Car Hire Christchurch Airport
Landing in Christchurch, you’ll soon find yourself between the best of two worlds - the old and the new. This city celebrates and effortlessly merges its history with urban regeneration to deliver a holiday experience that’s truly memorable. From street art to a thriving hospitality scene, cutting-edge architecture to gorgeous green spaces, beautiful tracks to the brilliant, blue Lake Tekapo, it’s no surprise you’d just want to hop in your hire car and get exploring!
Despite facing a series of earthquakes between 2011 and 2012, the city has made a strong comeback and you can absolutely sense the progress, vibrancy and optimism in the air. The brand new city offers plenty to see and do with bars, bustling markets, refined restaurants, boutique shopping and art exhibits in abundance. Christchurch is also the gateway for South Island exploration, with the Banks Peninsula just a short drive away, along with the spectacular Southern Alps and gorgeous Canterbury region.
Roam the city in your hire car
With plenty to see, do, explore, taste and discover in Christchurch and beyond, hopping into a rental car is the best thing to do. If you’re starting in the inner city, you’ll find yourself among inspiring street art by both local and international artists. Once you’ve had a feast for the eyes, it’s time to fuel your belly.
Christchurch’s rapidly growing dining scene is a true treat for foodies. The city is constantly welcoming new cafes, restaurants and bars - from delightful cheap eats to refined fine dining options, this city is serving up a plethora of flavours that will please even the fussiest of eaters. Try Barefoot Eatery for local, organic and nourishing meals, Koji for all-you-can-eat Japanese tapas, Beach Sumner for beachside dining and The Monday Room for modern European cuisine with an evolving, seasonal menu.
If history is up your alley, check out the Canterbury Museum. First opened in 1867, it is home to over 2.3 million treasures and the highlights include an exhibition dedicated to the Moa (a now extinct flightless, giant native bird) and the Egyptian Mummy. The Cathedral Square is another spot worth visiting with it being the primary gathering point for events and festivals for over 150 years. Here is also where you’ll find the Christchurch Cathedral and 59-foot chalice - a metal sculpture designed by Neil Dawson to commemorate the city’s 150th anniversary. For art lovers, the Christchurch Centre of Contemporary Art is one that’s not to be missed along with the Christchurch Art Gallery, which is the largest museum on the South Island and home to some of New Zealand’s finest artworks. No visit to Christchurch is complete either without a gondola ride where you can glide over the valleys and witness stunning views of the city from the summit.
Explore paradise with a convenient car hire
With your hire car, you can go beyond the incredible city of Christchurch and explore its equally amazing surroundings. Just 12 kilometres outside the city you’ll find the Lyttelton Farmers Market, open on Saturdays and brimming with seasonal produce, artisan breads, cheeses, chocolates and much more. Start your day with an aromatic brew as you stroll your way through the market and meet local vendors.
If you’re craving some sun, sand and sea, a quick 30-minute drive outside Christchurch will get you to Sumner and Scarborough Beach. Enjoy a cool dip in the water, a picnic with a view or park yourself at a beachside cafe and sip on a refreshing drink. Looking to venture further? Pack the car and get your boots ready for a half-day walk on the Hooker Valley track among majestic mountains or opt for an indulgent escape at the thermal pools of Hanmer Springs.
Of course, there’s no forgetting Lake Tekapo, located about three hours south-west of Christchurch via car. Famous for its crystal clear lake, this vibrant town is also rich with great food, coffee and outdoor activities including horse trekking, paddle boarding, kayaking, ski touring and its unmissable stargazing.
From art to eats, to spas and star-filled skies, Christchurch and its surrounding regions offer it all. It’s time to plan your perfect holiday and get exploring in your Thrifty hire car!