Compare cheap Nelson to Christchurch flights

Flight information Nelson to Christchurch

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Average flight time, total distance 250 kilometres

0h 50min

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Air New Zealand


1 airport

Frequently asked questions

There's one airport in Christchurch: Christchurch.
The best price found on Skyscanner for a flight from Nelson to Christchurch is $74. This was found by aggregating across different carriers and is the cheapest price for the whole month.
0h 50min is the average flight time from Nelson to Christchurch.
There are 4 airlines who fly direct from Nelson to Christchurch.
There are 50 flights per week flying from Nelson to Christchurch, as of August.

Which airlines fly from Nelson to Christchurch?

Only 1 airline has flights from Nelson to Christchurch: Air New Zealand.

Non-stop flights are available every day. You can also compare 1 stop flights connecting in Wellington, but these usually cost more than flying direct.

Is there a time difference between Nelson and Christchurch?

No. There are no time differences between cities in New Zealand.

What is the weather like in Christchurch?

Christchurch has mild winters and warm summers, with averages from 23°C in January to 11°C in July. Despite being famous for its greenery, Christchurch gets less rain than the other major cities.

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Essential travel information for Christchurch

  • Make sure you're carrying identification on your Nelson to Christchurch flight. This can be your passport, driver's licence or other acceptable ID.
  • Save money on local transport fares in Christchurch by picking up a prepaid Metrocard.

Departing from Nelson

Nelson Airport (NSN) is 8km from Nelson city centre and 9km from Richmond in the suburb of Annesbrook. There is no public transport service to the airport, but you can get there by taxi for around $30 or book a shuttle transfer.

The airport is currently in the process of upgrading, which will complete in late 2019. The new terminal has already opened, which includes a café and gift shop. Air New Zealand flights check in at the new terminal, while other airlines use Airport House next to the old terminal.

It's recommended that you arrive at Nelson Airport 1 hour before Christchurch flights.

Arriving in Christchurch

Christchurch Airport (CHC) is the largest airport on the South Island. It also uses a single terminal that has generous facilities for arriving passengers, including ATMs and a number of shops and restaurants. Flights disembark on the ground floor.

It takes 15 to 45 minutes to get from the airport to Christchurch city centre, depending on the transport option you choose and traffic levels. The local bus costs $5 for an adult ticket and taxis cost $30 to $40. You can also book a shuttle service or hire a car at the airport.

Return flights from Christchurch to Nelson

Christchurch Airport has a combined check-in area for international and domestic flights. You should arrive at least 1 hour before your flight is due to leave. Airline lounges, cafes and other facilities will help to pass the time.

Find out what else you need to know about flights from Christchurch to Nelson.

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Please note: all information is correct as of November 2018.

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