Compare Cheap Flights from Christchurch to Melbourne, Australia
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|Cheapest month||April 2024|
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|Average flight time||3h 45m|
Compare Cheap Christchurch to Melbourne Flights
There is a reason Melbourne has been awarded the title as one of the world’s most liveable cities. From its year-round calendar of sporting and cultural events, its street art-lined alleyways and laneways, and its coterie of world-class restaurants, cafes and bars; Melbourne has something for everyone. It is also only a four-hour direct flight away from Christchurch, making the journey perfect for travellers wanting a spontaneous long weekend, or an easy-to-reach international holiday destination for families or groups not wanting to spend too much time cooped up in an airplane cabin. Once you’ve discovered the myriad sights and landmarks in Melbourne, you can also use the Victorian city as a base for exploring other regions around the state such as the Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula.
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Best time to visit Melbourne
The Best Time to Visit Melbourne
It is a common saying among locals that Melbourne often experiences all four weather seasons in the one day; it can be brilliant sunshine one minute, only for storm clouds to roll in an hour later. Despite this however, the best time to book Christchurch to Melbourne flights is for travel during spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November). Temperatures hover between 15℃ and the mid-20℃, and these shoulder seasons see lower hotel prices and fewer crowds meaning cheaper prices for your return flights from Melbourne to Christchurch. Melbourne’s busiest season for travellers is summer, from December to February.
Temperatures during the summer frequent sit above 30℃ and this brings visitors and locals alike to the city’s beaches and verdant parks. Accommodation and flight prices can rise in summer, especially over the Christmas and New Years’ Eve period. Winter is quiet so brings low crowd numbers and lower accommodation prices, unless you are headed into the Victorian alps for the ski and snow season.
Departing From Christchurch
As the second biggest airport in the country, Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is also one of New Zealand’s busiest. It is located 12 kilometres north-west of the centre of Christchurch. Airlines offering cheap airfares from Christchurch to Melbourne include Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Emirates, Virgin Australia and Qantas. A direct flight takes less than four hours’ travel time, however most routes do have one stopover, most often in Auckland or Sydney.
Getting to Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is well-linked with transportation options. Travellers wanting a shuttle service can book onto the Super Shuttle, which departs from outside the International Arrivals Hall. Ticket prices are fixed depending upon pick-up and drop-off locations. You can also opt to use the public bus. Route 29 operates from Central Station. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver and a one-way fares will cost you only $8 NZD. There are also many taxis, with fares ranging between $40 NZD and $70 NZD.
Parking at Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
Christchurch International Airport (CHC) offers travellers four main parking options, with choices to suit passengers headed away for a short trip or longer holiday. Rates are available as drive-up prices, however travellers that book in advance to departure can save up to 30%.
Where to Park at Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
- Short Stay: This parking area is only a 3-minute walk away from the airport terminals and is especially suited to passengers planning only a short trip from Christchurch to Melbourne. The daily rate for parking in Short Stay is $27 NZD, and the weekly maximum is $189 NZD.
- Long Stay: Located an easy 5-minute walk from the terminals, and the ideal option for those looking to spend more time away on holiday. The daily rate is the same as the Short Stay car park ($27 NZD per day), however the weekly maximum is slightly cheaper at $135 NZD per week.
- Orchard Road: This is the airport’s most affordable car parking area. The first 30 minutes are free (making it perfect for friends and family to park if they are picking you up), otherwise a daily rate is $22 NZD and a weekly price is $154 NZD.
- Craddocks: Passengers parking in Craddocks are ferried to and from the terminals on a free on-demand shuttle bus. Craddocks has uncovered, covered, indoor and outdoor spaces available, plus there is also an option to have your car detailed while it’s parked here.
Arriving to Melbourne
Flights to Melbourne will generally land land at Melbourne Airport (MEL), which is also referred to as Tullamarine Airport. This airport is the second busiest in Australia. Some flights may land at Avalon Airport (AVV).
How to Get from Tullamarine Airport (MEL) to Your Melbourne Hotel or Accommodation
Located 22 kilometres from the CBD, Melbourne Airport is connected with public bus connections, as well as private shuttles and taxis. The cheapest option is the SkyBus. There are five SkyBus routes, including an express option the travels to Southern Cross Station in the city. A one-way fare is $18 AUD ($20 NZD) and buses depart every 10 minutes. Taxis and Ubers are also available from Melbourne Airport. Join the taxi rank located outside the terminals to wait for a cab, or walk to the dedicated pick-up zone to call your Uber. If you want your own set of wheels for your holiday, head to one of the car rental desks located inside the terminals.
How to Get from Avalon Airport (AVV) to Your Melbourne Hotel or Accommodation
Avalon Airport (AVV) is the second airport serving Melbourne and is located 15 kilometres from the city centre, between Werribee and Geelong. There are limited transport options for the airport, and the most convenient for travelling into the CBD is the Avalon City Express bus. A one-way fare for the Avalon City Express is $19 AUD ($20 NZD). Other options for travelling into Melbourne are taxis, car hire or ride-share services.
Things to do
Things to do in Melbourne
Melbourne has an incredible street art scene and many of the CBD’s alleyways are strewn with mammoth works and murals. Head to Hosier Lane, Centre Place and AC/DC Lane to admire these open-air art installations. For a more traditional arty take, wander through the exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria or the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Sports fans can buy tickets for an AFL (Australian Football League) match at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground if visiting during the season, or trot over to Flemington Racecourse during the spring racing carnival to cheer on as you watch the Melbourne Cup being run.
Walk along Southbank and take in a bird’s eye view across Melbourne from the Observation Deck at the Eureka Tower, or browse between the stalls selling bric-a-brac, clothing, fresh food and other gourmet treats at the Queen Victoria Market. When serious hunger strikes, visitors are spoiled for choice with hundreds of fine-dining restaurants, casual cafes, upmarket bistros, buzzing pubs and even hidden bars. Which will you take a bite out of first? Book cheap Christchurch to Melbourne flights to find out.