Christchurch Airport

Christchurch International Airport is located about 12 kilometres north west of the city centre. It is the South Island’s largest and busiest airport.

International flights operate directly to and from four Australian destinations - Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne, with direct flights to and from Perth starting in December 2013. Flights also run regularly to and from Fiji and Singapore, while Tokyo has direct flights to Christchurch from late October to February.

Domestic flights are operated by Air New Zealand and Jetstar.

Transport Options


$8 adult one way - about 30 minutes.

Regular Metro Red Bus services connect the airport to the city; both the number 3 and the number 29 bus go via the city centre. You can buy your tickets from the driver. Tickets cost $8 one way or $14 return. Buses depart outside the far end of the international arrivals terminal.



Approximately $25 for one person $30 for two - about 30 minutes

A shuttle is a cost effective way to travel into the city. Discounts apply if two or more people are travelling together - $4 for each additional person. Shuttles are normally shared with other passenger groups. The journey can take up to 40 minutes at peak traffic times or when there are several drop-offs along the way. Allow plenty of time to reach the airport for departing flights.


Approximately $45 to $65- about 15 to 20 minutes

There are several taxi companies available and prices may vary. Taxis licensed to operate from the airport are required to meet the airport company’s service standards. If you’re travelling to the airport by taxi, make sure you allow plenty of time.

Car rental

Major rental car companies operate from the terminal building. Bookings are strongly recommended.

Services and facilities

Toilets, showers; large range of duty/tax-free shopping and souvenirs; more than 20 retail outlets offering books and magazines, wine, clothing, pharmaceuticals, digital equipment, mobile phone rental, music and gifts; cafes, restaurants, bars and fast food; banking, currency exchange, ATM; internet; telephones; wheelchair access; baggage storage; baby change and parenting room, children’s play equipment and electronic arcade games.

More information

For more information visit Christchurch Airport's website.