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Frequently asked questions

What are the major attractions in Christchurch?
If your trip to Christchurch is all sorted out but your travel itinerary is a little on the empty side, we can give you a few hints and tips.You’ll need to wake up early if you’re planning to see all the interesting sights that this place has to offer. Canterbury Museum and Mona Vale are no-brainers. Riccarton House and New Brighton Beach shouldn’t be overlooked either.Stop by Christchurch Casino. It’s one attraction you’ll find on many travelers’ to-do lists. Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens are also not far away and worth taking the time to see.
What are the best road trip destinations near Christchurch?
We know you’re eager to test out your new wheels. How about venturing out on a day trip to Akaroa? Just 30 miles away, roll down your windows and enjoy the wind in your hair on the way there. Akaroa Lighthouse should be toward the top of your list here. Akaroa Museum and Linton The Giant House are must-see attractions too. Waipara is another popular option. It’s 35 miles away and offers a range of intriguing things to do. Waipara Springs Winery, Waipara Hills and Weka Pass Railway are just the start.
Where are the best beaches near Christchurch?
Nothing says vacation like loading up the car with supplies and driving to the coast. Christchurch has some fantastic beaches close by, so grab a book (and a kite if it’s windy) and head to one of these popular options:

  • New Brighton Beach (5 miles away).
  • Sumner Beach (6 miles away).
  • Spencer Park (8 miles away).

Where are the best convention centers near Christchurch?
If you’re hoping to do some serious networking in the convention centers of Christchurch, it’d be smart to secure a rental car. That way, you can go for a spin, take a look at the surrounding area and be sure that you’ll get to your event on time. You’ll most likely be heading to one of these places:

  • Lincoln Event Centre (11 miles away).
  • Larcomb Vineyard (11 miles away).

What kind of rental car should I get for Christchurch?
Some people find dodging traffic in big cities a little daunting. But in a compact or mini car, getting around Christchurch will be a cinch. Rather spend your time discovering the surrounding shingle seashores? Check out our wide range of mid-size and full-size SUVs. With plenty of room and power under the hood, these larger rides will make those scenic drives even more unforgettable. Crossing off all the attractions and activities that Christchurch is famous for has never been easier with your own wheels.
Should I get a luxury rental car in Christchurch?
There’s more than enough choice when it comes to renting a car in Christchurch. From swish SUVs with loads of space for luggage to zippy compacts that make parking a cinch, you’ll find it all here. Choosing your ride depends on your budget and what you intend to do. There are some road trips that are just begging you to splurge on your dream ride, whereas other adventures don’t need more than a bargain, no-frills type model.
Is it difficult to park in Christchurch?
You’ll discover loads of places to leave your car in Christchurch. Even in the thick of the action, there’s usually a spot right where you need it.
Does Christchurch have peak-hour traffic?
One awesome thing about motoring around a smaller city is lighter traffic, so you don’t have to worry a whole lot about peak-hour gridlock. With a population of approximately 363,900, you can look forward to a smooth Christchurch driving experience.
Are there speed limits in Christchurch?
Most residential zones in the city of Christchurch have a 40km/h speed limit. Outside these built-up areas, the speed limits normally range between 40km/h and 100km/h.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in Christchurch District?
Generally, one of two things will happen. Your car rental company may bill the amount of the fine to your credit card. This is the more common practice. Or it may forward your contact details to the relevant local authority so the fine is sent directly to you.
Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Christchurch?
Like many places, standard cell phone usage is not permitted while cruising around Christchurch. However, there is an exception for hands-free or Bluetooth functions. Just ensure you keep your eyes on the road.
What are the rules around drink driving in Christchurch?
In Christchurch, it is a criminal offence to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content) higher than 0.05%. If you’re going to have a few drinks over dinner, leave the rental car behind.
Is turning on a red light allowed in Christchurch?
Yes, drivers are allowed to turn on a red light in Christchurch. Before making the maneuver, you are required to stop the car completely. Proceed only when your way is clear of oncoming traffic.
Are seat belts compulsory in Christchurch District?
Although there are some exceptions, seat belts must be worn in Christchurch District.

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