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Low season

MayBest time to beat the crowds (42% less expensive on average)

High season

JuneMost popular time to fly (45% more expensive on average)

Average price (return flight)

$185(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

$128or less

Good deal one-way

$54or less

When to book flights from Auckland to Christchurch

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Top tips for finding a cheap flight

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $54 or less one-way and $128 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Auckland to Christchurch was found, on average, 85 days before departure.
  • Book at least 4 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be May, June and July. The cheapest month to fly is May.
  • Morning departure is around 4% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
  • Considering the flight time between Auckland (AKL) and Christchurch (CHC) is so short, don’t waste a large part of your day travelling to the airport. Drive your car directly to Auckland Airport and leave your car in one of the parking bays. You can pre-book your parking space online to save further time on the day of your flight.
  • Air New Zealand and Jetstar do not offer complimentary meals on the flight between Auckland and Christchurch. Although the length of the flight is not long, once you add the time it takes to board and go through customs you may realise that you’re hungrier on the plane than you expected. Plan ahead and bring some snacks or fill up with a large meal beforehand.
  • A Metro Bus is the most economical way to get from Christchurch International Airport to the central business district. The number 29 bus departs from the north end of the International Arrivals Hall and will take you to Central Station in approximately 30 minutes. The cost of a one-way adult ticket is NZ$ 8.50 approx.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

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Air New Zealand
Overall score based on 2,839 reviews
8.6
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.9
Crew
8.5
Entertainment
8.1
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Food is always the best. I had the butter chicken for dinner. It was very delicious."
Cons: "I think this was just a personal issue for me only, but I would say the atmosphere. I felt the plane was humid and often at times, I found it hard to breathe. On one occasion, a flight attendant attempted to take my food away without asking if I was finished or not. I was annoyed by their lack of manners. I also didn't like having two blankets. There was no room under the seat in front of me, to put it anywhere. It significantly reduced my comfort. The passengers sitting next to me also had no respect when they asked me to step aside and was rude in general. It made my mood worse throughout the flight but I hanged in there. It was okay."

Pros: ":)"

Pros: "Easy flight."

Pros: "The plane was very comfortable. With decent leg room and nice seats. The in flight entertainment was excellent. As was the crews efficient and professional service. Top star"

Pros: "Free WiFi - was great and fast"

Pros: "All good"
Cons: "It was very cold so the cabin could have been warmer"

Cons: "It was over $450 to try and change the short segment fligt from Christchurch to Auckland. I could have bought a new ticket for 1/2"

Pros: "I had to us the wheel chair And they were all GREAT I was by my self"
Cons: "Right now I can't think of any thing"

Pros: "Small puddle jumper, but everything was well organized."

Pros: "Very friendly and helpful staff"

Cons: "The check in at premier lounge wasn’t as good as before for bussiness elite !"

Pros: "A bit late leaving Auckland but we were kept well informed of the changes"

Pros: "Left on time and arrived on time"
Cons: "ATR seats uncomfortable No food"

Cons: "My ticket did not say that it was a no luggage,no meal ticket & I printed off the E ticket & no where on the E ticket did it state no luggage.....I think that needs to be shown clearly when we book. I had to pay for 1 bag & it would have been $250 but ANZ did work with me &changed the ticket for $125 name-Marjorie Kalama"

Pros: "Our hostess was extremely friendly, accomdating and engaging. Air Nz need more staff like her! We had taken a Honolulu flight to Auckland flight the day before and were really disappointed with the service, lack of friendliness and the limited availability of food were not what I have come to expect on Air NZ, an airline we have been so proud of in the past to fly."
Cons: "There was no doubt the staff made this journey great!"

Pros: "Plz could u guys add Korean subtitle to movie or tv . Because when i was boarding, i couldn't find any Korean subtitle. I can understand English so that's find. But it let me think u guys don't really care Korean market ."

