €80. A particularly good deal might be around €15, which is the lowest quote for Christchurch we've seen so far. For a one-week car hire in Christchurch, prices in March average €0, with the best deals starting at €0.

Is there a fee to cancel my Christchurch, New Zealand car hire?

When hiring a car, you can expect to find that a majority of the rental car agencies in Christchurch do not have a cancellation fee. Keep in mind that momondo does not set these cancellation policies, but we can help you find great deals on car hire in Christchurch. Be sure to look for the Cancellation Policy when you conduct your search.

What is the best type of car to hire in Christchurch during March?

A Standard is the ideal car to hire when visiting Christchurch in March. On average, Christchurch receives 50 mm of precipitation and temperatures hover around 12 °C during the month of March. These conditions are well-suited for a Standard size car, which can easily handle a bit of rain and even hold up well when temperatures fall. Hiring a Standard in Christchurch will cost you €30/day on average.

What is the speed limit in Christchurch, New Zealand?

Christchurch’s speed limit is 50 km/h when you are driving in the city. This speed limit might also apply to surrounding towns and neighbourhoods. The suburban speed limit in Christchurch is 100 km/h and the speed limit for motorways is 110 km/h. However, be sure to look for posted signage as these speeds may vary.

What car hire company has the Toyota RAV4 in Christchurch?

What is the weather like in Christchurch, New Zealand in February?

During the month of February the average temperature in Christchurch is 17 °C and the expected precipitation is 40 mm. This information is useful for travellers looking for a car hire in Christchurch.

Is the weather in Christchurch similar to the rest of Canterbury?

Travellers looking to leave from Christchurch on a road trip around Canterbury or the surrounding areas during the month of February should expect temperatures around 17 °C and about 40 mm of possible rain through the month.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in Christchurch?

Prices for cars in Christchurch are refreshed on a daily basis.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in Christchurch?

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Christchurch?

Age requirements for drivers vary depending on the country, including Christchurch. In several EU countries, drivers must be 18 years old. Generally, to hire a car overseas, you must be at least 21 years old, and if you're under 25, you may be charged a young driver surcharge. It's recommended that you review the policy of your preferred hire company before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to hire a car in Christchurch?

When hiring a car in Christchurch, all drivers must present a full valid driving license. An International Driving Permit is required if the driving license is written in a language different to that of the country of hire and may be necessary to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you are hiring abroad, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. We always recommend checking with the individual hire company you are booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in Christchurch?

You should book a car hire in Christchurch using momondo because it is quick, free and easy to use and could save you money. momondo does the hard work of finding the car hire prices and policies, all you need to do is compare and choose what works best for your trip.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in Christchurch?

momondo makes it easier for you to find great car hire in Christchurch, by allowing you to refine your search with numerous filtering options. You can narrow your selection by looking at price, car type, location and more.

Does momondo show car hire deals in Christchurch with free cancellation?

Free cancellation is a policy that can be filtered on momondo car hire searches for Christchurch and all other locations. Availability may vary by location.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in Christchurch on momondo?

Fair fuel policies are specifically available to select on momondo, allowing you to refine your search for car hire in Christchurch.

Can I find a car hire in Christchurch which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Enhanced cleaning services can be found on all car hire locations on momondo including Christchurch.

Can I search for car hire in Christchurch with unlimited mileage on momondo?

Yes, momondo is capable of showing unlimited mileage car hire options in Christchurch.


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