Christchurch International Airport

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Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch Airport is the main airport that serves Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located 12 kilometres to the northwest of the city centre, in the suburb of Harewood. Christchurch Airport officially opened on 18 May 1940 and became New Zealand’s first international airport on 16 December 1950.

Christchurch Airport began life as an aerodrome at Harewood in 1936, an era when wooden biplanes were a common sight and a flight from Fiji to Brisbane took a full 20 hours!

By 1946 the terminal was starting to take shape, with hangars, a small terminal, the water tower and some barracks. The two runways and parallel taxiway concept was established in the early 1950s and in 1960 a new terminal building was in operation.

Since then, there has been continuous development of airport buildings, parking, roading and runway/taxiway/apron systems – and it’s a journey which continues to grow and unfold.

Airport News

Christchurch Airport's renewable energy precinct, Kōwhai Park has taken a giant step closer to reality.

After a year-long process, that attracted interest from organisations across the globe, the airport has chosen one of New Zealand’s largest energy companies, Contact Energy, and international solar developer, Lightsource bp, as its partners to …

Christchurch Airport calls for patience ahead of Christmas travel

With travel to family, festivities and summer holidays approaching, the airport terminal will be especially busy on December 23… but the rush will start before that. Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer Justin Watson says the airport …


Christchurch International Airport
30 Durey Road
Christchurch 8053
New Zealand
  • +64 3-353 7777