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Compare Cheap Flights from Christchurch to Auckland
As the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland offers a different experience to the country’s other major cities. Auckland is located between two harbours and is a popular spot for sailing, which has led to it being nicknamed the ‘City of Sails.’ Auckland is a diverse city that has so much to see. There is nature, some of the best shopping in the country, an impressive art scene, and a wide variety of restaurants. Just outside of Auckland, there are lots of day trips that will help you experience all that the region has to offer. Booking return flights from Christchurch to Auckland is a great way to spend a long weekend in New Zealand's largest city. Whether you visit for a few days or a few weeks, you won’t run out of new things to do in Auckland.
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Best time to visit Auckland
The best time to visit Auckland
Auckland experiences fairly mild weather year-round, so there really isn’t a bad time to book cheap airfares from Christchurch to Auckland. Summer is high season, causing hotels to increase their rates during these months. But with the crowds comes beautiful summer weather, little rain, and a variety of festivals and events to attend.
To experience nice weather along with lower prices and smaller crowds, look into return flights from Christchurch to Auckland in the spring or autumn. Temperatures are pleasant, there is not much rain, and you’ll have no trouble finding a hotel deal.
For the best rates on hotels in Auckland, book cheap flights from Christchurch to Auckland in the winter. Winter gets cold and experiences regular rain, but there are the occasional warm and sunny days as well. Since winter is low season in Auckland, hotels lower their rates, allowing you to find some great bargains.
Departing From Christchurch
Christchurch is home to the second busiest airport in New Zealand, and it is the main airport serving the country’s South Island. Christchurch Airport (CHC) is located 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) northwest of the CBD.
There are about 50 daily return flights from Christchurch to Auckland Airport (AKL). Many of these flights fly direct, getting you from CHC to AKL in 1 hour and 20 minutes. When flying this route, you have the option to fly with either Air New Zealand or Jetstar.
Getting to Christchurch Airport
Public transport offers the most affordable option to travel from Christchurch to the airport. You can catch either a Purple Line bus or bus 29 from central areas of the city to the airport. The Purple Line includes several major stops, including the Bus Interchange, the University at Ilam Road, and Ferry Road. Bus 29 offers quick and direct access to Christchurch Airport (CHC) from the Bus Interchange or Fendalton. A one-way ticket on each of these routes costs $8.50 NZD, and a return ticket costs $15 NZD.
For the most direct trip to the airport, you can choose to catch a taxi or an Uber. These options will get you to the airport from the CBD and inner suburbs in about 20 minutes. Travelling from central Christchurch, you can expect the taxi fare to come out around $35 NZD.
Parking at Christchurch Airport
Several short term and long term car parks are available at Christchurch Airport. Each car park is located within easy walking distance to the airport terminal.
Where to Park at Christchurch Airport
• Long Stay: This car park offers uncovered parking. Rates start at $27 NZD per day and $135 NZD per week.
• Orchard Road: This car park offers the most affordable daily rate, starting at $22 NZD per day and $154 NZD per week.
• The Craddocks: This space offers a cheap long-term rate. Parks are right outside the airport with a shuttle to the terminal. Rates start at $24 NZD per day and $100 NZD per week.
Arriving in Auckland
There is one major airport in Auckland, which accommodates all flights into the city. Auckland Airport (AKL) is located about 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) south of the CBD and offers several convenient options to reach your hotel in the city centre.
How to Get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Your Auckland Hotel or Accommodation
The SkyBus offers the most budget-friendly trip from Auckland Airport (AKL) into the city. The SkyBus runs 24 hours a day and offers departures to the city every 10 minutes. From Auckland Airport (AKL), SkyBus stops are available along Mount Eden Road, Symonds Street, Dominion Road, Queen Street, and Customs Street East. The SkyBus will get you to the city in 40 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic, and it offers free WiFi to passengers. A one-way ticket on the SkyBus costs $18 NZD, and a return ticket costs $32 NZD.
A Super Shuttle is a practical option for solo travellers heading into the city. You can book a shuttle from the airport directly to your hotel in a variety of suburbs around Auckland. A ride to the CBD or Ponsonby costs $25 NZD per person, and a shuttle to Newmarket or Mount Eden costs $35 NZD each. If you are travelling in a large group of up to eleven people, you could also book a private shuttle for $125 NZD.
For the quickest journey to your hotel, you can catch a taxi from Auckland Airport (AKL). Several taxi companies pick up passengers from the airport and offer fixed rates into the CBD. Cheap Cabs offers the lowest rate of $38 NZD, while many of the other taxi companies offer a fixed rate of about $65 NZD. A taxi will get you from the airport into the city centre in less than 30 minutes.
Things to do
Things to do in Auckland
The Sky Tower is Auckland’s most famous landmark. It stands at 328 metres tall, dominating the Auckland skyline. The Sky Tower has an observation deck that offers 360° views over the city, harbour, and mountains. If you are hoping to get your adrenaline pumping on a visit to the Sky Tower, you can purchase tickets to do the SkyWalk or SkyJump experiences.
The most famous wine region in the Auckland area is Waiheke Island, which is a 35-minute ferry ride from the CBD. Waiheke Island is teeming with wineries and cellar doors that you can visit to taste their local wines. As well as wineries, Waiheke Island has several nice restaurants and is a good spot for boutique shopping. If you visit in the summer, you can also try some water sports on Waiheke Island, such as kayaking and paddle boarding.
Auckland Domain and Wintergardens
In the heart of central Auckland, you can visit the Auckland Domain as a nice escape from the busy city. Within the Domain, you’ll find the Wintergardens, which are full of beautiful and colourful plants. The Wintergardens have outdoor gardens as well as indoor greenhouses, so you can see tropical plants at all times of the year. For a unique experience, book cheap airfares from Christchurch to Auckland to coincide with the blooming of the “Corpse Flower.” People flock to Auckland from all over the world to witness the blooming of this not-so-nice-smelling flower that only happens once every ten years.
All throughout New Zealand, there’s lots of seismic activity. But did you know you can see a volcano right in central Auckland? Mount Eden is a dormant volcano that is located just outside of the city’s CBD. It is a quick but steep walk to the top of Mount Eden and, from there, you can look into the centre of the volcano. Mount Eden is the highest natural point in Auckland, so climbing Mount Eden will also reward you with some spectacular views.
Located on a large hill outside Auckland’s CBD, Ponsonby is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Auckland. It is made up of scenic streets where you can catch some great views of the city skyline. Throughout the Ponsonby neighbourhood, you’ll find plenty of cool restaurants and bars as well as some of the best shopping in Auckland.
You can visit this lovely town just across the harbour from Auckland’s CBD. A ferry will get you across to Devonport in a quick 12 minutes, offering some gorgeous harbour views along the way. While visiting Devonport, hike to the top of Takarunga and North Head for an outlook over the harbour and city. Then, walk along the coastline back into the town centre where you can visit a chocolate factory as well as several homeware and antique stores.