The city’s dry, temperate climate makes it easy to book flights to Christchurch all year round. Summers are warm to extremely hot, and sea breezes blow from the northeast, and are sometimes (yet infrequently) the cause of storms. Winters are typically filled with clear, cold days, with temperatures below freezing level, although snow is rare. The smoggiest and rainiest season of all, winter is Christchurch’s least tourist-friendly season. The coldest months are July and August, while the hottest are December and January. Remember that the winter and summer seasons in Australia are in opposition to those in North America.
Best Time to Fly to Christchurch
Most travelers book flights to Christchurch in the summertime, between December and January, when temperatures are warm, days are sunny, and conditions are perfect for outdoor excursions.
Most people book flights to Christchurch in the summertime to take advantage of the beautiful sunny days and warm weather. Days can range from relatively mild to scorching hot, so prepare yourself against sun damage with a hat, sun glasses, and sun block.
Fewer travelers book flights to Christchurch during the winter, when smog settles in, and rain pours from the sky frequently. But even though it might not be the most attractive of seasons, it’s still a great time to find deals on accommodations and cheap flights to Christchurch.
Getting around Christchurch
Christchurch’s transportation system has a great bus system that’s cheap and efficient. The Red Bus Company has several lines, a daily shuttle running from 7:30am to 10:30pm and the After Midnight Express Bus that runs from midnight to 4am. The shuttle is a great way to get around during the day; it stops at 20 different places in the city. The Midnight Express concentrates more on the city’s outskirts and suburbs. All of the stations have schedules posted. If you want to travel on your own schedule, you can always rent a car or take a taxi anywhere in or around the city.
Christchurch Travel Information
Christchurch Art Gallery: If you’re booking flights to Christchurch in search of some authentic New Zealand art, then you’ll certainly be pleased when you enter the Christchurch Art Gallery’s breathtaking collection of temporary and permanent exhibits. In 2003, it added a widely famous metal and glass collage that still attracts visitors years later. Its 20th century and contemporary galleries are extensive and complete, full of incredibly talented New Zealand-born artists and their awesome masterpieces. A café, wine bar, and gift shop are on-site, and guided tours start every day at 11 a.m..
Mona Vale: If you’re looking for a quiet afternoon to spend by yourself seeing some of the area’s local history, then head to the Mona Vale, an Elizabethan-style home situated on the riverside. Every half hour, an Avon River Cruise leaves to circle the riverside and point out some of the area’s most beautiful sites. Back on land, the gorgeous landscaped gardens, serene ponds, and elegant fountains are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing portion of your Christchurch travel. A café inside sells small refreshments, and offers the perfect setting for a cup of tea and some time with your thoughts.
Science Alive! Inside the city’s oldest train station rests the cool display called Science Alive!, an ever changing rotation of fun, interactive exhibits for people of all ages. If you’ve brought the kids with you on your Christchurch flight, then this is the perfect place for them to go to run around, spend a little energy, and create happy memories. The glow-in-the-dark mini golf course is a fun way to connect with the family as well as the locals. Luckily, the free shuttle bus drops you right at its door, so it’s easy to get to, all you have to do is be patient for the “Are we there yet?” part.
Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House: If the kids are in tow and are restless from the long flight to Christchurch, then take them straight to the Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House. Once you’re inside, you’ll be enthralled by the splendor of wildlife like huge eels, dainty sea horses, graceful sea turtles, and other breeds of marine life. A swaying bridge is typically a scream for children, but the endangered birds exhibit doesn’t get as many laughs – the Kiwi birds don’t like light and sound, so they’re rarely seen or heard from, making this section a no-go for impatient little ones. A touch tank is available for visitors of all ages, and feeding times are posted so you won’t have to miss out in any of the fun.