Christchurch Airport Car Rental

Christchurch Airport Pickup

The Easy As airport pickup service from Hitch

Once you’ve touched down at Christchurch Airport, all you need to do is call Hitch HQ on 0800 939 503 and we’ll be there to pick you up in no time! If you don’t have a phone, you can use the free phones at the i-Site visitor information area to do this (click here for the i-Site airport map). Let our friendly staff know if you’re at the International or Domestic terminal, and we’ll be there to pick you up in around 15 minutes!

Meet us at the taxi stand behind the i-Site, where we’ll help you with your baggage and take you to Hitch HQ, check your driver’s licence and booking information, and sort you out with your keys and rental car – that’s it! You’re then free to head out in your rental car and begin exploring the beautiful South Island!

No searching for cars or offices at the airport, Hitch will pick you up from out front and take you to your car.

Small Price. Big Experience

Hitch has lower prices than other airport rental car providers, speedy online bookings and an easy-to-use online booking manager. Hitch car rentals provides a choice of modern and attractive cars, from Super Saver low cost options to new 7 seater SUVs and people movers. We offer a free Christchurch Airport pickup shuttle, super friendly and efficient service and we are a New Zealand operated company.

The Hitch Experience At Christchurch Airport

Pickup Your Rental Car After Hours

Pickup Up Your Rental Car After Hours

Hitch HQ at Christchurch Airport is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, but it’s completely possible to pick up your rental car outside those hours – although we do charge an extra $35 on top of your booking to cover the costs of this service. To confirm an after-hours car pickup, you’ll also need to provide your driver’s licence and pay your entire rental costs upfront online when booking, after which we’ll send you detailed and easy-to-follow (even after an international flight) instructions for picking up your rental car!

To pick up your rental car after hours at Christchurch Airport, head to the free phone board at the i-Site visitor information area following your arrival, located opposite the ANZ ATM in the international arrivals hall (click here for the i-Site airport map). Dialling 25 on one of the free phones will connect you to Airpark Canterbury, one of Christchurch Airport’s parking providers. Simply tell them you have an after-hours booking with Hitch Car Rentals, and they will send a car to pick you up from the taxi stand behind the i-Site. Once you’ve presented your driver’s licence, they’ll give you your car keys and take you to your rental car so you can begin your journey.

If you experience any issues during this process, you can reach our team after hours on +64 3 357 3074 (for Christchurch only) or 0800 939 503.

Returning your rental car
at Christchurch Airport

Returning your rental car at Christchurch Airport

To return your rental car, drop it off at Hitch HQ at 545 Wairakei Road with a full tank of petrol (between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. – contact us with any questions about after-hours drop-offs). Our friendly staff will quickly inspect the car, before taking you straight to Christchurch Airport. It’s best to allow about 30 minutes for this process, to make sure you can check in for your flight on time.

Welcome to Christchurch – Nau mai ki Ōtautahi

Welcome to Christchurch
– Nau mai ki Ōtautahi

Touching down at Christchurch Airport will probably bring with it a feeling of relief – you’ve made it! Wherever you’ve flown from, there’s no denying it takes a long time to get here. Now that you’re finally standing at the gateway to the natural beauty of New Zealand’s South Island, it’s time to take a deep breath and get ready for the magical journey that awaits you.

At Hitch Car Rentals, we don’t want to hold you back from your dream travel adventure; we aim to make your rental car experience as smooth as possible when you embark on your vacation. With cars for every budget starting from as little as $17 a day, a friendly and efficient team, and free airport pickups upon arrival in Christchurch, Hitch is dedicated to ensuring your journey in New Zealand is as magical as the natural wonder of the landscapes you’ll be seeing.

Exploring Christchurch and Canterbury by car

Exploring Christchurch and Canterbury by car

Whether you’re taking a day or two to explore the city of Christchurch, or heading out on a journey into the natural beauty of the South Island, a rental car is the best way to do it. In Christchurch, a car will give you the freedom to explore attractions such as the amazing International Antarctic Centre, the panoramic views of the Christchurch Gondola, and the beautiful botanic gardens in Hagley Park. With Hitch Car Rentals, you can do all that in a premium car of your choice at the lowest price possible.

Heading out of Christchurch, your rental car could take you all over the South Island – up to the amazing Kaikoura region where whales are known to roam not far from the coast, inland to the luxurious resort town of Hamner Springs, or even across to the wondrous glaciers and mountains of the Southern Alps. Remember that with Hitch Car Rentals, you can return a car at any of our other centres across the country, meaning you could finish your journey in Queenstown or even head all the way up to Auckland in your rental car.

Just arrived in Christchurch need a car?

Just arrived in Christchurch
need a car?

If you’ve just touched down at Christchurch Airport and don’t yet have a rental car booking with us, there’s nothing to worry about! Just give us a call on 0800 939 503, or head to Hitch HQ at 545 Wairakei Road during our opening hours, where our amazing team can sort you out with a rental car from as little as $17 a day.

Top ten family friendly activities in and around Christchurch


Christchurch is an astonishing city with a phoenix heart. The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes tragically left 185 people dead and destroyed many of the city’s heritage buildings, and yet the enduring community spirit that has been driving the re-construction of something beautiful from the ruins, is deeply moving and inspiring.

The city is still packed with superb attractions and activities and surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll come across in New Zealand. Despite having faced enormous adversity, locals continue to be optimistic and very welcoming to visitors.

The area around the city is replete with wineries, skiing, golf courses and dramatic alpine driving routes, so you’ll need a car to make the most of your adventure. If you’re flying in to Christchurch airport, you can collect a family sized Hitch rental car from there and head straight for the city.

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Top ten family friendly activities in and around Christchurch

Christchurch Must Do’s

Although the Canterbury earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre's stone-built buildings, there are still so many historical sights in Christchurch. Visit the Quake City museum to get a deeper understanding of Christchurch’s recent history of the Earthquakes to put things into perspective for your trip ahead.

Having a hitch car rental in Christchurch means exploring is easy. Just over an hours drive from Christchurch, you will find the little town of Akaroa. Explore the village with its galleries, colonial architecture, quant stores then finish off with lunch on the water at one of Akaroa’s waterfront eateries.

Christchurch Must Do’s