Family Travel

Families can find many facilities at Christchurch International Airport that make travelling a little easier with children.

Drop-Off Zone

There is a convenient drop-off zone on the ground floor of the Multi-level Parking Building (Premium Parking).  This makes it easier for families to unload their luggage from a vehicle and minimises the walk to the terminal building.  Visit the Carparking and Transport section for more information. 

Premium Parking

The upper levels of the car park building provide covered parking spaces and are the closest parks to the terminal building. Use the parking calculator here to find out costs. 


  • Antarctic Attraction  > A short walk from the Airport terminal building is the Antarctic Attraction.  The Antarctic Attraction recreates the atmosphere of the Antarctic providing visitors with a fun, interactive and exciting experience. Christchurch is the world's aerial gateway to Antarctica & The Antarctic Attraction showcases the activities happening down on 'the Ice'. Only 8 mins walk from the airport by following the blue footprints from outside the international arrivals terminal.
  • Book Shops  > Book and magazine shops are located at all points throughout the airport.  A whole host of paper backs, magazines and newspapers are available for all tastes and interests.
  • Children's play area > In the International Terminal Departure Lounge there is a new children's play area, complete with glow worm cave.
  • Games Arcade > The Time Zone, Time Out and KidZone family entertainment centres provide fun and games for all ages.  These are located in the international terminal. 
  • Toys  > Luggage Solutions is located in the Check in Hall and provides a great range of aviation and travel toys including toy planes of the airlines flying from Christchurch. 

Kids Web Section

Before you head off to the Airport, check out our web page for kids here, which features some great colouring-in templates.


The Airport Pharmacy is located on Level One of the new terminal and stocks a range of baby supplies.  A Pharmacist is on duty here every day.

Parents Rooms

Baby changing and nursing facilities are available in the Domestic and International Terminals.