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For most visitors, getting to Christchurch involves multiple forms of transportation. With the exception of commuting from areas already in New Zealand’s South Island, it is necessary to fly, travel by ferry, drive, or a combination of the three.
The Christchurch_CHC International Airport is the country's second busiest airport. Numerous airlines from around the world make regular, daily flights into this location, including Air New Zealand, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia. Since 1st July 2010 travelers no longer need to pay an international departure fee before leaving.
The most visited airport in all of New Zealand is the Auckland_AKL ( Jean Batten ) International Airport (located in the North Island) and chances are that flights to this city will be less expensive than to Christchurch. If flying into Auckland, domestic flights to Christchurch are available on Air NZ and Jetstar.
Many visitors choose to fly into Auckland and then drive down to Christchurch. Because of the Cook Strait, this journey cannot be done entirely by car, so taking a ferry is necessary. Taking the ferry from the North to the South Island of New Zealand can be a great experience, assuming that sections of choppy ocean swells aren’t too bothersome. There are two options as far as ferry services are concerned - The Interislander and Bluebridge. These ferries dock at the South Island town of Picton, which is approximately five hours drive from Christchurch, excluding stops.