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Start your journey with us today – best rates in Christchurch!

We are New Zealand’s #1 budget & backpacker campervan hire company.

Every great New Zealand road trip needs a comfortable campervan, but it doesn’t have to cost the Earth. At Travellers Autobarn, you’ll find a range of low-cost campervans in Christchurch, with an option for every need. Whether you’re heading out on a family vacation, spending a month touring the Islands, or simply looking to escape for a weekend, you’ll find exactly what you need without breaking the bank. Contact us today for a free online quote, and you’ll be one step closer to hitting the road!

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Opening hours

Monday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday & Public Holidays – Closed

Special hours

CLOSED BETWEEN JUNE & AUGUST
Our Christchurch branch will be closed Saturdays between 1st of June – 31st of August.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Address

238 Roydvale Avenue
Burnside, Christchurch 8053
New Zealand

Contactless pick-up outside of our normal office hours might be possible (charges would apply). Please contact us on 0800 348 348 to discuss your potential contactless pick-up!

Branch details

A short Uber ride from Christchurch Airport or the CBD, our office is in good proximity to popular attractions and road trips, made even easier by the fact that we’re right near the State Highway.

Our friendly team is always available to assist with your campervan hire queries, especially if you’re looking to book right out of Christchurch.

Booked with us previously? Check out our helpful road trip itineraries for the South Island and follow our blog for specials and travel tips.

Still deciding where to start your campervan road trip? Then checkout our deals and offers on campervan hire in Auckland.

Payment Methods
Visa, Mastercard and Cash accepted.
Facilities
  • Tourist Information

  • Wi-Fi

  • Lounge Area

  • Bathroom

Top Five Attractions
  • Hagley Park North

  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens

  • Cathedral Square

  • Orton Bradley Park

  • Orana Wildlife Park

Nearby Facilities

Closest petrol station

The nearest petrol station is Caltex in Bishopdale
Address: 318 Harewood Road, Bishopdale, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
Time: 4 minute drive from our office
Alternatives: Mobil Papanui, Challenge Strowan

Closest supermarket

The nearest supermarket is Countdown in Avonhead
Address: Cnr Withells Road & Merrin Street, Avonhead, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
Time: 10 minute drive from our office
Alternatives: SuperValue Fendalton, New World Supermarket Bishopdale

CLOSEST CAR WASH

The nearest car wash is Canterbury Car and Dog Wash
Address: 472 Blenheim Road, Sockburn, Christchurch 8042
Time: 10 minute drive from our office

NEARBY CARAVAN PARKS

Christchurch Tasman Holiday Park
Address: 39 Meadow Street, Papanui, Christchurch 8542, New Zealand
Time: 10 minute drive from our office

Alpine View Holiday Park
Address: 650 Main South Road, Islington, Christchurch 7600, New Zealand
Time: 10 minute drive from our office

Spencer Beach Holiday Park
Address: 100 Heyders Road, Spencerville, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
Time: 20 minute drive from our office

Call Us

New Zealand0800 348 348 (free call from landlines)

Australia1800 674 374 (free call from landlines)

United States+1 800 469 4790 (local call costs apply)

From any other country: +61 1800 674 374 (local call costs apply)

3 Tips for driving your campervan around Christchurch

Christchurch is a great starting point for a campervan hiring NZ vacation because of its central location on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery can be seen in this area, and it’s all set up for motorhome rentals. Here are three tips to help you make the most of your trip:

AVOID PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC

If you can help it, try to avoid driving during peak hour traffic. The congestion in Christchurch can be quite bad, especially during the summer months. Typically, the worst time to be on the road is between 7 am and 9 am, and then again from 1 pm to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm.

Of course, this will depend on where you’re going and when, but if you can plan your trips outside of these hours, you’ll have a much more enjoyable experience.

CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST

New Zealand’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to check the forecast before you head out. Christchurch is particularly susceptible to heavy rain and high winds, so if the weather is looking bad, it’s best to stay put. The last thing you want is to be caught in a storm while driving, so if there’s even a chance of bad weather, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

USE A SAT NAV/GPS

Having a satellite navigation system is key for anyone travelling to an unfamiliar area. With GPS, you can rest assured that you will never get lost. The navigational tools are comprehensive and easy to use, with detailed instructions, real-time traffic data, and even backup paths.

Don’t fret if you don’t have a GPS system; most contemporary smartphones come with a mapping app already installed. Google Maps, for example, is complimentary on both iOS and Android devices. Simply enter your starting point and destination into the app before beginning your road trip in your campervan.

Make the most of your Christchurch campervan rental
FIND A GOOD LOCATION TO STAY

You can’t go wrong renting a campervan and driving around Christchurch. You won’t have any trouble finding a beautiful place to park your Camper for the night thanks to the abundance of holiday parks located all around the country.

At Travellers Autobarn, we provide are variety of standard as well as self-contained campervans. We recommend you to stay at DOC Campsites which costs you as little as $95 for 30 nights! Remember – unless you are planning to stay at a public car park or sports stadium over night there is no need to book a self-contained campervan…

We recommend downloading the Campermate app before your trip. This app has been developed specifically to enhance your campervan vacation. You won’t waste time wondering where the closest petrol station or campground is. If you’re looking for a place to get a drink of water, we’ve got you covered. Likewise, if you need to find the closest ATM, laundromat, or anything else, we’ve got you covered there, too.

Download the app today on Google Playstore or Apple App Store!

