Car Hire at Christchurch Airport
This information is correct as of September 2015
Whether you want to take in the salty air at Picton Harbour, party all night in Dunedin or admire architectural beauties in Christchurch, you can find the best car hire at Christchurch Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Christchurch Airport
There are six car hire companies with desks at Christchurch Airport: EuropeCar, Avis, Hertz, Sixt and Ezi Car and Thrifty. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Christchurch Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The nearest petrol station to Christchurch Airport is a Shell garage located on the site of the airport. Head west on Durey Road taking the second exit at the roundabout onto Orchard Road. Turn left onto Wairakei Road and the petrol station will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Christchurch Airport
Christchurch Airport is located just 10 km from the city centre of Christchurch. State Highway One passes around the western edge of the city, past the airport. This is the main north/south road in New Zealand. The stretch from Picton to Christchurch is beautiful with stunning views of windswept cliffs and seals. State Highway 73 takes you to the west of New Zealand, over Arthur's Pass and on to the west coast. From the SH73 you can also access Mount Hutt and other ski areas.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Christchurch Airport.
This cutsey little harbour hangout is where you catch the ferry to equally cultured and artsy wellington. It is worth spending a little time here soaking up the sounds of the sea, taking a kayak trip of hiking along the Queen Charlotte Track. It is also a good starting point for exploring the Blenheim wine region.
It takes just over four hours to drive the beautiful scenic coastal route from Christchurch Airport to Picton. Take Orchard Road from the airport to the SH1. Follow the Sh1 to Kent Street in Picton.
Vibrant but with a touch of a Gothic dark-side, Dunedin’s harbourside is filled with bars and clubs and plenty more places in which to enjoy the lively nightlife. Classical architecture mixes with a young university crowd to give this place a cultured, artistic and yet buzzing vibe. There are some glorious surf beaches and tree lined spaces in which to connect with the outdoors while a ride on the Taieri Gorge Railway is unforgettable.
Dunedin is just over 4 hours by car from Christchurch Airport. Take Durey Road from the airport and get on to the SH1. Follow this to Queens Gardens in Dunedin.
The South Island’s largest city is making a comeback after its devastating 2011 earthquake. The Pacific Ocean paradise is great for surfers and beach bums while the surviving classical buildings include Italianate, Spanish and Victorian styles of architecture. Beautiful botanic gardens, golf courses and green parks ensure plenty of space for sports and picnics in the sun.
Christchurch is just a 20 minute drive from the airport. Take Durey Road to Memorial Avenue and then on to Fendalton Road. Follow signs for the centre.
There are 12 inner city car parks in Christchurch with varying parking rates that range from $3 to $7 per day to park. On street parking is metered from 6am to 9pm and has a maximum stay of 2 hours. Prices start from $2 per hour. Some hotels in Christchurch also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change