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Air New Zealand
|Christchurch city centre|
|Christchurch International Airport (CHC): 6 mi from city centre|
Heading to New Zealand's South Island? Then you'll be needing a pair of cheap flights to Christchurch, the largest city on the island. The Garden City has one airport, Christchurch International Airport (CHC) which welcomes flights from all over the world. Air New Zealand, JetStar Airways, Qantas Airways and others fly from London to Christchurch.
Summers in Christchurch are warm with sea breezes, making it by far the best time to visit. As the city has so many trees, autumn is especially beautiful. Winters are generally mild but it can snow. Book your flights to Christchurch at least 6 months in advance.
Flights to Christchurch take at least 27 hours with stopovers from London.
Christchurch is right on the edge of the Canterbury Plains, making it the perfect starting off point for touring the South Island. The city shouldn't be missed though, with museums, festivals and parks to discover.
Summit Road: If you hire a car in Christchurch, drive along Summit Road for amazing views of the Southern Alps, Pegasus Bay and Lyttelton Harbour. The scenery is just stunning and sometimes you may have to stop for passing sheep.
Riccarton Bush: The last remaining forest of the Canterbury plains is in Christchurch. There is a path taking you under ancient and tall Kahikatea trees and also past Christchurch's oldest house, built in 1843.
Canterbury Museum: For history about the region, this museum is a must. It features many colonial, Maori and natural history artefacts. Admission is free.
Find more information on Christchurch Tourism Board.
Christchurch is a popular city for backpackers so the city has a good selection of hostels and guesthouses. Backpackers hostels are quite high in standard in New Zealand. Unfortunately, many of the hotels in Christchurch were hugely damaged during the earthquake and remain unopened.
Spend your holidays trekking this summer either close to home in the Alps or abroad. Whether you'd like to see Machu Picchu or climb to Everest base camp, there's a mountain for everyone. Where will you trek this summer?