BOOK AROUND KEY EVENTS

Need some ideas for what to do in Christchurch? Whether you want to spend a few days in the city or are just passing through, there is so much to see and do. Explore the city and all it has to offer by perusing our list of top Christchurch events.

Hamner Springs Carnival
The Hamner Springs Carnival is an event that welcomes people of all ages and provides carnival rides, games, and sweets.

The South Island Wine & Food Festival
As one of the world’s greatest producers of wine and food, the South Island is rightfully honoured every year with the South Island Wine & Food Festival. This is a terrific way to kick off the summer season, as more than 40 wineries from the South Island will be exhibiting their wines and local musicians will be performing. The epic Botanic Gardens are the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday with loved ones.

Sculpture on the Peninsula
Sculpture on the Peninsula is a biannual exhibition of contemporary sculpture with a uniquely New Zealand setting. It is the largest sculpture exhibition on the South Island and attracts both established and up-and-coming artists.

Sparks
Sparks, held annually in Hagley Park, is one of Christchurch’s most anticipated and popular events. This spectacular incorporates the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and spectacular pyrotechnics, making it suitable for viewers of all ages.

EXPLORE THE NATIONAL PARKS

Christchurch is surrounded by an abundance of national parks, so make the most of your campervan rental and explore as many as you can!

Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park
The Ashley River and the berm region between the Okuku River and the Ashley Estuary are part of the Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park. Extremely dedicated mountain bikers flock to the park because of the many tracks available for riders of varying skill levels. Walk, picnic, swim, or ride around the park all day. Although camping here for the night is strictly forbidden, it makes for a fantastic day trip and should definitely be on your list.

Northern Pegasus Bay
Located north of the Waimakariri River, Northern Pegasus Bay is home to the beachside neighbourhoods of The Pines Beach, Kairaki, Leithfield, Woodend, Amberley, and Waikuku. The bay’s beaches, both pebbly and sandy, are stunning and make for a wonderful vacation spot. Fishing, bird viewing, camping, swimming, and horseback riding are just some of the popular pastimes enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

Lake Tekapo Regional Park
The eastern beaches of Lake Tekapo are home to Lake Tekapo Regional Park. The popular cycling, walking, and running paths in this park are surrounded by stunning coniferous trees. Enjoy a variety of fun activities, from mountain biking and boating to swimming and hours of kid-friendly enjoyment at the bike park.

BOOK AROUND THE WEATHER

The climate of Christchurch is dry, with minimal annual precipitation. The winter evenings can get rather chilly, and frosts are prevalent, but the daytime temperatures are mild and pleasant all year.

Summer in Christchurch (December – February)
Lows average around 12 degrees, while highs average around 20 degrees, with very little precipitation.

Autumn in Christchurch (March-May)
Because of the humidity and the temperatures, autumn in Christchurch feels about as cold as it should. It rains about three to five days a month, which is a lot. This time of year has the second most tourists.

Winter in Christchurch (June – August)
Winter has low temperatures and cold weather. The most rain falls during these months. From June to August, when the nearby ski fields are open, is when most people visit Christchurch.

Spring in Christchurch (September – November)
The highest temperature in spring is between 14 and 20 degrees, and the lowest is between 3 and 7 degrees. During these months, there isn’t much rain or snow. A cool sea breeze helps to keep things from getting too hot.

5 Must-see Destinations in Christchurch

Akaroa
Akaroa, located in the centre of the Banks Peninsula, is an excellent port city. A popular tourist destination located just over an hour outside of Christchurch, be sure to include a visit. Explore the centre of an old volcano filled with glistening water. Akaroa will captivate you with its historic architecture, stunning harbour, and passion for good cuisine. Take a trip and swim with the endangered Hector’s dolphins in the harbour, which is itself extremely lovely.

Mount Somers
Mount Somers is a little community that serves as a gateway to some of the most magnificent natural features in the area, including Ashburton Gorge, Lake Heron, Lake Clearwater, and Mount Somers itself. Unique to New Zealand, there is an abundance of great outdoor activities that link you with nature.

Waipara Valley
Waipara Valley is a culinary and wine lover’s heaven. The 45-minute drive outside of Christchurch will take you to wineries that produce world-class Pinot Noir and Riesling, as well as amazing dining experiences. You can stretch your legs on the bike path between wineries or on one of the many breathtaking treks. The historic Weka Pass railway operates every first and third Sunday of the month in Waipara.

Ashburton
Ashburton is among the largest towns close to Christchurch. Primarily a farming hamlet, it is home to several distinctive features, including the Canterbury Plains and the two rivers that cross it. Salmon and trout abound in the rivers; try your hand at catching them and preparing a campervan feast. Spend the afternoon in Trott’s Garden, a garden of national significance, discovering its lovely blooms.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
To truly appreciate Christchurch, a trip to the city’s ancient Botanic Gardens is a must. Comfortably explore in any weather aboard one of our electric vehicles. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour is a fantastic, low-cost outing for anyone interested in seeing some of New Zealand’s most beautiful native and exotic plants.

FAQs

The rental costs depend on the season and demand. Please use our booking engine to check for rates and availability.

Our campers provide everything you’ll need for a pleasant camping holiday, including cooking and dining facilities. Here you can find camper vans that can be rented.

At Travellers Autobarn you can rent a variety of vehicles that meet your specific needs, please refer to our Campervan Hire page to review which vehicles are fitted with kitchen facilities.

We do not currently have any campervan vehicles fitted with toilets.