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Find the best Christchurch campervan rental for your NZ road trip
Located on the east coast of New Zealand in the middle of the South Island, Christchurch is the perfect jumping-off point for any campervan hire NZ holiday. The entire region is well equipped for motorhome hire travel, with facilities available in some of the most stunning locations on earth, and GoSee will help you find, compare and book the ideal vehicle for the trip of a lifetime.
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What you need to know about Christchurch campervan hire
Christchurch Airport is located in a great spot for motorhome hire, with options for pick up nearby and reachable by shuttle. Just a few minutes’ drive from State Highway 1, you can head north or south to get your campervan hire NZ road trip underway. If you’re flying in from overseas, you’ll need to make sure you are well rested before getting behind the wheel of your Christchurch campervan hire.
We recommend staying for a few nights—you have the option of picking up your motorhome rental in the city where you’ll be well fed and entertained. Several streets in the CBD are one-way only, so keep an eye out for signs and plan your campervan Christchurch route and parking locations ahead of time.
Check out these Christchurch attractions before you hit the road
The incredible regeneration of Christchurch after the devastating 2011 earthquake displays the hard work, ingenuity and creativity of the local population and offers visitors a truly unique tourist experience. A ride up the Christchurch Gondola and a Tram City Tour provide a fantastic introduction to the city and the surrounding landscape.
The ever-evolving Christchurch CBD is a treat for the senses with its street art, wide selection of restaurants, and eclectic mix of modern and heritage architecture. Local attractions like the exquisite Christchurch Botanic Gardens and enchanting Avon River will give you a sense of the natural New Zealand beauty you’ll be seeing all along the way on your NZ motorhome trip.
Possible road trips in your Christchurch campervan hire
Popular locations frequently included in a campervan hire NZ Christchurch road trip itinerary include Hanmer Springs, with its natural hot springs and stunning walking tracks, and Akaroa Harbour, with its breathtaking sea views, dolphin tours, and French heritage. The majestic beauty of Aoraki/Mount Cook and glacial Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki also draw crowds from Christchurch, with endless opportunities for campervan journey. You may indulge in activities like mountain biking, swimming, boating and bumpy pump bike park.
If it’s the sealife that calls you, a road trip to Kaikoura offers whale watching, swimming with the Dusky Dolphins, and close encounters with seals against a backdrop of jaw-dropping scenery.
Also, don't miss out on events when you visit Garden City. Sparks is one of their most famous events in Hagley Park. The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and dazzling fireworks are mostly the main features that are really worth your time.
Other interesting places to explore
A campervan trip from Christchurch provides the freedom to go at your own pace, and spend a little extra time experiencing New Zealand’s famous landscapes at every stop.
Travellers going the distance may take their campervan hire to Queenstown, cross Arthur’s Pass to see the glaciers of the West Coast, or drive north to the shimmering beaches of Abel Tasman Holiday Park. Christchurch visitors who are feeling adventurous could even hop on the Cook Strait ferry and visit the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington.
Christchurch motorhome hire tips for the savvy traveller
Choose your Christchurch motorhome rental vehicle wisely, with consideration of the planned mileage, number of passengers, amount of luggage and sporting equipment. Book in advance if you’re travelling during peak periods, as you’ll get the best chance of securing your ideal Christchurch campervan hire. If you are heading to the mountains or otherwise expect challenging road conditions, you may wish to opt for a sportier model and/or bring snow chains for the tires (available for rent).
Some places in New Zealand are remote or hard to get to, which makes for beautiful scenery but fewer services along the way, so an extra thought about your comfort and safety on a long drive is well worth it. Plan your fuel stops in advance and always keep a few snacks in the vehicle, particularly if you are driving outside of normal business hours. You’ll find the stations and camps well-equipped and welcoming.
More than Christchurch and outside NZ, enjoy other camper holidays in splendid places around the globe. Come to Melbourne or Darwin or Gold Coast in Australia, uncover London or Edinburgh in UK, embrace Milan or Pisa in Italy. Now you’re ready to GoSee it all!
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Campervan rental Christchurch: Frequently asked questions
How much is it to rent a campervan in New Zealand?
This will depend on availability in New Zealand, the type of Christchurch campervan you rent, and also on the time of year you’re renting. The starting rate is roughly NZ$140 per day.
How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Christchurch?
For the majority of motorhome rental Christchurch suppliers, 21 is the minimum age to hire a campervan—with some exceptions. Our partners have different policies on this requirement, so it is best to check the terms on their respective descriptions. A surcharge may apply for younger drivers.
Is freedom camping permitted in Christchurch?
There are some areas in which freedom camping is allowed like in caravan parks/holiday parks located nearby, but there are conditions. You must be staying in a certified self-contained campervan, with wastewater, toilet and rubbish facilities on board.
Do I need a special driver’s licence to drive a campervan in Christchurch?
No, a standard driver’s licence valid for a year will be accepted. If the driver's licence is not in English, it is advised to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) when driving around Christchurch in a camper rental.
What is the best time of year to rent a campervan in Christchurch?
While the summer season (December to February) is the most popular time to visit Christchurch and hire a campervan, the off-peak seasons of Autumn (March to May) and Spring (September to November) are the best times for a campervan hire NZ Christchurch adventure, when the rental prices are lower and the weather is milder.
Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?
Yes, there are campervan rentals Christchurch companies that offer unlimited miles. If it is allowed on a certain listing, you can find this information included in the quote. If not, you will be able to view what is included in the base rate and the cost of the extra miles.
What is the minimum rental period?
The minimum hire duration for campervan hire Christchurch is usually 7 days. There are a lot of exceptions to this depending on date of travel and availability of the motorhome. Some restrictions to minimum hire periods for peak season travel may apply. One-way rentals are often offered for a minimum of 14 days. Check out the different motorhome rental companies as these terms vary.
Does every driver have to be there on pick up of the campervan?
Yes. Each driver who wants to get a motorhome hire in Christchurch needs to present their full, valid driver’s license upon collection of the campervan. All drivers need to fill out and sign any rental agreement. In some cases, guests may go to the branch prior to the collection and present their licences if they are unable to be there on the specified pick up date.
Can I rent a motorhome with automatic transmission in Christchurch?
Yes. There are automatic transmission Christchurch campervan rentals available, from 2-berth campers up to 4 or 6-berth motorhomes. See the details of your motorhome while booking.
Are your vehicles pet-friendly?
Some companies offering motorhome rentals in Christchurch forbid pets from travelling in their vehicles, but most allow it. Double-check by reading the terms and conditions for the rental before booking.
Can I pick up my motorhome hire Christchurch and drop it off in another city?
Yes, you can definitely pick up your rental campervans in Christchurch and drop the vehicle off in another city in New Zealand like Wellington. You may also opt to end your campervan journey in Queenstown for an en epic South Island road trip.
Simply check by searching for your ideal pick up and drop off locations through our website so you can drive to the south, north, east, or west. Note that there may be an additional fee for this service. Book your campervan hire Christchurch New Zealand with GoSee now!