A Travel Price Comparison for New Zealand Christchurch vs. Auckland for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Christchurch or Auckland?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Christchurch or Auckland? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Christchurch or Auckland?

Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, right beside the Canterbury Plains. Most people begin their South Island travels here. The city itself can be fascinating to explore so it is worth allowing yourself several days in town as an introduction to the region.

The River Avon flows through the city center, twisting through the old buildings. Christchurch is referred to in New Zealand as the Garden City and it is easy to see why. It's quite a nice city with trees spread throughout. The economy is centered around international tourism as well as foreign education. There is a high Asian student population here, giving the city a diverse feel.

Christchurch's climate is temperate and the city receives moderate rainfall. In January average high temperatures are around 73 degrees Fahrenheit with averages around 52 degrees Fahrenheit in July. There is a sea breeze during the summer months that keep temperatures pleasant. Temperatures can drop below freezing at night during the winter months. Snow may also fall several times a year.

Auckland

Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand on an isthmus between the Northland Peninsula and the other parts of the North Island. Auckland is not only a city but also a region. In 2010 New Zealand combined what had previously been four separate cities into one region. These cities include the southern city of Manukau, the western city of Waitakere, the North Shore in the north, and Auckland City. The City of Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia and is very diverse with many expatriates from elsewhere in Polynesia. This diversity becomes most apparent in Auckland's many festivals and sporting events.

Which city is cheaper, Auckland or Christchurch?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Christchurch is $74, while the average daily cost in Auckland is $108. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Christchurch and Auckland in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Christchurch $38
    Auckland $68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Christchurch $76
    Auckland $136
Compare Hotels in Christchurch and Auckland

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Hotels in Christchurch


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Christchurch $11
    Auckland $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Christchurch

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Christchurch:

  • VIP Sedan Christchurch Airport Transfer to or from Central Christchurch: $80
  • VIP Range Rover Christchurch Airport Transfer to or from Central Christchurch: $108
  • Transfer from Christchurch Central City to Christchurch Airport: $21
  • Private Transfer: Christchurch to Mount Cook: $790
  • Private Transfer - Airport to Central Christchurch: $44
  • Private Minibus Airport Transfer - Pickup Hotel / Residence to Airport (11 Pax): $120
  • Private Minibus Airport Transfer - Pickup Airport to Hotel / Residence (11 Pax): $120
  • Private Departure Transfer: Central Christchurch to Christchurch Airport: $59
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Christchurch Airport to Central Christchurch: $59
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer:Christchurch Airport to Central Christchurch: $74
  • Private & Exclusive One-Way Transfer Christchurch to Queenstown: $1,264
  • Executive Sedan Airport Transfer(Pickup Airport to Hotel/Residence) Christchurch: $60

Typical Local Transportation prices in Auckland

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Auckland:


  • Bus from Airport
    $9.19
  • Airport Shuttle
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Auckland

Also for Auckland, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Auckland Airport to North Shore or Henderson Luxury Car: $118
  • Arrival Private Transfer Auckland Airport to North Shore or Henderson Luxury Van: $118
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland in Business Car: $95
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland in Luxury Van: $118
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland City by Luxury Car: $106
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland City by Luxury Van: $102
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland City by Sedan Car: $78
  • Arrival Transfer: Auckland Airport to Auckland Central City Centre: $21
  • Arrival Transfer: Auckland Airport to Rotorua with Optional Private Day Tour: $387
  • Auckland Airport (ADL) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer: $74
  • Auckland Airport Private airport transfer: $74
  • Auckland Airport Transfers and Daily Tours: $493

Is it cheaper to fly into Christchurch or Auckland?

Prices for flights to both Auckland and Christchurch change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Christchurch $24
    Auckland $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Christchurch

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Christchurch.

  • Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Service through Christchurch: $92
  • Willowbank Kiwi Tour and Maori Concert Including Hangi Dinner from Christchurch: $174

Typical Food prices in Auckland

For Auckland, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Breakfast
    $4.60

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Auckland

For Auckland, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner: $107

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Christchurch $13
    Auckland $21

Tours and Activities in Christchurch

Here are a few actual costs in Christchurch for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1 day private tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt.Cook: $322
  • 1-Day Guided Walking Tour and Picnic on Banks Peninsula: $138
  • 10 Day Adrenalin Tour. Skydiving, Bungy, Rafting, Climbing, Heli MTB & more.: $4,219
  • 10 Day Adventure Tour. Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Jet Boating & more.: $4,219
  • 2 days tour from Christchurch to Queenstown: $595
  • 2 hour Christchurch City Tour with scenic Chairlift ride: $99
  • 3 Day Christchurch and Akaroa Exclusive Private Tour: $2,026
  • 3 hour Christchurch City Tour with Ziplining at Christchurch Adventure Park: $237
  • 3-Day Christchurch City Break Tour For Locals: $337
  • 3-Day Christchurch and Akaroa Arrival Tour with Harbor Cruise: $668
  • 3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch: $1,158
  • 4 Day Kaikoura and Pancake Rocks Private Tour: $3,317

Typical Entertainment prices in Auckland

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Auckland's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Auckland Sky Tour (for 2)
    $32
  • Waiheke Island Tour (for 2)
    $116

