Christchurch Airport (CHC)
(Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand NZ)
The main gateway into New Zealand's beautiful South Island, Canterbury's Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is to be found between the Harewood Golf Course and the Russley Golf Course. Around 12 km / 7 miles north-west of Christchurch city centre, each year this busy airport is used to handling some six million passengers and this figure is steadily growing.
The airport is owned and managed by the CIAL (Christchurch International Airport Ltd), of which the regional New Zealand Government is a substantial shareholder with a holding of 25 percent. A major improvement plan has just been implemented at the cost of more than $200 million and will ensure that the airport can continue to meet the needs of ever-increasing passengers and compete with other world-class airports on an equal footing.
Lying next to Highway 1 (Russley Road), Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is simple to reach by car and well connected to the South Island. Many tourists choose to rent a car at the airport and head to the island's main tourist destinations, such as Christchurch itself, followed by Dunedin, Invercargill and the Fiordland National Park, before heading to the northern city of Nelson, next to Tasman Bay.
Airport Flyer buses are a popular means of transport at Christchurch Airport and links locations such as Cashmere, while shuttle buses provide a door-to-door service around central Christchurch. Taxi cabs and limos are also on hand if required, although prices are known to fluctuate.
About Christchurch Tourism
Christchurch lies within the scenic Canterbury area of New Zealand's South Island and has become a leading tourist destination. Very much an English-style city, Christchurch features punting along its River Avon, a magnificent cathedral gracing the central Cathedral Square, and many trams providing cheap transport along the main streets.
An important gateway to the South Island, Christchurch Airport (CHC) sees crowds of tourists arriving every day in this part of New Zealand. Notable events include the World Buskers Festival in January, the Flowers and Romance Festival each February, and Showtie Canterbury in November. Seasonal surfing is also a major draw card in Christchurch, particularly off Leithfield Beach, Sumner Beach, Waikuku Beach and Taylor's Mistake Beach.
Christchurch International Airport (CHC):|
|Address: Memorial Avenue, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, NZ|
|Airport Code: CHC
Tel: +64 3 353 7777 / +64 3 358 5029
Fax: +64 3 353 7730