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Compare over 20 camper and motorhome rental brands in Christchurch:

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  • from cheap campervans to luxury motorhomes, compare a range of 2-person, 4-berth and 6-berth vehicles
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Frequently Asked Questions


Please note: use the below answers as a general guide, however always check the terms and conditions of your rental as policies may vary from company to company.

 

How old are the campervans?
Most companies own a variety of vehicles, with some older models and some newer. Campers are usually arranged into groupings such as newer than 2 years, 2-5 years old, 5-10 years, etc. and the vehicle age is indicated in our comparison tool.

 

What living and cooking equipment is included with the vehicles?
Almost universally, you’ll find basic kitchen equipment and utensils to be included: plates, pans, mugs and glasses, bowls, cutlery, tea towels. Likewise, with only a rare exception, you’ll also have bedding included – sheets, pillows, duvets, and bath towels. Available appliances (gas cooktop, microwave, refrigerator) vary with the model of vehicle and this information is best found through our comparison tool.

 

What happens if I cancel my booking?
Exact cancellation fees will depend on the terms and conditions of your rental company. In general, cancellation fees tend to be stricter the closer you get to the time of travel and in peak season. In addition, be aware that deposits are universally non-refundable. If the need arises, you can modify your booking right from your confirmation email; we’ll handle the contact with the rental company and advise you of applicable cancellation fees.

 

What happens if the vehicle breaks down or I have an accident during my trip?
Usually, your rental company will have 24-hour assistance either on its own or through AA for any emergencies. For minor repairs, some companies allow an expenditure of $100-200 (receipt required); for anything larger- major repair, breakdown, or accident- you should always contact the rental company as soon as you are able to do so. Never continue to drive a vehicle that is in need of a major repair or has been in an accident.

 

Is one-way campervan hire from Christchurch to Queenstown available?
Yes, simply select Christchurch and Queenstown as your start and end destinations in our search tool, and we will compare available vehicles for a one-way trip.

 
What insurance options are offered?
Generally, rental companies offer a few insurance (excess reduction) options meaning you’ll need to carefully investigate and evaluate those choices. Insurance options, as well as information about bond requirements, can usually be found in the terms and conditions once you’ve selected a vehicle. Insurances are sometimes restricted and may not cover window shields, tyres, undercarriage, overhead (roof), or third party damage.

 

Can I collect my campervan on a public holiday? Are there additional fees?
Selected companies do accommodate pickup on public holidays (with the exception of Christmas) though a surcharge almost invariably applies – expect it to be roughly $50. Your selection will usually be significantly broader if you choose a non-holiday pickup date. Check out New Zealand public holiday dates here.

 

 

Campervan Hire at Christchurch Airport


Can I rent a campervan directly at Christchurch Airport?
There aren’t any campervan companies located within the Christchurch airport, however generally depot locations are quite close and easily reached by complimentary shuttles operated by the motorhome rental companies.

 
How far are most depots from Christchurch Airport?
Most depots are relatively close by, ranging from 1 to 14 kilometres (2-18 minutes) away with most under 4 km (6 mins) away.
 

How can I get to the depot from the airport?
Complimentary shuttle transfers are offered by the major rental companies from the airport terminals and nearby hotels to their off-site locations.

You will want to check for restrictions such as operating hours and whether the shuttle must be pre-reserved. For after-hours arrivals, you may need to overnight near the airport and transfer the next day to collect your vehicle.

 

Depot Addresses of Camper Rental Companies in Christchurch


Important: your pickup or dropoff address may differ from the address listed below – please check the address on your booking confirmation.

A

Abuzzy
5 Abros Place
Burnside
Christchurch, NZ

 

Apollo
24 Logistics Drive
Harewood Canterbury
Christchurch, NZ

 

Ara Rentals
48 Factory Road
Belfast
Christchurch, NZ

 

B

Backpacker Sleepervans
518 Wairakei Road
Burnside
Christchurch

 

Britz
159 Orchard Road
Christchurch Airport
Christchurch

 

Budget Campers
520 Wairakei Road
Burnside
Christchurch

 

C

Cheapa Campa
24 Logistics Drive
Harewood Canterbury
Christchurch

 

Comet Campers
238 Roydvale Avenue
Burnside
Christchurch

 

Compass Campers
240 Roydvale Ave
Burnside
Christchurch

 

D - H

Discover NZ Motorhomes
31 Sheffield Cresent
Harewood
Christchurch

 

Freedom Campers
520 Wairakei Road
Burnside
Christchurch

 

Happy Campers
6 Export Ave
Harewood
Christchurch

 

Hippie Camper
24 Logistics Drive
Harewood
Christchurch

 

J - L

Jucy Campervan Rentals
157 Orchard Road
Mustang Park
Christchurch

 

Kiwi Autohomes
11 Holt Place
Harewood
Christchurch

 

Kiwi Campers
6 Export Ave
Harewood
Christchurch

 

Lucky Rentals
791 Wairakei Roa
Christchurch Airport
Christchurch

 

M

Maui
159 Orchard Road
Christchurch Airport
Christchurch

 

McRent
54 Greywacke Road
Harewood
Christchurch

 

Mighty
159 Orchard Road
Christchurch Airport
Christchurch

 

P

Pacific Horizon Travel Homes
31 Sheffield Crescent
Christchurch

 

Pure Motorhomes
6 Export Ave
Harewood
Christchurch

 

R

Real Value
24 Logistics Drive
Harewood Canterbury
Christchurch

 

Road Runner Rentals
3 Shirley Road
Christchurch

 

RV Shop
24 Logistics Drive
Harewood Canterbury
Christchurch

 

S

Sleepavanz
31 Sheffield Cresent
Harewood
Christchurch

 

Spaceships
160 Orchard Road
Harewood
Christchurch

 

Star RV
24 Logistics Drive
Harewood Canterbury
Christchurch

 

T - W

Travellers Autobarn
238 Roydvale Avenue
Burnside
Christchurch

 

Tui Campers
518 Wairakei Road
Burnside
Christchurch

 

Walkabout Motorhomes
11 Holt Place
near Christchurch Airport
Christchurch

 

 

Why Should You Consider Exploring the South Island in a Campervan?


