Cheap flights to South Island

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Flights to South Island in 2022

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, 14% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price$406Average for return flights in May 2022
Return from$369From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Christchurch
One-way from$189One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to South Island

Cheap flights to South Island in May, June 2022

The best prices found for CHC flights for May, June
20 Jun. - 30 Jun.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

ZQN

Queenstown Intl

Nonstop

2h 55m
ZQN

Queenstown Intl

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

3h 15m
$537

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 10/5/22

24 Jun. - 4 Jul.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CHC

Christchurch

1 stop

8h 00m
CHC

Christchurch

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

13h 15m
$548

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 11/5/22

14 Jun. - 26 Jun.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CHC

Christchurch

1 stop

23h 45m
CHC

Christchurch

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

14h 40m
$558

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 10/5/22

South Island 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Island found for this year
24 Aug. - 29 Aug.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

ZQN

Queenstown Intl

Nonstop

2h 55m
ZQN

Queenstown Intl

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

14h 25m
$359

Jetstar

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Deal found 10/5/22

27 Aug. - 10 Sep.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CHC

Christchurch

1 stop

6h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

7h 35m
$369

Jetstar

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Deal found 9/5/22

23 Aug. - 2 Sep.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

ZQN

Queenstown Intl

Nonstop

2h 55m
ZQN

Queenstown Intl

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

15h 10m
$376

Jetstar

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Deal found 9/5/22

Last minute flights to South Island

Late deals on return flights to South Island, departing today and this week
18 May - 25 May
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

ZQN

Queenstown Intl

2 stops

28h 30m
ZQN

Queenstown Intl

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

8h 45m
$848

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 11/5/22

18 May - 25 May
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

ZQN

Queenstown Intl

2 stops

28h 30m
ZQN

Queenstown Intl

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

3h 20m
$880

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 11/5/22

18 May - 29 May
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CHC

Christchurch

1 stop

23h 30m
CHC

Christchurch

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

3h 35m
$900

Multiple Airlines

View Deal

Deal found 11/5/22

What is the cheapest month to fly to South Island?

The cheapest ticket to South Island found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$634

February

$614

March

$749

April

$860

May

$613

June

$620

July

$604

August

$574

September

$608

October

$600

November

$604

December

$640

At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to South Island is currently August; with April being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to South Island?

Average South Island flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

SYD - CHC

Price

$573 - $1,136

CHC

Temperature

6 - 17 °C

CHC

Rainfall

40 - 60 mm

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.