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Flights to Christchurch (CHC)

Flights to Christchurch are the gateway to New Zealand’s breath-taking South Island. Stop and smell the flowers in the botanical gardens.

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You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, children and infants.

Each adult passenger can bring one infant.

Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.

You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, teenagers, children and infants.

Each adult passenger can bring one infant.

Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.

  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filippino Workers (OFW), children and infants.
  • Each adult & OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to avail the tax exemption.
  • Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filippino Workers (OFWs), teenagers, children and infants.
  • Each adult & OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to avail the tax exemption.
  • Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
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Flights to Christchurch

As soon as your flight to Christchurch touches down at Christchurch International Airport, it becomes clear why it’s known as The Garden City.

From above, it’s easy to see just how many wide open green spaces dot the landscape, centred around Hagley Park in the middle of the city. And bisecting the scenery is the lovely Avon River, whose waters have historically provided the means to keep Christchurch blooming.

Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island and the centre of its adventure sports industry. When you consider how much the Kiwis (as the country’s residents are called) love the outdoors, that’s really saying something.

Christchurch truly is a paradise for the sporty, and a huge range of activities are easily accessible just a short trip from downtown, from skiing and playing golf to bungee jumping, mountain biking, wind surfing, rafting and more. If you’re content to simply spectate, there are hot air balloon rides and whale watching tours too.

That being said, you don't go to Christchurch just to leave Christchurch. The city has a charm all its own, and you could have a wonderful vacation sticking to the city centre; staying in its luxury boutique hotels, sipping espresso in its wonderfully cute cafes, dining in its five-star restaurants, and enjoying the relaxing, friendly environment that the locals pride themselves on creating.

Hagley Park is a picturesque public space where art projects pop up out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly. Outdoor concerts are popular in the summer with AMI Stadium playing host to artists from around the world, and the older world exists, too, witnessed in beautiful cathedrals.

Christchurch has a well-deserved reputation as an adventure and party centre, and you don't have to look too hard to find either. But there's also a sense of refinement to the city, a cosmopolitan feel that makes it one of the best destinations in New Zealand.

What to do in Christchurch

Take a chopper flight

For the most impressive view of the city, nothing beats taking to the skies. A 20-minute ride in a whirly bird will be plenty to get your bearings and blow your mind. If you're feeling adventurous, check out the tour options that go into the mountains or over the water.

Garden City Helicopters
73 Grays Road
Yaldhurst
8042
+64 3 358 4360

Go punting on the Avon River

Explore the Garden City from the tranquillity of the meandering Avon River. Your cheerful punter, dressed in Edwardian garb, will pole you around on a flat-bottomed boat while you and a loved one sit back and enjoy the view.

2 Cambridge Terrace
Christchurch Central
8013
+64 3 366 0337

Visit the Orana Wildlife Park

The city's only open-range zoo features creatures and critters of all sorts, from tall giraffes to magical white rhinos, kiwis and lions. This is exotic animal watching at its best, augmented by a knowledgeable staff who can answer any questions.

743 Mcleans Island Road
Mcleans Island
8051
+64 33 597 109

Where to eat in Christchurch

The Lotus-Heart Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegetarian)

Perhaps the most peaceful dining experience in the city can be found at this hidden gem of a restaurant operated by students of the Sri Chinmoy. There's a spirituality about the surroundings that's mirrored in the high-quality vegetarian food, made with obvious love.

363 St Asaph Street
Christchurch Central
8011
+64 3 377 2727

Saggio di vino (European)

There's an old-world flair to this smart restaurant that's been a fixture in Christchurch for more than two decades. In a city that's constantly refreshing and re-inventing itself, Saggio di vino has a timeless element. Having said that, the contemporary dining room is thoroughly modern.

Carlton Butchery Building
179 Victoria Street
Christchurch Central
8013
+64 3 379 4006

King of Snake (Southeast Asian)

Asian influence runs through a lot of New Zealand restaurants, and few places do this as well as King of Snake. Tony Astle's high-end eatery effortlessly mixes Southeast Asian cuisine with some of the region's finest produce and poultry. A great date night venue for a quiet evening.

145 Victoria Street
Christchurch Central
8013
+64 3 365 7363

Places to stay in Christchurch

The Classic Villa

You'll know you're in the right place when you arrive at The Classic thanks to the hotel's distinctive pink paint job. The former historic home has been repurposed into a five-star hotel that's cosy, quiet, and close to all of Christchurch's attractions.

17 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch Arts Centre
Christchurch Central
8013
+64 3 377 7905

Jailhouse Accommodation Backpacker Hostel

You're sure to make good memories if you stay at Jailhouse, a quirky accommodation option that’s popular with travellers on a budget. The location, just south of Hagley Park, is perfect for getting around the city and the attractive prices – for dorm beds or family rooms – work, too.

338 Lincoln Road
Addington
8024
+64 800 524 546

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

For a great mid-range hotel in Christchurch, head for the Novetel Christchurch Cathedral Square. It’s perfect for families, with babysitting services available on request and leafy Hagley Park just a short distance away. As you'd expect from the name, the views of the nearby Christchurch Cathederal are striking.

52 Cathedral Square
8011
+64 3 372 2111

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