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449 Memorial Avenue,
Christchurch, 8053, NZ

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Holiday Inn On Avon Christchurch
356 Oxford Terrace
Christchurch, NZ

Holiday Inn City Centre Christchurch
Cashel & High Street
Christchurch, 8001 NZ

Chardonnay Motor Lodge
170 Johns Road
Christchurch, 8052, NZ

Clearview Lodge
8 Clearwater Avenue,
Christchurch, 8041, NZ

Chateau On The Park
189 Deans Ave
Christchurch, 8440, NZ

Heartland Hotel Cotswold
88-96 Papanui Road
Christchurch, 8001, NZ

Peppers Clearwater Resort
Clearwater Avenue,
Christchurch, 8001, NZ

Pavilions Hotel
42 Papanui Road
Christchurch, 8014, NZ

Parkview on Hagley
1 Riccarton Road,
Christchurch, 8014, NZ

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ABOUT CHRISTCHURCH International Airport

Construction on Christchurch Airport, New Zealand, began in 1936. By the end of the next year, the site had one runway and a small terminal building. One decade later, the site additionally featured completed barracks buildings, hangers and a water tower. A second runway and a taxiway did not emerge until the 1950s. In the 60s, the airport received a newer and larger terminal building. The main runway was also extended to almost three times the original length during this time. Before the end of the decade, Christchurch Airport added an international wing extending off the domestic terminal.

Improvements and renovations of Christchurch Airport continued decade after decade. Expansion continues today. In the 1970s, the northwest runway underwent extension and the domestic terminal was expanded. From the 1980s through the 90s, construction expanded the international terminal by another 28,000 square meters. Beginning in 2004, the terminal received five more stands and four more airbridges. By 2006, expansion projects included a multi-story carpark, which added over 500 parking spaces. The airport also received a new control tower. The ever-growing number of passengers using the airport influenced improvements in the domestic terminal with construction beginning in 2009.

With over 6,000,000 million passengers traveling through the airport annually, Christchurch Airport required numerous renovations. Eight domestic airlines serve the airport and seven international airlines travel to major cities in Australia, China and India along with Thailand. Construction in the last couple of years saw many renovations to the domestic and international terminal areas. New improvements included combined check-in areas for domestic and international flights, retail and food outlets and lounge areas. Expanded baggage claim areas accommodate all passenger arrivals. A larger taxi area accommodates more aircraft and provides greater efficiency for departing flights.

The Christchurch Airport is not limited to commercial civilian flights. The closing of the Wigram Air Force Base prompted use of the Christchurch facility by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). The airport also once served as the location for the RNZAF fighter aircraft. Beginning in the 1950s, the airport began serving as the base for flights to Antarctica for scientific exploration. From August to February every year, the United States Air Force, Air National Guard and the RNZAF fly out of Christchurch to Antarctica. During these months, C-17, C-130 and LC-130 military aircraft remain stationed north of the passenger terminals. This area also features an entertaining Antarctic exhibit, which recreates the arctic environment and houses educational and entertaining interactive displays.

Besides a selection of eateries, lounges and shops, Christchurch Airport houses a pharmacy on the first level. The facility has a registered pharmacist on duty daily. Whether arriving or departing for business or pleasure, the airport also offers shower facilities in the public bathrooms located in the International Arrival Hall. Towel rental and complimentary soap are available. Guests having wireless capable devices may access the Internet at kiosks located in the arrival, departure and check-in areas of the airport.

Various other civilian aviation organizations also operate out of Christchurch Airport. The Garden City Helicopter service uses a terminal adjacent to the facility and flies rescue helicopters that make routes to a helipad at the Christchurch Hospital. The organization also flies fixed wing aircraft as part of a medivac service. Christchurch Helicopters operates on the western side of the airport, which is very close to the Canterbury Aero Club. Christchurch International Airport Ltd has a personal runway, which runs parallel to the main airport runway. Airwork offers a charter flight service, which regularly departs to cities all over New Zealand and Australia.