Spaceships in Christchurch (South Island)
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!
Contactless pick-up process - COVID-19 update
Spaceships New Zealand continues to operate out of all of our New Zealand locations. The Spaceships Christchurch depot is open for business at COVID levels 1 and 2. Our pick-up & drop-off processes are fully contactless and automated, so you can pick up your campervan at any time of the day or night (24/7). We’ll give you all the information you need prior to pick up.
Spaceships Auckland has extremely high standards for checking and cleaning our campervans. We are proud to have been approved as COVID Clean Business by Qualmark. We will always keep our vehicles cleaned to the highest standards possible.
Please stay up to date and read the official updates from the NZ government relating to COVID-19.
Spaceships campervan hire Christchurch address160 Orchard Road
Freephone 0800 772 237 for reservations and enquiries or phone (+64) 03 358 7384 to talk with the Christchurch Depot directly.
Opening hours of Spaceships in Christchurch
- Opening hours: Monday - Friday (5 days a week) from 8am to 5pm
- Closed on Saturday and Sunday, also on 25 December and 1 January
- Extra info: all pick-ups and drop-offs are according to the after-hours (automated, self-service) process until further notice
- After-hours pick-up & drop-off: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! See for more info about this free service.
- Contactless pick-up & drop-off: Due to COVID-19 all pick-ups & drop-offs will run according to the after-hours process, which means that it's fully contactless.
Please contact us to arrange an after-hours pickup and/or drop off. It's a free service at Spaceships.
- Freephone 0800 772 237 for reservations and enquiries
- Or phone 03 358 7384 to talk with the Christchurch Depot directly.
- Email: email@example.com
Getting from Christchurch Airport to the Spaceships depot is super easy. Simply collect your bags and follow the signs for buses/transfer buses (straight ahead from the baggage collection area).
The transfer company we use is called Super Shuttle. There's usually one waiting as soon as you leave the airport. Otherwise, one will arrive in a few minutes. Tell the driver you want to go to Outer Space (Spaceships) and (s)he will take you there.
The transfer to our Christchurch depot is free if you're hiring a Spaceship for 21 days or longer... Or if you have used a special deal. For others, it'll be a fixed fare of $29.
What to bring at pick-up to the Christchurch depot?
Picking up a Spaceships campervan is an easy and fun process. You don't need to bring much to the depot. Just make sure you have your original national driving licence on you. See for more info about the pick-up process, what to bring and how we made the pick-up process easy and fun. Sneak preview: free coffee, free WiFi and free arcade games. It's fun being and staying a bit longer at our Christchurch depot.
Why hire a Spaceships campervan in Christchurch?
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. Combine them with the free Spaceships smartphone app and you'll have the best road trip ever.
Holiday Parks, ho(s)tels & campsites in 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 Spaceships app for Android & Apple devices for free & low-cost campgrounds in the area. Book your Christchurch accommodation online at the best rates available in the market. Or check out these favourites...
Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park (formerly Meadow Park Holiday Park)
- Address: 39 Meadow Street, Christchurch
- Phone: 03-352 9176
- More info: holiday park's website
- Distance from Spaceships Christchurch depot: 7 km
Commodore Airport Hotel
- Address: 449 Memorial Ave, Burnside, Christchurch 8053
- Phone: 03-358 8129
- More info: hotel's website
- Distance from Spaceships Christchurch: 2.5 km
All-Stars Inn (hostel)
- Address: 263 Bealey Ave, Edgeware, Christchurch 8013
- Phone: 03-366 6007
- More info: hostel's website
- Distance from Spaceships Christchurch: 8 km
- Good to know: heaps of free parking
And if you're well-rested and wanting to go to a campsite in the Christchurch area then these are great campsites for your first stop on your road trip.
Rakaia Gorge Camping Ground
- Address: 6686 Arundel Rakaia Gorge Rd, Mount Hutt 7782
- More info: website
- Distance from Spaceships Christchurch: 80 km
- Rate: $10 per person per night
- Good to know: excellent facilities like hot showers; amazing views over Rakaia Gorge
Or check out our info about finding campsites in Christchurch (area) for more camping suggestions.
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.
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.
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.