TRAVELLING UNDER THE RED AND ORANGE TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM, FROM 3 DEC 2021: Airlines, ferries and other transport operators will require you to have your vaccine pass or negative test before you can travel, and the same applies if you are crossing the Auckland border (after 15 Dec).  Whilst our industry is not required to check vaccine passes, when you collect your car or use our shuttle service, please mask up, scan in and follow physical distancing guidelines. Contactless transactions can be arranged, just let us know in advance if this is your preference, you have a mask exemption, or if you are exiting an MIQ facility - we will be only too happy to assist.  Contact our national reservations centre during business hours 0830-1700 daily on or 0800 52 52 10. 

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Discover vibrant Christchurch with our reliable, affordable Omega rental cars. Grab one of our unbeatable rental car deals today and explore on your terms – relax amongst heritage parks and lakes, enjoy fine dining, and visit adrenaline-packed attractions in the South Island’s largest city.

It’s easy to hire a car in Christchurch from our Omega City Centre depot. You’ll find our city Christchurch car hire branch conveniently close to the most popular local hotels and hostels. 

Please note that this location is manned to suit bookings only, so if you don't have an existing booking give us a call to make arrangements.  

Grab a fantastic deal with Omega car rental in Christchurch and we’ll have your car waiting for collection when you arrive. We offer affordable rates, friendly service 7 days a week, free travel guides and the cheapest insurance waiver rates in New Zealand.


Christchurch Car Hire Locations


You will find car hire at Christchurch airport, located at 158 Orchard Rd, Mustang Park, Harewood. Simply call our toll-free number on 0800 11 21 21 and a friendly Omega representative will collect you in the Omega Shuttle Bus and take you to our depot, just 5 minutes away.

Things to do in Christchurch

Swim with Hector's Dolphins in Akaroa

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Keytag Bonus -  $5 discount!

The Hector’s Dolphin, the smallest dolphin in the world, is only found in New Zealand waters and Akaroa is the only place that you can swim with them, making this truly a once in a lifetime experience. Read more >>>  


Visit Porters Ski Area

Porters Ski Area offers great value skiing for all the family with special group rates and runs to suit all abilities. If you are looking for exciting things to do in the South Island, take Porters new Easy Rider chairlift and get out on the slopes. Read more >>>

Skiing Adventure with Methven Heliskiing

Methven Heliski will take you to the magnificent Arrowsmiths, a mighty mountain range. Be prepared to have your breath taken away and be assured that you will find the experiences Methven Heliski offer exhilarating and heart pumping. Read more >>>

Why Omega

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Snow chains may be required if you are heading to the mountain in the winter ski season.  Chains are supplied in pairs and can be fitted to your vehicle's tyres to provide maximum traction when driving through snow and ice. Please book in advance as the chains are specific to the size of the tyres on the particular vehicle you have booked.

Cost:  $25 for the full duration of your hire

Fitting your Snow Chains: The videos below show you how to fit snow chains to your vehicle. At Omega we use 2 types of chains and while you won't know which type you'll receive until you come to collect your car, taking a look at the videos below will give you a head start and they both include important tips it helps to know in advance!



Hiring a Car in Christchurch

With a convenient central location, our Omega Christchurch car rentals depot is a short taxi ride from the most popular hotels – or you can walk from the city centre or use a bus. The bus stops 300 metres from the depot, where you can hire a car to explore the city and beyond – on your terms.

It’s easy to secure a car rental in Christchurch with us. Book online to get the keys to your Christchurch car rental and be on the road as soon as possible when you arrive in town. For effortless local navigation, choose one of our complimentary travel guides and tour maps with you.


Cheap Rental Cars in Christchurch

Our Christchurch rental cars are a modern fleet of sedans, hatches, MPVs and SUVs. For added safety, all vehicles are outfitted with airbags. 24hr AA roadside assist is included for any unexpected mishaps. We can supply children’s safety seats on request.

At Omega, you save more with every additional day you hire rental cars in Christchurch. For more savings, check out our relocation specials. If you travel regularly for business, save with our amazing Business Club rates by joining our Omega Business Club.

We guarantee that there are no hidden charges in your Christchurch car rental. The rental price listed is the price you’ll pay and that includes standard insurance, unlimited kilometres and GST.


Christchurch Car Hire FAQs


How much does it cost to hire a car in Christchurch?

We supply car rentals in Christchurch to suit any budget. From economy sedans through to luxury SUVs, we have the perfect vehicle to take you and your passengers from A to B.

Save even more money per day by extending your rental period. Make sure you get in early to secure a rental car during holiday periods, as demand during these times is high and prices can increase.


What is the most popular rental car in Christchurch?

Year-round, our Premium Budget (Mazda Demio or Toyota Vitz) and Economy Car (Nissan Tiida) categories are the most popular rental cars in Christchurch, closely followed by our Premium Elites (Toyota Corollas).  These are comfortable, easy to drive and economical cars which make it easy to explore Christchurch and the surrounding areas.  4WD SUVs are popular in Winter, of course, for those getting out to the region's ski fields.


How can I find car rentals near me in Christchurch?

For car rental in central Christchurch, Omega has a depot in Christchurch city centre at 252 Lichfield Street, and a depot close to the Christchurch airport at 158 Orchard Rd, Mustang Park, Harewood.


How much does an intermediate car rental cost in Christchurch?

Begin the search for your hire car in Christchurch by browsing our fleet online. Select the vehicle that best suits your needs, location, pick up and drop off dates and you’ll receive an instant quote.


How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Christchurch?

Take advantage of incredible price reductions by hiring your rental car in Christchurch for longer. The daily rate drops considerably the more days you rent.


What type of car is recommended for driving in Christchurch?

Our late model sedans and hatches are the perfect car rentals in Christchurch for zipping around the city centre. We have premium, family, or luxury SUVs for tackling more rugged terrain. Need more seats? Everyone gets a comfy ride in style with our 8-seat MPVs. 


What's the speed limit in Christchurch?

Within the Christchurch city centre, the speed limit is now set to 30km/hr. Outside the city, many speed limits have been reduced to 70km/hr. Be sure to check posted speed limits when you leave the CBD.


How are petrol prices in Christchurch?

On average, Christchurch motorists are currently paying between NZD 2.32 to NZD 2.44 per litre for unleaded petrol.


Where are the best places to park in Christchurch?

Christchurch City Council provides on-street parking and multi-storey car park buildings and is currently trialling a PayMyPark smartphone app from January 2020. Keep an eye out for the stickers on parking metres to indicate the area you are parked in. Input that area into the app, pay and adhere to the time restrictions.


Where can I drive from Christchurch?

You’ll find an abundance of options for day trips around Christchurch. It’s easy to extend your rental period if you want more time to check them all out – contact us today.

One hour’s drive south will lead you to the harbour town of Akaroa. Surround yourself with local Kiwi island history, native and rare wildlife, dramatic scenery, and delight your tastebuds with their famous coffee and pies.

1 hour and 45 minutes north, you’ll find the hot springs, mountain bike riding tracks and hiking tracks of Hanmer Springs, with eye-opening views of forests and mountains. In winter, Hanmer Springs is a haven to ski, snowboard and ice-skate.

Two hours south-west of Christchurch is the vibrant town of Geraldine. Get off the tourist trail and check out the awe-inspiring views of the Southern Alps, as well as independent art galleries, street art and local handicrafts in town.