Christchurch car hire

Christchurch car hire

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Christchurch, New Zealand
28 Oct — 4 Nov
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch car hire information

Pick-up locationChristchurch
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate SUV, Passenger van, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations63
Airport locations47
Popular agenciesMode Car & Camper Rentals, EZU Car Rental, Snap Rentals, Drive NZ, Yesaway

Cheap car hire in Christchurch

Economy$25/day
Compact$29/day
Standard$38/day
Full-size$48/day
Full-size SUV$61/day
Passenger van$33/day
Intermediate SUV$37/day
Compact SUV$59/day
Standard SUV$60/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Christchurch car hire reviews and directory

From $29/dayRated no. 1
Go Rentals
Best rated
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Christchurch
Go Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
  • 10
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From $31/dayRated no. 2
EZI
10 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Christchurch
EZI
Locations in Christchurch
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent16 Mar. 2018
Best rental car I’ve had everService was great, Car was perfect (Toyota Highlander). Loved it!!
From $36/dayRated no. 3
Enterprise
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Christchurch
Enterprise
Locations in Christchurch
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
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From $46/dayRated no. 4
Avis
9.6 Excellent (22 reviews)
3 locations in Christchurch
Avis
Locations in Christchurch
  • 9.8
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
  • 9.4
  • 9.2
Recent reviews
9.2 Excellent18 Apr. 2019
The car was very new, comfortable and clean.The drop off process was unclear.
10.0 Excellent9 Apr. 2019
Easy, convenient, good car.Nothing.
10.0 Excellent28 Dec. 2018
Good prices, quality rentalsPick up was easy, everything was explained. The car was damage free and operated as exspected. It worked space wise for our luggage and was great in the rain.Nothing.
8.0 Excellent10 Dec. 2017
Did not have an opportunity to add my Wizard number (loyalty program) during purchase online.
10.0 Excellent26 Jun. 2017
Great experience!Easy access to vehicles from gate exit.
10.0 Excellent9 May 2017
Organized, efficient, not pushy on add-ones, very clean vehicle of low mileage with great extra safety features like lane sensorsnothing
9.6 Excellent5 Apr. 2017
When we wanted to return at a different location in Christchurch, they were very nice. Highly recommend that you go with Avis and avoid any budget rental agencies in NZ!!everything was good
8.8 Excellent12 Feb. 2017
pickup point too far from airport
10.0 Excellent17 Jan. 2017
The customer service was topnotch! She really helped us out in a pinch when we found out our reservation pick up and drop off were not at the airport(s) like we were expecting.
10.0 Excellent26 Dec. 2016
Helpful & efficient front desk assistanceWe liked the simplicity of the procedures & the fact that everything was according to what had been arranged.
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From $50/dayRated no. 5
Hertz
8.9 Excellent (11 reviews)
2 locations in Christchurch
Hertz
Locations in Christchurch
  • 9.4
  • 9.2
  • 9
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent25 Mar. 2017
Excellent experienceAutomatic mid size SUV. Good BluetoothNothing
9.6 Excellent15 Mar. 2017
Good quality vehicle and friendly serviceNice relatively new vehicle that performed well for us.cigarette smoke smell :(
9.2 Excellent21 Feb. 2017
Nice carThis car was the perfect size to travel around with. It was large enough for our luggage but small enough that it was easy to park.Returning the car in Queens town was a little confusing because finding parking is extremely difficult. We were told they had a designated parking space but not until after we went to return the car. It isn't signed and just looks like the access for an alley.
3.6 Mediocre1 Jan. 2017
Overpriced and inflexibleMy car was mechanically sound, the reservation, purchase process was easy.A poor value, and Hertz was difficult and inflexible. My Holden Captiva was a below-average car. Hertz charged $90 USD daily. Hertz also refused to accept my car at Queenstown vs. Christchurch when travel plans changed. Will try another agency next time.
10.0 Excellent31 Dec. 2016
ServiceFree Upgrade Available Wi-Fi Hotspot rental Service at 11pm
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From $50/dayRated no. 6
Budget
8.4 Excellent (14 reviews)
3 locations in Christchurch
Budget
Locations in Christchurch
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
6.0 Good16 Feb. 2020
At pickup was informed Invercargil roads were all closed (which was untrue), so I may not be able to drop the car off at scheduled point, but if I made any changes to the dropoff location I would be charged extra by Budget. Very unhelpful, and very unfair to charge customers extra due to weather events outside of our control.
8.0 Excellent6 May 2018
More trouble trying to drop car off because of the system want to charge us more than quoted
2.0 Mediocre27 Feb. 2017
Awful experience - rude, unhelpful desk person, noWe did not like anything but the online booking process. The rest was painful.Our flight came in late and we missed the pick up window. I emailed Budget to let them know, but this message didn't get through to the rental location. When we picked up our car, the woman was not very friendly and said we missed our window and it was given away. She said they had no cars left for us. She did not give us other options of where to rent or what to do in this situation. She did not show sympathy either. Do not rent from Budget. We went with Europcar in the end. They were nice and had a great car for us (and their counter was right next to the Budget one).
7.6 Good24 Feb. 2017
