Christchurch airport (CHC)

Location details, contact information, airlines, departure and arrival flight status, transportation, facilities and services, parking, special passenger amenities, nearby hotels and answers to passengers' frequently asked questions.


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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.

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Number of Terminals - 1 - Open from 4:00 am until the last flight of the day.
Annual passenger traffic: 4.5 million passengers went through it in 2022.
Tel: +64 3358 5029 / 3353 7777. E-mail: [email protected] Information desks in the check-in and International Arrivals halls, available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Christchurch airport is located 12 km (7.5 miles) to the northwest of the city.

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Public and private transportation


Uber, Ola, Zoomy and Zilch offer services that pick passengers up behind the Express Park.


There are regular services from Metro 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 in the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall (door 9). 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 6:35 am and 11:37 pm, Saturdays from 6:05 am to 11:39 pm and Sundays from 6:37 am to 11:39 pm. Line 29 runs to the central station via Fendalton every 30 min. Bus 125 links Redwood with Westlake, stopping at Northlands Mall, Bishopdale Mall and Russley.
Super Shuttle (Tel +64 9522 5100 / 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.
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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) and Gold Band Taxis (Tel +64 3379 5795).


Car rental agencies

Offices are found in the International Arrivals Hall, next to the baggage reclaim area.

Avis/Budget (Tel +64 3358 7488 - 7:00 am to 9:30 pm)
Enterprise (Tel +64 3358 6554 - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
Europcar (Tel +64 3357 9202 - 7:00 am to 10:00 pm)
Ezi Car Rental (Tel +64 800 545 000 - 7:00 am to 10:00 pm)
Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty (Tel +64 3358 6730 - 7:00 am to 1:00 am)
Sixt (Tel +64 3666 0026 - 7:30 am to 8:00 pm)


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Parking services at Christchurch airport (CHC)

There are spaces for short and long stays. More information: Tel +64 3353 7729; e-mail: [email protected] Reservations and fares

Express Park - Facility with three covered levels and security cameras, 1 minute away from the terminal. Free areas for motorcycles and bicycles on the ground floor.
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.


Facilities for passengers with special needs

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 before their arrival.

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Latest updates: March 25, 2023