Car Rental Christchurch Airport with Thrifty

Hire a car from Thrifty at Christchurch Airport for:

  • A wide range of cars, including AWDs, utes and passenger vans
  • Looking to go green? Our Christchurch Airport Branch has EVs available to hire
  • Quick easy access to the city, Christchurch suburbs and to journey on to other South Island destinations
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local staff

Picking up your rental at Christchurch Airport

Looking for convenient car rentals in Christchurch? At Thrifty, we’ve got you covered with our Christchurch Airport rental Branch, on arriving at the airport head toward International Arrivals and follow the signs to the rental cars hall.

Returning a vehicle to our branch:

Follow the signs to the rental car return area.  Turn left into the rental car park and then turn right into the first row and the Thrifty car parks are directly on your left as you enter the row.  Leave your rental in one of the Thrifty designated car parks.  Return the keys to our counter in the terminal in the arrivals hall.

Returning a car after hours? Or if the counter is unattended, please leave the keys in the Thrifty drop box at the Thrifty kiosk in the carpark. Alternatively, you can place the keys in the Thrifty drop box at the Thrifty Counter in the Airport Terminal.

The closest petrol station is:
From the City – 
Fendalton BP – Fendalton Road
From the South – Caltex Russley – Corner Russley and Yaldhurst Roads
From the North – BP – Corner of Harewood Road and Russley Road (State High Way 1) or Z – Corner Sawyers Arms Road and Johns Road (State High Way 1)
Allied Orchard Road – card payment only

Christchurch the gateway to the South

Whether you are hiring a car and planning to travel North, South or planning a stay in the Garden city you’ll find picking up your car at Christchurch Airport convenient. If you’re a snow fan and planning to head up to the ski fields during the winter months, you’ll find our ski ready vehicles set to go, just make sure you add ski/board racks and snow chains to your hire.

Our friendly local staff are here to make your car rental process easy and get you on the road. With large 4WDs, roomy vans, spacious sedans or small hatch backs, we have a range of vehicles to choose from.

Once you’ve picked up your hire car, if you are staying in the city you’ll find our airport location a short journey from town and Christchurch’s surrounding suburbs.  Or if you are moving on to other South Island destinations you’ll find it easy to start your journey with Northern and Southern motorways close by.

Popular Vehicles from Thrifty Christchurch Airport

CCAR

Compact Auto

CCAR

  • Automatic
  • 5 Passengers
  • 1 Large, 1 Small
  • Airconditioning
  • 5 Doors
ISAR

Intermediate SUV 2WD

ISAR

  • Automatic
  • 5 Passengers
  • 2 Large, 2 Small
  • Airconditioning
  • 5 Doors
FFAR

Fullsize AWD (seats 5-7 passengers)

FFAR

  • Automatic
  • 5 Passengers
  • 3 Large, 2 Small
  • Airconditioning
  • 5 Doors