Book Budget car rentals at Christchurch Airport

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Budget car rental prices at Christchurch Airport

CompactC$ 73/day
IntermediateC$ 83/day
SUVC$ 70/day
Full-size SUVC$ 132/day
Passenger VanC$ 154/day
Intermediate SUVC$ 68/day
Supplier choiceC$ 69/day
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Overall Rating9.0 WonderfulBased on 4 reviews
Value for money

Recent reviews

Traveler rating
Car was it ready at pickup. Waited over an hour. Everything else was very goodReviewed 25 Nov. 2023
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Cons:More trouble trying to drop car off because of the system want to charge us more than quotedReviewed 6 May 2018
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Awful experience - rude, unhelpful desk person, noPros:We did not like anything but the online booking process. The rest was painful.Cons:Our flight came in late and we missed the pick up window. I emailed Budget to let them know, but this message didn't get through to the rental location. When we picked up our car, the woman was not very friendly and said we missed our window and it was given away. She said they had no cars left for us. She did not give us other options of where to rent or what to do in this situation. She did not show sympathy either. Do not rent from Budget. We went with Europcar in the end. They were nice and had a great car for us (and their counter was right next to the Budget one).Reviewed 27 Feb. 2017
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Pros:The car was decent, ran fine and fulfilled our needs. It was nothing special or out of the ordinary, just a basic Toyota Corolla, but it did the job.Cons:We could've used some instructions on pickup and return - in a foreign country we didn't know if processes would all be the same. A little disappointed that the car was a Corolla when we booked "Camry or similar" since the Camry really is a significantly nicer car.Reviewed 24 Feb. 2017
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Budget car rentals near Christchurch Airport


Terminal Building


Monday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
Tuesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
Wednesday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
Thursday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
Friday00:00 - 01:3006:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
Sunday00:00 - 01:3006:00 - 23:59


+64 3 357 0231


78 Orchard Road


Monday07:45 - 17:00
Tuesday07:45 - 17:00
Wednesday07:45 - 17:00
Thursday07:45 - 17:00
Friday07:45 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00

Top tips for renting a car from Budget at Christchurch Airport

  • If you want to save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint, you can rent a fully electric or hybrid vehicle at Budget car rentals at Christchurch International Airport (CHC). When you pick up your electric car, don't forget to ask the staff at Budget where you can find the best charging stations in the city. Before you return your electric vehicle at Christchurch International Airport, check to make sure the charge level is the same as when you picked up the vehicle.
  • Budget car rentals at Christchurch Airport is open every day from 6 am until 1:30 am. However, if you need to return your car after-hours, the process is simple. Once you arrive at the airport, look for signs reading “Budget car return.” After you find the return location, complete the contract, record the mileage and fuel level, and remove personal items from the vehicle. Next, place the contract and the keys in the clearly marked drop box.
  • Once you arrive at Budget car rentals at Christchurch Airport, you can choose the insurance plan that makes you feel most comfortable. Keep in mind that the Loss Damage Waiver (LDS) is already included in your rental price. However, you can add Zero Excess, which lowers your liability to zero if you damage the car. You can also opt for Excess Reduction (ER), which lowers your liability but doesn’t reduce it to zero.
  • The lines at Budget car rentals at Christchurch Airport are usually not as long as the ones at other locations in the city. This allows you to hit the road quickly after your flight and get to your next destination. However, during busy times of the year, such as summer vacation, Christmas, New Year, etc. the lines can be long, so we recommend planning accordingly.
  • Book your rental car at Christchurch Airport from Budget at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars from Budget at Christchurch Airport are around 38% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car from Budget at Christchurch Airport

  • What add-ons are available for Budget car rentals at Christchurch International Airport?

    This Budget rental car location offers more add-ons than other Budget locations. If you require child safety seats, you can request them during booking at no additional fee. Drivers who book a full-size SUV, premium SUV, or standard size SUV can add the Ski Package, which includes a ski rack and tire chains. You can also request tire chains for other vehicle types. Other add-ons available at this location include roadside assistance, roadside assistance plus, and an additional driver.

  • Which Budget car rental at Christchurch Airport should I choose for a road trip through New Zealand’s South Island?

    Christchurch is an excellent jumping-off point for a road trip to Queenstown or along the West Coast. The roads are well-connected and generally well-maintained, which is good news for drivers. Depending on the number of people in your party, we recommend choosing a full-size SUV or an intermediate SUV. New Zealand’s South Island is known for its rugged natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor adventures, so you will likely need to fit hiking, sports, or camping gear in your vehicle. Both of these vehicle types have enough space to spread out on your road trip and to fit all of your essentials.

  • If I’m traveling to Christchurch on business, which is the best Budget car rental at Christchurch Airport?

    It can be difficult to find parking in Christchurch Central City, which is the business district, so we recommend booking a compact car. This type of vehicle is easier to squeeze into small parking spaces and is made for city driving. However, if you’re looking to upgrade your experience, you might want to choose a luxury car or a premium vehicle. This Budget location also offers a variety of sedans and economy cars that will meet our needs.

  • What is the most popular rental car from Budget at Christchurch Airport?

    Intermediate (Mazda CX-5 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Budget at Christchurch Airport.

  • Where can I find Budget car rentals at Christchurch Airport?

    Terminal Building is the closest Budget rental location to Christchurch Airport. The telephone number for this location is +64 3 357 0231.

  • Does Budget offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from Christchurch Airport (CHC)?