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Flight information Christchurch to Melbourne

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Average flight time, total distance 2418 kilometres

3h 45min

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Air New Zealand

Melbourne Tullamarine, Melbourne Avalon and Melbourne Essendon

3 airports

Frequently asked questions

There are 3 airports in Melbourne: Melbourne Tullamarine, Melbourne Avalon and Melbourne Essendon.
The best price found on Skyscanner for a flight from Christchurch to Melbourne is $261. This was found by aggregating across different carriers and is the cheapest price for the whole month.
3h 45min is the average flight time from Christchurch to Melbourne.
There are 6 airlines who fly direct from Christchurch to Melbourne.
As of February, there are 33 flights per week flying from Christchurch to Melbourne.

Which airlines fly from Christchurch to Melbourne?

There are several airlines that have direct flights from Christchurch to Melbourne, making the trip to Victoria as hassle-free as possible. You can choose from:

These direct flights all land at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport rather than the smaller Avalon Airport.

When's the best time to book a flight to Melbourne?

Skyscanner research has found that the best time to book flights from NZ to Australia is 26 weeks (roughly 6 months) before you intend to fly.

Is there a time difference between Christchurch and Melbourne?

Yes. Melbourne is 2 hours behind Christchurch.

What weather should you expect in Melbourne?

Melbourne is generally warmer than Christchurch, with average temperatures 3°C higher in Melbourne on average. Be aware that Melbourne's weather can change very quickly, so it's advised to pack for all conditions.

How expensive is Melbourne?

A trip to Australia is always likely to be more expensive than staying in New Zealand, and this is the case in regard to accommodation and events in Melbourne. However, you may find that because of the wider range of choice, you can find more affordable dining options there.

In early 2018, NZ$1 was valued between AU$0.88 and AU$0.91.



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Departing from Christchurch Airport

Christchurch Airport (CHC) is New Zealand's 2nd busiest airport after Auckland International. It's 11km from the CBD.

The cheapest way to get to the airport is to take the number 29 bus. This costs NZ$8 1-way or NZ$14 return, and takes about half an hour. A shared shuttle bus is likely to cost NZ$25 or more, but has the advantage of picking you up from your accommodation.

Once you get to the airport, the check-in counters are on the ground floor. The departure gates are upstairs and to the right for international flights, but be sure to check out the food court and shops at the top of the escalator before you go through security.

Melbourne arrivals

When flying into Melbourne, there are 2 main airports:

Tullamarine, known locally as Melbourne Airport, is the primary airport for Melbourne and the one that receives the majority of international flights.

Melbourne Airport is 23km from the CBD. You can hire a car at the airport, book a shuttle service or go with the cheaper SkyBus option. The SkyBus is available from terminals 1, 3 and 4 and you can get non-stop services to the CBD, Docklands, St Kilda and the Mornington Peninsula.

Each service has different timetables, costs and running times. The city service, for example, runs 24/7 and costs AU$18 for a 1-way ticket.

What ID do you need for this flight?

  • You need a valid passport for all international flights.
  • You can travel around Australia for as long as you like as a New Zealand citizen.

When should I arrive at Christchurch Airport for my flight?

For flights from Christchurch to Melbourne, you should be at the airport 3 hours before departure to check in and get through security.

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Please note: all information is correct as of July, 2018.

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