With a strong old-world Anglican feel and a creative, resilient up-swell following the second-largest natural disaster in New Zealand, Christchurch is quickly reemerging as one of the most exciting cities in the entire country. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Christchurch has to offer so you can take full advantage of this vibrant city. Our rentals are all available straight from Christchurch Airport. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific vacation needs.
Christchurch was the first established city in New Zealand, and dotted around the city are iconic Gothic buildings that remind visitors of its crown as the most English of New Zealand cities. Christchurch sits on the eastern coast of Canterbury, where a car rental with HAPPYCAR can unlock the Southern Alps, glaciers, hot pools, lakes and rivers, the ocean with magnificent beaches and some of the world’s rarest marine life. A quiet cosmopolitan ambiance is mixed with an exciting entrepreneurial spark, creating a re-imagined gateway to South New Zealand. Discover it all from the comfort of your Christchurch rental car.
City tours, botanic gardens, Hagley Park and even creating your own bone carvings are some of the wide variety of things to do and see in the Garden City. Head to the Antigua boat sheds and take a relaxing punt down the Avon River, or take in the fabulous view of Christchurch’s dramatically changed landscape in the Christchurch gondola ride. The Botanic Gardens span 30 riverside hectares and are planted with 10,000-plus specimens of indigenous and introduced plants. For your shopping fix, Christchurch features trendy renovated shipping containers through the RE:Start development program. Here you can find over 30 retailers showcased in a chic, colorful precinct. Christchurch is also the official gateway city to Antarctica, and there are many sights and museums on offer where you can learn more about this oft-unknown continent.
While much of Christchurch’s traditional architecture and attractions has been damaged by the earthquakes, yet it still retains an air of English ambiance. Near Christchurch’s historic Arts Center, the Canterbury Museum is a fine showcase of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture. Other highlights include an exhibition about Christchurch’s important historical role in the exploration of Antarctica.
From craft beers to coffee, Christchurch has everything you could think to drink. The area south of Moorehouse Avenue is currently Christchurch’s most dynamic neighborhood, featuring a variety of daytime and nighttime eateries. Simo’s Deli offers exceptional North African street food, while over in the west in Sydenham, both the Honeypot Cafe and Burgers & Beer are particularly popular. In this rapidly-changing city, there are new little gems popping up everywhere. For the city’s best brunch, head to Under the Red Veranda and take in the vibe. Not to miss is the Christchurch Farmer’s Market, where the community spirit is infectious and offers some truly inspiring Moroccan food. For more exotic flavors, The Bodhi Tree, New Zealand’s only Burmese restaurant, rubs shoulders with Thai and Indian restaurants.
With a car hire in Christchurch you can experience a wealth of excursions in the Canterbury area. North of Christchurch is the Alpine Pacific Triangle, where relaxing vistas unfold as you drive through the wine region of Waipara, explore the coast of Kaikoura and then relax in the thermal springs of Hanmer. To experience a stunning change of scenery you can drive down the The Great Alpine Highway, soaking up the vast Canterbury plains, the Southern Alps and the lush West Coast rainforest. Christchurch and its surrounding area are awash with a unique array of different landscapes that have to be seen to be believed.
Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do, HAPPYCAR can provide you with the perfect car hire at the best price for all of your vacation needs. Book with HAPPYCAR and get your New Zealand adventure started as soon as possible!