New Zealand's oldest city has all the charms of traditional England with a distinct kiwi flavour. A modern city with scenic rivers and trams gliding between age old churches and trendy laneways. Read more...
Located on the edge of the Canterbury plains, Christchurch is the largest city found on the South Island's east coast. The city acts as a major tourism hub as travellers use Christchurch as a stepping off point for touring the South Island and as a gateway for travel to Antarctica. As a tourist hub, the city boasts a wide range of Christchuch tours, offering something for everyone.>
One-eighth of the city is comprised of public parks and recreation grounds, earning it the nickname of the 'garden city.' But parks are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Christchurch's natural beauty - beaches, mountains and picturesque New Zealand countryside can all be found within an hours drive of the city.
In 2010 and 2011 Christchurch experienced two earthquakes that caused much damage to its high-rise buildings. Parts of the city's iconic Christchurch Cathedral were also sadly destroyed during the natural disaster and reconstruction remains a work in progress. Though some sections of the city are still cordoned off, much of Christchurch has returned to normal and locals are welcoming tourists with open arms.
Away from the city centre buildings, Christchurch shows little sign of its recent tumultuous events. Most Christchurch accommodation is open for business and includes a great selection of reputable chain hotels. The picturesque Avon River remains serene as always. Traditional punt boat rides down the river are a must-do for all visitors to Christchurch. While the city's English past is quite obvious, Christchurch is also a modern town with a burgeoning café and arts culture. The city's maze of hidden laneways have been urbanised to include an array of trendy eateries and innovative boutiques. Riverside restaurants boast some of the island's freshest seafood and outdoor markets and art galleries continue to flourish.
Christchurch Airport (CHC)
Flights from Australia to Christchurch will disembark at Christchurch International Airport.
Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is the main access point for New Zealand's South Island. The airport consists of a domestic terminal and an international terminal within the one building, however construction is underway of a new domestic terminal building.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Christchurch International Airport. Book your Christchurch Airport accommodation.
Getting to Christchurch
There are several airlines that offer flights to Christchurch from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney take three hours. Direct flights from Melbourne take three hours and 15 minutes. Direct flights from Brisbane take three hours and 30 minutes. Flights from Perth via Sydney take around nine hours depending on the stopover.
Airlines that fly to Christchurch
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Christchurch from Australia include:
For more information on airlines that offer flights to Christchurch, have a look at our international airline page.
Looking for more than just a flight? A Christchurch holiday package includes flights, accommodation, and often other extras like tours or car hire. View our Christchurch holiday packages.
|Sydney to Christchurch||return from $315*||return from $1,727*|
|Gold Coast to Christchurch||return from $351*||
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|Melbourne to Christchurch||return from $351*||return from $1,754*|
|Brisbane to Christchurch||return from $477*||return from $1,760*|
|Adelaide to Christchurch||return from $562*||
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|Cairns to Christchurch||return from $674*||
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|Darwin to Christchurch||return from $714*||return from $2,929*|
|Perth to Christchurch||return from $824*||return from $2,884*|
Choose from our range of South Island holiday packages below that each include your flights, accommodation, and often special bonuses like tours and free upgrades. If you can't find the package you're looking for, contact one of our friendly consultants on 133 133 and don't forget to ask about customising a package to suit your needs.
|South Island packages South Island Flights, 1 Nights + 7 Days Motorhome Hire - Departing Melbourne||7 nights Return from $789*|
|Christchurch packages Christchurch Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Brisbane||3 nights Return from $829*|
|Christchurch packages Christchurch Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Sydney||3 nights Return from $829*|
|Christchurch packages Christchurch Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Adelaide||3 nights Return from $929*|
|Christchurch packages Christchurch Flights + 3 Nights - Departing Perth||3 nights Return from $1,265*|
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