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The Best Car Rental Companies in Christchurch

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What is the best car rental company in Christchurch?

Renting a car provides you with the ultimate freedom to explore New Zealand! Starting your trip from Christchurch? Then check out this comparison for the best car rental companies in Christchurch for backpackers. As budget travellers, we are always looking for the best value for money. This Christchurch car rental company comparison will look at the Christchurch car rental market leaders that provide the best value for money. All the car rental companies listed below offer extremely competitive daily rental prices.

What gives good value for money when comparing car rental companies in Christchurch? We’re looking at what’s included in the car rental, where you can pick-up and drop-off the vehicle and more. It’s also worth looking at what insurance is provided. Although we compare insurance costs between Christchurch car rental companies, we suggest you read the terms and conditions of your chosen Christchurch car rental companies to see what’s exactly covered. For more advice on comparing rental companies, take a look at How to Compare Car and Campervan Rental Companies in New Zealand.

5 Things to look at when comparing Car rental companies in Christchurch

  • Location: In Christchurch, it’s either going to be near the Christchurch Airport or in the city. Figure out how you are going to get to these locations. Are they convenient for your? Are there any extra fees you will need to pay for the “premium” location? Also consider where you are ending your trip and whether the drop-off locations are convenient for you.
  • Prices and inclusions: The price of car rental changes largely depending on season. Read our 20 Ways To Save Money on Car Rental in New Zealand to see when the best time to rent a car usually is. Also, when comparing prices, compare what’s included in that price to understand the true value of the car rental. We have added the inclusions in the comparison below. Additionally, be aware that not insurance policies are the same, so compare what the insurance offered actually covers.
  • Vehicles offered: Most car rental companies in Christchurch will maintain even their oldest cars to the highest standards, however a more modern vehicle is less likely to give you any problems. You also need to find a car type that meets your needs. If you are considering a campervan, head over to Should You Rent a Campervan or Car in New Zealand?
  • Service: Once you have picked a few car rental companies from this comparison, send some questions to the companies and see how helpful they are with their answers. Service will become very important should anything go wrong during your trip.
  • Reviews: It’s worth checking multiple review websites to compare customers’ experiences. Why not ask the question in a backpacking Facebook Group?
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Omega Rental Cars

Omega Rental CArs

With so many pick-up and drop-off locations with no one-way charges, Omega is well worth considering if you plan to start and end your trip on different islands. What’s more, the possibility of changing rental vehicles in Wellington and Picton to reduce ferry costs is appealing.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch (Lichfield Street) and Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch, Auckland City Centre (Beach Road), Auckland Airport (Kingsford Smith Place), Wellington (Thorndon), Wellington Airport, Picton, Nelson, Blenheim,  Queenstown and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, SUV, 4WD and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • One way hire available
  • Option to leave a vehicle at Wellington/Picton and pick up another vehicle after the ferry crossing to reduce cost of the ferry
  • Basic insurance
  • Maps and guide book with activity discounts
  • Free seats for children
  • Postcard and pen
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and a NZ$2000 bond for 21+ year old driver or NZ$2500 excess and NZ$2500 bond for 18-20 year old driver or driver with a restricted license. Or insurance add-ons for drivers over 21 years old of NZ$15-$20 per day with no excess and NZ$400 bond. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Hitch

Hitch

Given the right season, Hitch offers some extremely affordable cars. Their budget range might have some older vehicles, as expected, but they are low mileage making for a more reliable journey.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location:  Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch, Auckland Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, SUVs and van/people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$1000 bond by way of credit card or insurance add-ons for NZ$10-$17.50 per day with less excess.

Apex Car Rental

Apex Rental Cars

For ultimate flexibility, Apex Car Rentals has a huge number of depots around the country with no extra costs for one-way trips. Their fleet is large and modern for a more premium experience on a budget.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location:  Christchurch City (Kilmore Street) and Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch, Auckland City Centre (Beach Road), Auckland Airport, Blenheim Airport,  Greymouth, Napier Airport, Nelson Airport, Nelson City, Picton, Picton Ferry Terminal, Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, Wellington (Victoria Street) and Wellington Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons and 4WD and van/people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 7 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free one-way rental available
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$19-$27 per day with less excess.

Ace Rental Cars

Ace Rentals

With a fleet of new and late-model vehicles, Ace Rentals has cars that are more likely to be reliable and be fuel-efficient. With plenty of drop-off locations (at no extra one-way costs), this allows you to be more flexible. There is a premium location fee for airport depots but this is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available to and from the Christchurch Airport between 7.30am and 6.30pm. Outside of these hours incurs a fee.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch, Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Dunedin Airport, Picton, Queenstown Airport and Wellington Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, people carriers and campervans.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 8 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Toll road fees included
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$750 bond or insurance add-ons for NZ$15-$17 per day with less excess and no bond to pay.

