Christchurch International Airport CHC
is New Zealand's second-largest airport and has recently received from Skytrax a number 2 ranking for Staff Excellence and number 3 for Best Regional Airport within the Australia/Pacific reagion. It is also gateway to the Antarctic and to New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful South Island. Its exceptional passenger care has not gone unnoticed - evidenced by the ever increasing passengers, particularly those from China.
Tourists will find that South Islands has everything to offer for either the adventurous or the quiet nature seekers, offering Jet boating in the Canterbury and Otago rivers, white water rafting, bungy jumping, back-country safary on a 4WD, mountain and coastal biking, helicopter-skiing or cave exploring, as well as hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, swimming - you name it - it has it! (The Tavel & Information Center can be reached at +64 (3) 353-7774.)
CHC Airport is located in the suburb of Harewood, 12 km northwest of the city center of Christchurch, accessible via Highway 1 and situated on the east coast, at Pegasus Bay.
With an expected 6.6M passenger count ending fiscal year ending July 2017, and two runways, Christchurch International is hub to Pacific Blue airline and is served by a number of domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
The Sudima Hotel has recently completed its upgrade work.
The 'Courier Post' (a 240-bed JUCY Snooze pod hostel) opened in October 2016 inside the terminal..
Novotel is building a 200-room, 4.5-star hotel under construction, is scheduled to open late 2017.
Christchurch International Airport has a new integrated passenger terminal.
Present and future Airport developments:
During the financial year 2016 the Airport counted 6.3M passengers; it completed 'Spitfire Square' (a convenience retail complex); and opened 'Mustang Park' (a tourist transportation hub) - while, and the new Novotel is to open late 2017.