Cons: "We were late arriving, the cabin crew although they were pleasant, didn’t do enough to allow the passengers to get off first, for the connecting flight. Malaysian airlines stayed in the runway, fixing an engine and the pilot said they were delaying the plane, driving in for passengers to disembark. After being told by cabin crew that a number of us were late for connecting flight, that they were going to wait for us, they didn’t and we were told we had missed the flight. We were kindly put on the next flight which wasn’t until five hours later. Unrealistic scheduling causes is to miss our flight and had us sitting at the airport for four hours, making it an unnecessarily long day. Not impressed."

Pros: "Good flight. Good crew. An overall good experience"

Pros: "Was a huge help when my connecting flights didn’t link up due to flight delay, I was so stressed but every single person with air nz helped to make it as easy as possible and were so friendly!"
Cons: "Nothing at all!"

Pros: "Comfortable"

Pros: "Crew complete meals and drinks efficiently so passengers can settle quickly for night flight"

Pros: "Booked these flights though Kayak. Landing from LAX at 0730 at Auckland international terminal and then departing at 0900 from the domestic terminal. This is not enough time, doesn’t allow for customs and immigration. It was a really stressful experience running between terminals with my luggage, as there was less than a 1 hour window after getting through customs and immigration, so the bag drop at international wouldn’t accept them. Got to departure gate 12 minutes before plane departure. You need more time to have a good experience !"
Cons: "Not enough time booked by kayak between an international arrival and domestic departure"

Pros: "The fact that every possible thing was tajen 8nto account to connect us from our late arrival intetnational flight. Great team"

Pros: "there were extra blankets."
Cons: "Cold air blasting for 8 hours."

Pros: "My husbands booking was not processed correctly from the site we booked through, and we didn't notice the mistake until we were checking in. We were at the airport at least 2 1/2 hours before boarding time. The mistake could have been rectified, we were told it would need an email from Virgin to confirm and change the booking. We photographed and sent through passport details. We phoned the booing site, we phoned Virgin, we were put on hold for 25 mins while the booking site phoned Virgin - but Virgin refused to help us out! My husband was not able to board the flight - no refund, no help - and the sad part was, it wasn't for a holiday - it was to visit and help his 87yr old father-in-law who had fallen and cracked his spine. No sympathy from Virgin, VERY DISAPPOINTED!"

Cons: "I was not able to board flight because air new Zealand Staff would not assist."

Pros: "Cool temps in plane"

Pros: "smooth flight, good treats, great legroom and fun crew!"
Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "They were great"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Good lleg room in the aircraft. Friendly service."

Pros: "Everything. Loads of leg room."
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Staff was not friendly or attentive."

Pros: "Fr]iendlyt, efficient flight attendants"

Pros: "No complaints at all"

Pros: "The plane was not full and luckily i was put into an Economy Couch row, so i got to lay down and get a great sleep. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The food was lovely."
Cons: "Nothing, as usual excellent service from Air New Zealand."

Pros: "Staff were kind and thoughtful with younger passengers."

Pros: "Very helpful check-in staff helped me arrange to sit with a friend on the trip."
Cons: "My first seat had a broken entertainment system but I was quickly moved to a new seat."

Pros: "Low initial ticket price"
Cons: "Extra charge to get to sit next to my wife, which I was subsequently told I didn't have to pay because if my frequent flyer status (star alliance gold), but no, so sorry, no refund of that extra fee possible. Cheap!"

Pros: "Free drinks!"

Pros: "Snack ordering system Good service (picked up passenger's eye glasses when person was sleeping)"

Pros: "Very friendly and good service- price was very high for the distance/time"

Pros: "Lost our baggage twice!"

Pros: "Short, friendly people and was on time. Awesome all around"
Cons: "All was good"

Pros: "The service in Premium Economy was outstanding with two dedicated and attentive staff members. The food was excellent and drinks served in real glass made a difference. the space was generous, seats comfortable, and pillows and blankets of a higher quality than economy. Overall a superior experience."
Cons: "Check in was a bit of a mess with no dedicated line for premium economy, business, or first class."

Pros: "flight was okay, leg space kind of small, but flight was short"

Pros: "Service etc etc absolutely fine"
Cons: "Handling at Melbourne Tullamarine was poor. The plane landed on time but was sent to the wrong dock and that caused a lot of time wastage. This seems to happen in Australian airports more than anywhere else."

