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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is Christchurch International Airport (CHC), which is just over 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 10km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Christchurch are Ezirent, Jucy, Ace Rent a Car, Thrifty and Aerodrive.
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Warmest month: January (18°C)
Coldest month: July (6°C)
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Hire a car in Christchurch
Christchurch is the place to go for a taste of pure Kiwi culture and resiliency.
The largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch was known as the country’s most English town. However, this reputation faded following the earthquake that overturned the city in 2011. As a result, the city has been redefining itself through a massive rebuild, both architecturally and culturally.
Today, creative green spaces, street art and a vibrant social scene prove the city has successfully emerged from the rubble. One thing that has remained is the city’s close proximity to nature. Grab your rental and drive into the Southern Alps or explore the Canterbury coast.
Sights to see
The largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is the gateway to a plethora of stunning natural attractions just a short drive from the centre. With a lively cultural life and a tourist population that keeps the nightlife buzzing all year round, Christchurch is a wonderful place to stay for a few days or longer.
Things to do Christchurch
In wonderfully close proximity to some incredible mountains, sandy coastline, rivers, grassland and clear blue lakes, Christchurch is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors. The city itself, however, hosts a surprisingly rich cultural calendar and has plenty of worthwhile attractions for the visitor. Laid out compactly around the Avon River, Christchurch is centred on Cathedral Square (the spire of which makes a handy landmark should you ever get lost!). From here you can easily walk to reach the Christchurch Arts Centre which houses a rich variety of galleries, craft studios, shops, theatres and cinemas. For a history of more indigenous culture, Nga Hau e Wha is a traditional Maori building complex that offers informative walking tours with a friendly guide.
Christchurch: Discover more
Christchurch offers some amazing adventures and sights just a short drive away. Head down to Lyttleton Harbour for some scenic wildlife cruises, including the chance to see the world’s smallest dolphin, Hector’s dolphin. You could even embark on a trip to the nearby mountains, stopping off to take photos and to enjoy a picnic in the fresh New Zealand air.