Travel Tips

Here are some travel tips to ensure your journey through the airport is as smooth as possible. 

Before you drive to the airport take a look at our car parking information and plan ahead.

  • Keep your Passport Safe

    Keep your passport safe as you will need often

    Make a note of your passport number, take a photocopy of the personal details page, and keep this separately from the passport.

    • Keep your passport in a safe place
    • Do not let anyone take away your passport as a guarantee
    • Always keep all forms of identification with you
    • If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, you must report this to the police and then contact the New Zealand Embassy or other applicable Embassy.

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  • Packing Important Documents

    Ensure that important items are kept in your hand luggage and not in your suitcase.  Avoid packing your travel documents, medication and other valuable items such as money, jewellery and keys in your checked-in luggage.

  • Time Savers

    Check-in at a Kiosk or Online

    Qantas, Jetstar and Pacific Blue all offer an online check-in service.  You can also use the self service domestic check-in kiosks at the airport with Air New Zealand and Jetstar. Contact your airline direct for more information. 

    Pre-order Currency

    You can pre order your currency online with Travelex, and they'll have it ready for collection at the airport service counter. Visit Travelex within our Shop, Eat and Play section for more information. 

    Pre-order Duty Free

    Purchase duty free or tax free items from specified New Zealand retail stores, and collect them at the Duty and Tax Free Shopping Collection point on your arrival or departure from Christchurch Airport.  Visit our duty and tax free shopping section for more information. 

  • Money Savers

    Parking Tips

    • Parking for less than 10 minutes in all parking areas at the airport is free of charge. Click here for more info.
    • If you are parking at the airport for a longer than 3 days, use the Long Term parking area to save money.  

    Free wireless Internet access

    The first 30 minutes of wireless Internet access at the airport is free. Find out more about this service here.