Travelling in the opposite direction? Rent a car from Queenstown to Christchurch

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One Way Rentals in New Zealand

Comparing one-way car hire around New Zealand is easy – simply enter your pickup and return locations and we’ll return the best deals for you.

There are several companies with depots at several locations around the North and South Island that will offer one-way rentals, including international brands like Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. You can rent a vehicle either from Queenstown to Christchurch or vice versa. There are no booking or hidden fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Distance from Christchurch to Queenstown

How far is it to drive from Christchurch to Queenstown?

It’s just over 480 kms from Christchurch to Queenstown. Plan for around 6 hours of driving time in good weather and road conditions.

Christchurch Airport

Can I pick up my car directly at Christchurch International Airport?

Yes, several providers offer cars at Christchurch Airport. Use the tool above for a quick comparison of prices.

Car Hire Christchurch to Queenstown – Availability

Do I have to book my car early?

Bookings are essential and while sometimes you may be able to get a car even a day before your trip, it’s best to book as early as you can. In peak holiday seasons availability is limited, especially on one way car hire. Booking early also can often let you lock in a better rate.

Not-To-Be-Missed Attractions

Around Queenstown

From gardens to hills, lakes and mountains – Queenstown is worth more than a visit. Plan at least a good few days in the area. Drive to Arrowtown for a blast of the past, or take a stroll around Moke Lake. There’s even an Arts Center and of course, as you would expect in any tourist destination in New Zealand, a Kiwi Birdlife Park.

Around Christchurch

While in Christchurch visit the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and botanic gardens in the city. If you’re after a chilly experience without actually getting cold stop at the International Antarctic Centre.

Or find out more about renting and driving a car in New Zealand.