From the minute you pick up your hire car in Christchurch you'll be able to take off on an adventure. Here is why you should go...
Car rental in Christchurch is available from either the airport or from downtown locations. Pre-booking through TravelSupermarket will allow you to save money and get a cheap car hire deal.
Christchurch has had a tough time in recent years. Originally known as 'the Garden City', the devastating earthquakes of 2010/2011 left much of the city centre destroyed. It is now in the process of being rebuilt, and is very much a city in transit.
Despite this, now, more than ever, is a great time to visit, as the tragedy has super-charged the city with creativity which has resulted in the birth of a shopping centre built out of shipping containers, a 'cardboard cathedral' and a quake exhibition centre.
And there are still a number of great attractions intact. Maybe you fancy punting down the River Avon, visiting the stunning botanic gardens, or taking a trip to Hagley Park.
However, Christchurch's biggest draw is that is an ideal base and the gateway to the South Island, where natural beauty abounds.
Jaw-dropping landscape awaits in New Zealand's South Island, so what are you waiting for? Here are some suggestions for places to visit in your hire car...
Fancy a tipple? Fifty miles north of Christchurch lies the Waipara Valley in Canterbury which is the area's premier wine-growing region. Popular grapes such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris are all grown here and a drive to the region would allow you to visit a variety of vineyards and wineries - however, if you are planning to do a spot of wine tasting, make sure someone else does the driving!
Nature lovers will be in their element by taking a trip to Kaikoura which is situated between the Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. From here you can take a whale watching tour and may encounter sperm whales, dolphins, seals and marine birds.
For truly outstanding scenery, you could take a trip to Mount Cook - Australasia's highest mountain and known as 'cloud piercer' by the Maori people. This will take you between four and five hours, but it will be well worth it. Your journey will be one of contrasts, travelling through the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. You could also stop off at stunning Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo.
If you're feeling sporty, closer to home you could visit Adrenalin Forest, which is 20 minutes north of the city. This is an aerial assault course with more than 80 activities and is sure to get the adrenalin pumping!
Christchurch car rentals are available from a wide variety of pick-up points throughout the city. Find the best deal with TravelSupermarket's price-comparison engine.