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    Car hire at Christchurch airport with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire at Christchurch airport with Auto Europe today for a fast and affordable service. With over 24,000 pickup points worldwide and plenty of choice of vehicles, you will be sure to find just what you need to start your journey through the stunning city of Christchurch.

    Christchurch is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Many come for the beautiful natural wonders and hiking areas such as Godley Head or Mount Cook National Park. Whereas others come for the fast paced thrill seeking activities such as bungee jumping or the adventure park. There is plenty to do and see and also a rich history to learn about along the way. For extra peace of mind, why not visit our Christchurch car hire reviews page to see what others thought of their recent Auto Europe car rental experience in Christchurch.

    Airport information

    Christchurch airport is located around 7 miles northwest of the city centre and was first opened in 1940 after beginning construction in 1936 and became New Zealand’s first international airport in 1950 with a new terminal building being constructed in 1960. The airport underwent extensive redevelopment in 2006 for a new multi storey car park and again in 2010 to add a regional lounge to the airport to deal with the expanding number of passengers travelling through the airport annually.

    Christchurch International Airport
    Address: Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8051
    Phone: +64 3-353 7777
    Airlines operating at Christchurch airport: Air Chathams, Air New Zealand, Air New Zealand Link, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airway, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Sounds Air, Virgin Australia.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Christchurch airport

    Collecting your car hire at Christchurch airport couldn’t be easier through Auto Europe. Check your designated vehicle supplier and make your way to the appropriate desk to collect your vehicle. Please be sure you have your driver’s licence and credit card with you and our helpful and attentive staff will make sure to do everything else for you.

    Thrifty Car Hire at Christchurch Airport Thrifty at Christchurch Airport
    Christchurch, New Zealand 8051

    + 64 3 353 1940
    Opening Hours:
    Mondays-Sundays midnight-02:00, 05:00-midnight
    Dollar Car Hire at Christchurch Airport Dollar at Christchurch Airport
    Christchurch, New Zealand 8051

    +64 27 808 6501
    Opening Hours:
    Mondays-Sundays 07:30-18:00
    Hertz Car Hire at Christchurch Airport Hertz at Christchurch Airport
    Christchurch, New Zealand 8051

    + 643 3586730
    Opening Hours:
    Mondays-Sundays midnight-01:30, 05:00-midnight
    Enterprise Car Hire at Christchurch Airport Enterprise at Christchurch Airport
    Christchurch, New Zealand 8051

    + 64 335 865 54
    Opening Hours:
    Mondays-Sundays midnight-02:00, 05:00-midnight
    Interrent Car Hire at Christchurch Airport Interrent at Christchurch Airport
    Christchurch, New Zealand 8051

    + 64 27 204 6074
    Opening Hours:
    Mondays-Sundays 07:00-18:00


    The airport hosts a single terminal which caters for both domestic and international flights, with 58 check in desks and a total of 33 gates as well as 2 runways. The terminal also hosts many other services such as food courts, shopping areas and waiting areas.

    Airport Facilities

    The airport has a wide range of facilities including several currency exchanges as well as ATM’s. The airport i-site is open 7 days a week where you can arrange accommodation, car rentals, trip bookings and sightseeing tours. There is a multi-faith prayer room as well as free Wi-Fi and internet access zones. There is a ‘stretch and relaxation area’ where travellers can go to practice yoga pilates or meditation, so that they are fully prepared for their long journey. Food stores and restaurants include Airgo Convenience, Burger King, Coffee Culture, Espresso to go, Healthy Habits, Hub Convenience, Icons, Long White Café, Noodle, Sakura Sushi Bar, South Bar and Café, Tank, The Coffee Club, Wishbone, Underground Coffee Company and Number 8. With such a wide variety of eateries you will be sure to find something to your specific tastes. The airport also has a number of shops including duty free and tax free shopping. These are, Aelia Duty Free, Antarctica, Relay, The Gift, M.A.C Cosmetics, Simply New Zealand, Spark, Roam Clothing and Design Store, Sunglass Hut, Tech2go, Timezone and Vodafone.

    How to get to and from Christchurch airport

    You can choose to rent a car in Christchurch airport by making your way to the arrivals hall or make your way to the airport i-site where they will also be happy to assist you. Buses depart from the north end of the arrivals hall, there are 3 buses all of which 7 days a week every 30 minutes. Fares cost around $8.50 one way or $15 return into the city centre. There are several taxi services running from just outside the airport arrivals hall. Prices may vary dependant on taxi service or feel free to book your own taxi in advance. The airport i-site will be able to help you with information. You can also book a shuttle bus. These are usually cheaper than taxis but this is due to the fact that you will be sharing with several other passengers so please be aware there might be several stops before your own stop dependant on route.

    Parking tips

    The airport has several parking facilities for your car rental at Christchurch airport. The loop is for drop offs and pick-ups, there is no waiting however if you need slightly longer you can park for up to 30 minutes free on the orchard car park. Prices then rise to $5 for the first 15 minutes, $10 for 4 hours and $27 for the full day. Although Express Park is the closest parking facility to the terminal the prices happen to be slightly more expensive than the other car parks. It would be best to check the prices of each based on how long you believe your stay to be. Short stay car park is around 3 minute walk from the terminal whereas long stay is around 5 minutes. However the prices for these car parks are exactly the same with $10 being the minimum charge. There is also the Craddocks which is a park and ride shuttle service. Specific prices for each car park can be found on Christchurch Airports official page.

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