Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. While many of the city’s stone-built buildings were damaged in earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, there is still much to see and do in the city. The Christchurch Art Gallery and Quake City are two favorites with tourists, while the Botanic Gardens are particularly impressive in spring, but worth a visit any time of year. The city also offers a rich array of dining opportunities and plenty of beer to taste.
Flying to Christchurch
1. Which Airports serve Sydney to Christchurch?
The main airport in Sydney is Kingsford Smith International Airport, and it is from here that flights to Christchurch take off, landing at the city’s Christchurch International Airport. Kingsford Smith is one of the world’s busiest airports, while Christchurch International is New Zealand’s second-busiest airport.
2. Which Airlines operate flights from Sydney to Christchurch?
Air New Zealand is the primary service provider for direct flights from Sydney to Christchurch. Qantas and Virgin Australia also provide direct flights on a daily basis. Other airlines, including China Southern, Jetstar, and Singapore, also provide daily flights but require connections. Cathay also offers some additional flights to Christchurch.
3. How long is the flight?
A direct flight from Sydney to Christchurch takes around 3 hours and 5 minutes. Flights requiring connections take a minimum of approximately 6 hours. Sydney is two hours behind Christchurch.
4. Climate changes between Sydney and Christchurch
Christchurch has a cool winter from June to August with a mild summer from December to March. There is a regular moderate rainfall throughout the year. Sydney is a good deal warmer throughout the year and does not receive as much rain as Christchurch.
5. Culture differences and need-to-know
In both Sydney and Christchurch, the main language is English. The currency in Sydney is the Australian Dollar, while in Christchurch the currency is the New Zealand Dollar. It can be acquired at most Christchurch banks, international airports, hotels and at Bureau de Change kiosks. Credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted and can be used at ATMs to obtain currency.
Many passport holders are not required to obtain a visa when entering New Zealand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay for a period not exceeding 90 days.
There is a great deal to see and do in and around Christchurch. The Christchurch Art Gallery provides a mix of local and international exhibitions, while Quake City tells the story of the Canterbury earthquakes and their impact through a variety of media. The Tannery is a recently converted 19th-century tannery that is packed with shopping opportunities.
Smash Palace and Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn are two popular stops for those looking to try some local beer, while the Botanic Gardens provides 30 hectares of relaxing green space. The city also offers a unique selection of dining options, including Supreme Supreme, Little High Eatery, Gatherings and Twenty Seven Steps.
Sydney, Australia to Christchurch Last modified: Dec 14, 2019 1:58 -05:00
We've scanned 48,195,047,545 round trip itineraries and found the cheapest flights to Christchurch. Virgin Australia & Emirates frequently offer the best deals to Christchurch flights, or select your preferred carrier below to see the cheapest days to fly.
Where To Buy Cheap Flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch?
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How far in advance should I book tickets from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch?
The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance to book your flight from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch.
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Cheapest Day To Fly from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch
We've examined 57,595,778,181 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is Monday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.
Compare Flight Prices from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch by Month
Low priced flights are most commonly available by purchasing between one and three months in advance. International or holiday flights may need to be purchased even further in advance. The chart below shows the cheapest flight prices by month for Sydney, Australia to Christchurch flights.
|Month||Origin||Destination||Carrier||Depart Date||Return Date||Stops||Price|
|December||Sydney, Australia||Christchurch||Virgin Australia||31/12/19||9/01/20||0||$582|
|January||Sydney, Australia||Christchurch||Virgin Australia||28/01/20||13/02/20||0||$416|
|February||Sydney, Australia||Christchurch||Air New Zealand||12/02/20||24/02/20||0||$379|
|March||Sydney, Australia||Christchurch||Air New Zealand||5/03/20||16/03/20||0||$379|
|April||Sydney, Australia||Christchurch||Air New Zealand||27/04/20||12/05/20||0||$379|
|May||Sydney, Australia||Christchurch||Air New Zealand||1/05/20||4/05/20||0||$379|
|June||Sydney, Australia||Christchurch||Air New Zealand||3/06/20||5/06/20||0||$379|
|July||Sydney, Australia||Christchurch||Air New Zealand||23/07/20||5/08/20||0||$379|
Cheap Last Minute Flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch
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Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch
Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.
The average price for connecting flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is $470.
The average price for direct flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is $450.
The chart below shows up to date information regarding non-stop flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch.
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One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch
We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.
The average price for one way flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is $255.
The average price for round trip flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is $425.
Sydney, Australia to Christchurch Flight Questions
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Airlines in Sydney, Australia flying to Christchurch Last modified: Dec 14, 2019 1:58 -05:00Number of routes searched: 69Number of itineraries searched: 8,341,326
Wondering which airlines fly out of Sydney, Australia to Christchurch? We've gathered the average price of Sydney, Australia airlines with flights to Christchurch. Different airlines offer different levels of comfort and service, so consider convenience when choosing your airline.
Below is the full flight schedule summary showing which days of the week individual carriers offer flights for the next 30 days.
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Sydney, Australia to Christchurch Airports
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