Car Rental in Christchurch Airport

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Christchurch Airport (CHC)


Terminal Building,
Christchurch, 8053, New Zealand


(64) 03 357 0231

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Sun 6:00 AM - 1:30 AM

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
Fastbreak Pick up: Proceed to the Budget Fastbreak line or Budget rental counter. Present your driver licence and receive your rental agreement and keys.

Fastbreak Return: Park the vehicle and lock it. If a return agent is not available in the rental car park, proceed to the rental counter/office with your vehicle keys, mileage and fuel level. You can access your receipt online within 72 hours of returning your vehicle.
General Directions
COUNTER: Located on ground floor, opposite international arrivals.

CARS: Located 2 mins from terminal. Exit through the main doors, turn right and cross the crossing to the car park.

RETURNS: Take Durey Rd past the back of the Novotel hotel, following the rental car park signs.

AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Available 24/7. Key drop box on Budget Preferred both in car park.
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 Hire at Christchurch Airport

Thanks to a combination of city living and gorgeous heritage, Christchurch is a go-to destination for people around the world. Although it’s an area that’s felt tragedy in the form of earthquakes, much of it is astoundingly beautiful, especially in the greener areas. At Budget New Zealand, we offer a Christchurch Airport car hire service. If you’re yet to arrange a vehicle for your next visit, let us show you why we’re right for you.

How to find our Christchurch Airport car hire desks

Finding the Budget New Zealand Christchurch Airport car hire desks is easy. Just head to the International Arrivals Hall and you’ll see our desks next to the domestic baggage reclaim area.

How to get to Christchurch Airport

As Christchurch Airport only has one terminal, it’s easy to find. If you’re trying to reach it from Christchurch CBD, try the following directions:

  • Start on Hereford Street and head west towards Strand Lane
  • Turn right onto Montreal Street
  • Take a slight left to remain on Montreal Street
  • Take a slight left to follow onto Armagh Street
  • Turn right onto Park Terrace
  • Turn right onto Harper Avenue
  • Turn right onto Fendalton Road
  • Continue straight onto Memorial Avenue
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Durey Road
  • Follow the signs for Christchurch International Airport

Things to do near Christchurch Airport

By renting a car at Christchurch Airport, you make it easier to explore the surrounding areas. We know there’s plenty for you to see and do, but we’d like to make a few suggestions anyway:

Air Force Museum

If you’ve always been fascinated by aviation and the history of flight, head to the Air Force Museum. With 28 classic aircraft onsite and an in-depth guide to how planes have developed over the last century, it’s an educational experience anybody can love. The Air Force Museum is 9.2km away from Christchurch Airport.

Botanic Gardens

If you’re the type of person who loves nothing more than unwinding after a flight, head to the Botanic Gardens. With plants that are indigenous to New Zealand and exotic species available in abundance, you can spend hours walking amongst nature and soothing your soul. The Botanic Gardens are just 8.7km away from Christchurch Airport.

Cathedral Square Market

If you love the thought of supporting local businesses while buying gifts for your family and friends, head to Cathedral Square Market. From bone carvings and possum fashions to clothes made using local fabrics, you’ll find hundreds of items that will help you celebrate New Zealand’s culture at its finest. Cathedral Square Market is just 10.6km away from Christchurch Airport.

Nearby refuelling locations for a refuel

If you rent a car at Christchurch Airport with Budget New Zealand, you’ll need to refill the tank before returning it to us. Here are some nearby locations for refuelling:

  • Allied Petroleum 24/7 Fuel at 75 Orchard Road
  • Z Service Station at 449 Wairakei Road
  • Caltex at 2 Russley Road
  • Mobil Wigram at 243 Main South Road
  • BP Truckstop at 661 Russley Road

Your guide to the Budget New Zealand fleet

Renting a car from Budget New Zealand gives you the chance to enjoy an expansive fleet of low-cost vehicles. We know our customers are a diverse bunch, which is why we give them plenty to choose from. If you’re travelling as part of a group, try one of our SUVs or family estates. Alternatively, lower your costs even further by trying one of our compact city cars.

Distances to nearby attractions

One of the biggest benefits of using a Christchurch rental car is that you can explore everything the nearby area has to offer. Here are some distances to nearby attractions:

  • Antarctic Centre 1km
  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve 8.2km
  • Orana Wildlife Park 12.4km
  • Riccarton House 7.5km
  • Velocity Karts 19km


Is Christchurch Airport open 24 hours?

Although Christchurch Airport is open at night, the terminal building closes after the last flight leaves. Usually, this is around 11 pm. If you want to stay over, the international arrivals hall is open throughout the night.

Is there a Qantas lounge at Christchurch Airport?

Although Christchurch Airport doesn’t have a specific Qantas Lounge, it does have an Associated Lounge. If you usually use Qantas lounges, you can use the Associated Lounge instead.

At Budget New Zealand, our Christchurch Airport car hire service is here to help you save money while getting around. To see what we can do for you, explore our fleet.