Car Rental Christchurch Downtown
Feel renewed on a Christchurch adventure. The largest city on New Zealand’s South Island also happens to be the newest city in the world. Christchurch has gone through massive urban regeneration and rebuilt itself better than ever. You’ll love the mix of established gardens and historic buildings standing alongside the latest modern marvels. Old industrial districts have been made over to become creative shopping and eating precincts. Urban life is constantly evolving and thriving here.
There’s lots of fun in the air – with colourful street art to follow by trail, restored heritage tram rides, and a trip in the unique Christchurch Gondola. Strap yourself into this 4-seater glass box and enjoy 360-degree vistas – right across the city to the waters of the Pacific and Pegasus Bay. Take in the snow-peaked Southern Alps. Gaze at the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains. Come back to earth at the Red Rock Café. But if you want to live it up a little, book an intimate dinner with a difference on the Tramway Restaurant. This historic tramcar was built in 1927 in Melbourne – a city still reliant on its trams today. Tour the heart of Christchurch on tracks while feeding on New Zealand’s fine wine and local cuisine.
If you prefer to sightsee by water, punting on the Avon is another popular Christchurch attraction. This scenic river meanders through the bustling city, past the lush Botanic Gardens, and beautiful tree-lined banks. Float back in time as you glide gently along the stream in an Edwardian-style punt. All you have to do is sit back and relax. This is what vacations are all about!
When you’re ready for more activities, Christchurch is centrally located to explore the highlights of the South Island. Your hire car will easily help you get familiar with this lively city of 380,000 friendly locals, and the stunning scenery beyond.
The best of downtown Christchurch is all yours with the help of a hire car
Every memorable vacation rests on good hospitality. Christchurch promises a friendly welcome and great spots to shop, eat and meet on every budget. Coffee culture is strong here, and cafes serve up tasty food at good prices. Casual eateries, modern dining, chic boutiques and open-air markets, make this vibrant city a perfect base for your big New Zealand tour. Check out the creative-led revival of Christchurch. You’ll love exploring a refreshed retail emporium at The Tannery; and browsing The Colombo, a classy shopping and dining precinct, blending Christchurch’s distinctive character with a nod to Europe. Finish your shopping trip here with a comforting pub-style lunch, a sit down at the European-inspired food hall, and a locally brewed beer. Plenty of downtown boutiques offer local fashion and stylish hand-crafted objects, while Saturday’s Lyttelton Market, 20-minutes away, is a foodie favourite, and offers the best regional produce.
While you’re in town, discover Lyttelton’s peaceful harbour. Take a cruise to Quail Island and spot native birds and shipwrecks. Another excellent location for wildlife sightings is the Port Hills, between Christchurch and Lyttelton. This remnant of an ancient volcano, which exploded millions of years ago, helped to form half of the Banks Peninsula. Whether you’re on cycle or foot, expect stunning vistas from the city to thealps.
The attractions around Christchurch are so easy to access with your hire car
If you’re a nature lover looking for some outdoorsy action, then your Kiwi vacation revs up here. Head to Hanmer Springs at the northern end of the Canterbury region. Billed as an alpine playground, you’ll be treated to a day of thrills on the Waiau River. Just 90-minutes from downtown Christchurch, you can experience the kind of adventure holiday New Zealand is rightly known for. With gorges, river rapids and forests, you’ve got a recipe for exciting activities like rafting, canoeing and jet-skiing, plus quad-bike riding, off-road buggying and paintball. If you’re not breathless yet, why not try bungee jumping from the historic Waiau Ferry Bridge. Freefalling 35-metres towards a churning river certainly makes for a holiday high point!
When you’re ready to shift things down a gear, lie back for a thermal soak in Hanmer Springs’ soothing hot pools and family-friendly aquatic activities. There’s an amazing array of therapeutic and leisure options to choose from. Relax in the rock, rainbow and sulphur pools. Relieve those muscles in an AquaTherapy pool or a dip under a waterfall. The kids can play on water slides, float down Lazy River, and access cascades and beachfronts in the shallow-water activity pools. When you’re ready to emerge, picnic in the garden or have a snack at the kiosk. You’ll make your way back to Christchurch with a whole load of memorable experiences.