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.

Anyone in the terminal late at night or early in the morning should expect to be questioned about their need to be here.

Only travellers who can prove they have flown in after 10.30pm OR are flying out before 8.00am will be permitted  to either use the Air Lounge (subject to availability) or sit in a chair for those few hours.

At least one part of the travel which sees you access the airport terminal must be a flight.

If you arrive on a flight after 10.30pm, you may rest in the terminal only if you show staff proof of onward travel from Christchurch Airport departing before 8.00am the next day.

If you are booked to leave on a flight before 8am, but did not arrive on a flight after 10.30pm the previous night, do not expect to use the airport for a free night's accommodation.

The departures terminal closes following the last evening departure, so you should find accommodation elsewhere.

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.

Visit the Airport i-SITE team located in the International Arrivals Hall or call 0800 LOVE NZ (0800 568 369); (03) 353 7774 or E: travel&

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.