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Christchurch and Palmerston North

East Coast Month

For the month of April we're focussing our attention on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island. Every week we will be visiting one of the airports in this sunny, stunning region.

Christchurch and Palmerston North

The final leg of our East Coast sector tour aims to bring traffic to Palmerston North, the 'Knowledge City'. Home to Massey University, the Linton Army Base, and the main regional centre for the Manawatu, Palmerston North is a major North Island city. Whether rushing to visit, or rushing to leave, tonight there's plenty of demand for passenger flights between here and Christchurch.

Pilots should start at either Palmerston North or Christchurch and fly at least one return trip to the other airport and back.

Flight time each way should be around 45mins, so a return trip should be easy.

The flight route in between passes to the east and west of Wellington and features spectacular scenery and busy airspace crossing Cook Strait and skirting the South Island's stunning north-eastern coast.

Flight Routes

  • Palmerston North to Christchurch (PMCH3):
    PM Y226 FY Y694 MESIX H159 CH
  • Christchurch to Palmerston North - Jets (CHPM1):
    CH Y393 CC Y465 KAMET H467 PM
  • Christchurch to Palmerston North - Non-Jets (CHPM4):
    CH Y819 FOXTN H467 PM


NZCH Christchurch, New Zealand


 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-K_CTRChristchurch Control129.400
 NZCH-T_CTRChristchurch Control123.700
 NZOH_CTROhakea Control125.100
APPNZCH_APPChristchurch Approach126.100
TWRNZCH_TWRChristchurch Tower118.400
 NZPM_TWRPalmerston North Tower120.600