Family Travel

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

Car Parking

The Loop

The Loop is a convenient Pick up/Drop off zone on the ground floor of the multi-level car park building (the Express Park).  This makes it easier for families to unload their luggage from a vehicle and minimises the walk to the terminal building. 

Express Park

The Express Park (car park building) provides covered parking spaces and these are the closest car parks to the terminal. Find more information on parent parks here.


  • International Antarctic Centre  > A short walk from the Airport terminal building is the International Antarctic Centre.  The International Antarctic Centre 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 International Antarctic Centre 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 Hall.
  • Book Shops  > Book and magazine shops are located at all points throughout the airport.  A range of paperbacks, magazines and newspapers are available for all tastes and interests.
  • Children's play area> In the International Departure Lounge there is a children's play area.
  • Games Arcade> The Time Zone, Time Out and KidZone family entertainment centres provide fun and games for all ages. 
  • 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. 


Unichem is located at Spitfire Square, a short walk from the terminal, and stocks a range of baby supplies.  A Pharmacist is on duty here every day.

Parent Rooms

Baby changing and nursing facilities are available in the Domestic and International areas of the terminal.