Christchurch International Airport - CHC

Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ)

Getting around the airport


Christchurch International Airport is located 12 kilometres northwest of the city centre in a suburb of Christchurch.

The airport has an integrated passenger terminal divided into International Arrivals (right), International and Domestic check-in (centre), and Regional Departures and Arrivals (left). Outside and across from International Arrivals is the pick-up areas for off-airport car hire, city and coach buses, and pre-booked taxis. The centre and left are for taxi and shuttle pick-ups.

The airport has two levels: Level 1 houses security screening, baggage claim, and passport control in the International Arrivals area and baggage claim and ground transport in the Domestic Arrivals area. Level 2 has security screening and Customs in the centre and access to the gates.

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Getting into the city

Taxi, Shuttle or Bus


There are two taxi ranks near the terminal for passengers leaving the airport:

  • outside the regional lounge, between the terminal and the multi-level car park building
  • outside the international arrivals hall

It takes around 15-20 minutes to get into the city. The standard fare is usually around USD 45-65. However, prices may vary by taxi company.


Shuttles provide a door-to-door service to all parts of Christchurch and some surrounding areas using multi-passenger vans. A shuttle can be cheaper than a taxi but you will have to share the van with other passengers and the shuttle will stop at other destinations before your own.


Purple Line - Airport to Sumner via Avonhead. A regular 30 minute bus service from the airport to Sumner via Avonhead and return.

Number 29 - Airport to City via Fendalton. A regular 30 minute bus service from the airport to the city via Fendalton and return.

Number 125 - Redwood to Westlake via Christchurch Airport. 

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  • Air New Zealand Koru Express, domestic terminal, airside. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Air New Zealand Koru Lounge, domestic terminal, airside. Hours: 5:00 - last departure.
  • Air New Zealand International Lounge, airside. Hours: 4:30-last departure.
  • Manaia Lounge, international terminal, airside, next to gate 29. Hours: 4:30-7:30, 1:45-20:00 daily.
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Car rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

The following car hire agencies are located in the international arrivals hall, next to baggage claim: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Ezi Car rental, Hertz, Thrifty.

You can book a car at the airport, or save money by booking online before you travel.

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For free

Public showers are located in the male and female washrooms in the international arrivals hall. Showers are free of charge.

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