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Christchurch Car Hire: The Benefits of Using a Car Rental Service

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Christchurch Branch

Branch Address:

168 Orchard Road, Harewood, Christchurch Airport.

Branch Phone:

+64 21 043 8288

Branch Email:


Monday - Sunday 7 am until 10 pm (after-hours available)

Pick-up Instructions:

EZU is just 5 minutes from the airport and offers a free shuttle service. When you are ready please call 021 043 8288. You will be picked up outside door/gate 1, near the Air NZ domestic check-in counters.

After-hours: For a fee of NZ$ 50.00, you can pick up your rental any time after normal business hours. EZU partners with Airpark Canterbury. Just head to Door/Exit 9 at the International Arrivals end of the terminal after you have collected your baggage. Dial 25 on the Free Phone mounted on a pillar next to Door/Exit 9. Airpark Canterbury will send its shuttle to pick you up and take you to collect your rental.

Drop-off Instructions:

Please fill your vehicle with the correct fuel and return it to EZU at 168 Orchard Road, Harewood, Christchurch Airport. Our friendly staff will check the vehicle and then drop you to the front door of the Airport terminal - just 5 minutes away.

After-hours: If you have arranged an after-hours drop off with EZU, please FILL your vehicle with fuel and take it to Airpark Canterbury, 17-25 Logistics Drive, Harewood, Christchurch 8544. Park the car along the front fence line and take the key to reception. Airpark runs a shuttle on demand and it will drop you to the front door of the Airport terminal. There is a NZ$ 50.00 fee paid to EZU for this service.

With 1/3 of New Zealand made up of national reserves and Christchurch's public transport system constantly found lacking, you wouldn't be blamed for planning ahead and thinking about car hire for your next visit. Some places are just impossible to get to without your own set of wheels.

If you've got big plans for your stay in the city, read on for our quick car hire guide to the top benefits of renting a car and why Christchurch car hire will make your stay that much more comfortable.

  • Freedom

    There's no better feeling than jumping behind the wheel of your own car with nothing between you and your next destination. Car rental in Christchurch affords you the freedom to get around on your own schedule.

    Even better, when you hire a car, you're able to travel to places that are not on any dedicated route. If you're keen to visit one of the South Island's hidden gems or get off the beaten track and discover some for yourself, a car rental is the way to go.

  • Comfort

    One of the top benefits of car hire for many is just how easy it makes your time in Christchurch. You can take things at your own pace, come and go as you please, and have everything that you need right alongside you.

    Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, life is a whole lot easier when you can store all your bits and pieces in your Christchurch car hire with no limitations on what you can take along for the ride. You'll be singing along to your favorite tunes while you pass all the people standing in the cold waiting for the bus.

  • Affordability

    Renting a car can save you tons when compared to paying for taxis or a driver for the day. Car hire also means you won't have to worry about vehicle maintenance costs, organizing a separate insurance policy, or having to manage multiple payments split between buses, trains, and airfare.

  • Meet Your Technology Needs

    One of our top car hire tips is to choose a car that will make your travels as easy as possible. Top-quality models come with all the bells and whistles such as panoramic displays, blind spot monitors, and collision avoidance systems. If it's something that will take your travel around the country to the next level, you'll be able to find it in your Christchurch car hire.

    One of the optional extras you'll find includes a navigation system so you can get around the South Island with ease. Each one is installed with over 20 languages and will get you out of a bind even when there is no phone service.

Book Your Next Christchurch Car Hire Today

Christchurch car hire makes life easy so you can focus on getting out and about in the city and beyond. If you're keen to get started on your next car hire adventure, head to our booking page to get a quote and pick out your next travel companion from our large range of Christchurch rental cars.

Steps to hire a car in Christchurch

  • 1. Select a vehicle

    Enter the location and time to search for a great range of vehicles.

  • 2. Fill in the booking form

    Enter your personal information carefully to ensure there are no problems later.

  • 3. Order confirmation

    Complete the reservation and confirm the booking.

  • 4. Pick up the vehicle

    Print the voucher and check you have all the relevant documents you need to collect your rental.

Why choose EZU when renting a car in Christchurch

  • High Quality Customer Service

    Free airport and hotel pick-up service

    Open and honest - no hidden costs

    Fast and efficient team

    Warm and friendly

  • Hot Deals

    Great deals from only $19.99/day!

    No cancellation fees

    No credit card fees

  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance

    We provide 24-Hour Roadside Assistance with every car rental. Simply phone the AA on 0800 734 543 with your registration number if you find yourself in a difficult situation.

  • Convenient location

    Each of our branches are located less than 5 minutes' drive from the airport. We offer you a free pick-up service from the airport or hotel to our branch. Simply ring 0800 676710 when you are ready and our friendly team will pick you up.

  • Great choice of models

    Choose from our extensive range of modern, top-quality vehicles. These are well maintained by our own skilled mechanic on site. Where else to you get such wonderful vehicles at such an affordable rate?

  • More Optional Extras

    We are big on safety at EZU. We offer you car seats and booster seats that comply with the law. For your convenience we also offer other things to make your trip more enjoyable.

