Travel Budget for Christchurch

Canterbury, New Zealand

How much does it cost to travel to Christchurch?

How much money will you need for your trip to Christchurch? You should plan to spend around NZ$115 ($75) per day on your vacation in Christchurch, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, NZ$29 ($19) on meals for one day and NZ$19 ($13) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Christchurch for a couple is NZ$132 ($87). So, a trip to Christchurch for two people for one week costs on average NZ$1,612 ($1,057). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    NZ$115
  • One Week Per person
    NZ$806
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    NZ$1,612
  • One Month Per person
    NZ$3,455
  • One Week For a couple
    NZ$1,612
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    NZ$3,224
  • One Month For a couple
    NZ$6,909
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A vacation to Christchurch for one week usually costs around NZ$806 for one person. So, a trip to Christchurch for two people costs around NZ$1,612 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs NZ$3,224 in Christchurch. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Christchurch can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is Christchurch?

How much does a trip to Christchurch cost? Is Christchurch expensive? The average Christchurch trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Christchurch prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Christchurch can vary, the average cost of food in Christchurch is NZ$29 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Christchurch should cost around NZ$12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Christchurch is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Christchurch is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent NZ$19 per person, per day, on local transportation in Christchurch.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    NZ$66
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    NZ$132
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    NZ$29
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    NZ$2.90
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    NZ$19
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    NZ$20
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    NZ$12
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2019
Flights to Christchurch

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Typical tour prices for Christchurch

How much do tours to Christchurch cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    14 days
    $ 2050
    ($146/day)
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    12 days
    $ 3675
    ($306/day)
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    16 days
    $ 1625
    ($102/day)
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 2915
    ($324/day)
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Christchurch
Christchurch On a Budget
Christchurch Christchurch, New Zealand
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.
Sights
There are a variety of places to visit in Christchurch that will help you to orient yourself with the city and the surrounding area. It's great to spend a couple of days in Christchurch at the beginning of your trip so that you can learn about New Zealand and the area's history and geography. The Christchurch Cathedral was originally built between 1864 and 1904 in Cathedral Square. Today's replacement, "Cardboard Cathedral" is located at 234 Hereford Street. Museums worth visiting include the Arts Centre, the Christchurch Art Gallery, the Air Force Museum, Canterbury Museum, and Yaldhurst Museum. Parks in the area include the Botanic Gardens, Ferrymead Heritage Park, Orana Wildlife Park, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and Riccarton Bush.
Neighborhoods
Many people prefer to stay in Christchurch's inner city, specifically the area bounded by Deans, Bealey, Moorehouse, and Fitzgerald Avenues. From there you can walk to many places. Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens are technically still in the inner city to the west of the central business district. This area also has great accommodations and interesting sights. Fendalton is a beautiful neighborhood with old homes and tree lined streets. The suburb of Merivale has high end shopping and a number of bed and breakfasts. St. Albans is to the east and has a some number of hotels and very little shopping. To the west of Hagley Park is Riccarton. This is a center for shopping and entertainment. There's a large shopping mall and many cheap Asian restaurants. It's also where you'll find Canterbury University. Sumner is about half an hour from the city and has great views of the city and coast. It's a nice holiday spot for locals and popular with surfers during the summer months. Lyttelton is a quaint port village about half an hour from town.

Activities
There are some interesting activities that you can enjoy while you're in Christchurch. Driving or biking along the Summit Road offers great views of the city, the Southern Alps, Pegasus Bay, Lyttelton Harbour, and Banks Peninsula. It's also worth visiting Lyttelton Farmers Market. The market is open every Saturday morning between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

If you find yourself in Christchurch at the right time, you can see one of its many festivals. Summer begins in December and runs into February. It offers some great free events with music and art. The World Buskers Festival is in January and features comedy and circus activities. Another fun one is the Christchurch Garden Festival which is in March.
Food and Dining
There's a diversity of food options in Christchurch. If you're on a particularly tight budget you can pick up some groceries at a supermarket and prepare your own meal. Fish and chips are also a common and cheap meal. Asian food is quite common as well, particularly in the Riccarton and Upper Riccarton areas. Church Corner is considered the city's unofficial "Chinatown" and has many Asian supermarkets and restaurants. Korean restaurants are also quite common.

Transportation
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Public transportation in the city is generally lacking, however the bus system has improved in recent years. It is recommended that you have a car if you plan to spend any significant amount of time in Christchurch. Alternatively, the city is quite flat so it is easy to navigate with a bicycle. This is a cheaper alternative if you aren't able to rent a car and are looking to save some money. Whether on bike or in a car, it is relatively easy to navigate the city as it is laid out in a grid.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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