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Wendy Penwill
12 July 2024

Jules was so helpful in helping us to sort out the right campervan for us. We couldn't have had a more friendly, professional service.

Josh Greenhalgh
12 July 2024

Highly recommend Ratpack. Anna was super friendly and helpful, and made the experience easy from start to finish. She sorted me a van which was ideal for my individual circumstances and we can’t wait for our trip. Thanks!

Seimon Jones
12 July 2024

We had the best experience booking with Ryan. We had a sudden change of plan and needed a campervan booked asap, Ryan walked us through the whole process, talking honestly about every option and cost. Highly recommend.

Vivian Phelan
12 July 2024

Cannot believe how polite and easy it was to deal with Ryan! Very helpful and he explained everything in detail to a T! Would deal with him anytime! Thanks ryan

natasha penwill
12 July 2024

Anna at ratpack was great! She was brilliant at answering all our questions and got us a great deal on our camper!

Janna McLean
12 July 2024

Thanks Anna, great efficiency and professional service. 👍🏻

Penny Kronk
12 July 2024

Absolutely brilliant customer service from both Ryan & Sammy. Their attention to detail, care and patience in getting the right vehicle booked was very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble and every question was given a thorough and considered response. I am so excited about the upcoming and long awaited trip with my kids. I am anticipating providing another 5 star review for the overall experience. Job well done RatPackTravel 👌

Tania Winston
11 July 2024

Excellent communication with Jules and easy booking with good choice and prices. Especially as we are booking over the Christmas period. Totally recommend using them. Thank you.

Bec Coleman
11 July 2024

Was initially a little wary of RatPack, due to the name, but with my dealings with George I am very happy with booking my camper for travel. I found a cheap quote and George went above and beyond to match as closely as possible a better all round deal. Very personable, and no hassles. I would recommend checking out RatPack if you want a stress free, value holiday in Oz, you might get lucky and have George help you out.

sam stewart
11 July 2024

Top quality customer service from James and the whole team, from helping us choose what van best suited us, to walking us through all the finer details, it really took the stress off the whole trip so can’t thank them enough! Would highly recommend to anyone who’s looking to do any sort of van rental trip across aus.

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Blending freedom and flexibility with open road travel and anywhere accommodation is why campervan hire in Christchurch is the dream experience for young travellers seeking independence and lifetime memories.

Whether immersing yourself in Christchurch’s dynamic urban scene or venturing on an unforgettable expedition from the city to the surrounding wonders, take control of your dream journey, and savour an epic, all-time travelling experience with a campervan rental from RatPack. 

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Why Book with us?
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Are you ready to go on a remarkable excursion in Christchurch and South Island? Picking the ideal campervan hire can guarantee that your trip will be both enjoyable and problem-free. This guide helps provide an overview of finding excellent campervan hire services in Christchurch, highlights notable points of interest worth seeing during your tour around the South Island as well as uncovering unexpected hidden gems too! 

So get yourself comfortable for what could potentially be one great voyage!

Key Takeaways:

  • Research rental companies & look for deals when choosing the best campervan hire in Christchurch.
  • Enjoy luxury motorhome rentals, convenient airport pick-up/drop off services and must-visit attractions.
  • Explore South Island wineries, holiday parks, local events & festivals with a stress free trip!

Well, a few things:

We’re cheaper than booking online

Booking doesn’t have to be gnarly. Our travel gurus get the best rates from the best operators. And once you’re satisfied, we provide a discount, making it even cheaper than booking online.

Come rain or shine, we only book you a campervan in Melbourne city, if we can make it cheaper than the online rate. That’s the RatPack guarantee!

Zero charges for date changes

As travellers ourselves, we appreciate that dates can change while you’re out doing your thing and living your best life. That’s why we don’t charge for any late cancellations or amendments, giving you more dollars to spend on the important stuff.

Personalised service

When it comes to Aus, we’ve been there and got the t-shirt. Our travel guru team comes with bags of lived travel experience. We have excellent knowledge of the best travel routes and campervan rentals in Brisbane, making sure you strike the best deal for a once in a lifetime trip.

5-star reviews

Since launching in 2016, we’ve received more 5-star reviews than any other Aussie travel agent! And it all comes down to our approach. We believe in going above and beyond for your trip down under.

