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Christchurch Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Christchurch Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s the gateway to the beautiful Canterbury region, featuring dramatic vistas and adventure sports set against a backdrop of lofty peaks. Discover this beautiful city during your layover with this quick guide for cabin crew!

What to do in Christchurch for 24h – 48h

Getting Around in Christchurch

  • The bus company that services the larger Christchurch area is the Metro. To know more about the fares, schedules, information about the zones within Christchuch, visit their website (
  • Taxis are readily available throughout the city of Christchurch and the fares  are quite standard.
  • Another option is to rent a car if you have a slightly higher budget and this gives you the opportunity to explore the Christchurch area beyond the bus routes.

Local currency: 1 NZD = 0.69 USD

Best places to visit in Christchurch for flight attendants

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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At the heart of Christchurch’s reputation as the Garden City, the Gardens are a place of ever-changing beauty. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world, the Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and local plants in New Zealand.

Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu)

Damaged in the earthquakes, Christchurch’s fantastic art gallery was reopened recently. It is the public art gallery of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand and has a substantial collection of fascinating artwork.

Day trips near Christchurch

These are some of the must visit spots near Christchurch.

Banks Peninsula

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Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds. Little River is the gateway to the peninsula.  The southern bays have some of the best surf, safe swimming beaches, walking tracks and the Little River Rail Trail is a must see.


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The small seaside township of Akaroa simply oozes charm. While away the hours browsing boutique shops and craft galleries, and stop for a pick-me-up of fine local food and wine at a café or restaurant overlooking the shimmering waters of Akaroa Harbour. Relaxation doesn’t get much better than this!

WOC travel tip: Swim with the world’s smallest dolphins, the Hectors dolphin, and have some Fish ‘n’ Chips at the local Fish ‘n’ Chips shop


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Drive 1.5 hours north of Christchurch to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. You can also stop at the Waipara Hills (also known as the Mudhouse).

Shopping in Christchurch

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Riccarton Mall

Christchurch’s largest mall Riccarton Mall has some great clothes shops to buy from. However, don’t expect to find high end brands like Louis Vuitton or Zara here.

The Tannery

Boutique shopping in a restored Victorian Tannery, complete with stylish Atrium and crafted fittings. Discover shopping without stress, quality goods and services with an eye on the environment, local production and things out of the ordinary.

Christchurch Farmers’ Market

The Christchurch Farmers Market at Riccarton House is one of the best food markets in Christchurch. Stalls include organic fruit, vegetables and herbs, fresh bread, iced cookies, macaroons. Ready to eat hot pastries, pies and mini quiches are also available if you feel like a little brunch on the river bank.

Where to eat in Christchurch 

Twenty Seven Steps

Enjoy the delicious modern renditions of lamb, beef, venison and seafood at Twenty Seven Steps. Risotto and desserts such as caramelised lemon tart are the other attractions at this restaurant.

Dimitris Greek Food

If you are in the mood for some Greek food, visit Dimitris for some authentic Souvlaki  and lamb dishes at reasonable prices

Nightlife in Christchurch

Mix, shake and sip your drinks and show off your dance moves in some of the most fun nightclubs in Victoria street which is lined with bars, casinos and nightclubs (

Discounts for flight attendants in New Zealand

World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Christchurch. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover !

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Any fun experiences to share from your layover in Christchurch?

How was your layover in Christchurch? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

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