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Low season

MayBest time to beat the crowds (4% less expensive on average)

High season

JuneMost popular time to fly (14% more expensive on average)

Average price (return flight)

$244(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

$109or less

Good deal one-way

$48or less

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  • Looking for cheap airfare to Christchurch? 25% of our users found tickets to Christchurch for the following prices or less: From Wellington $48 one-way - $81 round-trip, from Auckland $55 one-way - $92 round-trip, from Napier $72 one-way - $143 round-trip
  • Book at least 5 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 to Christchurch is May.
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  • Christchurch Airport (CHC) is the biggest travel hub for the South Island, and is close to Mount Hutt and Mount Taylor, which both have popular ski resorts during the winter.
  • A Children’s Play Area is located on Level 1 of Christchurch Airport (CHC) so that you can let your kids release some energy after the flight.
  • If you are being picked up from Christchurch Airport and require assistance to reach your vehicle, contact the Airport Services department as they can arrange to provide support to help you move throughout the terminal building to reach the car park. Special mobility parks are available on the ground floor of the multi-level car park which is directly opposite the terminal.
  • Should you have forgotten any toiletries or have any post-flight medical needs, a pharmacy is located on Level 1 of Christchurch Airport. TravelPharm has a broad range of healthcare items and medicines, however it does not dispense prescriptions.

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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
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Airline reviews

Pros: "All great, except limited entertainment and wifi was n.a."
Cons: "Wifi, I was on replacement aircraft and no wifi for the whole flight"

Pros: "Only a 25 minute flight"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "I was turned away at the gate and was unable to board the plane. It was an awful experience!"

Cons: "Terrible service and all around outcome. Would not fly Air New Zealand again"

Pros: "Easy flight."

Pros: "The seats are comfortable. I was fortunate to have a gap in the middle seat. On my flight there was a delay due to a person needing to disembark before the flight took off. The flight dealt with the person inconsiderately and explained to everyone the reason for the delay."
Cons: "Nothing. The flight was efficiently run and seats comfortable."

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

Pros: "Seat hard on older aircraft, needs new cushioning on seat"

Cons: "I was not able to travel. When I reached the airport, I was told that I needed a transit visa for my 1.5 hr stopover in Auckland."

Pros: "As I was in premium economy it was of course amazing, however it was a very packed premium compared to my previous experience so wasn’t as comfortable but still amazing."
Cons: "The selection of movies currently was a bit lacking."

Pros: "Crew was really nice however slightly absent during the flight."
Cons: "Drinks should have been more frequently offered . Refreshments/water seemed hard to come by I had to chase them down in the galley only to get luke warm water...? Seats are pretty cramped and small with not much room."

Cons: "Seats, food, entertainment"

Pros: "Checking in, bag drop, and boarding were all super fast and easy. Flight was on time."
Cons: "Nothing!"

Pros: "Our stewardess was very helpful for our tight connection. She helped with instructions on finding our next gate and gave specific information on making the airport easier to maneuver."
Cons: "On time fights would have made our day better and less stressful."

Pros: "Comfortable seat."
Cons: "Ran out of meal options, flight was delayed so one option breakfast not appropriate at midday. The flight attendant blamed the person in front of me for taking the last other option. I had to clarify with her that meant there was only one option left. She seemed annoyed at me for asking."

Pros: "Very friendly and helpful staff"

Pros: "Very efficient trip."
Cons: "One flight attendant was subdued and not too bubbly."

Pros: "The entire experience is well thought out"

Pros: "We made it to Christchurch safely and on time."
Cons: "We were charged $120 per checked bag. We couldn’t check in online, so we couldn’t pre-pay at the lower rate. Felt a lot like fraud, honestly."

Pros: "Food"
Cons: "it was very cold"

Cons: "Was not informed a return flight listing required Was not informed $260 baggage fees"

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

Cons: "Upon arrival we were informed that each checked bag was $60. This was news to us. The NZ flight employee informed us that Air NZ informed us quite well of this info, this the booking agent was at fault."

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

Pros: "I got there on time"
Cons: "Staff not incredibly nice but OK. The thing that bothered me most is that if you book through KAYAK that sends you to Virgin Australia, you can’t book bag, nor buy a meal if you want. I didn’t want to meal but I did want a bag and it’s a big difference. If you do it online it’s 39 Australian dollars, but if you do it at the airport it’s AU$160. That’s just outrageous and the staff was not helpful at all"

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: "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 entire group of employees were excellent, and very friendly."

Pros: "good entertainment"
Cons: "we purchased a sky couch for an extra $700 and was not put in a skycouch row. I have contacted Air New Zealand and have yet to hear back from them."

Pros: "Nothing really. Smooth boarding.on time departure"
Cons: "Passengers with more than one bag as hand luggage"

Pros: "Great customer service, from boarding to disembarking. Great care for comfort and needs."
Cons: "Selection of video options on the app entertainment systems."

Cons: "They charged $120 per checked bag- none are included in airfare. Also, no free food."

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: "The boarding and on-board service were excellent. Enough free-of-charge entertainment to keep me occupied during the 3-hour flight between SYD and CHC. Plenty of room for carry-on luggage."
Cons: "Felt like I was flying a US carrier - very little room between the rows. I was surprised by this, as I thought that non-US carriers generally don’t pack their planes. I was surprised, but not inconvenienced by this, since it was a morning flight and only 3 hours gate-to-gate."

Pros: "Queenstown/Christchurch: quick and easy. Air New Zealand does a good job."
Cons: "All g."

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

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Comfortable, easy flight."
Cons: "Ground crew not as friendly and helpful as is ANZ standard. Bag check-in is not more efficient. It's a pain for passengers."

Pros: "The fly was on time"
Cons: "The service very poor"

Pros: "The inflight seatback entertainment."
Cons: "Tiny seats and no snacks or drinks in flight."

Pros: "Wonderful service from the ground crew. They went beyond the call of duty. Excellent experience. Thanks to everyone"

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: "Fantastic crew!"

Pros: "Cool dimmers for window shade; flight attendant notice we did not have headphones and gave us some first class looking ones that really cancels out the noise. Although we had it in the pocket we did not choose to use at that time but she took it upon herself. Staff always friendly."

Pros: "Clean. Enjoyed the entertainment."
Cons: "We took off at 7:30 and were given wsaer. Did not receive food for two hours which would have been fine if we could have had a coffee, tea, cocktail or a wine. We're not offered a drink until after food was served."

Cons: "Can't check in online with a VA per locator. You need an ANZ ONE. You have to call VA and forcefully ask for it. VA totally unhelpful. And when you get the ANZ number, they charge you to book a seat. Any seat."

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."

Cons: "My luggage didn't make it to Wellington, which was disappointing since they now want to charge to have it sent from Auckland."

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: "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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Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Christchurch

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