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Cheap flights to Queenstown you can book in 2021

Flying to Queenstown? Here is everything you need to know.

Queenstown International Airport (ZQN) is the gateway to the country’s adventure capital.

Flights in and out of the resort town offer spectacular views, and you can get there with direct flights from New Zealand’s major cities, including Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch.

Latest Queenstown flight deals

How much are flights to Queenstown?

When there’s a sale, you should be able to find fares from cities like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in the $60-$80 each way range. From smaller airports, you’ll likely be paying about $100-$150 each way for your flight. While those are sale fares, below you’ll find the average prices paid for travellers departing from your nearest city.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Queenstown?

The cheapest time to fly to Queenstown is generally the cheapest during the shoulder seasons in May and late-September/early-October. It’s outside of peak season for both summer and winter tourism. That said, we think it’s still a great time to visit. May is an ideal time to hire a car or caravan and make your way around New Zealand as there are fewer tourists on the roads and there’s less competition when booking accommodation.

How far in advance should I book my flight to Queenstown?

Prices for flights to Queenstown steadily increase the closer to the departure date you get. We recommend booking your flights as early as possible, especially if you’re travelling during peak periods like school holidays or over Christmas/New Years.

Frequently asked questions about flights to Queenstown

How long does it take to fly to Queenstown?

From New Zealand’s major cities, here’s how long it takes to fly to Queenstown:

  • Auckland: 1 hour, 55 minutes
  • Christchurch: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Wellington: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Which airlines fly to Queenstown from within New Zealand?

Flights to Queensland are available from major cities with Air New Zealand, Jetstar and a few smaller, regional airlines:

  • Air Milford: Milford Sound, Te Anau
  • Air New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Welllington
  • Glenorchy Air: Milford Sound
  • Jetstar: Auckland, Wellington

If you’re hoping to book a flight from a smaller city, you can book a connecting flight.

Where is the airport in Queenstown?

Queenstown Airport is located in Frankton, just eight kilometres from the city centre.

How long does it take to get to the airport from Queenstown?

  • City centre: 15 minutes (8 kilometres)
  • Fernhill: 20 minutes (11 kilometres)
  • Arthurs Point: 18 minutes (13 kilometres)
  • Arrowtown: 20 minutes (15.5 kilometres)
  • Wanaka: 1 hour (63 kilometres)

To get to your destination, you can take a taxi from outside the airport. This will cost approximately $35 if you are travelling to the city centre where many hotels and hostels are located. Uber is also available and shuttles provide a door-to-door service. There is a public bus that costs just $2 from the airport to the city centre.

If you are staying in Arthurs Point, Arrowtown or Wanaka and you won’t be hiring a vehicle, contact your accommodation to see if they provide a shuttle service for its guests.

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