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Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch International Airport (CHC)


A small facility located 7.5 miles (12km) outside of Christchurch, Christchurch International Airport is a tidy little airport serving roughly six million passengers each year. New Zealand's second largest airport, Christchurch International hosts mostly flights to destinations in New Zealand and Australia, with a few flights to cities in Asia such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.

Christchurch International Airport is a fairly basic facility with a good selection of shops and restaurants, and services such as a hairdresser and florist. One popular point of interest is the International Antarctic Centre across the road, offering interactive exhibitions and activities the whole family will enjoy.


The airport is situated eight miles (13km) from Christchurch.

Getting to the city

The airport is connected to Christchurch city centre by two public bus routes (the Purple Line and Bus 29) departing from the regional transport hub at the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall. Tickets can be bought directly from the driver. Door-to-door shuttles are available with advance booking. Taxis and rental cars are also available.


Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April).


Tel: +64 3 358 5029.

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty, among others.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available from outside the terminal. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the city centre.


There are shops (including duty-free), bars and restaurants, banks, ATMs and currency exchange at the airport. Other facilities include left luggage, showers, a business centre, a post office, and a hotel reservations desk. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should inform their travel agent or airline in advance.


There is covered and uncovered parking available at varying rates in a selection of parking areas. Fees range from NZD 10 for the first hour to NZD 30 for one day.




Free unlimited wifi is available throughout the airport.

Business Lounges

A meeting room is available for hire in the South Bar and Cafe; it seats 12 people, has IT capabilities and full catering options. There are also business services in airline lounges for passengers of Air New Zealand, Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

Christchurch International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.