We combine our awesome camper hire knowledge and experience with our passion to deliver an amazing experience for our clients. No exceptions.

The RatPack Promise

We know what it feels like to have a negative travel experience. It blows. In fact, it’s one of the core reasons we founded our business in the first place. The good news is we’re here to give you the best campervan hire service and deals.

Rather than trying to be the biggest at what we do, we made it our mission to become the best. It’s this philosophy that’s allowed us to make so many longstanding relationships with every reputable campervan rental and tour guide in the game.

Based on these principles with the values of backpack travel, we live and breathe campervan hire every day from our HQ in Byron Bay.

So, if you’re ever passing through, drop in and say hey. We’d love to hear about your adventures.

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Choosing the Right Campervan Hire in Christchurch

So, what makes RatPack better than most campervan rental companies in Christchurch?

Well, a few things:

We’re cheaper than booking online 

Booking doesn’t have to be gnarly. Our travel gurus get the best rates from the best operators. And once you’re satisfied, we provide a discount, making it even cheaper than booking online.

Come rain or shine, we only book you a camper van if we can make it cheaper than the online rate. That’s the RatPack guarantee!

Zero charges for date changes

As travellers ourselves, we appreciate that dates can change while you’re out doing your thing and living your best life. That’s why we don’t charge for any late cancellations or amendments, giving you more dollars to spend on the important stuff.

Personalised service

When it comes to New Zealand, we’ve been there and got the t-shirt. Our travel guru team comes with bags of lived travel experience. We have excellent knowledge of the best travel routes and campervan rentals in Christchurch, making sure you strike the best deal for a once in a lifetime trip. 

5-star reviews

Since launching in 2016, we’ve received more 5-star reviews than any other Aussie travel agent! And it all comes down to our approach. We believe in going above and beyond for your trip down under.

We combine our awesome camper hire knowledge and experience with our passion to deliver an amazing experience for our clients. No exceptions.

Campervan hire in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The RatPack Promise

We know what it feels like to have a negative travel experience. It blows. In fact, it’s one of the core reasons we founded our business in the first place. The good news is we’re here to give you the best campervan hire service and deals.

Rather than trying to be the biggest at what we do, we made it our mission to become the best. It’s this philosophy that’s allowed us to make so many long standing relationships with every reputable campervan rental and tour guide in the game.

Based on these principles with the values of backpack travel, we live and breathe campervan hire every day from our HQ in Byron Bay.

So, if you’re ever passing through, drop in and say hey. We’d love to hear about your adventures.

Campervan rental Christchurch options: Which campervan will you choose?

Budget-friendly Options

Travelling on a budget? Do not worry. At Ratpack we are cheaper than booking online, our travel guru’s get the best rates from all of the operators you know and love; such as Jucy, Star RV, Apollo, Britz, Maui, Cheapa, Hippie, Travellers Autobarn & Spaceships… the list goes on! 

The advantage of these options is their economical rates combined with various discounts and offers for hiring a van here in the city. So take your pick from amongst the multiple deals available to explore both the area’s sights without putting too much strain on your purse strings!

To make sure you get some great bargain prices for campervan rentals come straight to RatPack Travel and we will ensure you are aware of any promotional codes or savings that may be applicable. Finally reserve yourself one ahead so it will all go more smoothly when you arrive at your destination.

Luxury Motorhome Rentals

If you’re looking for a luxurious travel experience, consider motorhome hire in Christchurch. We can also help you find a luxury rental vehicles. We can help you book some of the leading Luxury camper brands such as; Apollo, Cheapa & Star RV. All these options offer comfortable sleeping quarters and full kitchens with bathrooms as well as additional extras like outdoor seating areas or bike racks under the vehicle’s awning. All you need to do is fill in your dates and we will take over  comparing prices and sharing with you the best deals!

Below you will find our favourite campervan operations for exploring Christchurch and beyond.

Regardless of your budget and preferences, we’ll partner you with the ideal camper that meets your requirements.

Here is a list of our classic campervan options:

The 2-seater, 2-sleeper

With a cosy bed in the back, the two-berth campervan rental is super easy and ideal for two people planning a short campervan road trip through Brisbane.

The Hi Top

With space to stand, cook and lounge, this three-berth beaut of a camper is perfect for two or three setting out on a long adventure. Now, that’s a bit of us.

Hi-Top Campervan in Christchurch New Zealand.

The Motorhome

A boujee choice providing you with a new luxurious home on wheels, a six-berth motorhome rental is the best option for large groups/families regardless of exactly how much room you need or how long you expect to be on the road.

Motorhome in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Christchurch Airport Pick-up and Drop-off

Located close to several major highways and a great selection of rental options, Christchurch Airport is the perfect base for starting your campervan excursion. You can pick up and drop off from all three airports-Christchurch, Auckland or Queenstown – but there are some conditions that must be fulfilled: every driver needs their valid driving license with them as well signing any relevant agreements upon collection of vehicle.

The South Island beckons! An easy stop in at the Christchurch Airport means quick access so you can start exploring what this stunning region has to offer straight away.

Must-Visit Attractions in Christchurch

Hagley Park in Chrtistchurch.

Explore the unique beauty of Christchurch, otherwise known as the Garden City, before embarking on your campervan journey. Enjoy an array of attractions such as riding The Gondola to get stunning views from Canterbury Plains and taking a tour around town with Tram City’s hop-on/hop-off option that introduces you to captivating street art. 

Visit New Zealand’s epic botanic gardens where visitors can be enthralled by native trees and flowers while relaxing by its lake or playground. Enjoy watching performances at Christchurch Symphony Orchestra or cycling through Bumpy Pump Bike Park for more adventurous spirits, there is something here for everyone! Don’t forget about some leisurely punting down Avon River which offers tranquil surrounding scenery – all adding up to create a vibrant atmosphere perfect for starting off any road trip adventure in style!

Exploring the South Island with Your Campervan Hire

Northward Adventures

Travellers heading north from Christchurch are in for a special treat, with some of the most remarkable places to explore. From Arthur’s Pass’ stunning alpine vistas and its glacial waterfalls, through Hokitika Gorge’s calming emerald river enveloped by verdant rainforest, National Parks such as Paparoa and Nelson Lakes offer an abundance of scenic beauty that is not to be missed! Then there’s Abel Tasman National Park where visitors can relish wonderful beaches perfect for swimming, kayaking or hiking amongst tropical vegetation. Lastly don’t forget Marlborough District. Famous worldwide for their superb Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay vineyards – something connoisseurs will appreciate immensely!

Southern Escapes

Exploring New Zealand’s south, you’ll find a plethora of experiences and natural wonders. Two key destinations in the area include Queenstown (known as the adventure capital) and Milford Sound. An UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook National Park, Lake Wanaka and Glenorchy are also must-visit locations on your journey through this stunning region. In Queenstown there is plenty to do from bungy jumping to paragliding plus river rafting & jet boating! Meanwhile at Milford Sound one can admire sights such as Mitre Peak with its snowy top, cascading waterfalls ,fjords full of penguins & fur seals completing any traveler’s dream landscape photo shoot .

No matter if you want thrilling activities or peaceful vistas South Island will provide visitors unique memories that last throughout their campervan trip around New Zealand.

Tips for a Successful Campervan Trip in Christchurch

Campervan in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Booking a campervan for hire in Christchurch and taking it out on the South Island is an exciting adventure. To guarantee success, make sure to factor in mileage, seating capacity and storage space when selecting the right vehicle. Plan your trip ahead of time including fuelling stops as remote areas may not be accessible easily. Last but not least pack snacks and essential supplies if travelling through unpopulated routes, this will ensure you have a smooth journey with no hiccups! By following these tips you are guaranteed to experience a stress-free ride that leaves lasting memories from your christchurch based campervan excursion.

A guide to driving your Christchurch campervan hire

Embarking on a camper hire adventure in Christchurch is always a thrill, but safety should always be your number one priority. To ensure a smooth and stress-free RV hire road trip, taking a look at these handy tips we’ve put together:

Stay Left

Remember, you’re Down Under now, so you’ll need to be driving on the left-hand side of the road. If you’re not used to this, you may want to practise before hitting the busy highways. Take a couple of hours to get the hang of left-side driving, so you can embark on your journey like a pro.

Size Matters

Campervans for hire are larger than regular cars, so be mindful of tight spaces when street parking and narrow roads. Take care when manoeuvring, especially in built-up areas.

Avoid Driving During Peak Times

Christchurch is known to be a bustling city with heavy commuter traffic. So we would defo recommend steering clear of urban driving during peak times, especially on routes between the city and the Gold or Sunshine Coast.

Prepare for an Adventure

If you plan on venturing into the Outback, be well-prepared. Pack plenty of water and food in case of any breakdowns. Fill up your camper with petrol whenever you get the chance, as petrol stations can be few and far between.

Listen to the Campervan Hire Team at RatPack Travel

The key to an epic, enjoyable road trip is to listen carefully to the team’s advice and instructions when you first pick up your campervan rental in Christchurch. Take notes if needed so you can be ready to hit the road with confidence.

With these safety tips in mind, you’re all set to enjoy your private motorhome hire Christchurch road trip to the fullest. Drive safely, take in the breathtaking landscapes, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Camping and parking up in Christchurch with your campervan rental

When it comes to camping in Christchurch, it’s important to stick to designated camping and caravan parks in National Parks or commercial sites. Free camping or wild camping is generally not acceptable, but don’t worry, there are plenty of other options for you!

To make sure you have the best stay possible, consider staying in one of the many National Park campsites throughout the region. Some vineyards, farms, and homesteads may also allow overnight parking for free, but always make sure to get the landowner’s permission beforehand.

If you are looking for the best rates on campervan hire in Christchurch, RatPack has your back! There are hundreds of tours on the markets, which is why we’ve handpicked the best rated and most affordable ones out there! We’re here to ensure you get the best of the best when it comes to your campervan hire!

So, with everything sorted and all the information at your fingertips, get ready to hit the road and make the most of your Christchurch campervan adventure!

What is the best time to rent a campervan in Christchurch?

Christchurch, located in the South Island of New Zealand, experiences four distinct seasons, each with its own typical weather patterns and temperatures. Depending on your preferences here is a breakdown of each of the seasons:

Spring (September to November)

Temperature: Average temperatures range from 8°C (46°F) in early spring to about 17°C (63°F) in late spring.

Climate: Spring in Christchurch is a time of renewal, with flowers blooming and gardens coming to life. However, it can also be quite variable, with a mix of rainy days, sunny days, and occasional frosts in the mornings. The Nor’wester, a warm wind from the northwest, can also be prevalent during this season.

Summer (December to February)

Temperature: Average daytime temperatures range from 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F), though occasionally it can go higher, reaching 30°C (86°F) or more.

Climate: Summer is generally warm and dry, making it the most popular time for outdoor activities. The city experiences longer days, with sunlight lasting until around 9 pm in mid-summer. The Nor’wester can continue into the early parts of summer, bringing warm and dry conditions.

Autumn (March to May)

Temperature: Temperatures start to cool, ranging from 10°C (50°F) in early autumn to about 6°C (43°F) in late autumn.

Climate: Autumn is characterized by cooler temperatures and stunning foliage, as the city’s many trees turn shades of orange, red, and gold. Rainfall can increase during this season, but there are also many calm and clear days.

Winter (June to August)

Temperature: Average temperatures can range from 0°C (32°F) to 12°C (54°F). Frosts are common, especially in the mornings.

Climate: Winter in Christchurch is the coldest season, with occasional snowfall, though it’s more common in the surrounding hills than in the city itself. Rainfall is relatively low compared to other seasons, and there are many crisp, clear days, especially after a frost.

In general, Christchurch’s climate is temperate. It’s important to be prepared for the occasional cold snap in winter and the hot, dry winds in spring and summer. Always check the local forecast if you’re planning to visit or spend time outdoors!

Campervan road trip in New Zealand.

Holiday Parks and Overnight Camping Spots

The South Island offers a range of holiday parks and overnight camping sites for an enjoyable stay, including some of our favourites;

North South Holiday Park 

Awaroa/Godley Head Campsite 

Spencer Beach Holiday Park

Amber Kiwi Holiday Park 

Woodend Beach Holiday Park

Hagley Park

These campsites and holiday parks come equipped with the necessary facilities to provide convenience during your trip while being situated in stunning locations that allow you to appreciate New Zealand’s natural beauty.

For those looking for something even more immersive try freedom camping using self-contained campervans which contain all their own wastewater toilet & rubbish disposal services meaning no matter what style of experience you desire this island has it!

Please do remember to respect the environment, there have been a lot of campers leaving rubbish and destroying these locations. Don’t be like those people or they will start to close off the freedom camping spots that make New Zealand so incredible for road trips.

North South Holiday Park, Christchurch New Zealand.

Local Events and Festivals

Christchurch Marathon.

Christchurch is the perfect starting place for your campervan trip due to its numerous and thrilling activities, like the Christchurch Food Festival in May and also a Music Festival during summer season. Both festivals are rich with entertainment varying from delicious food to showcases of local talent. This city will provide you with an exciting environment plus memorable experiences that can add more depth into your journey. So begin by taking advantage of what these events have to offer as well as exploring all that this vibrant city has!

Below is a list of some of the notable events and the typical months they are held. Keep in mind that dates might vary slightly from year to year, and there may be additional events not listed here:

World Buskers Festival (January)

A street performance festival featuring local and international acts, including comedians, musicians, acrobats, and more.

Sparks in the Park (February)

A free outdoor concert and fireworks show held annually in North Hagley Park.

Christchurch Lantern Festival (February or March)

Celebrating the Chinese New Year, this festival lights up the Avon River and surrounding parks with beautiful lanterns.

New Zealand Cup and Show Week (November)

An equestrian and agricultural celebration, including the famous New Zealand Trotting Cup Day.

SCAPE Public Art Season (October to November)

An event showcasing large-scale public art installations throughout the city.

Christchurch Arts Festival (August to September)

A multi-disciplinary festival featuring local and international artists, performers, musicians, and more.

NZ IceFest (Usually in October, but not held annually)

Celebrating New Zealand’s relationship with Antarctica, with exhibits, talks, and interactive experiences.

The Big Band Festival (October)

A jazz and big band music celebration that takes place over Labour Weekend.

Lyttelton Festival of Lights (June)

Located in the nearby port town of Lyttelton, this winter festival features street parties, fireworks, and light displays.

Christchurch Marathon (June)

An annual event where participants can run a full marathon, half marathon, or a 10km race.

South Island Wine & Food Festival (December)

A celebration of the South Island’s finest wines, foods, and culinary talents.

Christchurch Vegan Expo (Usually in October)

An event celebrating vegan food, products, and lifestyle.

Please remember to check official event websites or local tourism boards for exact dates and any changes to event scheduling.

Summary

To ensure a truly memorable trip to Christchurch and the South Island, make sure you rent yourself a campervan. This will provide access to an amazing array of experiences that await discovery! 

There are multiple activities in the city itself as well as countless scenic road trips within this magnificent part of New Zealand, so get your bags ready for what promises to be a lifetime adventure exploring these breathtaking places. By following our helpful recommendations, you’ll be all set up for success on your epic journey through this magical region!

Campervan hire: Frequently asked questions

What should I consider when choosing a campervan hire in Christchurch?

When looking to rent a campervan in Christchurch, it’s important to be aware of the available mileage, how many passengers can fit inside the vehicle comfortably, what storage space is provided for your belongings and any applicable minimum rental periods or age requirements that may apply. By considering these factors prior to making your selection you’ll ensure that your chosen campervan hire meets all expectations for an enjoyable trip!

Are there any budget-friendly campervan rental options in Christchurch?

For budget-minded travelers, there are plenty of affordable campervan rental options in Christchurch like Kiwi Campers, Jucy Rentals and Apollo Motorhomes.

What are some must-visit attractions in Christchurch?

Christchurch is bursting with great attractions – take the Gondola to admire incredible views, catch a thrilling Tram City Tour for an up-close look at local street art, explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens and be mesmerised by the tranquil Avon River.

Can you recommend some holiday parks and overnight camping spots in Christchurch and the South Island?

If you’re seeking a holiday park or camping spot in Christchurch and the South Island, consider visiting some of these recommended places: Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park, North South Holiday Park, Awaroa/Godley Head Campsite, Spencer Beach Kiwi Holiday Park, Amber Kiwi Holidays Park and Woodend Beach. All have received rave reviews!

What local events and festivals can I attend during my campervan adventure in Christchurch?

Discover the unique culture of Christchurch by attending two incredible events, the Music Festival and Food Festival. Both will provide you with a great experience that celebrates all aspects of this wonderful

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