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Airport Codes: 

IATA: CHC 
ICAO: NZCH


Distance from CHC to:

Lyttleton 22 km
Akaroa 86 km
Arthur’s Pass 146 km


Nearest Major Airports:

Queenstown Airport 474 kmWellington International Airport 587 km
Hamilton Airport 1094 km
 

Car Hire Christchurch

Christchurch Airport Guide

Christchurch is known as the ‘garden city’ and with its cathedral and boulevards it has a very English feel - you can even go punting on the River Avon. The Canterbury Museum and the Christchurch Art Gallery are worth a visit along with the Air Force Museum. The city is still recovering from the earthquake of February 2011 and although most utilities are fixed some areas remain cordoned off and are still unsafe. The cathedral was badly damaged and the city is now building an unusual cathedral made of cardboard – a unique attraction. Out and about with your car hire Christchurch, you can see the pretty harbour at Lyttleton and swim with dolphins at Akaroa.


Christchurch Airport Directions

The airport is 12 km from the city and an easy drive via the Highway 1 and Memorial Avenue. It should take around 20 minutes to get to the airport.


Christchurch Airport Parking

There are a few options for car parking at the airport. There is a multilevel car park with a premium parking area and also uncovered short and long term parking.


Christchurch Airport Flight Information

At the present time, 11 airlines fly out of Christchurch Airport. Many routes are domestic but you can also fly to Australia and South East Asia.


Hotels Near Christchurch Airport

Unfortunately there are no hotels based at the airport. However, you can stay at the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport or the Copthorne Hotel Commodore Christchurch Airport. They are under 2 km from the airport and have a shuttle service if you do not have car hire Christchurch Airport.


Christchurch Time Zone

Christchurch is 12/13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, depending on daylight saving and is in the New Zealand Time zone (GMT+12/13).

Christchurch Info


The airport has recently been renovated and has a new terminal building. There are 11 shops including duty free items and facilities for currency exchange and ATMs. Wi-Fi access is available for a fee and there is a visitor’s centre and tourist office for all your enquiries. If you get hungry, there are 10 food outlets with everything from sushi and noodles to fast food. A pharmacy and entertainment centre are also available. The Antarctic Attraction, an interactive exhibition is close to the terminal too.

Christchurch Airport Trivia:

  • Christchurch Airport is the 2nd largest airport in New Zealand.
  • It is officially known as Christchurch International Airport.
  • It mostly serves South Island.
  • Over 6 million passengers pass through the airport every year.
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