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Frequently asked questions
You’ll find a good variety of rental outlets just a short commute from Christchurch Intl. Airport (CHC). Avis, Budget, Thrifty Car Rental, Firefly and Economy are some to consider.
You can. Expedia offers a selection of car rentals with a Book Now Pay Later option. That means you can lock in your ride without paying in advance. You’ll only pay in full when you collect it, and a hold will be placed on your credit card for the deposit. However, some of the deals in Christchurch may need to be paid at the time of booking. You’ll clearly see your options during the reservation process.
Check through the rental agreement to be certain, but most reservations qualify for a full refund if you let us know a minimum of six hours ahead of the pickup time. There are some exclusions though. Your confirmation will have more information, or just jump onto our Customer Service Portal.
Whatever meets your needs! Go for an intermediate or full-size if you’re with the family, or level up to a premium for sleek sophistication. Or, choose an economy model — the most popular rental in Christchurch. Affordable and with awesome mileage, they’re a good match for solo travelers, couples or anyone else who doesn’t require a great deal of room. They’re particularly suited to city driving. Slipping into narrow parking spots will be a piece of cake!
Christchurch is a terrific launching pad for some memorable road trips. Grab a set of wheels then hit the open road to explore the region’s most popular tourist spots. Here are a couple of ideas to get you headed in the right direction:
Lake Tekapo is 112 miles (180 km) away and has loads to keep you busy. To begin with, there’s Tekapo Springs, Church of the Good Shepherd and Lake Benmore. Your most challenging decision here will be choosing where to go first!
No good Christchurch road trip is complete without visiting Kaikoura, around 112 miles (180 km) from Christchurch. Check out Kaikoura Beach, Kaikoura Museum and Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park before continuing on your merry way.
Enjoy a peaceful day in nature at Botanic Gardens. If you’ve had your fill of fast-paced cities, this place is the perfect antidote. It’s about 193 miles (310 km) from Christchurch.
With car rental companies to select from in Christchurch, Expedia makes it a cinch to find the perfect set of wheels. And when you bundle your rental car, flights and hotel into a package, you’ll be able to save on your entire Christchurch getaway. From affordable economy models to full-size sedans and more, Expedia will put you behind the wheel of your next awesome adventure.
It’s easy to pick up an awesome deal with Expedia. Just choose the car class, select your dates and pickup and drop-off points, and compare offers from leading brands. Save even more when you bundle your Christchurch car rental with flight or hotel bookings.
Drivers aged 21 and above can hit the road in Christchurch in a rental vehicle. If you’re a young renter, a daily surcharge applies. You’ll generally be limited to a few car categories, such as economy and compact, and may also have to purchase an all-inclusive insurance rate. Be sure to enter the correct age of the primary driver when booking to find out if any extra fees or restrictions apply.
Two things — your driver’s license and a credit card in the same name. Most car rental companies will offer you insurance, which is optional. But you may have to provide proof of alternative coverage if you choose to opt out. We recommend checking with your rental provider to avoid any problems.
Motorists in Christchurch drive on the left-hand side of the road, and the steering wheel and other controls are on the opposite side to U.S. vehicles. Spend a bit of extra time getting familiar with your new car before setting out.
Yes, your valid U.S. license will be enough for you to legally drive in Christchurch. But if you’re the type of person who likes to be prudent, get an International Driving Permit. Apply for this document a few weeks before you take off.
Based on prices within the past seven days, you could’ve hopped behind the wheel of your own rental car for just $11 a day. The second lowest daily rate offered in Christchurch was $12.
Whether you have plans to stick around Christchurch or discover what’s beyond, it’s easy to book a long-term rental with Expedia. Enter your trip information and pick-up/drop-off locations and we’ll help you find amazing long-term car rental deals.
Age policies differ between rental suppliers, so be prepared to do a little shopping around. Managed to find a Christchurch outlet that does rent to drivers under 25 years of age? Terrific! Just bear in mind that an extra charge often applies to drivers aged between 21 and 24. The fine print of each rental car you’re interested in should have all the details you need.
Get your road trip off to a good start by selecting Expedia’s collision damage protection. While there are all kinds of rental car insurance, this is one you’ll need to have. It provides primary coverage for collision damage, vandalism and theft up to $35,000, as well as 24/7 emergency help. Don’t wait until you arrive at the rental counter to insure your precious wheels. Opt in to collision protection while reserving your Christchurch ride with Expedia and save time and money.