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Christchurch Campervan Hire

View of Christchurch City from the Port Hills

Christchurch is known as the Garden City, and is currently undergoing a massive rebuild project after destructive earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. 

Hiring a motorhome in Christchurch

Christchurch is roughly in the middle of the east coast of the South Island, making it the perfect jumping point for any motorhome holiday. Motorhome Republic helps travellers choose from 34 fleets, with everything from budget and cheap campervan hire to luxurious RVs in the range. You can head away for a few days to closer areas such as Banks Peninsula and Hanmer Springs, or opt for a two, three, or four-week trip and visit areas as far south as Bluff or as far north as Nelson, or anywhere in between. 

Where to go with your Campervan Hire from Christchurch

One of the closest spots is also one of the most quaint and picturesque in the country – Akaroa Harbour. Just one hour from the city over Banks Peninsula, Akaroa is a small seaside township with French origins that is perfect for a day or two of relaxed walks, boutique shopping and time spent on the water. 
We can highly recommend a trip inland to Hanmer Springs, which less than two hours from Christchurch. This is where you’ll find glorious natural hot pools, beautiful walking tracks, and adventurous activities such as bungy jumping and jetboating. 
On the coast two hours to the north of Christchurch lies Kaikoura, a place known for its exceptional seafood and whale watching opportunities. It’s a classic small-town New Zealand location and well-worth a visit if you’re driving through. For those looking for a campground within close proximity to Kaikoura's top attractions, Donegal House provides both powered and non-powered sites on beautiful facilities with a restaurant and bar.
To the west of Christchurch you can drive through the alps to Arthur’s Pass and on to the West Coast. These often-rainy locations will give you a glimpse of the wild south, and are dotted with scenic stops and walking tracks. 

If you’re visiting during winter, Christchurch is close to plenty of fantastic ski fields for a few days on the slopes. Mt Hutt, Porter’s Pass and Mt Cheeseman are all within an hour or two of the city. 
Head south of Christchurch in your campervan hire down the coast for 4.5 hours and you’ll reach Dunedin, a renowned university town with a famous Cadbury chocolate factory and a beautiful train station at its heart. 
One of the most-visited and famous South Island attractions is the Fiordland National Park, which is an eight-hour drive from Christchurch in a motorhome rental. The area encompasses the fiords of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and is easily one of the most jaw-droppingly stunning places in New Zealand, if not the world. 
Not far from Fiordland is Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Here you can hike, bungy jump, take a ride on a jetboat, sky dive, fish, go boating, zipline, and do just about any other adventure activity you can think of. In winter, the area becomes a snow bunny’s dream, as it’s surrounded by fantastic mountains such as Coronet Peak and Cardrona. 

Best times to hire a campervan in Christchurch

Christchurch enjoys temperatures that make for a great campervan hire nz holiday year-round. 
In summer, the city tends to be dry with temperatures reaching between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. In winter, temperatures can drop to as low as a handful of degrees, although snowfall to low levels is quite rare and doesn’t tend to stay on the ground for more than a day or two.

Christchurch Information

A city rebuilding… but with so much still to offer

Known as the ‘Garden City’ and located to the east of the South Island, a Campervan Hire from Christchurch is an ideal holiday for a number of reasons. Not only is it undergoing a rebirth after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, but it is also the perfect launching point for a number of iconic New Zealand road trips.

On the banks of the Avon River, Christchurch is a region of parklands, galleries, historical buildings and a people with indomitable spirit. Despite the significant damage the earthquakes caused, the New York Times labelled it the ‘World’second-best place to visit’ in early 2014. Any journey to New Zealand would not be complete without a campervan rental in Christchurch.

Why should I travel to Christchurch?

Christchurch is special for a number of reasons. It has a uniquely European feel and there is a new energy and vibrancy about the region. The locals are determined not to let the natural tragedies of recent years keep them down. This means innovation is everywhere, with the Re:START outdoor retail precinct, new apartments and hotels completed, and of course all the outdoor activities and attractions still there for you if you want to try something different. 

Top five things to do in Christchurch/Canterbury

  • Christchurch Gondola: Pretty self-explanatory, this special trip is just 15 minutes from the town centre at 10 Bridle Path Road. With a cafe and a ‘Shop at the Top’, there’s plenty more to do, as well as taking in the stunning sights of the Southern Alps.
  • Kaikoura: The whale-watching capital of the world, it’s only a couple of hours from Christchurch in your RV rental – and you can also get up close and personal with dolphins and fur seals. One of the most stunning, untouched natural havens on the planet.
  • Snow sports: One hour and 45 minutes west is Mt Hutt Ski Area on The Big Mountain. Whether you snowboard or ski, this family friendly mountain offers basic coaching, different terrain, advanced slopes and a fantastic welcome.
  • Golfing heaven: It’s not difficult to store your golf clubs in a motorhome hire, so if you want to hit the fairways, Canterbury has more than 40 courses in the region. Hagley Golf Club and Clearwater are just to options.
  • Boots made for walking: For those more active travellers, there are numerous walking routes in the local areas around Christchurch. Akaroa & Banks Peninsula is a particular highlight, just 90 mins away. From an ancient volcano to reserves and forest land, get planning and put your best foot forward. Or there’s Akaroa Jet Adventures, if you want to give your motorhome rental a rest and travel the ocean wave at high speed!

