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Flights from New York (JFK) (JFK) to Christchurch (CHC)

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Visiting from New York (JFK) to Christchurch

Christchurch travel information

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. 

When to visit

Best time to visit Christchurch

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.

Arrival information

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 Christchurch 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 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.    

Departure information

Fly from New York City

We want your journey from New York City to be as smooth as possible and the following information will help make that happen.

What is the main airport called?

New York (John F. Kennedy) International Airport (JFK). John F. Kennedy International AirportOpens external site in a new window also known as just JFK, is the main airport serving New York City. It's located 25 km from the city centre. The airport is the busiest international air passenger gateway into North America and the 20th-busiest airport in the world. The airport has many retail stores, restaurants and bars, beauty and spa salons, airline lounges, charging stations and wi-fi.

Baggage allowance

All passengers flying from New York City are allocated checked baggage. If you require extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online before departure. 

Checking in

Customers travelling from New York City can check in online up to 24 hours in advance or check in at the airport by visiting a kiosk or desk.

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Included baggage

Enjoy peace of mind knowing baggage is included on all Qantas flights. Use the baggage calculator to find out what is included with your fare. 

Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.

If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.

If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

Important information

 This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 30 April 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 30 April 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 30 June 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 31 December 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 30 June 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.

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