Campervan Hire Christchurch

Christchurch is the perfect place to start your road trip on the South Island of New Zealand. The Spaceships campervan hire Christchurch depot is located only 2.6 kilometres from the airport. Hire a Spaceships camper for 21 days or more and you get a free transfer from Christchurch airport to our depot. Sweet as.

Our customised campervans are perfect for discovering the South Island. You're allowed to drive on gravel roads, so you can go wherever you want to. To make your New Zealand road trip easy we have two guidebooks for you. These guidebooks (250 pages each) will help you to discover New Zealand's remote and untouched places. You'll get them for free with your Spaceships hire.

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Spaceships campervan hire Christchurch address

28 Sheffield Crescent

Free phone 0800 772 237 for reservations and enquiries or phone (+64) 03 358 7384 to talk with the Christchurch Depot directly. 



Opening hours of Spaceships campervan hire Christchurch

23 May - 24 September (open Monday - Friday)

  • Pick-up: from 9am to 5pm
  • Drop-off: from 9am to 5pm

25 September 2016 - 05 May 2017 (open Monday - Sunday)

  • Pick-up: from 9am to 5pm
  • Drop-off: from 9am to 5pm

After-hours service is available year-round for your campervan hire in Christchurch. Please contact us to arrange an after hours pick up or drop off.

We are closed on 25 December and 1 January.

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Holiday Parks and Hotels in the Christchurch area

Want to have an easy start of your South Island road trip and don't want to drive for too long on your first day? Have a good night's rest at one of these holiday parks. Or check out the free map for free campgrounds in the area.

Meadow Park Holiday Park and Motel
39 Meadow Street, Christchurch
Phone: 0900 396 323

Russley Park Motorcamp
372 Yaldhurst Road, Christchurch
Phone: 03 342 7021

Commodore Hotel
447 Memorial Ave, Russley
Phone: 03 358 22


Explore Christchurch and its surroundings

As the largest city of the South Island, Christchurch has heaps to offer. Although the city has changed as a result of the 2010-2011 earthquakes (info) it still has loads to offer.

One of the first new initiatives in the city was Re:START Mall, a pop-up mall made out of shipping containers. It was only meant as a temporary shopping solution, but due to its popularity, it’s still open today. At Re:START Mall you’ll find an interesting mix of shops, cafes and food truck-like eateries. It’s the perfect place for a yummy lunch or a simple yet tasty dinner.

Being named the Garden City there are many public parks to visit. Park your Spaceship camper nearby and enjoy a walk in the park. Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a must-see.

Hagley Park because it’s home to events like the Christchurch Lantern Festival, Cadbury Easter Eggstravaganza and the Wine & Food Festival. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens cover an area of 21 hectares. To name a few things to do and see:

  • Central Rose Garden with over 250 varieties of roses
  • The Fernery with a collection of typical New Zealand ferns
  • The Water Garden with lilies and irises


Banks Peninsula (Akaroa), an easy drive from Christchurch

Are you ready to hit the road after exploring Christchurch? Then Banks Peninsula is a beautiful place for the next stop on your self-drive tour of the South Island. This peninsula of volcanic origin covers an area of approximately 1,150 square kilometres.

Akaroa is a small but beautiful harbour town on Banks Peninsula. The town’s Māori name is Kāi Tahu, meaning Long Harbour.  It’s only a 1-hour drive to Akaroa from Christchurch, which is easy to do for your fuel-efficient Spaceship. Simply follow State Highway 75 for 84 kilometres and you’re there.

In Summer it can get quite busy in Akaroa as it’s a popular resort town for New Zealanders and tourists. But it’s not only humans who love to visit Akaroa. The Akaroa Harbour is often visited by Hector dolphins, making the town a perfect place for a swim-with-the-dolphins boat tour.

For Spaceships campervan hire Akaroa is also a very special place as we have an ongoing planting initiative with over 48,000 trees and plants being planted over the past years.


Where to go next from Christchurch?

Now it’s time to start your actual road trip. No matter which direction you choose amazing scenery and exciting activities await you.

Whether you follow State Highway 1 North to Kaikoura to do some whale spotting, swimming with the dolphins or enjoying a Crayfish at the famous Kaikoura Seafood BBQ Kiosk. Or travel South on the same State Highway to go to Timaru for the Timaru Boulders or to Oamaru for the Steampunk Museum. The South Island has heaps to offer, and it all starts with your campervan hire in Christchurch. Check out our suggested itineraries for the South Island. 

You’ll get two travel guide books for free with every Spaceships hire, so you’ll always have inspiration to do and see more amazing sights off the beaten path. One of the many perks with your Spaceships campervan hire in Christchurch or Auckland.


Exploring both islands?

Whether you’re picking up your Spaceships campervan in Christchurch or Auckland, it doesn’t mean you have to drop it off at the same location. We like you to enjoy New Zealand to the max and want to offer you the most flexible way of travelling.

We don’t charge for one-way rentals, so you can pick-up your Spaceship in Christchurch and drop it off in Auckland or vice versa. It’s all part of our no hidden costs policy. That’s what we call all-inclusive campervan hire. Christchurch is your gateway to the South Island, and Spaceships is the perfect campervan to explore the outer space of the South Island.

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