Christchurch Car Rentals

Looking for cheap car hire at Christchurch airport? Welcome to the USAVE Car & Truck Rentals Christchurch car hire branch. Conveniently located close to the Christchurch Airport and the Central Business District our central location makes picking up and dropping off your Christchurch rental car simple and straight forward.

USAVE is proud to offer a great selection of rental cars in Christchurch including budget rentals, smaller economic cars, mid-sized family sedans, roomy station wagons, 4WD’s and 8-12 seater vans, minibuses and people movers. Whatever your car hire needs, USAVE Car Rentals Christchurch have the right vehicle for you.

Airport Pickup

If you are flying into Christchurch our representatives can collect you from Christchurch International or Domestic Airport terminals for a small fee (NZ$10.00). We also offer convenient courtesy coach transfers to and from your Christchurch accommodation. Contact us for more information.

Christchurch Car Rentals Depot

Our Christchurch car rental depot is located at 170 Orchard Road – less than 5 minutes by shuttle from the airport, just 15 minutes’ from the beautiful Hagley Park, 10 minutes from The University of Canterbury and only a short drive to the central city. 

Christchurch Car Hire Branch Address

170 Orchard Road, Harewood, Christchurch
Phone: +64 3 358 2299
Open 8.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Sunday unattended after hours pick up and drop off available.

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Why Choose USAVE For Your Christchurch Car Rental?

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and New Zealand’s second largest urban area, so hiring a car is a very convenient and popular choice for getting around. Here are a few good reasons why you should choose USAVE Car Rentals when hiring a car in Christchurch.

  • Convenient depot location both for Christchurch Airport and city car rentals.
  • Quality vehicles, which are regularly serviced by our own team of mechanics and groomers.
  • Free hotel pick up and drop off shuttle service.
  • No charge for additional drivers – saving you money.
  • A large range of hire cars to suit every need, including hatchbacks, sedans, station wagons, 4WDs, minibuses and vans.
  • Great car rental rates and budget options for low cost car rentals.
  • Friendly and professional service.
  • Local knowledge and extensive industry experience.
  • We are a family run New Zealand business offering great Kiwi service.

Still need convincing? Find out what some of our previous rental car customers have had to say. Or view our full range of New Zealand hire cars and book your rental car online for a great deal at USAVE.

Things To Do In Christchurch

The largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is widely considered the gateway to the South Island. With easy access to the Canterbury, Otago, West Coast, Nelson, Marlborough, Dunedin and Queenstown districts it’s easy to see why. Now you have the car rental sorted, it’s time to think about where to go and what to do here in Christchurch. Take a look below for some insider tips on the best places to eat, where to shop and some great self-drive activity suggestions.

Within The City Limits…

In an enthusiastic eagerness to see all that is on offer in the South Island many travellers spend only a few nights in Christchurch, however Christchurch is more than just a convenient entry point for further travel. Since the earthquakes Christchurch is thriving and evolving as a vibrant modern must-see destination for travellers and sightseers, here are our top picks for what to do in Christchurch city.

  • Punting On The Avon River. Enjoy the tranquility of gliding along the Avon River in a traditional flat-bottomed boat while a skilled ‘punter’ dressed in Edwardian attire propels you along the river passing many of the exciting new developments of the central city rebuild.
  • Exploring The Botanic Gardens. A visit to ‘the Garden City’ isn’t complete without seeing the Christchurch Botanic Gardens first hand. See an endless array of plants and flowers sprawling across an impressive 21 hectares providing not only a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, but a never ending supply of perfect picnic spots!
  • Hiking And Mountain Biking In The Port Hills. Take some time out to enjoy what nature has to offer on the rugged tussock clad slopes of the Christchurch Port Hills. Whether its mountain biking, hiking or just a leisurely scenic drive you won’t be disappointed.
  • Shopping In The Re:START Container Mall. Located in the central city, next to Ballantynes, the Re:START mall sprung up as a result of the devastating 2011 Earthquake. The brightly coloured makeshift mall has since flourished, bringing creativity and a community feel back into the central city.

Canterbury, The West Coast And Beyond…

Looking to go a bit further afield? The famous West Coast is only a three hour very scenic drive away, the trip itself is a big part of the experience, with alpine ranges and valleys, winding rivers and beautiful waterfalls easily visible from the comfort of your rental car. Arthurs Pass is a great pit stop for lunch and the Otira Viaduct is an impressive feat of engineering well worth viewing.

Heading north, the Nelson Marlborough region will impress with its smorgasbord of walking tracks, beautiful coastal waterways and award winning wineries. The Queen Charlotte Track is very popular with hikers along with The Able Tasman National Park.

Down south experience the hospitality and some excellent fresh produce as you make your way through the Otago region or hit the vibrant tourist mecca that is Queenstown. Widely considered the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is full of adventure activities and scenic attractions geared specifically for travellers and international sightseers.   

Where To Eat In Christchurch

Christchurch and the Canterbury region are lucky to have an abundance of superb restaurants, cafés and eateries ranging from places with a specialty or boutique feel, through to fast food, vineyard restaurants and fine dining.

The local café scene has flourished in recent years and there are many small cafés and coffee bars through the city and its suburbs selling great coffee and delicious things to eat. Gluten free, vegan, allergy friendly and vegetarian options are well catered for in most places.

