Bus service is another option and the fare is maximum of $5 per day. You’ll need a MetroCard smart card loaded with a minimum of $10 initially. The tramway runs a loop around the city a ticket is $12.50 and is good for two days.
Thing to do near CHC Airport
There is plenty to see and do in Christchurch. For the animal lover there is plenty of wildlife to feed like giraffes, lemurs, lions, rhinos, and birds. Visit either the Orana Wildlife Park or the Willowbanks for a New Zealand wildlife encounter. For action packed adventures and to get your adrenaline pumping you can rent bikes and head over to either Bottle Lake Forest or McLeans Island Track.
Other adventures include horse and pony trekking with the Waimak River Horse Trekking for all ages or jet boating or head over to the Adrenalin Forest for an aerial obstacle course. You can also enjoy relaxing at a day spa, kayaking on Quail Island, golfing, and plenty of museums.
About Christchurch Airport
Christchurch International Airport abbreviated CHC is 7.5 miles (12km) northwest of the city centre. It is ranked the 2nd busiest airport in New Zealand; it handles 5,592,529 passengers in 2011. Christchurch itself is the 3rd largest city in terms of population with more than 341,000 people living there. It is the oldest city in New Zealand. Christchurch is full of culture, history, and fun.
Hotels near CHC
Christchurch is a backpackers dream. The establishments are clean and cheap; a shared dorm will run $28 per night. A low end hotel runs from $79 per night. Many of the hotels have undergone a major revamp since the area was hit by 4 large earthquakes from 2010 to 2011. The George will cost you $200+ per night by you’ll enjoy all the accommodations and luxuries they have to offer. They make the cut of the World’s Top small luxury hotels. Peppers is another luxurious place to stay this retreat and resort will cost you $189+ per night. The lakefront property has lots to offer its guest.
Fish and chips are still the main-stay and the cheapest meal around, but you’ll find a mix of international food to fit all of your culinary desires. For fish and chips done right visit the Beach Café a small portion of beer battered fish and chips with a salad and roast garlic aioli will cost you $16.50 a large is $26. The Dux Dine offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. They serve free range eggs and as much locally sourced ingredients as they can. They are a little pricey expect to pay $8 just for garlic bread, a side of fries, or the vegetable medley.
Founded in 1863 Hagley Park along with the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are landmarks located in the center of the city with music and sporting events. In 2003 the Christchurch Art Gallery opened to replace the historic 1930’s Robert McDougall Art Gallery located in the Botanic Gardens.