Tours and Activities in Auckland

For Auckland, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Auckland Self Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Maritime Museum Entry Ticket: $14
  • Hīkoi To Britomart Māori Art Walking Tour: $17
  • Odyssey Sensory Maze Entrance Ticket: $18
  • Vibrosaun Therapy Experience: $19
  • The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure: $30
  • Clue Zealand - The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure: $31
  • Escape Game Adventure: $34
  • Axe Throwing - 2 hour experience: $37
  • All Blacks Experience: Interactive Guided Tour: $37
  • Auckland City Self Guided Bike tour: $37
  • Auckland Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local: $38

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Christchurch $8.62
    Auckland $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Christchurch

Also in Christchurch, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • A Waipara Wine Experience with Giles Tours, includes wine tastings and lunch: $95
  • All-Inclusive Waipara Region Wine Tour from Christchurch: $100
  • Akaroa Eco-Safari with Alpaca Farm Tour and Wine Tasting: $103
  • Full-day Akaroa Tour with Penguins Safari and Wine Tasting: $114
  • Lyttelton Shore Excursion - Waipara Wine Tour With Lunch: $115
  • Full-day Akaroa Tour with Dolphin Cruise & Wine Tasting: $133
  • Private Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with optional Gourmet Lunch: $190
  • Hanmer Springs Private Day Tour Including Hot Pool & Wine Tasting: $356

Sample the Local Flavors in Auckland

Also in Auckland, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Tour and Tastings in an Urban Craft Beer Brewery: $23
  • Wild West Coast & Black Sand Beach Tour incl Craft Beer Brewery Lunch & Tasting: $100
  • Premium Full Day Waiheke Wine Tour: $125
  • Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience on Waiheke Island: $131
  • Waiheke Island Premium Food & Wine Tour with Platter Lunch: $146
  • Waiheke Island: Afternoon Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch: $157
  • The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour: $157
  • Full-Day Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tour: $165
  • Matakana: Full-Day Food and Wine Tour: $169
  • The Afternoon Artisan Food and Wine Tour: $169
  • Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing, Harbour Cruise and Waiheke Island Wine Tasting: $171
  • Small-Group Kumeu Wine Country Tour Includes Wine Tastings & Lunch: $189


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Christchurch and Auckland, we can see that Auckland is more expensive. And not only is Christchurch much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Christchurch would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Christchurch and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Auckland would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Auckland than you might in Christchurch.


When is the best time to visit Christchurch or Auckland?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Christchurch or Auckland in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Christchurch as well as Auckland.

Christchurch is cooler than Auckland in the summer. The temperature in Christchurch is usually 18°C (64°F) in January, and Auckland stays around 20°C (68°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Auckland. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Christchurch this time of the year. In the summer, Christchurch often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Auckland. Christchurch gets 224 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Auckland receives 240 hours of full sun.

Christchurch usually gets less rain in January than Auckland. Christchurch gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Auckland receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Christchurch 18°C (64°F) 
    Auckland 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Christchurch or Auckland in the Autumn?

Both Auckland and Christchurch are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In the autumn, Christchurch is cooler than Auckland. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Christchurch in April are around 12°C (54°F), and Auckland is about 16°C (61°F).

Christchurch usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Auckland during autumn. At this time of the year, Christchurch gets 161 hours of sunny skies, while Auckland receives 162 hours of full sun.

In April, Christchurch usually receives less rain than Auckland. At this time of the year, Christchurch gets 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Auckland receives 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Christchurch 12°C (54°F) 
    Auckland 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Christchurch or Auckland in the Winter?

Both Auckland and Christchurch during the winter are popular places to visit.

In July, Christchurch is generally much colder than Auckland. Temperatures in Christchurch average around 6°C (43°F), and Auckland stays around 11°C (52°F).

In the winter, Christchurch often gets less sunshine than Auckland. Christchurch gets 122 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Auckland receives 141 hours of full sun.

Auckland gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Christchurch usually gets less rain in July than Auckland. Christchurch gets 68 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Auckland receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Christchurch 6°C (43°F) 
    Auckland 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Christchurch or Auckland in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Christchurch and Auckland.

Christchurch is cooler than Auckland in the spring. The temperature in Christchurch is usually 12°C (54°F) in October, and Auckland stays around 14°C (58°F).

In Christchurch, it's very sunny this time of the year. Christchurch usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Auckland during spring. At this time of the year, Christchurch gets 204 hours of sunny skies, while Auckland receives 192 hours of full sun.

In October, Christchurch usually receives less rain than Auckland. At this time of the year, Christchurch gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Auckland receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Christchurch 12°C (54°F) 
    Auckland 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Auckland and Christchurch

Christchurch Auckland
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 18°C (64°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Feb 17°C (63°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 20°C (68°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 16°C (60°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 19°C (66°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 12°C (54°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 16°C (61°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
May 9°C (49°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jun 6°C (44°F) 51 mm (2 in) 12°C (53°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Jul 6°C (43°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 11°C (52°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
Aug 7°C (45°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 11°C (53°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Sep 10°C (49°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 97 mm (3.8 in)
Oct 12°C (54°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 14°C (58°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Nov 14°C (58°F) 50 mm (2 in) 16°C (61°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Dec 16°C (61°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 18°C (65°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)


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