Pros: "Nice cabin crew, nice boarding, ontime departure, clean aircraft."
Cons: "Check-in agent at bag drop counter was a sour puss."

Pros: "Efficient, professional crew"
Cons: "More space. Snacks, at least a drink! (that doesn't require more expenditure)"

Cons: "Flight was canceled."

Pros: "Absolutely nothing"
Cons: "Just about everything this poor excuse of an airline needed to be better. Not only did they rob me at the check in desk of $210, there was also an extremely loud alarm coming from the exit door of the plane the crew couldn't fix. I was sitting right next to it for an hour and had to plug my ears to avoid hearing damage. This was the worst flight I've ever been on, and I've flown hundreds of times"

Pros: "Comfotable flight, Good landing."
Cons: "Though one of the stewardess' was professional she was a little impersonal. That statement is a little harsh as she was very young. I am sure as she gains experience she will become great at what she does. Maybe a big smile would help when she addresses passages."

Pros: "Exactly what we expected from a budget airline."
Cons: "Dragging the luggage between international and domestic terminal wasn't fun."

Pros: "The crew was fantastic. The airplane was perfectly clean and new."
Cons: "There’s no entreterniment neither food or beverages."

Pros: "Short flight. Good crew"
Cons: "Flight delayed twice. Later Jetstar scheduled flights to the same location left before ours. Luggage damaged beyond repair or use. Wheels broken off, sides smashed. Now have to purchase new and file "proof" paperwork, pictures, etc. Will never fly Jetstar again. The cheaper flight is not worth it."

Pros: "Efficient processes all round - check-in, boarding, disembarking, baggage collection, etc."
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "it was delayed"
Cons: "not being delayed"

Pros: "on time, clean aircraft, efficient crew."
Cons: "Changed departure gate not announced. Auckland gate signs misleading."

Pros: "boarding has been delayed however there is poor communication between the staff regarding estimated of delay..."

Pros: "The seat was extraordinarily uncomfortable."
Cons: "Seat spacing was the worst ever. Aisle very narrow."

Pros: "Flight was fine"
Cons: "They find ways to scam you out of more money!"

Pros: "Easy check in, bag drop and courteous staff"

Pros: "Easy boarding"
Cons: "No food or water"

Cons: "Was 3 hours late with no reason"

Pros: "Quick and comfortable. Arrived 30 mins ahead of schedule"

Cons: "$120 bag fee!! Plane was late. Ticket line took over an hour. Paying bag fee was a separate line took one-half hour. Gate was changed had to move 1/4 mile."

Cons: "Charged over $500 for our luggage a real Scam We never fly with Jetstar again!"

Pros: "Friendly efficient crew"
Cons: "The process to get boarding pass and check bags was chaotic and frustrating"

Pros: "Actually left a bit early. Warm, friendly in flight crew."
Cons: "Storms in the area so it was a bit bumpy. Not the fault of the crew, but Mother Nature"

Pros: "Once we were seated and lift off was timely the flight uneventful as one can only hope for. The food was not outstanding but the chicken salad was better than most airline food and was a nice portion to tide us over for a long day after landing."
Cons: "The staff was lacking in personality and consideration. While well groomed and that plastered on smile was there the actual attention was missing the mark. I went to use the toilet before the flight and stood for several minutes waiting as the occupied sign was engaged. I was passed by staff three times before informed that the toilet is unvaivable until in the air. Really! So why did you squeeze past me 3 times without telling me this detail?"

Pros: "Decemt crew.At least they didn't charge for water on the flight."
Cons: "We did not include a checked bag when we purchased tickets (not knowing what we would have) and had to pay $60 per bag once we got to the airport. Absurd!"

Pros: "Friendly service"
Cons: "Seats with no room."

Pros: "It is exactly what you pay for. The plane left on time and arrives on time."
Cons: "You have no leg room and the service on the plane is just okay but for the price it is excellent. The way you pay in advance for the weight of your luggage is really tacky but that is how they make money."

Pros: "We survived"
Cons: "Baggage policy is terrible even after buying extra baggage. Stressful."

