The average price of a 7-day trip to Christchurch is $1,917 for a solo traveler, $3,443 for a couple, and $6,455 for a family of 4. Christchurch hotels range from $40 to $163 per night with an average of $75, while most vacation rentals will cost $190 to $420 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Christchurch International Airport (CHC) are between $1,188 and $2,176 per person for economy flights and $3,728 to $6,828 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $29 to $52 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit Christchurch, NZ

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to CHC and stay in a Christchurch hotel:

  • February 5th to March 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 16th to June 17th (except the week of April 30th)
  • August 6th to October 7th
  • October 22nd to November 18th (except the week of October 29th)

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Christchurch is usually late February and early March.

 

Average Christchurch Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Christchurch for a week is $1,091-$2,907($156-$415 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $29 to $52 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $624 to $1,937 for economy

Lodging: $44 to $67 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $83 to $101 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Christchurch for a week is $3,046-$5,686($435-$812 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $58 to $104 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,248 to $3,874 for economy

Lodging: $44 to $67 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $83 to $101 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Christchurch for a week is $3,836-$10,176($548-$1,454 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $116 to $208 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,496 to $7,748 for economy

Lodging: $88 to $134 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $116 to $162 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Christchurch

How cheap can you make a vacation to Christchurch? The cheapest trip to Christchurch is about $132 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $42 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $33.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Christchurch for a week is $927-$2,526($132-$361 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $15 to $31 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $624 to $1,937 for economy

Lodging: $33 to $40 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $42 to $62 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Christchurch for a week is $1,656-$4,680($237-$669 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $30 to $62 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,248 to $3,874 for economy

Lodging: $33 to $40 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $42 to $62 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Christchurch for a week is $3,294-$9,138($471-$1,305 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $60 to $124 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,496 to $7,748 for economy

Lodging: $66 to $80 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $63 to $87 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is easy to travel to Christchurch cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Christchurch Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Christchurch.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Christchurch for a week is $2,456-$11,192($351-$1,599 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $55 to $104 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,585 to $5,172 for first class

Lodging: $81 to $163 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $420 to $882 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Christchurch for a week is $4,426-$17,092($632-$2,442 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $110 to $208 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,170 to $10,344 for first class

Lodging: $81 to $163 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $420 to $882 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Christchurch for a week is $8,852-$32,066($1,265-$4,581 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $220 to $416 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $6,340 to $20,688 for first class

Lodging: $162 to $326 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $672 to $1,411 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Christchurch Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Christchurch is lower than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Christchurch due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Christchurch Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on Christchurch hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in Christchurch.

 

Flight Costs to Christchurch

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $2,176 average in late December to a low of $1,188 in late February and early March. Median flight price is $1,410. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Christchurch our data includes 113 originating airports, and 60 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Christchurch from an airport like Henry E. Rohlsen (STX) in Christiansted, VI (the United States) for an average $5,708 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Hokitika (HKK) in Hokitika (New Zealand) at an average of just $59.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Christchurch, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $988, so you can easily save about 83% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Christchurch can easily cost $230 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $15 per person. Private tours can cost $459 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

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