Hire a vehicle in Christchurch and enjoy

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region, Christchurch lies on the South Island's east coast. Christchurch is served by Christchurch Airport and by buses and trains. The local bus service, known as Metro, is provided by Environment Canterbury. The car, however, remains the dominant form of transport in the city, as with the rest of New Zealand. Christchurch has over 2,300 km of roads, of this 360 km is unsealed and 43 km is motorway. Christchurch has three motorways consisting of the Christchurch Northern Motorway, Christchurch Southern Motorway and the Christchurch-Lyttelton Motorway, making it easy to get around by car.

Christchurch Climate

Christchurch has a temperate oceanic climate with a mild summer, cool winter, and regular moderate rainfall. It has mean daily maximum air temperatures of 22.6 °C (73 °F) in January and 10.9 °C (52 °F) in July. Under the Köppen climate classification, Christchurch has an oceanic climate (Cfb). Summer in the city is mostly warm but is often moderated by a sea breeze from the north-east. A record temperature of 41.6 °C (107 °F) was reached in February 1973. In winter it is common for the temperature to fall below 0 °C (32 °F) at night. There are on average 80 days of ground frost per year. The coldest temperature recorded was -7.1 °C (19 °F) on 18 July 1945.

  • 11.8°C / 53.2°F

    Average annual temperatures

  • 577mm / 22.7inches

    Average annual precipitation

  • 82.3 days

    Average annual precipitation days

2.4 — 11.7 ℃

36.32 — 53.06 ℉

Partially cloudy

Christchurch Weather today

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Christchurch recommended destinations

  • Botanical Gardens

    At the heart of Christchurch's reputation as the Garden City, the Gardens are a place of ever-changing beauty. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world, the Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and local plants in New Zealand. With more than 1.1 Million visitors each year the Botanic Gardens are one of the Christchurch's most popular and well-loved attractions.

  • Christchurch Art Gallery

    The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu is the biggest and most famous gallery in the South Island. The art on display ranges from the old masters to modern art. The Art Gallery also has regular events including talks, museum tours and film evenings. It has a spectacular external design and is well worth a visit.

  • Christchurch Gondola

    The Christchurch Gondola ascends the Port Hills, overlooking not only the city but the crater rim and Mt Cavendish summit. At the top you will be rewarded by wonderful views of the cityscape, the Canterbury Plains and Lyttleton Harbour. In the distance you can take in the Southern Alps. When you reach the top there is a restaurant and you can watch a video about the geologic and human history of Christchurch.

  • Christchurch Museum

    The museum is located in the central city and is part of the rebuilt Cultural Precinct. Whilst the museum dates back to 1867 with the Julius von Haast collection forming its core, it is now a place where you can learn about the history of Canterbury and its connection to Antarctica. Highlights include the Māori galleries, the historic Christchurch street and the Victoria Museum.

  • Christchurch Town Hall

    The Christchurch Town Hall is situated in the heart of the city on the banks of the Avon River. It never fails to bring a sense of excitement, whether you attend an exhibition, concert, function or enjoy fine dining. It was recently extensively restored and strengthened, opening again in 2019. It includes the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, the James Hay Theatre, the Limes Room, Avon Room and the Victoria Room.

  • Christchurch Tram

    The Christchurch Trams offer a wonderful experience combining history and sightseeing. These trams have been beautifully restored and are a favourite for visitors and locals. A all-day hop-on and hop-off ticket allows you to visit all the central city sights. It runs on a 17-stop route that takes in the Canterbury Museum, the Botanic Gardens, the Margaret Mahy Playground and inner city stores and restaurants. You can even dine on-board on the Tramming Restaurant.

Christchurch Frequently Asked Questions

Did you know that there are more sheep than people in New Zealand? If you're planning on visiting, Christchurch is an excellent place to set up your base camp, but it's important to have a way to get around and explore all of the sights.

While car rentals in Christchurch are often relatively affordable, they vary widely in other factors. It is important to choose a rental car that meets your specific needs.

Keep reading to learn what factors you should consider.

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Snow Chains

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Will there be any extra charge if I cancel my car hire in Christchurch?

Can I change the date of my Christchurch car hire?

How long can I rent a car in Christchurch?

Can I use my overseas driving licence to hire a car in Christchurch?

What documents do I need to bring to rent a car in Christchurch?

Can I hire a car in Christchurch if I am under 25 years of age?

Can I apply for additional drivers to hire a car in Christchurch?

How can I purchase additional insurance to reduce excess on my hire when renting a car in Christchurch?

How do I pay for the booking in Christchurch?

What do Christchurch renters say

Real reviews from people who rent Christchurch cars. Hope these reviews will help you.

What you need to know about traffic rules in New Zealand

New Zealand is definitely a paradise for road trips. The traffic is light, the road is good, and out of the window you can see the beautiful scenery of the north and south Islands. If you are coming to New Zealand for the first time, it is best to understand the New Zealand traffic rules before starting your road trip to avoid unnecessary violations.

