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Christchurch Airport (CHC)


Terminal Building,
Christchurch, 8053, New Zealand


(64) 03 357 0231

Hours of Operation:

Sun - Sat 6:00 AM - 12:30 AM

If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a short walk to the car lot.


Location Information
Fastbreak Service
Fastbreak Pick up: Proceed to the Budget Fastbreak line or Budget rental counter. Present your driver licence and receive your rental agreement and keys.

Fastbreak Return: Park the vehicle and lock it. If a return agent is not available in the rental car park, proceed to the rental counter/office with your vehicle keys, mileage and fuel level. You can access your receipt online within 72 hours of returning your vehicle.
General Directions
COUNTER: Enter to the right side of the terminal, Budget counter is by the entrance.
CARS: Exit through the main doors. The vehicles are situated in front of the airport.
RETURNS: Same as pick-up.
AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Domestic Terminal from 0500 - 2230; International Terminal 24 hours.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Terms and Conditions

Renter Requirements

How many terminals does Christchurch Airport have?

Christchurch Airport features just one terminal. It serves international and domestic flights, including carriers such as Air New Zealand and Qantas.

How do I get from Christchurch Airport to the city?

The best way to reach Christchurch Airport from the city is to head there via Memorial Avenue. Depending on the time of day you travel, your journey should last around 20 minutes. Always check the traffic before setting off, as your GPS may provide you with a faster alternative route.

How far is Christchurch Airport from the city?

Christchurch Airport is 10.8km away from Christchurch City.

At Budget Australia, we want to help you save money when you hire a car at Christchurch Airport. To see what we can do for you, check out our fleet today.

Car Hire Christchurch Airport

With its undeniable charm set across a backdrop of mountains, Christchurch attracts thousands of Australian visitors every year. Whether you’re staying for a few days or you’re venturing there for a few weeks, it’s worth planning your transport options now. At Budget Australia, we provide a Christchurch Airport car hire service.

How to find our Christchurch Airport car hire desks

You can find our Christchurch Airport car hire desk in the baggage collection area after you clear imigration. If you’d rather spend more time enjoying your car and less time waiting, download the Budget car hire app. Once you’ve installed it and updated your details, you can use it to manage your booking. This includes updating your details, making changes to your hire agreement, and creating new agreements.

Your guide to Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport features one terminal, which makes it incredibly easy to find. In addition to hosting domestic flights, it has lots of international flights.

To reach Christchurch Airport from Christchurch, use the following directions:

  • Start on Hereford Street and head west towards Strand Lane
  • Turn right onto Montreal Street
  • Take a slight left to remain on Montreal Street
  • Keep left and continue onto Armagh Street
  • Turn right onto Park Terrace
  • Turn left onto Harper Avenue
  • Turn right onto Fendalton Road
  • Continue onto Memorial Avenue
  • Use the roundabout to take the 2nd exit onto Durey Road
  • Follow the signs until you reach Christchurch Airport

Things to do near Christchurch Airport

Whether you’re near Christchurch Airport for a few days or you’re there for a few weeks, there are lots to see and do. Here are some of the closest attractions for you to enjoy:

International Antarctic Centre

Have you always wanted to visit the Antarctic, but you know that you can’t? When you go to the International Antarctic Centre, you’ll come as close to realising your dreams as possible. At just a 1.2km drive from the airport, it’s an educational experience you cannot miss.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Seize the chance to get up close and personal with some of New Zealand’s native species at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. There’s no need to book ahead, either, so you can go there whenever it suits you. As there are plenty of age-appropriate activities, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is great for a day out with the kids. The wildlife reserve is 8.2km away from Christchurch Airport.

Christchurch Gondola

Unlike the gondolas you find in Venice, this attraction operates in the air. With Christchurch Gondola, you can see the city and its surrounding scenery from a dizzying height in your cable car. It’s a 22.7km drive away from the airport. The views are pretty spectacular, so don’t forget your camera.

Refuelling locations

When you rent a car at Christchurch Airport, you’ll need to fill up the tank before you hand it back to us. Here are some of the closest refuelling locations:

  • Gas Station on Orchard Road
  • Allied Petroleum 24/7 Fuel at 75 Orchard Road
  • Z Service Station at 449 Wairakei Road
  • Mobil Wigram at 243 Main Street Road
  • BP at 1 Memorial Avenue

Our fleet of rental cars

When you use our Christchurch Airport car hire service, you’re opening yourself up to an impressive fleet of cost-friendly cars. If you’re looking for something small and compact, we have cars that are ideal for city driving. Alternatively, if you’re travelling a little further or if you have a few passengers to carry, try one of our SUVs. Whichever car you choose, we’re confident you’ll love every moment of your Budget experience. If you need any extras, you can request them at the time of booking or make amendments using the Budget car hire app. Such extras include children’s seats, GPS, and more.

Driving distances to nearby locations

Hiring a car at Christchurch Airport is an excellent way to explore more of the South Island’s attractions. Here are some distances to popular nearby locations:

  • Orana Wildlife Park 12.4km
  • Cave Rock/Tuawera 22.9km
  • Lake Pearson 107.2km
  • Abel Tasman National Park 432.3km
  • Mount Cook National Park 319.4km