How to Reach Christchurch - The Easiest Way to Reach Christchurch


  • By Air: Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand's second largest airport. It services 7 different airlines connecting the city with domestic centres and 10 international airports, namely, Bangkok, Brisbane, Dubai, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Nadi, Perth, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
  • By Train: KiwiRail, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine connect Christchurch to neighbouring regions.
  • By Ferry: Ferries connect Christchurch to cities such as Wellington and Picton.
  • By Road: State Highway 1 connects Christchurch to neighbouring towns and cities.


  • By Tram: The Christchurch Tramway runs in a small loop in the inner part of the city.
  • By Bus: Busses although up and running are less frequent with few stops.
  • By Car: Many tourists find it convenient to rent a car and traverse the city on their own.
  • By Taxi: Taxis are available for hire in Christchurch. Although, they tend to be a bit expensive.
  • By Bicycle: Exploring the city on a bicycle is the best way to do it! The city has dedicated lanes for bicycle riders.

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Modes of Transportation in Christchurch

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Christchurch. The most preferred mode of transport in Christchurch is Car.

Average distance: 11.29 km Average time: 21.53 min

  • Car 70.59%
    Driving 17.25 min Walking 0.17 min Overall average time for 13.28 kms 17.42 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 11.76%
    Bus 25 min Walking 9.5 min Waiting 0.5 min Overall average time for 8 kms 35 min
  • Walking 11.76%
    Walking 30 min Bike 3.5 min Overall average time for 2.75 kms 33.5 min
  • Motorbike 5.88%
    Motorbike 20 min Overall average time for 11 kms 20 min

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How to Reach Christchurch from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Nelson to Christchurch 257.37 km 4 hours 17 mins
Wellington to Christchurch 342.59 km 5 hours 42 mins
Dunedin to Christchurch 350.99 km 5 hours 50 mins
Porirua to Christchurch 359.76 km 5 hours 59 mins
Palmerston north to Christchurch 481.26 km 8 hours 1 mins
Te anau to Christchurch 585.01 km 9 hours 45 mins
Hamilton to Christchurch 698.31 km 11 hours 38 mins
Morrinsville to Christchurch 723.41 km 12 hours 3 mins
Waiuku to Christchurch 730.97 km 12 hours 10 mins
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