Airfare to Christchurch, New Zealand
The largest city on the South Island, Christchurch is best known for its lively city square, often filled with chess players, markets, and those attending the church. It is also a gateway to the adventure Mecca, Queenstown, and the northern cold-weather wine lands.
Airfare to Christchurch will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Wellington. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Jetstar Airways, Freedom Air and Pacific Blue fly to Christchurch. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Auckland, New Zealand, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air New Zealand is the national airline. However, Emirates, Qantas and other airlines also stop in Christchurch.
The most expensive air tickets to Christchurch are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Wellington and traveling overland to Christchurch via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Christchurch, check out BootsnAll’s Christchurch Travel Guide.