There is also a strong Asian influence, with a fantastic range of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai restaurants available. Deli’s, farmer’s markets and specialist food shops are also abundant all over Christchurch and Canterbury, offering excellent local produce and a good range of imported specialty foods.

With so many excellent places to eat just waiting to be discovered both within the city, the suburbs and outlying districts, why not make a day out of it? Here are our favourite spots just to get you started.

  • The Lotus Heart. A fully vegetarian restaurant serving delicious, locally sourced, organic food. Located at 363 St Asaph Street, Christchurch.
  • Rollickin Dessert Café. Dessert only café serving organic house made Gelato and dairy free sorbet. Located at 35 New Regent Street, Christchurch.
  • Curators House. Authentic Spanish restaurant serving Spanish cuisine and tapas. Located at 7 Rolleston Avenue in the Botanic Gardens, Christchurch.
  • Black Betty Café. Breakfast/brunch style café with some of the best coffee in Christchurch. Located at 165 Madras Street, Christchurch.
  • Pegasus Bay Winery Restaurant. Award winning vineyard restaurant with a focus on fine dining. Located at 263 Stockgrove Road, Waipara, North Canterbury.
  • Les Delices Bakery. Authentic French style bakery serving great coffee and fantastic pastries. Located at 736 Weedons Ross Road, West Melton in Christchurch’s Selwyn District.
  • Lemongrass. Surprising little restaurant north of Christchurch serving authentic Thai style food. Located at 56 Fletchers Road Loburn near Rangiora in the Waimakariri District.

Where To Shop In Christchurch

Looking for a little retail therapy? Pop into the USAVE Car Rentals Christchurch branch grab a rental car and make the city into a shopaholics dream. The convenience of your own transport opens another world, allowing you to explore the abundance of malls, shopping centres, arcades and speciality shops of Christchurch and beyond.

  • The Crossing. Start in the city centre where new shops are popping up at a rapid pace, try The Crossing on Cashel Street for upmarket homeware fashion and more.
  • Ballantynes. Just down the road head to Ballantynes for the ultimate in department store shopping.
  • The Tannery. Destination shopping at its best, The Tannery offers premium boutique shops housed in the historic tannery buildings in Woolston.
  • Westfield Riccarton. The largest mall complex in Christchurch, Westfield Riccarton provides shoppers with access to a wide range of stores from clothes and shoes to food, electronics and homewares.
  • Northlands Mall. Situated to the north of the central city Northlands is a great place for a bite to eat, to stock up on supplies or take the time to see a movie. Northlands is on Main North Road, Papanui.
  • Dress Mart. If you’re after a bargain the Dress-Smart outlet shopping centre is a must for all the label brands at bargain prices.
  • The Riccarton Market. For a taste of real New Zealand the Riccarton Markets are well worth the trip. Open on Sundays from 9am till 2 pm, pick up some lunch while you browse the 300 + crafts and stalls.
  • Lyttleton Farmers Market. Packed with local produce, prepared food and plants, the Lyttleton Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday 10 am to 1 pm in Lyttleton, just a 20 minute drive from Christchurch.
  • Other Malls. Merivale MallThe Palms and The Hub Hornby are also worth a look if you love the busy, fun filled mall vibe and have the time.

Best Scenic Drives In Christchurch

Christchurch is a convenient base for exploring the South Island, with many of the outlying regions making excellent day trips or overnighters. Take a look here for some epic road trip ideas starting from Christchurch or if you are sticking around for a while check out our top 5 activities to do in Christchurch. Need more ideas? Read on for some of Christchurch’s best scenic drives in and around the city.

  • Port Hills Scenic Drive. Grab your keys and hit the road for this easy and conveniently close mini-roadie to the top of the Christchurch Port Hills. Amazing views and great walking tracks await enthusiastic drivers, however the Dyers Pass road is quite narrow and windy.
  • Sumner Beach Coastal Drive. One of the best beaches in Christchurch, Sumner is popular with swimmers, walkers and surfers. The drive out to Sumner is a scenic 30 minute drive from central Christchurch. Why not stop off at the Ferrymead shops and grab a picnic lunch to have on the beach along the way.
  • The Picturesque Diamond Harbour Drive. For a secluded drive along the shores of Lyttleton Harbour, continue on down the other side of the Port Hills on Dyers Road or take the Lyttleton tunnel and follow the coast around to find some beautiful little bays and settlements including Governors Bay, Charteris Bay and Diamond Harbour.
  • The Scenic Oxford Loop. Want to head inland and see a bit of the legendary Canterbury plains? The Oxford loop is the way to go. Combining Highway 72 and 73 drivers will pass through Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Cust, Oxford, Sheffield, Darfield, Kirwee and West Melton along the way stopping to pick up some great local delights or grab a meal.
  • Beautiful Akaroa Mini Road Trip. Probably the most popular mini roadie in Christchurch, driving to Akaroa is well worth the trip. The Banks Peninsula’s former French settlement of Akaroa offers the quaint feel of a sleepy seaside town combined with the excitement of well-known tourist activities. Swim with dolphins, taste some of New Zealand’s excellent wine and cheese and sample the fantastic local seafood.

Need more help figuring out where to go and what to do in Christchurch? The friendly staff at the USAVE Christchurch car rentals branch will be only too happy to help point you in the right direction and offer advice on any aspect of Christchurch’s highlights, best destinations and local attractions.

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