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.
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.