Local Heart, Global Soul

March 22, 2018

ANZED Car Rentals, Happy Customers Return…

Filed under: ART,CHRISTCHURCH,Landmarks,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand just before Christmas 2017.

The day was warm but a little hazy and we’ve just been picked up by one of the ANZED rental car company staff.

It’s the owners wife in fact, because ANZED rental cars is a small family run business that not only goes the extra mile when it comes to their vehicles but also delivers friendliness on such a scale that a decent part of their customer base are return clients.

Today was no exception. We get picked up from the airport and driven to their offices about fifteen minutes drive away so that we can complete the paperwork, insurances etc.

We’ve been customers of this company so long that the first time we come we needed a baby seat for Little Mr.

We encountered some trouble later in our travels when after a long spell of dry weather, a storm passed through and the heavens opened with deluges of rain.

It was at this moment of our trip that we found that there was a leak somewhere in the rubber seal at the top of the windscreen and tiny but persistent river of rain was peeing down on the drivers seat. We put towels down to sop up the water and called ANZED.

Luckily, by sheer chance this happened the evening before we were due back in Christchurch on just a one day visit. There was another car of the same size and model standing in their garage but it was due to be rented to another client in two days, we needed a replacement car for another nine days so that wasn’t a replacement option. They had smaller cars (hatchbacks) but we couldn’t fit the wheelchair into the back, so that wasn’t an option either. To compensate for the inconvenience, we received an upgrade to a bigger vehicle, a minibus, at no extra charge.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The switch of vehicles was done as smoothly and quickly as possible, although in Himselfs’ case that may have been for more financial panic than customer efficiency. He had left Little Mr, Kiwi Daughter and myself in Northland shopping mall and he was probably thinking that the longer we were there amusing ourselves, the more damage was being done to my credit card.

A company who can deal with problems quickly and efficiently is one thing, but immediately downing tools to meet us in the underground car-park at the supermarket / mall so that we lost as little of our day as possible, in another. Kudos.

As soon as we turned into the road that exits the airport we spotted a new addition to the landscape: a huge double arch over a over-bridge. Neither had been here on our last trip of Christmas 2013-2014. I’d seen this from the air as we arrived, now we got to take a closer look. I found some information on it too:

Located on the intersection of Russley Road and Memorial Avenue,The gateway arches will be one of the first things travellers and returning locals see when entering the city from the airport. The arches are expected to become a powerful symbol for Christchurch and form part of the future identity of the city.

Designed by Warren and Mahoney, they symbolise the crossing of paths, the Southern Alps and braided rivers of the Canterbury Plains and the excitement of travel.

Once finished, the arches will weigh 400 tonne and the highest point will stand 27 metres above Memorial Avenue.

The arches are part of a $112 million upgrade to State Highway 1 in Christchurch, and provides a flyover near Christchurch Airport so traffic on the highway can bypass Memorial Ave.”

To say that this a landmark is an understatement, the arches are dramatic and grab attention as soon as you arrive. I like them and of course will be looking for them every time we come into land from now on. Now though, we have a car and with transport sorted, the adventures in New Zealand begin.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

ANZED Rental Car Company / Christchurch / New Zealand

Gateway Arches / New Zealand Transport Agency / Christchurch / New Zealand


  1. It was lovely to meet you ad your family last time out, I have just found this Blog by chance and was touched reading it. I hope you will be able to sort leave to return again soon, and see what other progress has been made here.
    All the best

    Comment by Vaughan — March 11, 2019 @ 4:55 am | Reply

    • Vaughan,
      Lovely to hear from you… and you are most welcome!

      We hope to be in NZ again soon, but I’m on a waiting list for further surgery so are waiting for more certain details.
      Once we can confirm travel plans and dates we will be in touch to reserve a wheelchair friendly vehicle for our holiday. Hope things are going well with you 🙂
      regards… Kiwi.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 11, 2019 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

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