Despite being New Zealand's oldest city, Christchurch is a unique mix of old and new with scenic rivers and trams gliding between age old churches and trendy laneways.
Airlines that fly to Christchurch
- Air New Zealand
- China Southern Airlines
- Emirates Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qantas Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
Flights from the UK to Christchurch will involve a number of stopovers depending on the airline, and disembark at Christchurch International Airport. Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is the main access point for New Zealand's South Island. The airport consists of a domestic terminal and an international terminal within the one building, however construction is underway of a new domestic terminal building.
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 Christchurch 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.
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.
Looking for more than just a flight? A Christchurch holiday package includes flights, accommodation, and often other extras like tours or car hire. Ask a Flight Centre consultant today or see our Christchurch travel guide for more information.