Christchurch Airport

Visit Christchurch Airport, Canterbury, NZ

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  • Christchurch International Airport is about 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of the city. It serves flights from New Zealand’s main centres and the Asia-Pacific region. This part of Christchurch has some great attractions and plenty of places to stay.

    Domestic airports with scheduled flights to and from Christchurch include Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin and Invercargill. Internal connections include Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast), Fiji, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.

    The International Antarctic Centre is based at the airport and is open to the public, featuring displays about the history of Antarctic exploration, and regular exhibitions.

    Accommodation in Christchurch Airport (NZ)

    There are traveller’s hotels around Christchurch Airport, along with motels and bed & breakfast lodges.

    Self-contained units and backpacker accommodation are also nearby.

    Within and around the wider city, there are holiday homes to rent and holiday parks for camping, as well as exclusive luxury lodges and eco-lodges.

    Transport around Christchurch Airport

    The airport is about 20 minutes’ drive from the central city, along a major highway.

    There are shuttle bus services, taxis for transfers to and from the city.

    Cycle hire offers more freedom of movement to enjoy Christchurch, and the cycling is easy along mainly flat roads.

    Tourist Activities around Christchurch Airport

    The New Zealand Air Force’s base at Wigram is not far from the International Airport, and is the location the Air Force Museum.

    At Harewood, south of the Airport, a military vehicle working museum is open for visitors to enjoy viewing and riding in jeeps, armoured personnel carriers and tanks. Visitors can try driving a tank for themselves – either a British Challenger or Soviet T-55 battle tank.

    Helicopter tours, scenic flights and sky-diving activities are all based from Christchurch Airport.

    Just north of the Airport at Harewood is Willowbank Nature Reserve, which guarantees sightings of kiwis and other native birds.

    At Spencerville is an adventure park based on rope climbs and swings in a the Spencer Forest. There is also a maze-based park at Hornby.

    The whole of Christchurch city and its environs have much more to offer the visitor. Please consult this page for a more complete list of attractions and activities.

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    Christchurch Airport