The car was decent, ran fine and fulfilled our needs. It was nothing special or out of the ordinary, just a basic Toyota Corolla, but it did the job.We could've used some instructions on pickup and return - in a foreign country we didn't know if processes would all be the same. A little disappointed that the car was a Corolla when we booked "Camry or similar" since the Camry really is a significantly nicer car.
10.0 Excellent3 Feb. 2017
Incredible customer serviceI left my cell phone in the vehicle and didn't notice until I was on the airplane. I called the Christchurch Budget office and explained the situation. Toni McLean, the Budget agent there, secured my phone and sent me instructions on how to get it back. She then processed the FedEx transaction and I received my phone without issue. This was awesome! Thanks Toni
9.2 Excellent22 Jan. 2017
Car was great but had issues with pricing.The pick up and drop off were both easy and we were happy to be upgraded to a nicer car when we picked it up in Christchurch. We loved the car and found it to be clean, comfortable, and smooth throughout our 8-day rental.When we dropped the car off in Queenstown, we were shocked to find that our receipt said we were charged more than 2x as much as my reservation said we would be paying. We were in a rush and didn't notice this until after we left the lot, so we called the Queenstown Budget office. Luckily, they fixed the issue and we were charged the correct amount. But it does seem that the issue originated with the Christchurch Budget, so that's why I'm only giving an 'Okay' rating.
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From $27/dayRated no. 7
Alamo
8.2 Excellent (2 reviews)
1 location in Christchurch
Alamo
Locations in Christchurch
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10.0 Excellent10 Feb. 2020
friendly staff, brand new car, all around good.
6.4 Good1 Nov. 2019
No Issues with rental at all, rather incompetent kayak. Couldn’t be bother to update pick up and drop off address.
From $42/dayRated no. 8
Europcar
7.2 Good (1 review)
1 location in Christchurch
Europcar
Locations in Christchurch
  • 8
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  • 8
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From $14/dayRated no. 9
Lucky Rentals New Zeland
6.8 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in Christchurch
Lucky Rentals New Zeland
Locations in Christchurch
  • 6.4
  • 5.6
  • 6.8
  • 7.6
  • 8
Recent reviews
6.0 Good14 Mar. 2018
Excellent priced rental but at a priceVery affordable and did all we required.The condition of the car was very bad. Clean but mechanically very, very tired with multiple dings, scratches and broken and or missing parts. The suspension sounded like it was about fall apart, the air conditioner just blew out warm air after a while and overall, shoddy. For the price though, it did the job.
10.0 Excellent20 Feb. 2018
Hitch Car Rentals were great to deal with!They made the pick up and drop off easy, they picked us up in the shuttle from christchurch and all the staff were lovely. The car was great to drive, we took it around the south island and had no issues. Would definitely use again.
2.0 Mediocre17 Jan. 2018
I was duped into hiring a car which was 14 years old and had over 350,000 kms on it.
8.4 Excellent3 Dec. 2017
Cant get any cheaper...these cars are a little rough on the outside, but they got us there and back without no headaches..... More then i can say with a very well known competitor who left us high and dry and didnt send out a tow truck till the next day only to bring us back to the airport. loosing a day and a half off our trip..
From $32/dayRated no. 10
Economy Rent a Car
2 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in Christchurch
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Christchurch
  • 2
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2.0 Mediocre14 Jan. 2019
Worst Rental Car Experience of My LifeNothing. Services were not rendered.This rental was the worst customer service experience of my life. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT BOOK WITH ECONOMY OR SCOTTIES. If I could give zero stars, I would. Kayak should drop this company immediately. While booking online, be warned, Economy serves as an umbrella company to many smaller companies in New Zealand. If you are unfortunate enough to have your reservation served by Scotties, be prepared for a terrible experience. In my case, after a flight arrival time change from 1000 to 1400, I called Scotties for a pickup (the only way to get picked up as they are not in the terminal and do not run a constant shuttle). After 2 calls and a 40 minute wait, the shuttle arrived and I was informed by the driver that my booking had been canceled (allegedly NZ law requires a company to only hold a reservation for 2 hours - other companies hold your car for 24 hrs), they had no additional cars available, they were sorry but they could not help me. There was no communication from the company that my reservation had been canceled despite them having access to my email, phone number, and the two phone calls I’d made upon arrival at the airport requesting to be picked up. Still in need of a car, I went online and booked a vehicle with Economy through Travelocity. My credit card was charged and I received a confirmation email at which point saw the company providing the car the was once again Scotties. I called again, now with a valid reservation in their required 2 hour window, and was told to wait 10-15 minutes, the shuttle was on the way. Again the shuttle arrived (35 minutes after the phone call) and again the shuttle driver refused to take me to their office stating that there had been a miscommunication and they did not have a car for me. I called the company back, (which was now the fourth long distance phone call for that day) they apologized for the inconvenience but offered no assistance or compensation for my time or troubles. I strongly recommend you never rent from “Economy” or Scotties. Their non-existent customer service is not worth the discounted prices for their vehicles. It’s a wonder a company like this stays in business. It’s quite obvious it’s terribly mismanaged and only makes me wonder the quality of the vehicles they rent to travelers. I most certainly will never book with them again and encourage others to do the same. There are several other options available that I highly recommend you explore. I ended up booking with Firefly, a partner company with Hertz and located in the terminal. Only slightly more expensive then Scotties, the car was ready as soon as I finished paying, the customer service was excellent, and there was no shuttle or long distance phone call required for pickup I emailed Scotties with a formal complaint and was answered with a shameful sarcastic response from Scott himself. They do not care the slightest bit about customer service. Avoid like the plage. Go elsewhere even if prices are higher.
