Cheap Flights to Christchurch

A little slice of England on the southern edge of Pegasus Bay, charming Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and undoubtedly one of its most picturesque

What to know before you fly to Christchurch?

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.

Christchurch: City Park

City Park

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: Hagley Park

Hagley Park

Best times to fly to Christchurch

Christchurch is a unique and beautiful location in the Canterbury region of the South Island. Combining rich heritage, scenic coastlines, fresh air and landscapes, towering mountains, and rugged bush, Christchurch has spectacular wonders to discover and explore. No matter what season it is in Christchurch, there’s always something to do. The mildest weather is in spring from September to November, where summer from December through till the end of March brings those long hot, and distinctly dry south island days. In winter, make the most of the snow-capped mountains of the region. Take a look at our Christchurch Travel Guide for inspiration.

Christchurch flight times

Scheduled flight times: Auckland to Christchurch flights take 1 hour 25 minutes; Wellington to Christchurch flights take 50 minutes; Palmerston North to Christchurch flights take 1 hour 20 minutes; Dunedin to Christchurch flights take 65 minutes; Invercargill to Christchurch flights takes 1 hour 20 minutes.

Activities and things to do in Christchurch

Christchurch is the city of exploration, the gateway, and basecamp to the wider Canterbury region, and one of the world’s most unique places. Freshly regenerated urban areas sit amongst rich heritage architecture, with the Avon River flowing through the city providing a slice of nature to the urban landscape. Explore the endless hills, bays, bush, hot springs, mountains, and rugged coastlines of Kaikōura, Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, and Aoraki Mt Cook. Our Christchurch Travel Guide will give you some more ideas on things to do in Christchurch.

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