A guide to Chirstchurch Airport

If you’ve ever been to an airport, you’ll know it’s possible to either have a wonderful experience or a ghastly one. Luckily for travellers heading in or out of New Zealand, Christchurch Airport offers one of the better airport experiences.The airport offers a diverse array of activities to help occupy you between flights, and also provides a number of services to smooth out your stay if you’re unfamiliar to the area read our Christchurch Airport Guide to find out more.

Christchurch Airport Guide: Christchurch Airport, New Zealand. Image Credit: Steven Cooper.
Christchurch Airport, New Zealand: Photo Steven Cooper / CC BY 2.0

Christchurch Airport Guide

Dining

The wide range of food options on offer at Christchurch Airport is certain to make sure that no one is travelling on an empty stomach. A highlight of the selection is Noodle, an Asian outlet where you can choose from a menu or build your own dish. For a taste of genuine South Island cuisine, head to Icons, which is also the latest addition to the regional departure lounge. If you feel like a quick pick-me-up, be sure to drop by Number Eight, a bar and cafe which provides authentic New Zealand wines and beers along with an a-la-carte menu.

Christchurch Airport, New Zealand
Christchurch Airport, New Zealand: Photo Tzuhsun Hsu / CC BY-SA 2.0

Entertainment & Shopping

One of the best parts of air travel is the duty free or tax free shopping. Take a stroll through Aelia Duty Free New Zealand, a one stop shop perfect for finding gifts for loved ones back home or a little something for yourself. If you want to experience New Zealand’s unique culture, visit the Flying South Film, Theatre & Design Store. The Flying South Film is an inspiring tale which plays every 30 minutes and follows a New Zealand family through three generations. There’s no need to worry about translations as there are no spoken languages in the film, which makes the screening perfect for all travellers. The Design Store also showcases New Zealand’s creativity with a range of unique products which are exclusively sourced from New Zealand.

Christchurch Airport Guide: Airport Interior
Airport Interior: Clement Chan / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Services

An airport is a brief home to all travellers and should provide them with a comfortable stay. Christchurch Airport provides shower facilities and parent rooms free of charge to help freshen up. A free wireless network makes it easy to keep in touch with loved ones, and is available throughout most public areas of the airport. But if you’re confused about anything from Christchurch accommodation to sightseeing, the Airport i-SITE provides guidance on both these services and more, making it the place to visit if you don’t know where to head next.

Transport

There are a number of options for transport to and from the airport. If you prefer to drive but dislike the uncertainty of finding a good spot, Christchurch Airport offers online booking to ensure you always a space waiting for you. Aside from this, there are also two taxi ranks located outside the Regional Lounge and the International Arrivals Hall. There are also shuttles available which are more budget friendly than taxis, even if they offer slightly longer journeys. The airport also runs The Airport Hopper, which is a free bus to get you from the carpark to the airport.

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