Baggage allowances vary by airline. To find out your exact baggage allowance contact your airline directly.

Check-in Times

Allow at least 40 minutes for domestic flights and 2-3 hours for international flights when checking-in.  For more specific information regarding check-in, contact your airline directly.  

No Sleeping at the Airport

There are no sleeping facilities at the terminal and visitors are not permitted to lie on the floor or furniture, nor set up bedding.

If you are in the terminal late at night or very early in the morning you will be questioned
about your need to be here and asked to show proof of your travel documentation to and from the airport.

Put simply, at least one part of the travel which sees you access the airport terminal must be a flight.

You will be allowed to spend a few hours at the airport overnight if:

  • you can prove you have flown in or arrived by bus after 10.30 pm


  • will depart from the airport via booked commercial transport by 8.00 am and have documentation to prove this (plane, bus, car, campervan).

In that case, you will be permitted  to either use the Air Lounge (subject to availability) or sit in a chair for those few hours. You will be expected to comply with all requests and instructions from airport staff while you are with us.

You will not be permitted to sit at the airport overnight if:

  • you did not arrive at the airport on commercial transport (plane or bus) after 10.30pm


  • you can prove you are booked to leave on a flight or in a rental vehicle before 8am the next morning.

In this case, do not expect to use the airport for a free night's accommodation. You should
find accommodation elsewhere.

Please note the departures terminal closes following the last evening departure.

We advise you to check with your airline what time you need to check in ahead of your morning flight.  The check-in hall opens at 3.30am, which allows time for the usual two-hour check-in requirement of the first international departure.

To book accommodation, visit the airport i-SITE team located in the International Arrivals Hall or call (03) 353 7774 or email

Departure Charge for International Flights

You do not need to pay a separate departure charge at Christchurch Airport as it is included as part of the airfare costs. 

Baggage allowances vary by airline. To find out your exact baggage allowance contact your airline directly.