Christchurch boasts of being the largest city on the Southern Island part of New Zealand along with having a seat reserved under Canterbury region. The metro and urban locale of this city is located on the East coast near northern part of Banks Peninsula. This city is the beautiful home for more than 389,000 people that results in it being the third most populated urban city of New Zealand right after Wellington and Auckland. This city also offers one of the best airports in New Zealand, second busiest just below Auckland. People from other countries can book their flights to Christchurch airport directly as the airport does cater for International airlines as well. After the massive earthquake in 2010-2011 which shook up the city, it is still trying to gain its bearing but is fun to watch certain changes happening every day. So pack your bags and get ready to schmooze in one of the friendliest city of New Zealand.
In accordance with the survey done in June 2016, Christchurch city council is handling the area which consist of population ranging 375,000 that takes it to the second position in terms of size in whole of New Zealand and top position in the whole South Island of New Zealand. The urban population of Christchurch is more than that of the city, at 389,700 which makes it third most urban populated area of New Zealand after Auckland and Wellington. Inclusion of Kaiapoi of Waimakariri district and Prebbleton of Selwyn district and at the same time exclusion of most areas of Banks Peninsula is the reason for increase in urban are population from that of city population.
Christchurch is one of those cities of New Zealand that can be visited at any time of the year for leisure and relaxation on beaches, cozy walks in evenings and hearing fascinating stories from the friendly locals of this city. The best time to visit that many prefer are the months of December, February and March. These times are chosen by both foreign and domestic tourists as the locals have school holidays from the month ending of December to mid January. Some locals also prefer visiting in between Easter weekends or late dates of October. As at this time the rush of tourists is at its peak, accommodation should be reserved much before in advance. On the other hand in the other months the weather is still in favor of tourists as it is warm and the accommodation is also quite lowly priced.
Christchurch International Airport serving the city of Christchurch is one of the main airports of New Zealand that garners hordes of International airlines for landing and takeoff. It is located in suburbs of Harewood, 12 km from the center of the city in the direction of Northwest. The airport was structured and inaugurated on 8th May, 1940 which was further declared as the first International Airport of New Zealand on 16th December 1950 and now is considered to be the 2nd most used airport of New Zealand right after Auckland. In today’s scenario both airports of Auckland and Christchurch are the only two in whole of New Zealand that caters for Boeing 747 as well as Airbus A380 on regular basis. To cater for so many foreign tourists on everyday basis, many required facilities are provided for on the airport, some of which are:
For smooth exchange of currency, Travelex is available in the airport located in the check in hall itself on the ground floor. Passengers can also make use of Cash Passport (it is a kind of money card on prepaid basis that is very secure and can be reloaded at any given time). ATM cards for Cash passport are also available in the airport for the currencies of Euro, Pound, US / Aus / NZ Dollars.
Goods purchased under tax and duty free from the stores outside of the airport can be stored within the airport itself so as to avoid lugging them around in your holiday. They are quite secured and can be taken back from the collection point in the airport – JR Duty Free (for international terminal – JR Duty Free in the departure hall).
For those who had to catch a flight and have a meeting just before boarding, they can rent in the meeting room called Canterbury Room in the South Bar and Cafe on first floor. The room can easily seat 12 people comfortable with in-room computer facilities and superb catering option.
For those who have gadgets with Wi-Fi accessibility, they can use the free internet service provided in the airport.
Christchurch International Airport is the first airport of New Zealand to cater for International Airlines. It’s encompassing network of flights between different countries of the world and cities of New Zealand with that of Christchurch city make it one of the most favored airports of the country. Some of the airlines landing on the airport are:
Good Food goes hand in hand with total relaxation that tourists will get aplenty in Christchurch. This city not only offers some of the picturesque scenery with blue waters, clear skies and warm weather. At the same time it also houses some of the best restaurants of New Zealand who have garnered awards and appreciation from tourists and locals alike. Top Restaurant choices in Christchurch are:
Superb ambience, tasty food and friendly staff ensure that all who dine here do agree with the name of the cafe – Supreme. You can choose from Kimchi Bloody Mary, espresso or a chocolate-fish milkshake to go with your dishes – ancient-grain muesli or a corn beef hash. Whatever you order we are sure that you will be far from disappointed with your choices.
For those French lovers, Cornershop Bistro is the perfect place to land for its French cuisine is total hit with locals and tourists both of Christchurch. With the view garnered because of beachside suburb while munching on coq au vin and loads on options on brunch menu will make you spend more time than you actually decided.
With dark décor of gold tiles mixed with dark wood and skull patterned wallpaper in purple color the mysterious ambience wanted by owners is achieved to great extent. The menu placed by this cocktail bar and restaurant is nowhere less exciting with options ranging from Korean cuisine to Indian created masterfully by the chef to perfect taste, worth every single penny spent.
As is with food, Christchurch also offers many exciting activities to fill up your day with. In the peak and water favorable season tourists can indulge in all sorts of water sports and other adventure activities. Strolling through the streets, while listening to locals around, is something that many tourists do in the evenings. To completely show the beautiful Christchurch and its surroundings you can also opt for tours that cover much more than this city only. Must try Tours & Excursions from Christchurch are:
Spend 5 days of your holiday in luxurious lap of South Island of New Zealand. Make new memories while going from Southern Alps to Mount Cook and have a scrumptious lunch there. From there move onto Queenstown for a night full of freedom and party and then on to take a cruise on to the imperial Milford Sound, surrounded on all sides by rock walls due to glaciers cropping up from the sea in vertical direction.
This adventure tour of South Island starting from Christchurch will take you on the adventure of your life from this city to down the whole of South Island with full guidance force of local having maximum knowledge of all the areas. Move on the road less traveled as you go from Christchurch to the west coast in Franz Josef. Take up your new day with new adventure in Fiordland followed by a cruise via Doubtful Sound and onto Queenstown. After a splendid adventure filled days in this city you will be taken further to Central Otago where you enjoy adventuring by biking through famous trails and then landing back to Christchurch.
|Wheel Chair Availability||Yes|
|Prepaid Booth (TAXI)||Yes|
|Terminal Interchanging Facility||Yes|
|Domestic Flights Connectivity||Yes|
|One Day Shelter||Yes|
|Taxi Cost||$3.15/ km (NZ)|
|Apartments Rent||Starting from $200 / week|
|Beer||$6.45/ 0.5l (NZ)|
|Mineral Water||$ 2.31 / 1.5l (NZ)|