Car Rental in Christchurch Airport

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Christchurch Airport (CHC)

Address: Terminal Building, Christchurch, 8053, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 03 357 0231
Hours of Operation: Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a short walk to the car lot.


Location Information

Christchurch Airport is the gateway to New Zealand’s South island. Here many travellers start the journey towards adventure, scenic trips, wildlife exploration, iconic local towns and relaxation. Depending on where you choose to visit, all these options can be explored in the comfort of a Budget rental car.

South of Christchurch airport are the South Islands most popular destinations, Wanaka and Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. While there are enough options to cater for every traveller this region is known for its beautiful ski destinations and adrenaline filled activities accessible through local guides and tours.  To the west are the Southern Alps, a rich natural reserve dominated by snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and canals that weave through the golden grassland. At the heart of it all is Mt Cook, Oceania’s highest peak towering 3,724m above ground.

If wildlife and coastal views are your reason for travel, head north towards Kairkoura, a small town internationally renowned for whale watching. Drive through Highway 1 and take in the spectacular views of the rugged coastline. To the east is the more relaxing town of Akaroa, home to a friendly community with a creative mix of artists, historians, gardeners and artisans who are passionate about their town.

Budget car rentals include unlimited kilometres, free road maps, standard insurance, and the comfort of 24-hour Roadside Assistance. Optional extras such as GPS Navigation, Excess Reduction, and Child Safety Seats are available at time of booking or rental.

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Fastbreak Service
Proceed to the Budget counter Fastbreak line/or normal line if no Fastbreak line designation/or follow directions to the Fastbreak Kiosk. Present identification and receive your rental agreement. The counter representative will give the customer the keys & directions to their car.
FASTBREAK RETURN: Follow the airport signs for Car Rental return. You do not need to return to the counter to complete your rental. Record your mileage and fuel level on the rental agreement and drop it in the Budget Fastbreak return box. A closed rental agreement will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
General Directions
COUNTER: Enter to the right side of the terminal, Budget counter is by the entrance.
CARS: Exit through the main doors. The vehicles are situated in front of the airport.
RETURNS: Same as pick-up.
AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Domestic Terminal from 0500 - 2230; International Terminal 24 hours.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

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Car Rental Christchurch Airport

Are you looking for a quick and easy car rental service at Christchurch Airport? At, we take the hassle out of trying to navigate public transport and taxis by providing you with some of the best car hire solutions in the area. Our vehicles are highly reliable, allowing you to make the most of your trip.

How much does it cost to rent a car at Christchurch Airport?

If you're looking for a cost-friendly way to explore the area surrounding Christchurch Airport, car rental is the way to go. While prices fluctuate throughout the year, they're often better than relying on taxis. Whether you're looking for an SUV or city car, is here to help you make significant savings. View our fleet guide to find out more about the modern vehicles we offer. 

Driving tips around Christchurch Airport

While Christchurch is one of the busier airports in New Zealand, it's surrounded by steep and narrow roads. If you're used to wide highways that afford plenty of space, you may find yourself remaining extra conscious of everything that surrounds you. When you use car rental services at Christchurch airport, you'll also find that most roads are two-way, with a single lane for each traffic direction.

Things to do around Christchurch Airport

Did you know that you can pay a visit to the Antarctic when you land at Christchurch Airport? Well, now you do. With the International Antarctic Centre nearby, people of all ages can experience life as it would be in this extreme polar region. If you're a fan of snow, ice, and real penguins, here's your chance to see them.

If you fancy taking to the skies yourself, pay a visit to Canterbury Aero Club. With the opportunity to assist in taking charge of a light aircraft while absorbing New Zealand's spectacular scenery, it's not an adventure you should miss.

No matter what you need to do while visiting Christchurch Airport, renting a car at is an excellent way to make life more convenient. Enter your details above to find the perfect car for your next Christchurch trip.