Affordable Car Rentals Ltd.
52 Athol Terrace, Upper Riccarton,
Office hours: 08:00a.m. - 06:00p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
International Phone: +64 3 377 5582
Freephone 0800 AFFORD (0800 233 673)
Fax: +64 3 377 5583
Pick up and drop off at the airport couldn’t be easier. Providing all the paperwork is completed by email prior to the hire, we have an arrangement with a company at the airport that is opened 24/7.
Simply use their free phone in the terminal, they pick you up and take you to your car – you just drive away.
Drop off is just the the reverse – leave the car and key with them; they drop you to the front door of the terminal. This service is FREE for hires over 3 days, even outside of business hours.
Christchurch is re-emerging as one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities after the earthquake. After shocks are not as frequent and are on a much smaller scale now. Whilst there are many vacant land areas, static monuments to where buildings once stood, the reconstruction phase has begun. Much of the city still lives up to its reputation as the garden city which features its botanical gardens and parkland, Hagley Park, which has the beautiful Avon River meandering through it.
The biggest change since the earthquake is the migration by shops, entertainment activities and residents west, south and north of the centre. The area dubbed SoMo, “south of Moorhouse Ave”, now houses the city’s professional Court Theatre and is the home of the city’s well known Crusaders rugby team situated in Addington.
Many shops that have stayed or re-opened in the have impressive displays in converted shipping containers – presented so well one barely realises the shop is operating in such conditions. Bringing commercial life back to the CBD, the Re:Start development show cases almost 30 retailers in Cashel Street Mall. This shopping centre is close to the Christchurch Museum (which houses the i-site visitor centre) and the main bus exchange, and is in easy walking distance of Affordable Car Rentals.
Once you have hired one of our cars, take a trip up the Mt Cavendish Gondola on the port hills (scheduled to open soon). At the summit is an information centre and restaurant. The vista across the Canterbury plains to the Southern Alps, as well as the city lights at night, are stunning. Also worth a visit is the Antarctic Centre situated near the airport. Christchurch is the main departure point for Operation Deep Freeze which services the men and women working on the ice at the South Pole. The Antarctic Centre includes penguins, real snow and a Hagglund ride.
New Zealand’s wildlife and endangered species can be seen in the open at Orama Park and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. These facilities have a large variety of animals including Kiwi. They allow you to get up close and personal too.
At Affordable Car Rentals we are more than happy to assist you planning your visit to Christchurch and the rest of the South Island. Our staff know and love New Zealand. It would be our pleasure to direct you to places you are interested in.
To the north of Christchurch, drive through the Waipara wine-growing region, where you can enjoy wine tasting and gourmet meals at one of several vineyard restaurants.
A little further north is the alpine thermal resort of Hanmer Springs. There, soak in hot pools and enjoy spa facilities or hydroslides.
Take a walk up Conical Hill for a 360° view of the town, forests, river and mountains.
Walk beside, or in, forest streams, take mountain-bikes for spin, while jet-boating and bungy-jumping are amongst many other outdoor pursuits available.
If traveling through the Lewis Pass, there are more Hot Springs at Maruia to warm the body.
Proceeding up State Highway 1, just over 2 hours from Christchurch, is the town of Kaikoura and its world-class whale watching facilities, bird colonies and seals.
Beware of angry seals that might challenge you if you get too close.
Ski fields in Lake Tekapo, Ohau, Mt Dobson, Wanaka and Queenstown beckon the fit and keen skiers and snow-boarders.
Visit the historic Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo with its stunning view out of the church window across the lake to the mountains.
Climb the hill above Benmore Hydro dam, the largest earth-built dam in the southern hemisphere when it was built 50 years ago.
The view from the top is amazing–see Mt Cook, many lakes and rivers and mountains.
See the stupendous old ‘Moeraki boulders’, south of Oamaru, on your way to the former Scottish settlement of Dunedin, home to a colony of the world’s largest birds, the albatross.
So, you see there’s plenty to see and do. All you need is an Affordable Car Rental to get there and enjoy it all.
Near to Christchurch lies the old port town of Lyttelton, and its harbour– once the crater of a volcano that is now dormant but clearly identifiable
You can reach Lyttelton through a tunnel, or over the top of the Port Hills via the seaside village of Sumner–well worth a swim on a hot day.
You can make a round trip by driving around the bays to Governor’s Bay and up the Port Hills to the top for a delicious coffee and cake experience at the Sign of the Kiwi.
From there you can view the Canterbury Plains, mountains, and, with a 10 minute walk, the whole of Lyttelton Harbour.
A 1.5 hour drive across Banks Peninsula’s volcanic hills takes you to the picturesque French settlement of Akaroa.
Enjoy the colonial architecture, craft stores, cafes and wineries, stop over at a French Farm or cruise out onto the harbour, for scenic, fishing and wildlife adventures.
Those wanting a 2- or 4-day walking experience should try the world-renowned Banks Peninsula Walkway.
Ski fields in winter and hot air balloons throughout the year are two of many outdoor attractions in the inland mid-Canterbury town of Methven.
The skiing season runs from June to October. Mount Hutt, Craigieburn, Porter Heights are the best known local skifields. Forest walks and ridges climbed lead to glorious views across the plains and mountains.
Arthur’s Pass on State Highway 73 is just over half way to the West Coast. Several ski fields on either side of the pass, plus waterfalls, bush and mountain walks, and a classy Information Centre add to your trip.
By the time you reach the West Coast, you’ll have plans laid to visit Punakaiki, with its blow holes showering sea spray high in the air, and its pancake rocks; a one hour return bush walk in Runanga to the Coal Creek Falls; Greymouth’s Jade Boulder Gallery, selling greenstone carvings, and Shantytown, where you can pan for gold and experience life as the early Chinese and other settlers experienced it.
Head south to Hokitika, with its glass-blowing factory and famous fish and chip shop, and the glaciers, Fox and Franz Joseph. Remember to keep to the marked tracks. Many who didn’t lost their lives from falling ice.
An early morning rise and short drive takes you to Lake Matheson with its mirror-image reflections of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps.