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Motorhome and Campervan Hire Christchurch

 

Haere mai, welcome to Christchurch.

Christchurch, the garden city, is the start of your South Island adventure. Whether you are an intrepid explorer, an adrenaline junkie, or prefer a more sedate pace and all the comforts of home, your motorhome is the ideal way to explore our world famous scenery and attractions at your own pace.

Looking for Christchurch campervan rental?

Your Apollo motorhome is your home away from home while you explore the stunning South Island. Unpack once, stop where you like and stay as long as you like. From Christchurch the options are endless. Explore the city with its art and history museums, shopping options and the food scene. Christchurch has continued to rebuild with new dining and entertainment precincts that will rival its larger city competitors. For the best campervan rental Christchurch has to offer, get in touch with Apollo today!

 

Christchurch Airport Transfer Information

We offer a shuttle service to and from the airport every hour from 8am - 4.30pm, daily.

We will also run additional shuttles, if called, or when the number of guests is more than the shuttle capacity.

The shuttle area is outside door 1 and 2 in the domestic area of the airport. Look for the orange and white shuttle with our brand logos on it.

There is no customer parking available inside the grounds of our branch, but there is a wide range of safe, secure, convenient and affordable parking options situated close by. We recommend using Parkopedia to research options.

Christchurch Branch

  • Address:
    159 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport, 8053
  • Opening Hours:
    Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 16:30
  • Telephone:
    0800 845 222
  • Distance from City:
    10.7 Kilometres / 6.6 Miles
  • Taxi Fare City:
    NZD $59 Approx
  • Distance from Airport:
    2.7 Kilometres / 1.6 Miles
  • Taxi Fare Airport:
    NZD $25 Approx
  • Closed Days:

    New Year's Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day

 

What to do on your Christchurch campervan road trip?

 

With Apollo’s campervan and motorhome hire in Christchurch, you can explore every corner of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island.

Head north, to Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura, where the stunning scenery and friendly locals combine with fresh seafood and the famous Marlborough wineries. Further on you’ll be able to explore the Marlborough Sounds and the golden sands of the Tasman National Park.

To the west coast, the photo opportunities are endless. There's so much on offer including tramping, mountain biking, the glaciers of the wild West Coast and the local beers and whitebait patties. Yum!

And of course the famous southern scenic route, including the Southern Lakes, Aoraki Mt Cook, Queenstown and Milford Sound, where every bend in the road will take your breath away. Literally millions of people come from all over the world to see our back garden, why not you!

Discover Christchurch City

Welcome to Christchurch, the doorway to the South Island. On your journey, you will discover endless natural beauty in this uniquely New Zealand setting, from snow-capped mountain ranges to lake-side vistas. However, now that you’re here, why not check out what the city of Christchurch has to offer first?

After you set off from our branch just outside the airport, cruise on into the CBD and enjoy the cultural delights of New Zealand’s oldest city. From restaurants and heritage architecture, to street art and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra concerts in Hagley Park, feast your senses on all Christchurch has to offer. 

Botanic Gardens

As one of the city’s most popular attractions, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens feature the most extensive collection of local and exotic plantlife throughout New Zealand. With over 1.1 million patrons each year, these epic botanic gardens are a place of ever-evolving natural beauty. There's something new to see with every season. 

Christchurch Gondola

For the best view in town, ride the Christchurch Gondola to the top of the Port Hills. This experience offers a stunning outlook over the city, the Southern Alps, Lyttelton Harbour and the Canterbury Plains. At the summit, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including shopping, the Time Tunnel Ride or a beverage and snack at the Red Rock cafe.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Want to see a Kiwi bird in its natural habitat? How about with no glass between you? At the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, you can get close to many of New Zealand’s native icons, as well as other local and introduced species. Walk around the park at your own pace and let the animals eat out of your hand, then stay for a Maori cultural demonstration or walk through the gift shop.

Your South Island campervan adventure

Ready to see the Lord of the Rings in real life? After exploring what Christchurch has to offer, it’s time for the main event. With the dazzling scenery in every direction, we lay out what the South Island has to offer, place by place. Read on to discover where our campervan hire can take you.

Lake Tekapo

Regardless of the season, Lake Tekapo is a sight to behold. Fed from a nearby glacier, bask in the reflection of the crystal clear waters, or visit one of the local cafes to gaze across this great blue expanse. When the sun sets, prepare yourself for a dazzling night time display. Known for its stargazing, local tours operate from Wednesday to Sunday, taking you to the perfect spots to witness our vast milky way. 

Aoraki Mount Cook

Standing at 3724 m above sea level, Aoraki Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand. On a clear day, it stands magnificently against the sky - a memorable sight for anyone to behold. For day trips to Mt Cook, we highly recommend the Hooker Valley Track. At an easy 3 hour return time, the Hooker Valley Track offers stunning views of Hooker Lake, the Mueller Glacier and, of course, Aoraki Mount Cook. 

Hanmer Springs

Unlike most places, Hanmer Springs is ideal for both thrill seekers and chill seekers. The thermal springs are the perfect place to unwind after a long day’s driving, with temperatures reaching up to 36C in some pools. However, for those who are a little more restless, Hanmer Springs Attractions offers a whole host of high-octane fun. From jet boating to river rafting, to quad bike tours and bungy jumping, they have it all. The best part is, they operate from one location, making it possible to do multiple tours in a single day.

Marlborough Sounds

With over 50 conservation reserves, 1500 km of coastline and many hidden bays and quiet beaches, the Marlborough Sounds are a place to find your own piece of paradise. The perfect setting for an island hopper cruise, float between islands and coves as you drink in some of NZ’s most picturesque coastline. With the best south island wineries located in this region, the Sounds are also the ideal place to please your palate, as well as your soul.

Things to do in Christchurch

Alyssa Tresider
/ Categories: NZ blog

The Best Things to Do in Picton.

Nestled at the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, Picton is best known for its bustling ferry terminal for travellers making their passage between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. While it is true, this is where the interislander ferry coughs out cars and campervans full of adventurers daily, to transit through Picton without a little Picton sightseeing is to miss out on a secret slice of Kiwi paradise – ripe with adventures, tastes, and sights. 

From stunning harbour vistas to wine tasting, there are plenty of great Picton activities and attractions worth checking out on a road trip through this region. So, if you are looking for the best things to do in Picton, let's dive in and unwrap this overlooked gem together.

 

Where is Picton?

Picton is located at the top of New Zealand's South Island. It serves as the main ferry terminal linking the South Island with Wellington on the North Island, making it a bustling hub of travellers and adventures. However, this quaint township is not just a waypoint but a gateway to some of the most breathtaking landscapes the South Island has to offer. 

 

Why visit Picton

But why, you might ask, should you visit Picton, especially if you’re just there for a pit stop? Well, beneath its transit hub facade lies outdoor adventures, foodie delights, and serene escapes. Picton is the unassuming gatekeeper of the stunning Marlborough Sounds, a vast network of sea-drowned valleys offering a maze of tranquil bays, lush islands, and serene beaches. Picton is full of surprises, including: 

  • Stunning Nature: Picton is surrounded by lush forests and the crystal-clear waters of the Sounds. 

  • Beachcombing: Picton’s beaches are serene, stunning, and perfect for a day under the sun. 

  • Wine Tasting: The surrounding vineyards are a perfect excuse to treat yourself to a winery tour in Picton, New Zealand.

  • Hiking and Nature: The Queen Charlotte Track offers an escape into nature, with views that seem to stretch on forever.

 

When to visit Picton

Choosing the perfect time to visit Picton is like trying to pick your favourite chocolate from a box – every season has its sweetness. The summer months of December to February are the town's high season, offering warm, sunny days perfect for everything from kayaking in the Sounds to lounging on sun-drenched beaches.

However, for those who prefer their adventures served with a side of tranquillity, the shoulder seasons of spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) offer the same stunning scenery with fewer crowds. These months are a kaleidoscope of changing colours, from the fresh greens of spring to the rich golds of autumn, providing a breathtaking backdrop for your road trip adventures.

Regardless of when you decide to visit, remember to align your travel itinerary with the activities you're most excited about. Picton, with its myriad offerings, is sure to enchant, whether you're basking in the summer sun or enjoying the milder days of the shoulder seasons in your campervan.

 

Getting to Picton

Whether you're coming from the buzz of Wellington or the charm of Christchurch, Picton is an essential pin on the map of your South Island road trip. For those beginning their campervan adventure in Wellington, the ferry crossing is your introduction to the stunning Marlborough Sounds. And if you're coming from Christchurch (4 hours south), Kaikoura (2 hours south), or Nelson (2 hours west), the roads to Picton are a feast for the eyes, with each turn revealing vistas that resemble Middle-earth and fairy tales. For more information, check out the full guide to crossing the Cook Strait in a campervan. This is your go-to resource for making the ferry crossing a breeze. 

READ MORE: For more ideas on what to do on your campervan travel itinerary, check out the 7-day South Island itinerary and the popular Christchurch to Nelson itinerary

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Where to stay in Picton

Finding the perfect spot to park your campervan in Picton is like choosing the best seat in a movie theatre – location is everything. Here are a few of our top picks for where to stay in Picton in your campervan hire.


Tasman Holiday Parks – Picton

Tasman Holiday Parks – Picton is your home away from home in a campervan, just a 10-minute drive from Picton. Nestled within a scenic enclave, this park not only offers stunning views but also boasts top-notch facilities, including BBQ areas for that perfect evening feast to playgrounds that promise fun for the little adventurers.


Picton Campervan Park

Picton Campervan Park understands that the best road trips are those where you can kick back in comfort after a day of exploring. Conveniently located 2 minutes from the ferry terminal, this park offers easy access to Picton's treasures while providing all the amenities needed for a restful stay. With powered sites for your campervan, along with clean and modern facilities, it’s a no-brainer for travellers seeking a blend of convenience and cosiness. 


Parklands Marina Holiday Park

If waking up to the sound of lapping waves and the scent of salty air sounds like your kind of morning, then Parklands Marina Holiday Park is where you should be heading. A stone’s throw away from the marina, this holiday park not only offers a picturesque setting for your campervan but also serves as a perfect launchpad for your adventures. Whether kayaking in the Sounds or simply enjoying a leisurely day by the water, Parklands Marina Holiday Park offers a serene base for exploring the nearby Picton activities and attractions.


Alexanders Holiday Park Accommodation

For those who appreciate the charm of smaller, more intimate settings, Alexanders Holiday Park Accommodation is the holiday park for you—offering a mix of spacious powered and non-powered sites, as well as all the campervan essentials, including a dump station, play area and communal kitchens. From the solo wanderer in their campervan to families on a road trip, Alexanders provides a tranquil backdrop to your Picton adventure, ensuring you wake up refreshed and ready to explore.

Image: Greta Beutgen

 

10 of the best things to do in Picton

From serene walks and kayaking to unique culinary experiences and gourmet wine tours in Piction, New Zealand, this guide will lead you through 10 of the best things to do in Picton, ensuring your visit is packed with unforgettable moments. Let's dive in, shall we?

 

1. Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

One of New Zealand’s crown jewels, the Queen Charlotte Track, stretches with majesty through the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. This track takes you through lush forests, serene coves, and breathtaking ridgelines. Spanning around 70 kilometres, it offers various entry and exit points, making it ideal for day hikes for adventurous families and multi-day adventures for the ultimate outdoorsy travellers. For a deep dive into planning your trek, check out everything you need to know about hiking the Queen Charlotte Track, from must-see spots to practical tips. 

 

2. Jump on a Marlborough Wine Tour from Picton

The Marlborough region, with its sun-soaked hillsides and cool climate, produces some of the world’s most acclaimed Sauvignon Blancs. Joining a wine tour from Picton, New Zealand, is easily one of the best ways to sip and savour without care, thanks to your designated driver. Whether you join a group wine tour in Picton, New Zealand,  or chart your own course among the vineyards, these wineries are the perfect place to learn about the stories behind each bottle, the people who craft them, and the land that gives them life. However, if you are visiting in the off-season, be sure to check opening times before driving! 

 

3. Try a famous Toasty at Toasty Lords

If you are wondering what to eat in Picton for the whole family, look no further. No visit to Picton is complete without indulging in a local delicacy that has everyone talking – the famous toasties at Toasty Lords. These aren’t your average sandwiches; each toasty is a masterpiece of flavour, crafted with local ingredients and a dash of Kiwi innovation. Plus, with so many options to choose from, there is bound to be a toastie to please everyone in the family! Finding a spot for your campervan is easy, with street parking available along High Street, where Toasty Lords beckons with its irresistible aroma and quirky charm.

 

4. See the Marlborough Sounds via Kayak

Exploring the Marlborough Sounds by kayak is an adventure that brings you face-to-face with the serene beauty of this aquatic paradise. Companies like Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co. offer guided tours for the whole family that glide you through tranquil waters, hidden coves, and alongside lush coastal bush – perfect for those looking for a little outdoor adventure merged with Picton sightseeing. For those adventuring by campervan, the nearby Waterfront Carpark in Picton offers a convenient place to park before you set out on this must-do Picton attraction.

 

5. Check out the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

Step aboard history at the Edwin Fox Museum in Picton, where you can explore the world's ninth-oldest ship. This floating museum not only tells the tale of New Zealand's rich maritime heritage but also offers a unique glimpse into the life of a sailor. This is perfect for getting a little dose of local history, all while entertaining the littlest adventurers in the group. Campervan visitors will find ample parking at the nearby Picton Foreshore Carpark, making it easy to visit the Edwin Fox Museum in Picton.

 

6. Visit the Picton Town Hall Farmer’s Markets

The Picton Town Hall Farmer’s Market is a celebration of local produce, artisan crafts, and the vibrant community spirit of Marlborough. Held every Sunday, it's the perfect family-friendly Picton attraction to sample the freshest local ingredients, pick up unique handmade items, and mingle with the locals. For those exploring Picton in a campervan, the nearby Coathanger Carpark offers convenient parking options, allowing you to stroll through the market at your leisure, soaking up the sights, sounds, and smells of local Kiwi life.

 

7. Get Close to Nature at the Kaipūpū Sanctuary

The Kaipūpū Sanctuary is a haven for nature lovers and another essential Picton sightseeing stop, nestled within the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. This volunteer-run sanctuary is a testament to conservation efforts, offering families a chance to see New Zealand's native birds, flora, and fauna up close. The sanctuary’s walking tracks lead you through a regenerating forest, buzzing with the sounds of native birdlife, making it a perfect family-friendly spot for nature photography and bird watching on your travel itinerary. The magic of Kaipūpū is its accessibility and commitment to preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of the area.  

 

8. Check Out the Karaka Point Walk

The Karaka Point Walk is an inviting, family-friendly walking trail that offers stunning views of the Pelorus and Queen Charlotte Sounds. This brief yet beautiful walk is perfect for starting or ending your day of Picton sightseeing, taking you through native bush to a historic Māori pa site. Along the way, interpretive signage provides insights into the area’s cultural and natural history – a perfect family-friendly Picton activity to add to your travel itinerary.

 

9. Take a Cruise Around the Marlborough Sounds

Exploring the Marlborough Sounds from the water offers a perspective that simply can’t be matched by land. With a myriad of cruise options available, from leisurely half-day excursions to full-day luxury cruises complete with lunch, there’s something for all families. Joining a cruise in Picton is an unparalleled opportunity to soak in the majestic landscapes, wildlife, and tranquillity of the Sounds. Whether you’re interested in eco-tours, fishing, or just basking in the natural beauty, a cruise is a perfect Picton attraction and activity to experience this region as a family.  

 

10. Immerse Yourself in History at the Picton Heritage & Whaling Museum

The Picton Heritage & Whaling Museum offers a deep dive into the town’s past, from its Māori roots to its European settlement and whaling era. The museum is home to artifacts, photographs, and stories that paint a vivid picture of Picton’s historical significance and cultural heritage. Exploring its exhibits offers insights into the lives of those who shaped the region, making this one of the best things to do in Picton for history lovers.

 

See the best of Picton with Apollo

Ready to add these Picton activities and attractions to your road trip travel itinerary with Apollo? An Apollo campervan not only adds comfort and flexibility to your travels but also connects you with the stunning landscapes and unique attractions Picton has to offer. You can book your Apollo campervan online and pick it up from any Apollo branch, setting the stage for an unforgettable road trip through New Zealand’s Southern Island.

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Where to stay in Christchurch

 

The Canterbury region is ideal for motorhome and campervan journeys with excellent holiday parks located close to all the popular tourist attractions and towns. These areas are well equipped for road trippers, as they have everything from kitchen and bathroom facilities to powered sites specifically for campervan rentals. Some holiday parks also offer various recreational facilities like barbeque areas, swimming pools, biking and walking trails, and small stores for basic goods.

For inspiration, check out these fantastic holiday parks which cater to motorhomes and campervans:

Tasman Holiday Park, Christchurch - Only 15 minutes from the Christchurch CBD, the Tasman Holiday Park is the perfect place to begin your holiday on New Zealand’s South Island. 

Leithfield Beach Holiday Park - North of Christchurch, stop here on your way to the Marlborough Sounds and enjoy beach-side accommodation for a fraction of the price. 

The Lake Tekapo Holiday Park - Stay at the top of Lake Tekapo while remaining within walking distance of the town centre, the lake’s edge and local hot springs.

For the more adventurous Christchurch campervan travellers, you can also free camp in certain places throughout the South Island. Freedom camping is a great way to explore New Zealand on a budget, but it comes with strict rules and regulations. You must have a certified self-contained vehicle with your own toilet, shower and waste disposal facilities on board. If you’re planning to free camp in your motorhome rental, Christchurch City Council has rules and regulations about where you can stay.

Why choose Apollo for campervan and motorhome hire in Christchurch?

 

Apollo is New Zealand’s leading provider of premium quality motorhome and campervan rentals. Designed and built by expert RV manufacturers, our entire fleet is custom-made for New Zealand’s unique climate and terrain. Whether you are looking for your next adventure or want to enjoy a relaxing scenic drive, the best way to explore Christchurch is with an Apollo campervan.

We offer a wide range of campervan and motorhomes to suit any budget and group size. Each vehicle is kitted out with quality appliances and furnishings so you can have all the comforts of home on your road trip. For great Christchurch campervan deals, contact our friendly team at Apollo and start planning your dream holiday.

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North South Holiday Park

530 Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8051

+64 3359 5993

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Z - Sawyers Arms - Service Station

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+64 3359 8448

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Countdown

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