Car Hire Christchurch International Airport
As you drive around your Christchurch International Airport car hire, you will be forgiven to think that you have been transported to 19th century Oxford, England. Set amidst sumptuously manicured urban gardens, Christchurch is considered the most English of all New Zealand cities, having been founded by pioneering Anglicans.
Book online with international car rental companies Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty rental cars and compare car rental in Christchurch International Airport to get the best deals, then pick up your keys at the airport, get a map and oblige your wanderlust. Scoring cheap car rental in Christchurch International Airport is easy, it being an international hub in the South Island of New Zealand.
The Garden City by Car Hire
The Christchurch Cathedral which used to grace postcards and magazines, the ornate Arts Centre and other Gothic Revival structures along Worcester Boulevard, are sadly no longer their former glory due to a series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. But Christchurch is still a city within a garden, so practically wherever you drive your car rental at Christchurch International Airport, there are canopies to have a picnic under. After punting (boating with a uniformed boatman) on the willow-covered Avon River, spend ample time in Riccarton Bush, the last remnant of Canterbury's forests, just five minutes from the city centre on rental car in Christchurch International Airport.
Like any city with English heritage, Christchurch is famous for fish and chips. But if you hanker for sushi, kimchi and dimsum, make your way to Riccarton. Pub crawl along Oxford Terrace has mellowed down, but there are many more alternatives along Merivale and Lyttelton, 15 minutes from the city centre on a Christchurch International Airport car rental.
If you are game for more action, mountain bike tracks at Prebbleton Nature Park and surf spots at New Brighton are just 15 minutes away on your car hire in Christchurch International Airport. Fendalton Park is crowded with skiers in July, while Kaikoura just two hours north is dotted with breaching whales all year long. Aoraki Mount Cook, the training ground of Sir Edmund Hillary, and the ranges of Southern Alps, are within two hours of the city on car rentals in Christchurch Airport.
One-Way Car Rental from Christchurch International Airport
Besides returning your Christchurch Airport car hire back to Christchurch Airport, there are many options for one-way car rental from Christchurch Airport. For scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs adventures, rent a car in Christchurch International Airport and drive south to Queenstown, dubbed as the Adventure Capital of the World. Grab a takeaway at foodie haven Geraldine, then follow the winding road to Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki in the Southern Alps, before stretching your legs one last time at Gold Rush-era Arrowtown. Lake Wakatipu where Queenstown spreads out is less than 30 minutes south on rental cars from Christchurch International Airport.
You can also cross Cook Strait via daily roll-on/roll-off ferries at Picton. Auckland, New Zealand's largest city surrounded by pleasant harbours, is less than 8 hours from the capital, Wellington, but make sure to give extra time for the art districts of Whanganui, lakes and thermal geysers of Rotorua and the Shire of Matamata, before dropping off your rental cars in Christchurch International Airport at the Auckland International Airport.