Christchurch is a revitalised city in the heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s South Island. It's known for its English heritage where flat bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, that wanders through the city centre. Along the banks are cycling paths, the lush Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. There's plenty of things to do from lush vineyards and wild coastlines to glacial lakes and mountains, Hammer Spring's hot pools and boutique galleries. It’s a haven for travellers seeking stunning scenery, culture and adventure.View our Christchurch travel guide
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When to visit
Christchurch – known as “the garden city,” has a temperate climate. Spring (September to November) is the best time to take in the gardens and parks while they are in full bloom. The ski season is coming to an end with the Southern Alps and mountains are majestic with their snow covering. Temperatures range between 14°C to 19°C. Wintertime is June through to September brings snow and attracts skiers from far and wide, with temperatures between 11°C and 14°C. Summer (December to February) is a busy time to visit with holiday makers and the school holidays.
What is the main airport called?
Christchurch Airport (CHC).Opens external site in a new window The airport is located about 12 kilometres north west of the city centre, it’s the main airport that serves Christchurch. There are shops, WiFi and charging services, ATM's and airline lounges available at the airport.
Arriving in Christchurch
The friendly airport ambassadors at Christchurch Airport will greet you when you land and from there, getting into the CBD is easy.
Getting into Christchurch from the airport
With a range of convenient parking and transport options, getting to and from the airport is easy. From bicycles to buses, campervans, rideshare and rental cars are all available at the terminal. A bus service from the airport to the city takes approximately 35 minutes or a shuttle service is $19 for one person. There are several taxi companies from the airport getting into the CBD in around 20 minutes.
Getting around Christchurch
With so many things to do and spectacular places to see, choosing how you travel around Christchurch is easy and affordable, with many transport options available. The best way to get around via is road, so hiring a car or motorhome is a great option. To see whales, orcas and dolphins hop on a boat, or catch the Christchurch Gondola to capture the sights below. There are many tours available including by helicopter, shuttle and bus services. It’s easy to hire a bike or walk around the city to experience the best of the region.
Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?
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