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Why Fly to Christchurch?
Laid back Christchurch is the international gateway to New Zealand’s South Island. Within the heart of the city, there are loads of ways to spend a chilled-out day, from poking around the weekend arts centre market, exploring Christchurch Cathedral, lunching in the gorgeous Botanic Gardens or getting acquainted with the Maori culture at the Nga Hau E Wha Marae. But the beauty of this city is its vast open spaces.
Flying to Christchurch from the UK
Due to the journey length, there are no direct flights to Christchurch. All flights need to stop at least once to refuel. Most airlines go via hubs such as Singapore’s Changi airport. You will get a cheaper flight if you change planes twice – you can travel from London Heathrow to Christchurch via Dubai and Bangkok, although it will take considerably longer. If you’re in the north, fly from Manchester down to London and onwards or fly across to Munich, then onto Changi and Christchurch.
Popular Flight Routes to Christchurch
Which Airlines Fly to Christchurch?
Singapore Airlines will fly you from London Heathrow to Christchurch, stopping at its hub Changi to refuel and pick up extra passengers. The journey takes around 24 hours. You can also book a two-stop service out of Manchester on Singapore Airline's website, flying via Munich then Changi. Air New Zealand offers two-stop services from London Heathrow via Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Auckland while Qantas will take you to the South Island gateway via Asia and then its hub Sydney. You can also fly with Emirates from London Heathrow, stopping at Dubai and Bangkok.
Mini Travel Guide to Christchurch
Sitting on the South Island’s east coast, Christchurch is known as the Garden City thanks to its plethora of expansive public parks such as the 161-acre Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens, Victoria Square and the lovely Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon. This is a city with a relaxed vibe, where people watching in chilled out Cathedral Square is as much an activity as going rare dolphin spotting down at Lyttleton Harbour from where you can also see the Little Blue penguins, seals soaking up the sun on their colonies and historic Maori sites.