Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is 12km west of the city centre. It’s the country’s second-busiest international airport and an increasingly popular international gateway, particularly for flights from Australia.
There are several airport shuttle bus services, including Super Shuttle, which operate a door-to-door service to hotels and hostels around Christchurch. This shuttle runs around the clock and charges $25 to go to most parts of the city.
A much cheaper option is the local bus routes (purple and route 29), although timing may not be practical if you have an early morning flight. The cash fare to the airport is $8.50 ($2.55 if you pay with a Metrocard), but it only costs $4 if you get off the bus a stop before the airport (near the Antarctic Centre).