Drive NZ Rental Cars

Drive NZ Rental Cars

Drive NZ is not only an affordable rental company but they also offer a price-beat guarantee. They provide a great range of cars from new to older models. There’s a minimal airport surcharge but no bond to pay (however, you will need to supply credit card details).

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available between airport and rental depot.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch, Auckland Airport and Queenstown.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD, convertibles, people carriers and campervans.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 15 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free cancellation (more than 21 days prior to hire date)
  • Brochures and maps
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess or insurance add-ons for NZ$10-20 per day with less excess. No bond is paid but credit card details are taken.

Christchurch Carhire

Christchurch Carhire

Christchurch Carhire offers affordable car rentals with the option for one-way hire at an additional cost. They have a huge range of vehicles in the budget category. Note that unlimited kilometres only applies on rentals over three days.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches between 8am and 6pm offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch, Dunedin City, Dunedin Airport, Greymouth, Nelson, Picton, Queenstown and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, 4WD, station wagons, van/people carriers, and minibuses.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Basic insurance
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess for 25+ year old driver or NZ$2500 excess for 21-24 year old driver or NZ$3000 if under 21 years old. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$12.50 per day with less excess to pay. A bond is also required. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand

Abell Rentals

Abell Rentals (Letz Rent a Car)

Abell Rentals, who are also Letz Rent a Car, have a wide range of rental vehicles including minibuses. They offer competitive base prices on their rentals. Note that there is a shuttle fee should you want to get picked up or dropped off from the airport.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch (Riccarton) and Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch and Auckland Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, convertibles, people carriers, minibuses and trucks.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Brochures and maps
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$3500 excess. Or insurance add-ons if over 25 years old for NZ$15-$28 per day with less excess to pay. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Jucy Rentals

Jucy

Jucy Rentals is car and campervan rental company with backpackers in mind. With a low minimum age and a great range of budget options, they are worth considering for a budget trip around New Zealand. Be aware that they do charge a “Premium location fee” for the Christchurch Airport, however this fee is minimal.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch, Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Wellington Airport, Dunedin Airport and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, 4WD, van/people carriers, and campercars, campervans and motorhomes.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 10 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (18+ years old)
  • Roadside assistance
  • Basic insurance
  • Activity discounts
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and NZ$2000 bond. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$16-$20 per day with less excess and less bond to pay. What’s included in the insurance is clearly stated on the Jucy website so be sure to use this compare with other insurances offered.

McDonald's Rental Cars

McDonald’s Rental Cars

With relatively late vehicle models and competitive prices, McDonald’s Rental Cars is a good options for renting a car in Christchurch. They are a family business that operate on a personal level – quotes and information for your rental can be obtained by contacting them directly.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available within Christchurch (accommodations, airport, etc.) to and from the rental depot.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch (Rangiora).

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch, Picton, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 5 to 6 years old.

Inclusions
  • 1 driver (21+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free baby seats available
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$2000 excess and bond to pay for 21+ year old driver.

ANZED Rentals

ANZED Rentals

With a great range of budget vehicles available for rent, ANZED Rentals is well worth considering for an affordable trip in New Zealand. Plus, they have quite a generous offering of inclusions with your rental. The free phone rental is a good addition but it goes without saying that you will need to pay for the credit you use on the phone.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available within Christchurch (accommodations, airport, etc.) to and from the rental depot.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch (Burnside)

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 1 to 12 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Mobile phone rental
  • Brochures and maps
  • Briefing on New Zealand road rules
  • Option for free baby/child seats
Insurance

Free insurance with NZ$1200 excess for 25+ year old driver or NZ$2000 excess for 21-24 year old driver or NZ$3000 if under 21 years old. Or insurance add-ons for NZ$10 per day with less excess and bond to pay. Learn more about age restrictions in Age Restrictions When Renting a Vehicle in New Zealand.

Snap Rentals

Snap Rentals

Snap Rentals is extremely backpacker-friendly, especially for young drivers with insurance costs being the same for drivers of any age. No extra charge for multiple drivers is an added bonus.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy shuttle available for airport branches offering airport pick-up and drop-offs. They also do accommodation shuttle pick-up and drop-offs for airport locations.

Christchurch Pick-Up Location: Christchurch Airport.

Drop-off Locations: Christchurch Airport, Auckland City, Auckland Airport, Queenstown and Queenstown Airport.

Vehicles available

Small cars, large cars, station wagons, 4WD/ute and people carriers.

Vehicle age range: 0 to 13 years old.

Inclusions
  • Multiple drivers (18+ years old)
  • Basic insurance
  • Roadside assistance
Insurance

Free insurance included in the rental with NZ$2000 excess or get an insurance add-on for NZ$16-$24 per day for 0 to NZ$200 excess and no bond to pay. There is also an insurance available for restricted or P Plate licenses.

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