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Christchurch and Invercargill

It's Easter Sunday and the last Sunday of Daylight Savings for the summer. Tonight we are concentrating our activities on the route between Christchurch and Invercargill.

Air New Zealand alone operates more than fifteen flights daily between these two centres using their ATR72 and Dash 8 aircraft, however larger aircraft are also used in times of increased demand.

The flight route includes the lush farmland of Southland and the desolate hill country of Central Otago as well as coastal Canterbury; a diverse and varied selection of the South Island's scenic natural beauty.

Pilots should start at either airport and aim to complete a round trip.

The round trip flight time should be approximately two hours. Latecomers should simply fly only one sector.

Both airports had their RNAV procedures updated in November, so this is a great opportunity for pilots and controllers to check out the changes.

Flight Routes

  • Christchurch to Invercargill: (CHNV3) CH Y714 IDARA Y676 NV
  • Invercargill to Christchurch: (NVCH2) NV Y615 ELDAK Q196 CH


NZCH Christchurch, New Zealand


 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-S_CTRChristchurch Control129.300
APPNZCH_APPChristchurch Approach126.100
TWRNZCH_TWRChristchurch Tower118.400
 NZNV_TWRInvercargill Tower118.500