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Los Angeles is a destination that features on most travellers’ USA itinerary, especially if it is their first time heading to America. Not only is Los Angeles the city of Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and Malibu, but it also makes a great launchpad for discovering more of California. And while the flight from Christchurch to Los Angeles can be a lengthy journey, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; save money by booking affordable airfares to LA with Webjet. Perhaps even turn a return flight with a stopover into a multi-stop journey and spend time in San Francisco, Sydney or Auckland.
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The best time to visit Los Angeles
The best time to visit Los Angeles is in the spring (March to May) or in autumn (September to November). Travellers can expect mild temperatures and reduced smog in the air. Average temperatures during these months range from 10°C (50° F) to 26°C (80°F), which makes walking outdoors much more comfortable. During June and July, average temperature highs climb above 26°C (80°F). This heat, combined with substantial smog levels, pushes locals and tourists to the beaches. If you’re looking to find cheap flights from Christchurch to Los Angeles, consider a January or February holiday. This is when tourism is at its lowest and most airlines and hotels have the best rates.
Departing From Christchurch
Flights from Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Los Angeles International (LAX) can last more than 19 hours, and all routes include at least one stopover. Air New Zealand’s flights to LAX include a quick stopover at Auckland Airport (ALK). Return flights from CHC to LAX on American Airlines, Virgin Australia, Qantas, and United Airlines include a stopover in Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL), or Brisbane (BNE) .
Getting to Christchurch International Airport
It takes between 15 and 20 minutes to travel from the Christchurch CBD to the airport, depending on traffic. Two metro bus lines run from the city centre to CHC via the Purple line or Route 29 buses. You can buy your $8.50 NZD on-way ticket from the bus driver. Return tickets are $15 NZD. A taxi can take you to CHC in about 15 minutes. Fares will vary with traffic and the chosen route, but fares generally begin from $45 NZD. If you want a ride that is cheaper than a taxi, consider using the Super Shuttle. This ride-sharing bus runs from the CBD to CHC 24/7. Solo riders should expect to pay $25 NZD one-way, but if you’re travelling in a group, you can expect to pay only $8 NZD more for each additional passenger.
Parking at Christchurch International Airport
If you plan on parking your car at the airport, it is highly recommended to pre-book your parking. Not only will this guarantee your car space, but it can also help to reduce the daily parking rates.
Where to Park at Christchurch International Airport
Car parks at Christchurch International Airport are marked according to the length of time you plan on leaving your car. All lots have 24/7 security monitoring and are within a short distance to the terminals.
- Short Stay:: Located on Dury Road, the Short Stay car park is a quick three-minute walk to the terminals. It has uncovered spaces and you can expect to pay $27 NZD per day. The weekly maximum rate is $189 NZD.
- Long Stay: Located on Orchard Road, the Long Stay car park will put you within a five-minute walk to the terminals. This lot is preferred if you plan to store your car for more than three days. Fees for the Long Stay lot are $27 NZD per day, with a maximum weekly rate of $135 NZD.
- Orchard Road Car Park: If you have sweet-talked a friend or family member into picking up your car after you drive yourself to the airport, leave your ride in this car park located on Orchard Road. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and only $10 NZD for the first four hours. If you want to leave your car there longer, daily parking fees are $22 NZD with a weekly maximum of $154 NZD.
- Craddocks: Located on Ron Guthrey Road, the Craddocks car park offers both covered and uncovered storage as well as detailing and maintenance on your car while you are away. On-demand shuttles will bring you to and from the terminals in 15 minutes or less. The drive-up rate for a covered space is $80 NZD for the first 24 hours and $12 NZD for each additional 24 hours. Uncovered spaces are $60 NZD for the first 24 hours and $10 NZD for each additional 24 hours. If you pre-book your Craddocks park prior to arrival, you can save up to 30% off drive-up rates.
Arriving in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is a major hub for international flights. This often results in longer lines when clearing customs, especially during peak travel seasons. In the off-seasons, travellers who have all their documentation ready can expect to clear customs in less than an hour. Airlines that fly from Christchurch to LAX include American Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air New Zealand.
How to Get from Los Angeles International to Your Los Angeles Hotel or Accommodation
The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and downtown Los Angeles is almost 20 kilometres (12 miles). LA is legendary for its traffic congestion and it may take up to 45 minutes to arrive into downtown LA from LAX.
The cheapest route from LAX to Los Angeles’ Union Station is on The FlyAway. This 30-minute train ride is preferred by both locals and visitors alike. If you want to take the bus instead, you can pick one up from the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The bus leaves LAX three times a day, and the 45-minute ride will take you to the Patsaouras Transit Plaza in downtown LA. If you want something a little more private, metered taxis, Uber and town cars are available on demand at the terminal exits.
Things to do in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is known for its glittering coterie of movie stars and celebrities; its string of stylish fashion boutiques and five-star diners; and its hedonistic nightlife scene. There is more to La La Land than just A-listers and high-end shops though. For the thrill seekers, check out the newest rides at both Disneyland and Universal Studios. You can also snap a picture of yourself next to your favourite movie star’s name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For more fun, take in the sights, sounds, and tastes at Pacific Park located on the Santa Monica Pier. If you’re looking for a day of leisure, take the ferry to the beautiful resort town on Catalina Island. Once there, you can relax on the beach or explore life under the sea with a snorkelling or diving encounter.