The cheapest times to fly from RIC to CHC are

  • February 5th to March 25th
  • April 9th to June 17th (except the weeks of April 16th and April 30th)
  • August 20th to November 18th (except the weeks of September 17th, October 8th, and October 15th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from RIC to CHC is mid May. Prices can be as high as $3631 for Sunday flights during mid December, or as low as $1259 for Tuesday flights around mid May.


When to Fly to Christchurch

Flying from Richmond, VA (RIC) to Christchurch (CHC) will usually cost between $1326 to $2830 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid May with an average ticket price of $1349. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $2978. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1629 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1597 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RIC to CHC flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the RIC to CHC route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

RIC to CHC Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RIC to CHC flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Richmond. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Christchurch, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Richmond. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $250 (13%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1646. Return trip prices are from the CHC to RIC flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from RIC to CHC can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 55 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking RIC to CHC

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from RIC to CHC — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Auckland (RIC > AKL > CHC)

  • Price for both tickets: $1434
  • Average savings: $164 (10.24%)

See RIC to AKL flights

Hack #2: Los Angeles, CA (RIC > LAX > CHC)

  • Price for both tickets: $1455
  • Average savings: $143 (8.92%)

See RIC to LAX flights

Hack #3: San Francisco, CA (RIC > SFO > CHC)

  • Price for both tickets: $1495
  • Average savings: $103 (6.42%)

See RIC to SFO flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RIC to CHC? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, American, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, EVA Air, Qantas, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Christchurch International Airport to Richmond International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8850 miles or 14243 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RIC to CHC?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RIC to CHC flight is about 16 hour 55 minutes.

How many flights go between Richmond, VA and Christchurch?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 10 available flights from RIC to CHC.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RIC
Origination airport name Richmond International Airport
City Richmond, VA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.5
Longitude -77.3

Return Airport

Destination code CHC
Destination airport name Christchurch International Airport
City Christchurch
Country New Zealand
Latitude -43.5
Longitude 172.5


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