Car Rental Christchurch | Ōtautahi Airport with Thrifty

Hire a car from Thrifty at Christchurch Airport for:

  • A wide range of hire cars, including small cars, small SUV’s, 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
  • Handy optional extras such as bike racks and child seats
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local staff
  • Award-winning service – our Christchurch Airport branch is the Rentalcars.com Customer Favourite Award Winner for 2021.

Picking up your rental car at Christchurch Airport

Looking for convenient car rentals in Christchurch | Otautahi? 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.

Need assistance or want to extend your hire?  Call our team on 0800 73 70 70.

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. We have a range of optional extras such as child seats and bike racks to ensure your vehicle fits your needs.

As Aotearoa’s second largest city, you will find plenty to do no matter your interests. Keen on mountain biking or hiking? The Christchurch Adventure Park features New Zealand’s longest chairlift, offering spectacular views of the city and over 50 trail combinations to choose from. Travel through the tunnel to Lyttleton to experience the delightful Saturday markets and delicious eateries. Take a stroll through the botanical gardens before heading down the terrace for lunch along the river.  For more ideas on making the most of your visit to Christchurch, head to ChristchurchNZ.

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.

Looking for some great day trip ideas from Christchurch?  Check out our Best Canterbury Day Trip ideas here.

For more travel tips on Christchurch head here.

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