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Travelers usually depart from Melbourne, Avalon, Essendon, or Melbourne-Southern Cross when they travel from Melbourne to Christchurch. The distance between Melbourne and Christchurch is 2416 km. The most popular airlines for this route are Jetstar Airways, Air New Zealand, Qantas, LATAM Airlines, and Emirates. Melbourne and Christchurch have 284 direct flights per week.

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Emirates on Wednesdays, and Sundays.

Jetstar Airways on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Air New Zealand on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Qantas on Wednesdays, and Sundays.

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New Zealand COVID-19 travel restrictions

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Most travelers from Melbourne (AUS), MEL can enter New Zealand, but there are restrictions.


Visa requirements
  • Visa is not required
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  • Masks are recommended in certain settings


Visa requirements
  • Visa is not required

Information is provided as guidance only and accurate at the time of publishing. Always check government websites and airline materials before booking and traveling.

Learn more about COVID-19 restrictions in New Zealand in our dedicated Stories article.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from Melbourne to Christchurch?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Melbourne and Christchurch takes around 3.4 hours.
What is the flight distance between Melbourne and Christchurch?
The flight distance between Melbourne and Christchurch is 2416 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Melbourne and Christchurch?
Several carriers operate flights between Melbourne and Christchurch. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Emirates, Air New Zealand, Jetstar Airways, Qantas.
What are the most popular routes to and from Melbourne?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Melbourne and Sydney, Denpasar, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Manila, Bangkok, Auckland, Hobart, Adelaide, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket City, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, City of Launceston, Kathmandu, Proserpine.
What are the most popular routes to and from Christchurch?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Christchurch and Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, Wellington, Singapore, Manila, Sydney, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Phuket City, London, Palmerston North, Phnom Penh, Cebu, Napier, Hobart, Seoul, Darwin, New Delhi.
Which airports are there in Melbourne?
Melbourne is mainly served by Melbourne. But there are other airports nearby, including Avalon, Essendon, Melbourne Moorabbin Airport.
What airports are near Christchurch?
The main airport in Christchurch is Christchurch International. It is also served by Christchurch International, Timaru, Hokitika.
Is it possible to combine flights, buses, and trains in one itinerary when traveling between Melbourne and Christchurch?
Yes, it's possible to combine different modes of transport between Melbourne and Christchurch thanks to our Virtual Interlining technology. Making use of not only flights but also trains and buses between Melbourne and Christchurch can give rise to new adventures. Read more about how Virtual Interlining works on Stories.
What is Virtual Interlining and how do I use it?
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