Pros: "It's called "WiFi." Why don't you know about it?"
Cons: "More leg room up front. It's ridiculous that there's legroom."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Check I'm rudeness...... absolutely despised employee"

Pros: "Departure on time, arrival ahead of schedule, baggage delivery very fast"
Cons: "No food or beverage included"

Pros: "First time flyer very good"

Pros: "On time departure/arrival"

Pros: "All very straightforward from boarding to landing. Pleasant and helpful crew. As comfortable as could be for a small plane."
Cons: "No entertainment available - although flight was only an hour so not really a big deal"

Cons: "Poor/no communication when flights were delayed, then cancelled, then delayed, then cancelled again! Resulted in waiting at the airport until after 12pm and very little of any sleep."

Pros: "Ticket price seemed reasonable, until it was time to check in"
Cons: "Airline wanted to charge $145 for one 20 kilo check-in bag Wanted to also push me to a later flight Would not allow anything over 7 kilos carry on, and were weighing items at the gate. This put several thousand dollars of camera gear for me at risk to baggage handlers with no option to pay more for weight. The airline of course accepts no responsibility if you do have to check fragile gear due to their carry on restrictions. Seat space was hands down the smallest I've ever seen. Overheard at least three other passengers say the same Overall, experience couldn't be worse. Will not fly again."

Pros: "Ease of boarding n checking in."
Cons: "Took awhile before we found out the gate. Not ur fault but too many crying babies on flt"

Pros: "Reasonable price, quite helpful at check-in, got extra leg room for this 6ft. plus frame."

Cons: "Beware- no baggage allowed beyond minimal amount. Not suitable for a long distance visitor."

Pros: "On time. No fuss. No frills. As per expectations."
Cons: "Lower standards for no-frills airlines. Slow check-in at AKL, make sure you arrive 3 hours before departure time."

Pros: "The check in team was very cordial. The pilot did a great job in landing the airplane in difficult weather conditions."

Pros: "No issues with boarding"
Cons: "Delayed"

Cons: "United did not ship our bag so we had to make a claim before leaving Cutoms in Aukland. We got to the Jet Star ticket counter 3"

Pros: "Comfortable seating and professional crew"

Pros: "Polite caring treatment by all counter and plane staff Able to take on my usual carry-on that I take everywhere else Well managed ontime flight"

Pros: "my ear did no hurt"
Cons: "no food I little bit hungry"

Pros: "Crew polite and competent."
Cons: "Seating cramped and uncomfortable."

Pros: "Great electronic boarding procedures, mobile app and website. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable agents at airports and on-board. Will definitely fly JetStar in the future and highly recommend this airline!"

Pros: "Flight canceled. Fiji airways told us we would be booked on Qantas instead but the flight wouldn't give us time to make the connection. Ended up flying later,, longer and much more uncomfortable than expected. Had to take separate seats from family and middle seats, had to spend entire day in Sydney which required us to spend money on a visa and money to eat, had additional stress of then arriving too late and needing to rebook rental car and arranged hotel and make sure elederly parents with special needs were ok health wise. An overall disaster. Never ever a worse experience and I am a world traveler to 68 countries on 6 continents. Will be asking Fiji for full refund plus compensation for having to buy visas and spend day in Sydney."
Cons: "Flight canceled. Fiji airways told us we would be booked on Qantas instead but the flight wouldn't give us time to make the connection. Ended up flying later,, longer and much more uncomfortable than expected. Had to take separate seats from family and middle seats, had to spend entire day in Sydney which required us to spend money on a visa and money to eat, had additional stress of then arriving too late and needing to rebook rental car and arranged hotel and make sure elederly parents with special needs were ok health wise. An overall disaster. Never ever a worse experience and I am a world traveler to 68 countries on 6 continents. Will be asking Fiji for full refund plus compensation for having to buy visas and spend day in Sydney."

Pros: "Nothing good to say - flight was the 1st of the day and already 1hour late!"
Cons: "Badly managed with chaotic organisation"

Pros: "Never heard from the airline or had any warning. Found out at the airport. They better refund my trip. Had to pay to fly to a nearby city and drive."

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