Sunnycars
4 locations in Christchurch
Sunnycars
Locations in Christchurch
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From $15/day
Bargain Car Rentals
Most popular
3 locations in Christchurch
Bargain Car Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
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From $26/day
Abell
2 locations in Christchurch
Abell
Locations in Christchurch
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From $31/day
Apex
2 locations in Christchurch
Apex
Locations in Christchurch
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Gold Car Rent a Car
2 locations in Christchurch
Gold Car Rent a Car
Locations in Christchurch
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From $40/day
Thrifty
2 locations in Christchurch
Thrifty
Locations in Christchurch
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From $25/day
Ace Rental Cars
1 location in Christchurch
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Christchurch
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From $30/day
AeroDrive
1 location in Christchurch
AeroDrive
Locations in Christchurch
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AutoEurope
1 location in Christchurch
AutoEurope
Locations in Christchurch
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From $24/day
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
1 location in Christchurch
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
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From $23/day
Dollar
1 location in Christchurch
Dollar
Locations in Christchurch
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From $24/day
Drive NZ
1 location in Christchurch
Drive NZ
Locations in Christchurch
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DriveCyprus
1 location in Christchurch
DriveCyprus
Locations in Christchurch
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EZU Car Rental
1 location in Christchurch
EZU Car Rental
Locations in Christchurch
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Firefly
1 location in Christchurch
Firefly
Locations in Christchurch
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Garenta
1 location in Christchurch
Garenta
Locations in Christchurch
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GO Rent A Car
1 location in Christchurch
GO Rent A Car
Locations in Christchurch
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Go Rental Car Hire
1 location in Christchurch
Go Rental Car Hire
Locations in Christchurch
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Goldcar Rental SP
1 location in Christchurch
Goldcar Rental SP
Locations in Christchurch
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INTERRENT
1 location in Christchurch
INTERRENT
Locations in Christchurch
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From $15/day
JUCY
1 location in Christchurch
JUCY
Locations in Christchurch
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KEA Campervan rental-AU
1 location in Christchurch
KEA Campervan rental-AU
Locations in Christchurch
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Christchurch
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Christchurch
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Letz Rent a Car
1 location in Christchurch
Letz Rent a Car
Locations in Christchurch
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From $13/day
Lucky's Car Rental
Cheapest deal
1 location in Christchurch
Lucky's Car Rental
Locations in Christchurch
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From $25/day
Mode Car & Camper Rentals
1 location in Christchurch
Mode Car & Camper Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
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National
1 location in Christchurch
National
Locations in Christchurch
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New Zealand Discount Car Rentals
1 location in Christchurch
New Zealand Discount Car Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
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From $23/day
NU Car
1 location in Christchurch
NU Car
Locations in Christchurch
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From $16/day
Right Cars
1 location in Christchurch
Right Cars
Locations in Christchurch
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Routes Car & Truck Rentals
1 location in Christchurch
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
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From $15/day
Scotties
1 location in Christchurch
Scotties
Locations in Christchurch
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Sixt
1 location in Christchurch
Sixt
Locations in Christchurch
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From $17/day
Snap Rentals
1 location in Christchurch
Snap Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
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SURPRICE CAR RENTAL
1 location in Christchurch
SURPRICE CAR RENTAL
Locations in Christchurch
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Yes Rent A Car
1 location in Christchurch
Yes Rent A Car
Locations in Christchurch
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Yes Rentals
1 location in Christchurch
Yes Rentals
Locations in Christchurch
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From $21/day
Yesaway
1 location in Christchurch
Yesaway
Locations in Christchurch
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59 travellers who hired a car in Christchurch gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.8

