Christchurch International Airport, opened on May 18, 1940, is one of the busiest in New Zealand. It operates with several domestic flights and international destinations in Oceania, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Official Website: christchurchairport.co.nz
Number of Terminals - 1 - Open 24 hours a day.
Annual passenger traffic: More than 6.7 million passengers went through it in 2017.
Tel: +64 3358 5029 / 3353 7777. Information desk in the International Arrivals Hall, available from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (Tel +64 3741 3980).
Christchurch airport is located 12 km (7.5 miles) to the northwest of the city.
Offices are found in the International Arrivals Hall, next to the baggage reclaim area.
Avis/Budget (Tel +64 3358 7488 - 5:00 am to 0:30 am)
Europcar (Tel +64 3357 9202 / 800 866 327 - 5:00 am to 2:00 am)
Ezi Car Rental (Tel +64 800 545 000 - 5:00 am to 2:00 am)
Hertz (Tel +64 3358 6730 - 4:00 am to 1:30 am)
Thrifty (Tel +64 3353 1940 / 800 737 070)
Bus - There are regular services from Metro Red Bus (Tel +64 3366 8855) that connect the airport with the city centre (25-30 minutes trip) and other destinations in Christchurch, departing from the stop located between the terminal and the long-term car park. Tickets can be acquired on board. The Purple Line departs every 30 min. to Avonhead Mall, Westfield Riccarton, Central Station, Ferrymead and Sumner; it operates Mondays through Fridays between 6:43 am and 11:07 pm, Saturdays from 6:07 am to 11:37 pm and Sundays from 6:37 am to 10:37 pm. Line 29 runs to the central station via Fendalton every 30 min. Bus 125 links Redwood with Westlake, stopping at Northlands, Bishopdale Mall and Russley.
Super Shuttle (Tel +64 3741 3980 / 800 748 885) provides a shared door-to-door minibus service to Christchurch and surrounding areas 24 hours a day. Stops are found outside the International Arrivals Hall.
Taxi - Ranks are situated through door 7, outside the International Arrivals Hall. Journey time to downtown Christchurch is 15-20 minutes. Official operators are Corporate Cabs (Tel +64 3379 5888), Blue Star Taxis (Tel +64 3379 9799), First Direct Taxis (Tel +64 3377 5555 / 0800 505 555), Gold Band Taxis (Tel +64 3379 5795) and Green Cabs (Tel +64 508 447 336).
There are spaces for short and long stays. Reservations and fares
Express Park - Facility with three covered levels and security cameras, 1 minute away from the terminal.
Short Stay - Outdoor, monitored area connected to the main building through a covered walkway.
Long Stay - Ideal for periods of more than 3 days, uncovered and with security cameras, close to the International Arrivals Hall.
Orchard Road Car Park - Low-cost lot for long stays. The first 30 min. have no charge.
The Loop - Passenger pick-up and drop-off zone beneath the Express Park.
Craddocks - Covered and outdoor spaces with shuttle service on demand.
Facilities include ATMs with Braille signage, automatic doors, accessible drinking fountains, elevators, designated spaces in all car parks and adapted toilets. Passengers requiring special assistance or wheelchairs should contact their airline or the airport service team at Tel +64 3353 7777 before their arrival.
Latest updates: May 18, 2019