About Christchurch, New Zealand
Along the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island lies Christchurch, a city known best for its English heritage. The Avon River weaves through the city center and flat-bottomed punts can often be seen lazily gliding along it. Over 389,700 residents call the 234.65 square mileage of urban Christchurch home. Its largest economic contribution is the agricultural industry, which is also the core of Christchurch’s economy. Main crops include strains of clover and various grasses, barley, and wheat. The wine industry has also contributed to the horticulture industries in the area. Small biotechnology operations, meats and wool processing, seed dressing and developments, and malting are other agribusinesses in this city. Recently, technology-based industries have also started to gain traction.
Popular Destinations in Christchurch
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in Christchurch? Christchurch features many points of interest that can thrill travelers visiting this charming city. Here are a few notable attractions to visit:
Smash Palace: Smash Palace encompasses New Zealand’s “number eight wire” tradition perfectly. Transience and tenacity reign supreme in this unique setting. It includes a beer garden with intentionally down-cycled surroundings. A quirky mix of blooming roses, an edible garden, and a hippie-esque hangout (complete with a school bus decorated in psychedelic art) is as intoxicating as the alcohol served here. The atmosphere at Smash Palace offers a grunge-chic aura with an upscale flair. The burgers, chips and cereal, and craft beers are all made from scratch.
Christchurch Art Gallery: This was one of the many structures that was damaged or destroyed in Christchurch’s earthquakes. Now, however, the Christchurch Art Gallery features a stimulating mix of exhibitions that are primarily of New Zealand. The reopening of this fantastic art gallery is a tribute to the locals’ tenacity and their refusal to let Mother Nature keep them down.
Tannery: The Victorian buildings here were also demolished in an earthquake, but have since been completely refurbished in 19th-century, period style. They now contain little boutiques selling everything from surfboards to fashion to literature. Wooly hats seem to be a real crowd-pleaser here as well. Those who are not interested in shopping can pop into the newly-established cinema for a movie, or throw back a cold one at The Brewery.
Botanic Gardens: For the ultimate in Christchurch experiences, the Botanic Gardens offers a blissful getaway. There are about 30 riverside hectares through which to stroll during any time of the year. In the spring, the daffodil woodland, azaleas, and rhododendrons all bloom at that time. Next to the Information Center is a playground to keep the young ones occupied while others explore the thematic gardens and sprawling greenery.
Riccarton Sunday Market: Everything from bric-a-brac and handcrafted jewelry to fresh produce and Cornish pastries can be found in The Ricarrton Sunday Market. It is the largest outdoor market in the South Islands, and contains 300 stalls that offer the ultimate shopping experience for a Christchurch visitor.
Luxury Lodging in Christchurch
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in Christchurch? Christchurch boasts a plethora of luxurious hotels, resorts and private residences for travelers to stay at, including:
- All Stars Inn on Bealey
- Arthur’s Court Motor Lodge
- Classic Villa
- Colombo In The City
- Fino Hotel & Suites
- Hotel Montreal
- Salerno Motel Apartments
- Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
- The George
- YHA Christchurch
Airports In or Nearby Christchurch For Private Jets
Looking for a private jet charter to Christchurch, New Zealand? There are a number of airports you can use for your private jet travel to arrive in or depart from Christchurch. These include:
- Christchurch International Airport (CHC): Christchurch International Airport is the main international airport serving the city. It is located around six miles northwest of downtown Christchurch. The public/military airport was opened in 1940, and sits at an altitude of 123 feet above sea level. It is the second busiest airport in New Zealand, and has three runways and a 39-foot helipad. The airport has an annual passenger turnover of more than 6 million passengers.
- Hokitika Airfield (HKK): This is a small aerodrome that is located around one mile north of Hokitika and 100 miles away from Christchurch. The airfield sits at an altitude of 146 feet above sea level. It has two asphalt runways measuring 4,300 feet and 3,800 feet in length. These are designated in the 04/22 and 13/31 directions respectively.
- Oamaru Airport (OAM): Oamaru Airport is located 250 miles away from Christchurch. The airport sits at an altitude of 99 feet above sea level. It has an asphalt runway measuring 4,200 feet in length, designated in the direction 18/36. It also has two grass runways measuring 3,100 feet and 2,700 feet in length, designated in the 11/29 and 02/20 directions.
- Westport Airport (WSZ): Westport Airport is within 14 miles of South Goa. The public airport sits at an elevation of 13 feet above sea level. It has a single asphalt runway measuring 13,300 feet in length. Westport Airport has a single asphalt runway measuring 4,200 feet in length, designated in the 04/22 direction.
- Nelson Airport (NSN): Nelson Airport serves the city of Nelson. It is located 160 miles away from Christchurch. This public airport sits at an elevation of 17 feet above sea level, and is spread over 369 acres. It has a single asphalt runway designated in the 02R/20L direction, and which is 4,420 feet in length. Nelson Airport also has three grass/dirt runways ranging in length from 1,900 feet to 2,390 feet. The airport serves an average of 860,000 passengers annually.
- Wanaka Airport (WKA): This is a public airport located in the town of Wanaka in New Zealand. It is located around 180 miles away from Christchurch and sits at an elevation of 1,142 feet above sea level. It has a single asphalt runway designated in the 11/29 direction, which is 3,900 feet in length.
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