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The only regular flights to Christchurch are to Christchurch International Airport (CHC). Note that there aren't any direct flights from South Africa to Christchurch, so don't just keep an eye on airfares but also flight duration (time is money!). To get on the cheapest flight to Christchurch:
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But before you book your flight to Christchurch, make sure that you're going to get a visa - it would be a disaster if you're turned down - click here for more info on getting a New Zealand visa, if you're South African.
December 2013. South African Airways adds Air New Zealand's twice weekly Perth to Christchurch flight as a codeshare, meaning you can fly 1-stop from Johannesburg to Christchurch (via Perth). "We have seen great interest in travel to South Africa from New Zealand recreational and business passengers and this new initiative will definitely mean less time in the air and one of the most convenient ways to get to the wonders of the African continent. This is by far the most convenient way for people to travel from Christchurch to South Africa and onto our comprehensive network in Africa which includes some 26 major centres." said South African Airways spokesman for Australia & New Zealand, Mr Tim Clyde-Smith
There are 1-stop flights from Cape Town to Christchurch with Emirates (via Dubai) and 2-stop flights with Singapore Airlines (via Johannesburg and Singapore).
The only 1-stop flights from Durban to Christchurch are with Emirates.
See our flights from South Africa to New Zealand page, for a thorough discussion of flight routes and airlines connecting the 2 countries.
Main attractions in Christchurch are the Air Force Museum, the Botanic Gardens, the Arts Centre and the Orana Wildlife Park.
Here's where you can check arrivals & departures at Christchurch International Airport.
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There are direct flights to Christchurch from Auckland, Bangkok, Blenheim, Brisbane, the Chatham Islands, Dubai, Dunedin, Greymouth, Gold Coast, Rotorua, Hamilton, Hokitika, Invercargill, Kuala Lumpur, Lake Tekapo, Melbourne, Mount Cook, Nadi, Napier, Oamaru, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Perth, Queenstown, Rarotonga, Rotorua, Sydney, Tashkent, Tauranga, Te Anau, Tokyo and Wellington.
The main airlines flying to Christchurch are Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Emirates, Jetstar, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia.
You can hire a vehicle from Christchurch Airport with Ace Rental Cars, Adventure Rentals, Apollo Motorhomes, Avis, Backpacker Campervans, Britz Campervans, Budget, Escape Rentals, Explore More Rentals, Europcar, GO Rentals, Hertz, Maui Rentals, Jucy Rentals, New Zealand Rent A Car, Quality Car Rentals Limited, Rental Cars New Zealand, Road Runner Rentals, Thrifty, Tui Campers and Yourway Car Rental.
January is the warmest month and there's the least rain; this is followed by February, December, March, November and April (in that order).