All charts for Christchurch (NZCH) are available from the VATNZ Website.

Recommended add-on scenery for Christchurch is listed here.

Christchurch Airport (NZCH)

Christchurch (ICAO: NZCH; IATA: CHC) is New Zealand's second largest airport and the primary arrival point for air travellers visiting the South Island. It is also the main forward base of operations for the flight programme to McMurdo Sound in Antarctica.

It has three runways: runway 02/20, a parallel grass runway 02/20 Grass, and the cross runway 11/29. As in real life, runway 02/20 receives the vast majority of traffic in the online world. Runway 11/29 is not used in heavy traffic situations due to a significant misalignment of that runway between the FS9 and FSX sceneries.

RNAV Arrivals

Runways 02 and 20 are equipped with ILS and all of the NZCH arrival procedures feed into these approaches. All STARs are now RNAV only. Pilots unable to fly the RNAV arrivals should indicate this in their flight plan, and inform controllers on initial contact in order to receive vectors to the ILS approach.

Flights from Cairns can expect to be assigned one of the BELEE arrivals depending on the active runway.

All of these arrivals cross over the Southern Alps, the most mountainous section of the entire Oceania region, and there are a series of descent steps specified as part of the arrivals (see the charts above). Aircraft on these arrivals should descend to the ATC cleared level via the published steps.


Flights departing Christchurch for Melbourne or Avalon can expect to be assigned one of the following departures depending on the active runway.