Rent a Car
Christchurch Airport (CHC)
If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a short walk to the car lot.
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 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.
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.