Flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. While many of the city’s stone-built buildings were damaged in earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, there is still much to see and do in the city. The Christchurch Art Gallery and Quake City are two favorites with tourists, while the Botanic Gardens are particularly impressive in spring, but worth a visit any time of year. The city also offers a rich array of dining opportunities and plenty of beer to taste.

Flying to Christchurch

1. Which Airports serve Sydney to Christchurch?

The main airport in Sydney is Kingsford Smith International Airport, and it is from here that flights to Christchurch take off, landing at the city’s Christchurch International Airport. Kingsford Smith is one of the world’s busiest airports, while Christchurch International is New Zealand’s second-busiest airport.

2. Which Airlines operate flights from Sydney to Christchurch?

Air New Zealand is the primary service provider for direct flights from Sydney to Christchurch. Qantas and Virgin Australia also provide direct flights on a daily basis. Other airlines, including China Southern, Jetstar, and Singapore, also provide daily flights but require connections. Cathay also offers some additional flights to Christchurch.

3. How long is the flight?

A direct flight from Sydney to Christchurch takes around 3 hours and 5 minutes. Flights requiring connections take a minimum of approximately 6 hours. Sydney is two hours behind Christchurch.

4. Climate changes between Sydney and Christchurch

Christchurch has a cool winter from June to August with a mild summer from December to March. There is a regular moderate rainfall throughout the year. Sydney is a good deal warmer throughout the year and does not receive as much rain as Christchurch.

5. Culture differences and need-to-know

In both Sydney and Christchurch, the main language is English. The currency in Sydney is the Australian Dollar, while in Christchurch the currency is the New Zealand Dollar. It can be acquired at most Christchurch banks, international airports, hotels and at Bureau de Change kiosks. Credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted and can be used at ATMs to obtain currency.

Many passport holders are not required to obtain a visa when entering New Zealand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay for a period not exceeding 90 days.

Christchurch Information

There is a great deal to see and do in and around Christchurch. The Christchurch Art Gallery provides a mix of local and international exhibitions, while Quake City tells the story of the Canterbury earthquakes and their impact through a variety of media. The Tannery is a recently converted 19th-century tannery that is packed with shopping opportunities.

Smash Palace and Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn are two popular stops for those looking to try some local beer, while the Botanic Gardens provides 30 hectares of relaxing green space. The city also offers a unique selection of dining options, including Supreme Supreme, Little High Eatery, Gatherings and Twenty Seven Steps.

Sydney, Australia to Christchurch Last modified: Jan 22, 2024 8:18 -05:00

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How Much is a Flight from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch?

We have collected flight cost data from across the web for travel from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch, and have found the average flight price for this trip to be $572.

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How far in advance should I book tickets from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch?

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Cheapest Day To Fly from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch

We've examined 231,357,366 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is Sunday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.

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Cheap Last Minute Flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch

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Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch

Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.

The average price for connecting flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is $613.

The average price for direct flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is $594.

One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch

We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.

The average price for one way flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is $341.

The average price for round trip flights from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is $592.

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Sydney, Australia to Christchurch Airports

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