Christchurch is a well-connected domestic airport, with direct flights available to many airports across New Zealand.
After Auckland, it's the best place to get international flights from too. Direct flights are available to Australia, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. With a connecting flight to Auckland, much of the world is opened up.
You can book direct flights to 15 airports in New Zealand from Christchurch, from Auckland in the north to Invercargill in the south and out to Chatham Island. The majority of these flights are with Air New Zealand, but you can also fly domestically with Jetstar.
The most popular domestic flights from Christchurch are:
Christchurch to Auckland (CHC to AKL)
Christchurch to Wellington (CHC to WLG)
Christchurch to Dunedin (CHC to DUD)
Christchurch to Queenstown (CHC to ZQN)
Travellers can get direct flights from Christchurch to 5 countries: Australia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong and Singapore. The most popular of these is Australia, with 5 airports to choose from.
Some of the most popular international flights from Christchurch are:
Christchurch to Guangzhou (CHC to CAN)
Christchurch to Nadi (CHC to NAN)
Christchurch to Singapore (CHC to SIN)
Christchurch to Sydney (CHC to SYD)
Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is New Zealand's second busiest airport. It's 11km from the CBD, which takes 15 minutes in a taxi. Buses are also available, taking 10 minutes longer but being substantially cheaper.
The airport has a single terminal for all flights. This terminal has a wide range of shops and restaurants, as well as handy facilities like currency exchange and free Wi-Fi.
For domestic flights, you should aim to be at the airport 1 hour before your flight. For international flights, you should be there 3 hours prior to take--off.
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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2017.
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