Car hire locations in or near Christchurch

Good to know

Most popular agency

Bargain Car Rentals

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$30/day

Good deal

$23/day

When to book a car hire in Christchurch

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Christchurch

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Christchurch car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Christchurch.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Christchurch car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Christchurch

  • A city that is uniquely blossoming with resurgence following devastating earthquakes in 2011, Christchurch is bustling with energy and is going through a process of identity redevelopment. Renting a car will not only give you the best scope to explore the combination of heritage buildings, reconstructions, and modern skylines that line the Christchurch streets, it will also open up your access to the Waimakariri River and Southern Alps. The freedom to go where you want and when you want cannot be undervalued, especially considering the world class skiing location, Mt. Hutt, is only a 90-minute drive from town.
  • Christchurch International Airport is located 12 km (7 miles) northwest of the downtown district. After viewing the best available deals on the market with KAYAK, reserve your hire car and make arrival on the South Island a seamless transition. Major hire companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz have counters located within the International Arrivals Hall.
  • For a start, you’ll have to adjust to driving on the left hand side of the road. If you haven’t done this before, don’t fret -- your brain has a way of adjusting naturally following a few confusing minutes at the start. If you are planning a trip to the Southern Alps, be sure to check the local weather reports and road conditions before you leave.
  • Traffic in Christchurch is a cakewalk compared to some major cities across the world. You can expect increased congestion between 4:30 pm and 6 pm; however, traffic continues to flow and you will be able to reach anywhere in the city with relative ease. During the peak snowfall period (from June to August) you can expect some delays on Highway 73 as people flock towards Mt. Hutt.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Christchurch for $23 or less
  • Book your car hire in Christchurch at least 5 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Christchurch

  • Some car hire companies in Christchurch which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Thrifty, Europcar and Dollar

  • On average a hire car in Christchurch costs $30 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at EZU Car Rental ($33/day), Snap Rentals ($39/day) and Mode Car & Camper Rentals ($64/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Snap Rentals 170, Orchard Road 8051 (9 kilometres from the city centre).

  • The average price of fuel in Christchurch is $8.93 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $107 and $143, depending on the car size.

  • Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Christchurch.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Christchurch airport include Bargain Car Rentals, Lucky Rentals New Zeland, Yesaway, Apex, Discount Car & Truck Rentals, Abell, Right Cars, AeroDrive, Thrifty and Snap Rentals.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Christchurch airport to off-airport locations include Bargain Car Rentals, Lucky Rentals New Zeland, Hitch Car Rentals, Discount Car & Truck Rentals, Right Cars, AeroDrive, Thrifty, Ace Rental Cars, JUCY and Europcar.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Christchurch costs $55 per day, on average.

  • In Christchurch, cars are most frequently hired at Hertz Christchurch Apt (9 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Christchurch costs $210 per week ($30 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Christchurch costs $898 per month ($30 per day).

  • If you would like a small economical car to minimize emissions and fuel consumption, consider getting a Toyota Yaris or Volkswagen Polo. These cars are also ideally suited to inner-city driving, their smaller size helping you navigate tight parking spots. If you would prefer a car with more space and power, a Mazda6 or Toyota Corolla Wagon will suit your needs.

  • Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit of urban traffic areas is 50 km/h (31 mph). Once outside urban areas and on highways or rural roads, the maximum speed is 100km/h (62 mph). Keep a careful eye on your speedometer as to avoid fines, since speed cameras operate in Christchurch and can add an unwanted expense and issue to your travel.

  • You can expect to pay approximately $2.33 NZ Dollars per liter. This equates to approximately $6.06 USD per gallon, which is a little more than double the American average. It’s possible to keep fuel costs low if you choose an economical hire car model and avoid filling up at smaller independent petrol stations in rural locations.

  • Parking spots in the downtown district of Christchurch are plentiful and make life easy for those with a car. Christchurch City Council operates eight parking lots across the city, two of which (on Lichfield St. and Center of Contemporary Art) have free parking for the first hour. Consider parking with a conscience at Gap Filler, an urban regeneration enterprise which provides spaces on the corner of Lichfield and Manchester streets, where all revenue goes toward redevelopment projects in central Christchurch.