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 like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.

Christchurch International Airport is currently undergoing massive renovations after it was damaged in several earthquakes in early 2011. The construction process will include several upgrades allowing the airport to increase its capacity as its numbers continue to grow year after year.

Christchurch International Airport is a fairly basic facility with a good selection of shops and restaurants, and services like 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 (12km) from Christchurch.

Getting to the city

The airport is connected to Christchurch by two public bus routes departing from the regional transport hub at the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall. Door-to-door shuttles are available with advance booking.


Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March).


Tel: +64 (0)3 358 5029.

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Maui rentals and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available from outside the domestic terminal or to the left of customs in the international terminal. It takes 20 minutes to get to the city centre.

Transfer between terminals

The two terminals (domestic and international) are joined to one another and within walking distance of one another.


There are shops, bars and restaurants, banks, ATMs and currency exchange at the airport. Other facilities include left luggage, mobile phone rental, 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. The first ten minutes are free in all lots. Short and long-term parking is NZD5 for up to 90 minutes and NZD10 for two hours; thereafter, parking is NZD5 per hour and NZD25 per day. Premium parking is available.

Departure Tax

Airport tax is NZ$25, except for children 12 years of age and under and transit passengers of up to 24 hours. Credit cards are accepted.




Flights to Christchurch International Airport are available on AirAsia X, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Virgin Australia.


Free wifi is available throughout the airport.

Business Lounges

There are no conference facilities at Christchurch International Airport, however the Travel and Tourism Centre offers copying and fax services, and there is a post office in the terminal; internet kiosks are scattered throughout the airport. 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.