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BOS — ZQN
23 Apr — 30 Apr1
1 adult
Tue 23/4
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Flights to Queenstown in 2024

Find the latest flights to Queenstown in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 595,970 searches and data was last updated on 18 April 2024.

Popular in

December

Cheapest in

October

Average price

$707

Return from

$457

One-way from

$261
High demand for flights, 8% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average for return flights in April 2024
From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Queenstown Intl
One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to Queenstown Intl (ZQN)

Average price of flights to Queenstown by month

Plan your trip to Queenstown by taking into account the cheapest months to travel. The average price of a one-way flight to Queenstown is currently $0 while a return flight costs $0. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.

Currently, April is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Queenstown (average of $308). Flying to Queenstown in July will prove the most costly (average of $411). There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

January

$531

February

$522

March

$528

April

$478

May

$527

June

$531

July

$638

August

$617

September

$597

October

$486

November

$517

December

$531

Peak season

Located in New Zealand’s South Island, the resort town of Queenstown nestles on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. This is a popular holiday destination with travellers from all over the world seeking cheap flights to Queenstown. Queenstown is not only incredibly photogenic with its serene lakes and snow-capped mountains, it’s a hot spot for thrill seekers offering adventure sports such as bungy jumping, jet boating, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, paragliding and more. Referred to as ‘a skiers paradise in winter and a hiker’s heaven in summer’, these two seasons are the busiest for booking flights to Queenstown. From June to October is ski season, and the annual Winter Festival takes place at the end of June attracting around 45,000 people and running over 10 days. If you’re planning on attending the festival it is advised to book flights to Queenstown and accommodation well in advance. December to March is the warmest time of the year in Queenstown and when New Zealanders typically take their annual holidays. Walking and hiking is a popular activity at this time of year when the trails are clear of snow and there are longer daylight hours.

Off Season

Queenstown doesn’t really have an off season, it’s a popular place to visit all year round, however, some times of year are less busy than others. From March to May you may be able to find the cheapest flights to Queenstown. This time of year there are still plenty of activities, both indoor and outdoor, to be had but fewer tourists around.

Temperature and rainfall in Queenstown by month

Plan your trip to Queenstown by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

ZQN

Temperature

3 - 15 °C

If weather is an important factor for your trip to Queenstown, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, January is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 15.0 C. Travellers hoping to avoid the cold should look outside of June, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 3.0 C).

When is the best time to book a flight to Queenstown?

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a return flight to Queenstown. Price data was last updated on 28 January 2024.

There really is no bad time to book a flight to Queenstown as it is a four season tourist destination. You should easily be able to find flights to Queenstown throughout the year, whether you’re seeking an adrenalin rush or relaxation at a winery or day spa. If skiing and snowboarding is on the agenda, then book a flight to Queenstown in July or August to access four ski fields: Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone – with over 200 bars and eateries in the town, the après-ski is first-rate. If you want less people, to see snow on the mountains and flowers in bloom, then spring is a good time to book a flight to Queenstown.

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When is the cheapest time to fly to Queenstown?

Use this chart to determine the cheapest time to fly return to Queenstown. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.
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Users looking for the lowest fares to Queenstown should consider flying on Friday afternoons, when prices are typically cheapest. Budget-minded travellers will want to avoid Sunday evenings, when prices are usually at their highest.
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Reviews of airlines servicing Queenstown

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to Queenstown. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to Queenstown. Reviews last updated 18 April 2024.
See what other customers who have flown with Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways to Queenstown have to say. You can also see how each airline compares in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.3
Very Good
668 reviews

Food

7.6

Boarding

8.4

Overall

8.3

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

8.3
Very Good
668 reviews
8.3
Very Good
668 reviews

Food

7.6

Boarding

8.4

Overall

8.3

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

8.1
Very Good
4,092 reviews
8.3
Very Good
668 reviews

Food

7.6

Boarding

8.4

Overall

8.3

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

7.8
Good
690 reviews
8.3
Very Good
668 reviews

Food

7.6

Boarding

8.4

Overall

8.3

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

7.7
Good
1,018 reviews
8.3
Very Good
668 reviews

Food

7.6

Boarding

8.4

Overall

8.3

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

7.6
Good
2,529 reviews
8.3
Very Good
668 reviews

Food

7.6

Boarding

8.4

Overall

8.3

Crew

8.8

Comfort

8.1

Entertainment

7.9

Reviews

1 / 10

Everything went rather smoothly, I have no complaints or negative comments. Thanks for getting me where I needed to be.

What is good to know if travelling to Queenstown?

  • How long is the flight to Queenstown?

    Flights from Sydney to Queenstown – 3 hrs Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown – 3 hrs 20 mins Flights from Brisbane to Queenstown – 3 hrs 25 mins Flights from Perth to Queenstown – 9 hrs 35 mins

  • Which airlines operate flights to Queenstown?

    Air New Zealand operates direct flights to Queenstown from Sydney, Melbourne and a seasonal flight from Brisbane. Jetstar has direct flights to Queenstown from Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast. Brisbanites can fly direct to Queenstown with Virgin Australia a couple of times a week or indirectly via stopovers Sydney, Wellington or Auckland. Qantas operates seasonal flights from Brisbane, and year round flights from Sydney and Melbourne.

  • How to get from the airport to the city centre?

    Queenstown Airport (ZQN) is considered to have one of the most scenic approaches in the world, for the best views of the Southern Alps sit on the left side of the plane from Auckland to Queenstown, and on the right from Queenstown to Sydney. Once you land you’ll be approximately 10 km (20 minutes drive) from the town centre. Queenstown Airport has good public transport connections from early morning until late at night. Airport shuttles and taxis are available outside the terminal and will take you directly to your accommodation. The Connectabus is a public bus service that leaves every 15 minutes from the airport and services many of the major hotels in the town; a one way ticket costs NZ$12.

  • What does ZQN mean?

    Great question - ZQN just means Queenstown Intl Airport. Now you’ll know what this unique code and ones like it mean when you look for flights!

  • What airport do you fly into for flights to Queenstown?

    Travellers will need to book flights to Queenstown Intl (ZQN) if they wish to fly to Queenstown. The Queenstown airport is 6.3 km from the city centre. 5 airlines have flights to Queenstown Intl from Sydney on a daily basis. Booking flights to Queenstown Intl should not be difficult; the airport handles an average of 15 flights from Sydney per day.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to Queenstown if I am willing to have stopovers?

    Yes, flights with stopovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to Queenstown on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the best airline to fly to Queenstown?

    Based on reviews from Cheapflights users, Virgin Australia is rated the highest out of the airlines that fly to Queenstown.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in Queenstown?

    Queenstown Intl Airport is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in Queenstown. One-way flights to Queenstown Intl Airport typically cost $57, while return flights cost around $98.

  • How much is a return flight to Queenstown?

    A return flight to Queenstown will typically cost around $138, however they can be found for as little as $63.

  • Where does the fastest flight to Queenstown depart from?

    For those looking to save time traveling to Queenstown, Sydney offers the quickest one-way flight (2 hours 55 minutes).

  • Does Queenstown Intl Airport have car hire?

    Yes. Those touching down at Queenstown Intl Airport can take advantage of the car hire services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Queenstown Intl Airport?

    Yes. Queenstown Intl Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. The Castle Bach Queenstown. Perfect For A Well Earned Break is the closest property to Queenstown Intl Airport (0.0 km away from Queenstown Intl Airport).

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