  • Keep left

  • Pedestrians first

  • Keep speed down

  • Fasten Seat Belt

Christchurch Rental Car Tips:

  • Renting a car in Christchurch requires a driver's licence that is in English. If you have a licence in another language, you will need to produce it together with an official translation of the licence into English or present an International Driving Permit. These will be photocopied at pick-up.

  • When you rent a car in Christchurch, you will be required to sign a rental agreement. You will have the opportunity at that time to change your insurance from basic insurance to one of two other options EZU will offer you. Basic insurance is included in the rental price. Basic insurance means that in the event of an accident, the renter will have to pay an excess. This can be substantial so please check out what your risk is before you accept basic cover only.

  • Like most rental car companies, you will be required to leave a security deposit on the car when you rent from EZU. How much this is depends on the insurance option you choose. It can be as little as $1.00 or as much as $3000. This security deposit takes the form of a pre-authorisation on your credit card, which is released as soon as you return the vehicle without damage or other outstanding charges.

  • A rental in Christchurch is charged according to the number of days booked. Each day is calculated in 24-hour periods, not calendar days. The hirer must provide a credit card in the name of the main driver and sign the rental agreement before the pick-up.

  • EZU's branch in Christchurch will discuss any pre-existing damage they are aware of with your vehicle when they hand over the keys to your rental vehicle. EZU takes photos of all pre-existing damage and files it against your booking. We suggest you check the vehicle also and take photos for your own record. You can also talk to the friendly staff about anything you are concerned about.

  • The fuel policy at EZU is the same as most rental car companies. We give you the vehicle full of fuel and ask that you return it full at the end of your hire. This way you only pay for the fuel you have used.

  • Returning your rental car is easy. Fill it up with fuel and remove your personal goods from the vehicle. Please return the car to the place agreed at the time of pick-up - usually the local branch. If you need to change this, please ring and explain what you would like to change. After drop-off, EZU will check the vehicle and take you to the front door of the airport terminal. Please note: there are sometimes special procedures that apply outside of usual business hours. You need to make these arrangements when you pick up your rental.

  • What charges can you expect after your hire when you return the rental car to the Christchurch branch? Some of these may be taken from the credit card number you leave with the branch because the branch may only become aware of the charge after the customer has left:

    • Fuel charge: If you have not filled the vehicle up to the same level as when you were given it, you will be expected to pay the difference and a service fee will apply.
    • Excess for any damage: This depends on which insurance option your chose when you picked up the rental car. If there is no damage, there is no charge!
    • Police and parking fines: These often come in after the customer leaves the branch, but you are expected to pay them. There is an administration fee of $20 for parking fines and $50 for Police speeding fines. If you are aware of a pending fine, we suggest you settle it directly to save you these fees.

What insurance does EZU offer inChristchurch?


    $0.00 Per Day


    Not recommend

    Excess in the event of damage or loss: $4000 - $6000.

    A pre-authorisation of $1000 will be put on your credit card for this option.


    $35.00 Per Day

    Best option


    NO excess; Zero liability.

    NO credit card pre-authorisation required.


    $25.00 Per Day

    Low risk

    Partial protection

    Excess in the event of damage or loss: $500.

    A pre-authorisation of $500 will be put on your credit card for this option.

Christchurch Car Rental optional accessories

  • Car Seats

    Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size whenever they travel in a car. We offer a range of car seat sizes to suit your child, from infants to school age. All of our car seats meet New Zealand/Australian Standard AS/NZ 1754.

  • Booster Seats

    International best practice recommends the use of an appropriate child restraint (or booster seat) until your child either reaches 148 cm tall or turns 11 years old. We offer booster seats for older children to keep them safe and secure while travelling.

  • Navigation Device

    The most recently updated system with 20+ different languages installed. Great for locations where mobile phone coverage is unavailable.

  • Snow Chain

    Carrying snow chains is highly recommended during the New Zealand Winter season (June to August). At this time, some roads may only be passable when snow chains are fitted. All tyre sizes are available so please ask.

  • Chilly Bins

    We've got chilly bins to keep your drinks, cans and seafood cool even under the hot sun. Every great journey starts with a cool chilly bin.

  • Rice Cooker

    Great for cooking meals while travelling. We have two sizes available: Small (5cups) and Large (8 cups)

What car models can I rent in Christchurch?

  • Compact

    The price is lower and the fuel economy is better

  • Intermediate

    More comfortable space and better travel experience

  • SUV

    Ideal for great visibility and hill/mountain work.

  • People Mover

    Accommodate more passengers and more space for luggage


Other branch locations

  • Auckland Branch

    7 Kingsford Smith Place, Mangere, Auckland 2022.

    +64 22 182 5752

    Monday - Sunday 08:00 am to 06.00 pm (after-hours available)

  • Queenstown Branch

    234 Glenda Drive, Frankton, Queenstown.

    +64 21 286 3456

    Monday - Sunday 08:00 am to 06.00 pm (after-hours available)

  • Rotorua Branch

    1076 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 3010.

    +64 07 349 3285

    Monday - Sunday 08:00 am to 06.00 pm (after-hours available)