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Flights to South Island in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 16% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop
Average price$389Average for round-trip flights in June 2021
Round-trip from$420From Sydney Kingsford Smith to South Island
One-way from$13One-way flight from Sydney to South Island

Cheap flights to South Island in June, July 2021

The best prices found for CHC flights for June, July
22 Jul - 28 Jul
$430pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
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Christchurch
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21 Jul - 1 Aug
$460pp
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1 STOP
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Christchurch
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1 STOP
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22 Jul - 29 Jul
$470pp
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Jetstar
 
1 STOP
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Christchurch
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1 STOP
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South Island 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Island found for this year
18 Oct - 24 Oct
$412pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Jetstar
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4 Aug - 11 Aug
$420pp
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Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
10 Aug - 26 Aug
$422pp
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Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
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ZQN
Queenstown Intl
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Jetstar
 
1 STOP
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Sydney Kingsford Smith

Last minute flights to South Island

Late deals on return flights to South Island, departing today and this week
28 Jun - 2 Jul
$534pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
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1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
28 Jun - 2 Jul
$543pp
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Christchurch
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1 STOP
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29 Jun - 30 Jun
$546pp
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Christchurch
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Cheapest prices for South Island flights by month

The cheapest ticket to South Island found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$394
February
$396
March
$378
April
$461
May
$353
June
$348
July
$366
August
$346
September
$355
October
$381
November
$381
December
$438
August is currently the cheapest month to fly to South Island. At this moment in time April is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to South Island?

Average Christchurch flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
SYD - CHC
Price
$346 - $714
CHC
Temperature
11 - 22 °C
CHC
Rainfall
13 - 21 mm
Whilst there are several times of the year to choose from, August is seen as the time to fly to South Island, however, it is possible to get good deals throughout the year. January tends to be the warmest period in South Island so if you are looking for sun or warmer climates then look to fly around this time. June is the wettest if you need to factor this in to your plans.

When is the best time to book a flight to South Island?

The price you pay for your flight to South Island may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 47 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

The cheapest day to fly to South Island is usually Wednesday. At the moment, Saturday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

At the moment, flights in the afternoon are likely to offer the best value for money for your South Island trip. A flight at midday will more often than not be of higher cost.

How long is the flight to South Island?

Flights from Australia to South Island, New Zealand range from 3h-15h. If you’re traveling from as far west as Perth, your flight can last more than 14 hours, with common stopovers made in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Auckland. If you’re flying out of Sydney, your flight may be as short as three hours, with direct flights made available by Air New Zealand, Jetstar, and Qantas Airlines to Queenstown Airport.

Where can you get direct flights to South Island from?

Direct South Island flight deals operate from different cities in Australia to South Island’s three international airports, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Queenstown. Both Queenstown and Christchurch Airports can be reached with direct flight from four Australian city airports, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, and Brisbane. If you’re flying from Brisbane, Virgin Australia also offers direct flights to Dunedin Airport. However, if you’re flying to Dunedin from a city other than Brisbane, stopover flights commonly occur in Melbourne, Sydney, and Gold Coast Airports.

How do you get from South Island airport(s) to the city centre?

Christchurch Airport is only 12 kilometres from the city centre. You can easily reach the city centre in 15-20 minutes by taking an Uber or a taxi, with common taxi charges ranging from A$45-65. Shuttles are available as well and cost A$19 for one rider, to A$24 for two, and can take about 30 minutes to reach your downtown destination. Both the number 29 and the Purple Line Buses can be utilised from the airport to the city centre and cost about A$8.50 for one adult, one way.

Dunedin Airport is 29 kilometres from city centre, Momona. A taxi ride can cost you about A$90 and may take 20-30 minutes, while executive limousine transfers can cost about A$85 and last about 25 minutes. Shuttle rides are also available, with a price range of about A$20 for one rider, A$30 for two, and more discounts for groups. The journey can last about 45 minutes during busier periods.

Queenstown Airport is a 10-minute drive from the city centre in Frankton. A taxi ride will cost you about A$45 and take about 15 minutes to reach your destination. Shuttle rides may take as long as 30 minutes but only charge about A$10 per person, with discounts for multiple riders. Queenstown’s Orbus service provides bus rides to all major hotels from the hotel, costing about A$10 per adult, one way.

Car hires are also available at all three airports.

What are some things to do in New Zealand’s South Island?

The South Island of NZ is famous for its natural beauty and thrilling sites. Kayak at Abel Tasman National Park and maybe you’ll encounter a dolphin or two. Visit the wineries in Central Otego to enjoy remarkable vintages and gorgeous scenery. Hike the trails or sail the waters in Mt Aspiring National Park in Wanaka and behold views that include mountains, azure waters, and lush greenery alike.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to South Island?

Australian citizens do need a valid passport to visit South Island, however, a visa is not required. Australians traveling on their passport may stay in New Zealand indefinitely.

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