New Zealand may literally be the perfect road trip destination – traffic is light, navigating the countryside is easy, and natural wonders abound for your easily accessed enjoyment. Camping is a strong tradition in New Zealand with a multitude of hired campervans taking to the roads.

Renting a campervan allows for both flexibility and savings, and on our site, you can compare across companies various campervan models, features, and special deals.

Christchurch is the main entry point for the South Island though you may wish to hire as a one-way and explore both islands. The charming and historic city of Christchurch is worthy of a few days itself, after which you’re perfectly positioned to ramble around the South Island to popular attractions such as majestic Mt Cook, UNESCO designated Fiordland National Park and the adventure capital of Queenstown. Or, drive north to Picton, cross the Cook Strait by ferry, and continue your travels onto the North Island.


 

Christchurch Travel Advice


Weather & Climate

  • Christchurch has a climate than can be described as temperate and comfortable with four distinct seasons.
  • The city receives about 60 cm of rain annually- less than many of New Zealand’s major centres.
  • Winter mornings often start with frost, then become bright and sunny with little wind – winter temperatures reguarly fall below zero degrees with snowfall on the suburban hills.
  • Summer is pleasantly not humid and with gentle sea breezes; the average temperature is 22 degrees
  • It’s easy to get sunburnt in New Zealand! Adequate sun protection is always recommended.

Peak Periods

  • Every season in Christchurch has its fans, though in general, the bulk of visitors arrive during the summer months (December to February).
  • As the peak times have more crowds, one way to strike a balance is to travel in ‘shoulder’ seasons of spring and autumn.
  • Winter sports enthusiasts will find Christchurch to be a great base for all sorts of snowy outdoor activities.

Local Events

Some popular annual events include:

  • World Buskers Festival: A 25-year tradition, this iconic summer multi-venue music, performance, and arts event holds the title of New Zealand’s largest outdoor festival and draws over 300,000 attendees every year.
  • Great Kiwi Beer Festival: Another summer favourite, this family inclusive one-day festival affords the chance to sample over 100 beers from around the world accompanied by local live music.
  • North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival: ‘The coolest little wine festival in the country’ happens every fall in Waipara, 45 minutes from Christchurch. Live music and gourmet local cuisine make a fun outing for all ages.
  • New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival: One of New Zealand’s longest-running music festivals features both local and international talent in a variety of venues, both free and paid.
  • Canterbury A & P Show: Autumn plays host to this annual event, the largest agricultural and pastoral show in New Zealand. In its own purpose-built facility since 1997, this is your chance to find 7,000 livestock and over 600 trade exhibitors side by side with a full slate of entertainment.

Public Transport

  • Christchurch’s public transport network includes two bus companies as well as a ferry, all of which are jointly referred to as ‘Metro’.
  • Metro Star services run to the west and east, covering the city and suburbs while the Orbitor circles the city in both directions.
  • Other options include the Diamond Harbour ferry which crosses Lyttelton Harbour connecting the suburb of Littleton to Diamond Harbour and a retro-styled tram that circles the central city.

 
 

South Island Itinerary Ideas – Starting in Christchurch


South Island Itinerary
A loop around New Zealand’s South Island may possibly include some of the best scenic driving in the world. This circuit takes you across Arthur’s Pass to the country’s greenstone (jade) capital on the west coast, to New Zealand’s most accessible glacier, and the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps and Crown Range, past sparking lakes, brilliant fiords, and the famous lone Wanaka Tree.
 

  • Day 1: Christchurch over Arthur’s Pass to Hokitika (245 km – 4 hrs)
  • Day 2: Hokitika to Franz Josef Glacier (130 km – 2 hrs)
  • Day 3: Franz Josef over Haast Pass to Wanaka (285 km – 4 hrs)
  • Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown (70 km – 1 hour)
  • Day 5: Side trip to Milford Sound
  • Day 6: Queenstown to Lake Tekapo (255 km – 4 hrs)
  • Day 7: Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (225 km – 3.5 hrs)

Christchurch to Queenstown One Way
Many routes exist to connect the South Island’s largest two cities; this one takes you deep into glacier and fiord country. At Lake Tekapo, enjoy stargazing within a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve then discover the fertile Otago region’s lakes and rivers, Southland’s dramatic and rugged scenery, and Queenstown’s spirit of adventure.
 

  • Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo (230 km – 3.5 hours)
  • Day 2: Lake Tekapo via Mt Cook to Wanaka (200 km – 3 hours)
  • Day 3: Wanaka to Dunedin (270 km – 4 hours)
  • Day 4: Dunedin to Invercargill (205 km – 3 hours)
  • Day 5: Invercargill to Te Anau (158 km – 2 hours)
  • Day 6: Side trip to Milford Sound
  • Day 7: Te Anau to Queenstown (170 km – 2.5 hours)

 
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Top of page image - based on original by Larry W. Lo