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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

The airport is located in a great spot for motorhome hire in Christchurch, 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 motorhome route and parking locations ahead of time.

Hop on and off the trams with your all-day ticket to explore the best of the city.

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

View of Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand.Popular locations frequently visited from Christchurch 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 hire adventures.

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.

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 National Park. If you're really feeling adventurous, you could even hop on the Cook Strait ferry and visit NZ's capital city, Wellington.

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.

Christchurch motorhome hire tips for the savvy traveller

Don't miss Lake Tekapo at the heart of Mackenzie Country.

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. Now you’re ready to GoSee it all!

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Campervan rental Christchurch: Frequently asked questions

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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 Christchurch motorhome rental suppliers, 21 is the minimum age to hire a motorhome—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, but there are conditions. Firstly, you must be staying in a certified self-contained campervan, with wastewater, toilet and rubbish facilities on board. Freedom camping in town centres, as well as council parks and reserves, is never permitted. In addition, many areas within approximately 10 kilometres of the Christchurch city centre allow only two nights’ stay at any given freedom camping site.

Remember to take note of any signs which indicate freedom camping is not allowed. If in doubt, check out the Christchurch City Council website for the latest information.

Do I need a special driver’s licence to drive a campervan in Christchurch?

No, a special driver’s licence is not required to drive a campervan in Christchurch. A standard driver’s licence valid for one year will do. If the licence is not in English, it is advised to bring an International Driving Permit (IDP) when driving around Christchurch in a motorhome 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 hire a campervan in Christchurch, 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.

What company has the cheapest campervan hire in Christchurch?

If you’re looking for cheap campervan hire in Christchurch, then motorhome brands with older and smaller campers are a great option. These include Spaceships Campervans, Travellers Autobarn, Jucy Rentals and Mighty Campers.

Can you hire a campervan for the weekend?

Whilst the minimum rental period for campervan hire Christchurch is usually 7 days, there are many exceptions to this depending on time of travel and availability of the camper rental. It is best to check the individual motorhome rental companies’ policies as these terms vary.

What is the minimum rental period?

The minimum rental period for campervan hire Christchurch is usually 7 days. There are many exceptions to this depending on time of travel and availability of the camper rental. Some restrictions to minimum hire periods for peak season travel may apply. One-way rentals are often offered to 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. Every driver who wishes to secure a motorhome hire in Christchurch needs to present their full, valid driver’s license upon collection of the campervan. In addition, all drivers are required to sign the 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. Check the details of your campervan hire when booking.