Taste sensations: Food and drink is a culture of its own in Canterbury, so if you fancy a change from the stove of your motorhome rental, indulge in a food and wine trail. They include North Canterbury, Selwyn and Mid Canterbury.
"Christchurch's culture is now one of creative regeneration, which makes it such an interesting place."

A Christchurch Overview

A truly remarkable city, Christchurch’s spirit is shining stronger than ever following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Innovation, combined with a typical Kiwi can-do attitude, has seen the Garden City blossom once more as it continues to regenerate. There are exciting new places to go, while things to do have sprung up in every neighbourhood.
Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the stunning South Island for those travelling by air. Punts glide down the Avon River, the rolling Port Hills guard the city to the south, and a short drive in your campervan hire will deliver some of the world’s best scenery.

Great Night's Sleep

Hotels in Christchurch are few, as the city centre was hardest hit by the earthquake. However, there are still options - a great one is the Pavilions Hotel in the new heart of the city, near Hagley Park. Backpackers, bed and breakfasts, motels and lodges are plentiful in the city suburbs. Travellers on a budget will love the Jailhouse accommodation - a funky and newly renovated hostel which was once Addington Prison. Although accommodation won't be such an issue once you've picked up your campervan rental.

The Arena for all Seasons

Christchurch hosts many events, covering a wide range of interests and communities. Canterbury Arena attracts big-name concerts and the arts scene is abuzz year-round with music, theatre and exhibitions, along with the city’s unique annual World Busker’s Festival. Sport highlights include cricket at the Hagley Oval, motorsport and the Christchurch Marathon. The biggest annual event is the Ellerslie Flower Show at North Hagley Park – one of the region’s top ten things to do.

A Variety of Tastes on the Menu

There are plenty of interesting eateries, with almost any kind of cuisine available. Meat and produce are usually fresh and delicious, courtesy of nearby farms and crops of the Canterbury Plains. Burmese restaurant Bodhi Tree can be found in Fendalton, with great vegetarian options available at the Lotus Heart on Saint Asaph Street. The Farmers’ Market is a Mecca for foodies. Parking may be limited if you are driving a campervan rental.

A Taste of Old England

Christchurch is at the heart of the Canterbury region, bounded by the beautiful braided Waimakariri River to the north, the Port Hills to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the east. Its central position in the South Island means that getting around is easy, and the city makes a great base for the exciting adventures on offer.
The people of Christchurch have shown to be resilient, and many have come from far afield to support the city. Those of European ancestry make up the majority of the city’s population and are mixed with a wide variety of Pacific peoples and ethnicities from all over the world.
The city has a stately, English feel to it, thanks partly to the Avon River and its elegant punts, but underneath that first impression lies a modern edge - a new shopping centre mall made entirely of shipping containers has been constructed, and you’ll find the iconic Court Theatre in a warehouse.  An old refrigerator sits on a street corner containing books to be freely exchanged, a gap filler for the Christchurch library. The destroyed Cathedral, once the centrepoint of the CBD, has been replaced with a new house of worship constructed of sturdy cardboard tubes. Christchurch’s culture is now one of creative regeneration, which makes it such an interesting place.

The Great Outdoors

Hagley Park is 164 hectares of open space and gardens right in the central city. It is a Christchurch institution, and one of the best places to visit – not only for the lovely green space but also the golf course, botanic gardens and Canterbury Museum all located on the grounds. It also contains sports grounds and often hosts large-scale events.

Christchurch Gardens

The RE:START container mall provides a splash of colour and retail therapy on the edge of the CBD. The labyrinth of colourful refurbished containers showcases 30 retailers and cafés, both local and chains. There are also bars here for late-night entertainment. Other shipping container pop-ups can be seen in other parts of the city as a fun and temporary solution to the earthquake recovery process.
Day trips are a great option for those who have picked up their campervan hire. Where to visit? The lovely French-influenced town of Akaroa is an hour drive and is a pretty settlement in the natural Akaroa Harbour. Swimming with dolphins is a popular activity here. Woodend Beach also makes a good trip and a shorter one at only half an hour from the city. The ocean-facing beach is backed by a domain with a playground for the little ones and plenty of space for picnics, walks and general recreation.

A Wheely Good Deal

Bicycles are a popular transport option for locals in flat Christchurch, and there are operators who rent bikes so visitors can join in the fun and try a slightly different method of getting around. There is an extensive bus network through all suburbs. You will find Central Station on Lichfield Street, with an information kiosk and screens tracking bus movements. The iconic tramway is back on track and operates a small loop around the CBD. Long-distance coach companies, including Intercity and Naked Bus, can take you to other major South Island cities.

A Crisp Outlook for Christchurch

Christchurch’s climate is relatively temperate but can get very hot in summer. Winter sees snow falling on the city around once every two years. Some of the most spectacular days in the city are cold, clear winter mornings, when a frost on the ground generally indicates a beautifully crisp and sunny day.

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