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Special assistance

If you need special assistance for your airport journey, we’re ready to help in heaps of ways.

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People of the airport - Bernie Richardson

Bernie Richardson is the Christchurch Air Traffic Control Operations Manager for Airways. Bernie is part of a team that manages 30 million square kms of airspace. Together they provide eyes on the skies, working hard to keep people safe and get planes where they need to go.

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Secret Singapore

Singapore Airlines has added 40 extra direct flights from Ōtautahi Christchurch to Singapore this summer. Discover what this fascinating city has to offer!

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20 facts about Christchurch Airport (that you probably didn’t know)

Planes coming and going are just the beginning... Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a heap of fascinating information about how the airport works. Here’s a few facts to surprise you!

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Fly direct to San Francisco!

United Airlines’ new Dreamliner 787 service will start on 1 December and fly three times a week for four months. Getting to the USA’s wonderful west coast has never been easier!

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Ngā mata o te ariki Tāwhirimātea (Matariki) is the name of a group of stars, whose appearance in the winter night sky marks the traditional beginning of the Māori new year. Learn more about Matariki and discover some exciting celebrations you can join, all around the country!

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Book online, save on parking

When it comes to airport parking, booking is a breeze. Do it online when you book your flights, or before you come pick up your visitor. It’s easy, saves you money and means one less thing to think about on the day.

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Ready, set, Sydney!

Hop over the ditch for a spectacular holiday in Sydney. From historic laneways to the hippest bars, inspiring events to sparkling sands, there’s so much to discover.

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Meet the artists

Created by artist Jacob Yikes and collaborators, our new permanent Pride artwork is sparking joy for visitors here at the airport and contributing to positive conversations in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Hear Jacob and three more airport artists chat about their creations.

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Canadian adventures await

Filled with the grandeur of open spaces, loads of exciting activities and the friendliest of people, Canada is the perfect setting for intrepid adventures and fun-filled family holidays alike.

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Planespotter’s guide to CHC

Christchurch Airport offers some amazing places to see planes come and go. Check out our guide to the best vantage points and watch the video for some insta-worthy inspiration!

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Christmas magic at CHC

Throughout December there’ll be free activities and entertainment here at the airport to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas!

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Spring into a good book

Ready to spring into a good book? Check out these top 10 Relay reads, perfect for your next trip (whether by plane or armchair). From riveting whodunnits to in-depth biographies, these 10 fantastic books will appeal to anyone who loves a good story.

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Sun, sand, and more!

The Gold Coast really delivers as a holiday destination but with so many options of activities, locations and experiences on offer it’s hard to know where to start! 

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Christchurch On Show!

How good is spring? Warmer weather, longer days, a bunch of events to enjoy and a big bye-bye to winter. We love spring in Christchurch, and this year we’re extra excited because Ōtautahi Christchurch is ON SHOW.

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Exploring SOFIA

The crystal-clear and dry night skies above New Zealand are ideal for scientific observations by NASA’s flying telescope known as SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy). 

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Oh-so Ōtautahi! Discover our favourite Christchurch to-do’s.

Christchurch truly is a new city. Its streets are bustling with urban hot-spots and the sheer variety of activities will enthral adrenalin junkies and nature-lovers alike. There’s so much to discover, we hope you love it as much as we do!

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Five adventures in Marlborough this autumn

Colour pulses throughout the region, as the grape harvest begins and a small army of workers descend to work in the vineyards and wineries.

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Dietary requirement? Here's where to eat at the airport

There’s plenty on the menu for you here at the airport, from snacks to meals, sweet treats to healthy eats. Whatever your dietary needs, discover a wide range of tasty options in this handy airport eating guide.

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P.A.W.S have settled in at Christchurch airport

Christchurch Airport is delighted to welcome a new team of helpers… pet therapy dogs! These furry friends will be available in the terminal during peak periods, ready to provide some calming canine love to nervous travellers.

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Airport Fire Service Kids Can Charity Auction

Building playhouses for a great cause

Our four Airport Fire Service teams have been working on something a little different lately. Their special task? Build and decorate four playhouses to be auctioned on Trade Me, with all proceeds going to the charity KidsCan.

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An insider’s guide to New Plymouth

Vibrant, contemporary and buzzing with things to do, New Plymouth is a mecca for families and foodies, art-lovers and adventurers. Discover a round-up of the region’s hidden gems, quirkiest hotels, coolest eateries, best trails and funnest adventures.

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Every day heroes

From aircraft incidents to fuel spills, scrub fires to medical emergencies, being an airport firefighter means being ready for anything. Discover a typical ‘day in the life’ for the crew at the Airport Fire Service.

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Five long weekend escapes from Christchurch

Time to break up your routine with a weekend away? From action packed adventures to artisanal explorations, we’ve curated five fun ideas to get you going.

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Six unique free activities you can do at Christchurch Airport

Got time to kill before your flight? Christchurch Airport has a few hidden and not so hidden gems for you to check out. We've put together this list of unique free activities you can do at the airport to keep yourself entertained before you take to the skies.

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Ever wondered where your bag goes when you check-in?

Find out in this rollercoaster video journey through our custom designed conveyer belt system.

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The most ‘Insta worthy’ places to visit within an hour from Christchurch

Looking to capture that perfect Instagram worthy photo while you’re in Christchurch? We’ve rounded up some picture-perfect spots within an hour of Christchurch Airport that will sit pretty on your feed.

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Travelling with kids?

We’ve got a tonne of ways to keep them entertained at the airport this Christmas.

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