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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, 4% potential price drop
Average price$432Average for round-trip flights in October 2021
Round-trip from$474From Sydney Kingsford Smith to South Island
One-way from$14One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to South Island

Cheap flights to South Island in October, November 2021

The best prices found for CHC flights for October, November
19 Oct - 18 Nov
$4,203pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
17 Oct - 31 Oct
$4,233pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
17 Oct - 31 Oct
$4,267pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

South Island 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Island found for this year
6 Dec - 11 Dec
$607pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Air New Zealand
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
6 Dec - 11 Dec
$641pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Air New Zealand
 
1 STOP
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
26 Dec - 5 Jan
$644pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Air New Zealand
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

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
$404
February
$405
March
$387
April
$472
May
$361
June
$356
July
$375
August
$353
September
$363
October
$390
November
$390
December
$448
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to South Island is August. The most expensive month for flights is April. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

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
$354 - $730
CHC
Temperature
11 - 22 °C
CHC
Precipitation
13 - 21 mm
The best time to fly to South Island is during August, but great deals can be found at other times. January sees the temperatures in South Island peak to their warmest. June tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

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

To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to South Island, you should look to book at least 47 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.

Which day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

The cheapest flights to South Island are usually found when departing on a Wednesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Saturday.

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

South Island flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the afternoon. Booking a flight at midday will likely mean higher prices.

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.

Alternative, similarly priced destinations

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