Christchurch Airport Car Rental At Cheapest Prices
Planning your next vacation to Christchurch? The 'Garden City’ features an abundance of natural wonders and the best alternative to explore them is to book a cheap car rental at Christchurch Airport with VIPCars.
At VIPCars, we offer hundreds of clean, reliable, safe and updated vehicles from all the top-notch domestic and international car suppliers. Whatever you are looking for- be it a premium sedan for your next business meet, a family carrier, or a stylish convertible, our rental fleet has wide range of options for travel needs. Pre-book your CHC airport car rental with us and your car will be waiting for you on your arrival!
How to book a Christchurch Airport car rental with VIPCars?
Booking your CHC Airport car rental couldn’t have been easier. With our easy-to-use booking engine and basic internet knowledge, anyone can book a cheap CHC car rental in real-time online.
Our booking engine features a simple 3-step booking process, which includes:
Enter your basic details in the booking form and initiate a quick search. The next step is to compare the deals for Christrchruch Airport in temrs of price, inclusions and supplier.
Filters can be used for those who prefer only AC cars or a vehicle from particular suppler and so on.
The last step is to book your Christchurch Airport car hire by paying a small security deposit. The remaining amount shall be presented at the supplier's desk at the time of actual-pickup.
Where to return your rental vehicle in Christchurch?
The following are the rental locations in Christchurch where you can return your CHC Airport car hire
All our partner suppliers based in the airport allow the renters to drop-off their cars at CHC airport
You can also return your vehicle in Christchurch downtown at your supplier's off-airport address.
For further information on drop off addresses of your selected supplier other than the one provided here, please do get in touch with the supplier.
A Brief Overview of Christchurch Airport (CHC)
Christchurch International Airport, the second largest airport after Auckland, primarily offers its services to Christchurch, New Zealand. The CHC airport was officially opened as a domestic airport on 18th May, 1940, but was upgraded to an International airport, almost a decade later, on 16th December, 1950.
Several domestic and international airlines operate from Christchurch Airport, such as Air New Zealand, China Airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Airlines. The CHC airport is comprised of one main terminal and two perpendicular runways; there’s also a third grass runway, that lies parallel to the primary runway and is often used for general aviation.
It provides flights to over 200 location around the globe, along with big names like Heathrow, Frankfurt, Atlanta, Dubai, Munich, and Dallas/Fort Worth etc.
30 Durey Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
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Services Available at Christchurch International Airport
Free Internet &
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Christchurch Airport. Likewise, internet kiosks and public telephones are also readily available in the main terminal complex.
Numerous Automatic Teller Machines along with currency exchange kiosks are located throughout the CHC terminal complex. A full-service bank is also present on the ground floor, near the integrated check-in area of the main terminal complex.
Restaurants & Cafes
Christchurch International Airport houses a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafeterias. Though, a majority of them are present on the first floor of the main terminal complex. Also, 'Long White Cafe’ is the only outlet at CHC Airport, that’s open for 24 hours a day!
Duty-free shopping is available to both the arriving and departing International passengers at CHC Airport. Besides that, the airport terminal houses a wide range of retail outlets, including a luggage retailer, a newsagent, a MAC cosmetics outlet, and two souvenir shops.
Service Desks of
Car Hire Companies
Car hire companies represented at Christchurch Airport include: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Ezi Car Rental, Hertz, and Thrifty. The rental offices of all the aforementioned companies are situated in both the Domestic and International Arrivals areas.
Shopping Venues at Christchurch Airport (CHC)
The store offers New-Zealand-inspired gifts and products that are unique to Antarctica.
This store is the best one-stop shop for men and women cosmetics, fashion, gifts and home ware.
At this kiwi brand store travelers can buy some great t-shirts and hoodies for men, women and kids.
Global Culture International
Here you can find a big range of pottery, jewelry and clothes designed by NZ’s native designers.
JR/ Duty-Free Departures and Arrival Stores
Here you can buy from top labels in fragrance, spirit, fashion, watches and sunglasses.
The store sells travel accessories, cabin bags, padlocks and electrical adaptors.
Places to Dine at Christchurch Airport
Besides its classic burgers, Burger King’s value menu also offers breakfast, chicken and more.
At Coffee Culture, travelers can enjoy great coffee and a variety of delicious food options.
