Cheap flights to Christchurch

What's Christchurch like?

Christchurch is the main gateway to the South Island and a popular destination in its own right, where heritage architecture stands side by side with innovative modern buildings. With its impressive roster of museums and galleries, and the busiest events program of any New Zealand city, it's a haven for culture vultures.

For those who prefer the outdoors, Christchurch's nickname 'the Garden City' is well-earned, with plenty of green spaces throughout the city capped off by the 30-hectare Botanic Gardens. Beyond the city lie mountains, harbours and the sweeping Canterbury Plains, offering outdoor activities for every season.

Which airlines fly to Christchurch?

Air New Zealand has direct flights many times a day between Christchurch and all major New Zealand airports.

Jetstar also has flights to/from Auckland and Wellington.

How long is the flight to Christchurch?

Auckland to Christchurch

1 hour 25 minutes (direct)

Dunedin to Christchurch

1 hour (direct)

Queenstown to Christchurch

1 hour (direct)

Wellington to Christchurch

1 hour (direct)

What is the best time to visit Christchurch?

Christchurch's 4 distinct seasons mean it's always a good time to visit. It just depends on what you're planning to do.

Spring is the perfect time to see the Garden City in bloom, or autumn if red is more your colour. Summer is king for most outdoor activities, unless you're heading to the mountains for winter skiing.

How expensive is Christchurch?

Prices in Christchurch aren't much different to other major cities. Food and drink can sometimes cost a little more, but accommodation and taxis are generally cheaper than in Auckland or Wellington.

Arriving in Christchurch

Christchurch Airport (CHC) is New Zealand's 2nd busiest airport, receiving more than 6 million passengers in 2016. A single terminal handles all flights, which is open 24 hours a day.

After you disembark your flight, you'll head to the baggage claim hall on the ground floor before entering the public airport. There are shops and restaurants on the 1st floor, if you need to make use of these before you head to your hotel.

Christchurch Airport is 12 kim from the city centre. This journey costs $5 by bus, taking around 45 minutes to central locations, or up to $65 for a direct taxi ride.

Useful tips about Christchurch

If you're spending more than a few days in Christchurch, it could be worth buying a Metrocard to save around 30% on public transport.

If you're planning to get out and see more of the South Island, the drives from Christchurch to Greymouth along Arthur's Pass and to Dunedin via Lake Tekapo are among the 10 best road trips in New Zealand.

For a uniquely French experience just outside Christchurch, consider a day trip to Akaroa.

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Please note: all information is correct as of October, 2017.

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Frequently asked questions

There's one airport in Christchurch: Christchurch.
Delta, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Sichuan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Vistara all fly direct to Christchurch.
The cheapest month to fly to Christchurch is March.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.