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Cheap flights to Christchurch you can book in 2020

Find out which airlines fly to Christchurch, how much you should expect to pay and the latest flight deals.

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One of two international airports on the South Island, Christchurch Airport is the second largest in the country with direct flights available from most cities across New Zealand.

Being in close proximity to ski fields, hiking tracks and stunning scenery, Christchurch serves as a good starting point for a South Island adventure, whether you want to head north, west or south.

Car and campervan hire is popular with visitors and you can find rental companies both inside and outside the airport grounds.

Latest Christchurch flight deals

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Christchurch flights from $103 return

Available on select dates until February 2021. Sample fare departs from Auckland with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.

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How much are flights to Christchurch?

When fares are on sale, you should be able to fly to Christchurch from major airports like Wellington and Auckland from as low as $50-$75 each way. From smaller airports, like Nelson, expect prices to be about double. When fares aren’t on sale, average prices from your closest airport can be found below.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Christchurch?

The winter months, between May and August, tend to bring the lowest fares to Christchurch, which is ideal for anyone planning a snow trip.

How far in advance should I book my flight to Christchurch?

Fares to Christchurch steadily increase the closer to your departure date you get, with them increasing quite drastically within the last two weeks before booking. Based on data supplied by Skyscanner, it’s best to book your Christchurch flight at least seven weeks in advance.

Frequently asked questions about flights to Christchurch

How long does it take to fly to Christchurch?

  • Auckland: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Wellington: 50 minutes
  • Queenstown: 1 hour

If you don’t live in one of these cities, you will need to take a flight from your closest airport to one of the above cities, before boarding your flight to Christchurch.

Which airlines fly to Christchurch from other cities in New Zealand?

Four airlines offer domestic flights to Christchurch Airport.

  • Air Chathams: Chatham Islands
  • Air New Zealand: Auckland, Dunedin, Hamilton, Hokitika, Invercargill, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rotorua, Tauranga, Wellington
  • Jetstar: Auckland, Wellington
  • Sounds Air: Blenheim

Some airlines only operate flights on certain days, so you may need to be flexible if you have a preference for who you fly with.

Where is the airport in Christchurch?

Christchurch Airport is located in Harewood, in the northwest part of the city.

How long does it take to get from the airport to Christchurch?

  • CBD: 20 minutes (10 kilometres)
  • Hagley Park: 15 minutes (9 kilometres)
  • Addington: 17 minutes (9 kilometres)
  • Riccarton: 13 minutes (7.2 kilometres)
  • Edgeware: 20 minutes (11 kilometres)
  • New Brighton: 26 minutes (18.5 kilometres)
  • Sumner Beach: 34 minutes (22 kilometres)
  • Lyttelton: 31 minutes (24 kilometres)

If you are looking for a way to get to your hotel from the airport, you have a few different options, depending on your budget. For the cheapest journey, you can take one of the two bus lines that connect to the city centre with stops along the way. This costs $8.50 per adult and $4 per child.

A shuttle service will take you from the airport to the door of your accommodation for $19 per person. A taxi will cost between $45 and $65 to take you to the city centre, or you can order an Uber, which may work out a bit cheaper.

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