Espresso to Go
Its world-renowned coffee is manufactured using Arabic beans that are roasted locally in Christchurch.
Long White Cafe
At the café, you can order from a variety of food options like sandwiches, sushi and take-away meals.
Noodle is most famous for its noodle soups or wok fried creations!
It reflects the best of Kiwi culture through its great food menu and a variety of wines and beers.
Lounges at Christchurch Airport
Air New Zealand Koru Lounge
Air New Zealand International Lounge
Entertainment Venue at Christchurch Airport – Time Zone
Besides food and shopping options at Christchurch airport, there is one more place where you can spend your layover within the airport premises. Time Zone is a family entertainment centre which offers latest games that can be enjoyed by all age groups. It is indeed a great way to freshen up before embarking on your trip.
Popular Attractions located nearby Christchurch International Airport
Christchurch houses a prolific range of attractions and exploring them individually will definitely burn a hole in your pocket.The best alternative to cover all the major attractions in Christchurch is to travel around in a cheap car hire booked with VIPCars.
The following are a few popular attractions located in close proximity to CHC Airport:
Intl Arctic Center:
Orana Wildlife Park
Road Trip from Christchurch to Queenstown
On the first day, you can pick up your car rental at CHC Airport and can either rest or check out some of the points of interest in Christchurch.
Christchurch’s Hidden Gems:
- Summer Beach in Christchurch
- Talbot Forest Cheese Shop in Geraldine
- Tekapo Springs
Christchurch Motel; if you want something fancy you can try 'Rydges Latimer Christchurch’.
Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
Driving time 5 hr 12 minutes; Driving Distance: 385 kilometers via SH 73 and State Highway 6
Christchurch’s Hidden Gems:
Your trip from Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier will take you towards the Southern Alps; on the way:
- You can enjoy the scenic views of the Canterbury Plains
- You can visit Greymouth which would prove a great stop for food, some quick exploration or shopping
- You can also visit Hokitika, best known for 'Wild Food Festival’
Glacier View Motel; check out 'Scenic Hotel Franz Josef’ if you are looking for a luxury accommodation
Explore Franz Josef Glacier
Ways to explore the twin Glaciers:
- Glacier Heli Hike
- Glacier Valley Walk
- Heli High Climb
Glacier Hot Pools
Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
Driving time 4 hr 44 minutes; Driving Distance: 352.7 km via State Highway 6
Things to See on the Way:
- Lake Paringa, where you can stop for a meal
- Haast, and its Haast pass – full of twists and turns
- Town of Makarora which is best known for its unspooled wilderness; also a great place to refuel your car hire!
There are also other places on the way like Lake Hawea, Wanka, and Arrowtown etc, that can be good stops if you feel like taking a break. And who can forget the bungee jumping at Kawarau River Bridge, and exceptional vineyards of Gibson!
Mercure Queenstown is great and affordable; for others who love luxury, they can try Copthorne Resort Lakefront
Use your last day discovering the delights of Queenstown. Here are a few places that you can visit in your Christchurch Airport (CTC) car rental in abject luxury!
- Adventure sorts can enjoy their time while Jet Boating at Shotover Rivers or Kawarau.
- They can also visit 'the Remarkable’, best known for skiing and mountain walking etc.
Ride up the Skyline Gondola:
Do try it and end up having a great dining experience in its restaurant!
It is a must if you want to observe seals and penguins while taking in natural marvels like waterfalls etc.
Frequently Asked Questions?
Absolutely not. We offer car rental services at all the major attractions and airports throughout New Zealand. In fact, you can pick your rental vehicle at Christchurch Airport and drop it off at any of our other rental locations, without making any changes to your traveling plans.
One should be over 21 years old to hire a basic car model in Christchurch. That said, the age may vary depending on the car category you want to rent. Also, drivers falling under the age of 25 years may have to incur an additional surcharge, named 'Young Driver’s Surcharge’.
Now that depends on where in New Zealand you intend to travel and also in which season. Like, if you want to explore the South Island or are planning your vacation in the winter season, then you won’t go far without snow chains. You can add snow chains to your booking at the time of check-out under the 'Choose Extra’ section.
Our Christchurch Airport car rentals come bundled up with a couple of 'extras’, but you can still upgrade your deal by opting for our paid add-ons, which includes :
- An Additional Driver
- Baby Seats
- Booster Seats
- Ski Racks
- GPS-Navigation System.