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Cheap flights from Melbourne to South Island

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How to find the cheapest flight from
Melbourne (MEL) to South Island (CHC)

MEL - CHC
Price
$261 - $584
CHC
Temperature
11 - 20 °C
CHC
Rainfall
153 - 249 mm

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 39% potential price rise

Cheapest in

May

Best time to find cheap flights, 27% potential price drop

Average price

$425

Average for round-trip flights in April 2021

Round-trip from

$261

From Melbourne to South Island

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly return from Melbourne to South Island?

Flights from Melbourne to South Island are generally found to be more expensive on Tuesday. This shouldn't discourage you from searching, as you can still find great deals by being flexible with your options. Use our search form to find deals on tickets to South Island.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Melbourne to South Island?

To save up to 15% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 47 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from Melbourne to South Island from $508 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $517 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Melbourne to South Island?

Due to multiple factors, expect to potentially pay more when booking in December. For low rates, May can be a great choice for travel to South Island. Flights to South Island from Melbourne in May are about $437 on average during May, but can be found for as low as $294.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Melbourne to South Island (MEL - CHC)?

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from Melbourne to South Island in the evening. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 18% on your trip compared to booking a flight in the afternoon.

Cheap flights from Melbourne to South Island in April, May 2021

6 May - 5 Jun
$488pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
8 May - 7 Jun
$508pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
3 May - 2 Jun
$509pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Melbourne to South Island 2021 flight deals

6 Oct - 20 Oct
$318pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
7 Jun - 7 Jul
$354pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
21 Nov - 5 Dec
$360pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Direct flights to South Island from Melbourne

6 Oct - 20 Oct
$318pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
7 Jun - 7 Jul
$354pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
6 Aug - 22 Aug
$370pp
MEL
Melbourne
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Last-minute flights from Melbourne to South Island

22 Apr - 22 May
$584pp
MEL
Melbourne
Air New Zealand
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
21 Apr - 25 Apr
$592pp
MEL
Melbourne
Qantas Airways
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Qantas Airways
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
22 Apr - 26 Apr
$594pp
MEL
Melbourne
Air New Zealand
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

One-way flights to South Island from Melbourne

04:55 - 10:20
Qantas Airways
Direct
3h 25m
MEL - CHC
Qantas Airways
$346
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09:15 - 14:40
Air New Zealand
Direct
3h 25m
MEL - CHC
Air New Zealand
19:45 - 10:55
Jetstar
1 stop
13h 10m
MEL - CHC
Jetstar
$410
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Flight FAQs

From Melbourne to South Island

Can I find flights from Melbourne to South Island for under $394 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Melbourne to South Island for under $394. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $318, but on average you can expect to pay $396.

Which airlines flying from Melbourne to Christchurch have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19, airlines like Jetstar, Air New Zealand, and Virgin Australia flying from Melbourne to Christchurch have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Are there direct flights from Melbourne to South Island for under $394 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Melbourne to South Island under $394. A good price for a direct flight from Melbourne to South Island is less than $403.

Are there last-minute flights available from Melbourne to South Island for under $656?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Melbourne to South Island within the next 7 days for less than $656.

What days are direct flights available from Melbourne to Christchurch?

You can find direct flights on the following days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How popular is this flight route?

Within the past month, 7,066 users have taken a look at flights from Melbourne to Christchurch.

How many flights depart from Melbourne to South Island on average per day?

On average 5 flights depart from Melbourne to Christchurch per day.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 40% of flight departures
Afternoon (Midday - 6pm) - 60% of flight departures

Does it rain more in Melbourne or Christchurch?

Melbourne will have the same amount of rainfall in 1 compared to Christchurch over the next 12 days.

Is Melbourne weather warmer or cooler than Christchurch?

With an average temperature of 26 °C, peak weather can be found in January. As a traveller, expect to see changes in flight prices during that period. The temperatures in Christchurch are colder than in Melbourne.

How long does is the flight from Melbourne to South Island?

Departing from Melbourne to South Island will take you 3h 15m. The distance between Melbourne and South Island is about 2427 km. All flights are typically direct.

What is the cheapest airline to fly from Melbourne to South Island return?

Currently priced at $318, Jetstar will fly you from Melbourne to South Island and back. In addition to Jetstar, many other airlines offer competitively priced options for your trip. Jetstar is 11% cheaper than the average price of flights available within the next 90 days to this destination.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from Melbourne to South Island one-way?

To fly one-way, consider booking your trip with Jetstar, which is currently one of the cheapest options available, starting at $262. Qantas Airways flights start at $310 while deals on Air New Zealand start at $318 one-way.

Alternative routes for Melbourne to South Island

Destination information for South Island

Today's exchange rate
$1 = $1.09
Flight duration
3h 32m
Average temperature for April in South Island
16.0 °C
Avg rainfall for April in South Island
186.0 mm

Airports servicing Melbourne

Airports servicing Christchurch

Top 5 airlines flying from Melbourne to South Island

Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Jetstar
$156 $259 No cancel fee 74%
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Air New Zealand
$198 $332 No cancel fee 78%
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Qantas Airways
$165 $341 No cancel fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$216 $342 No cancel fee 80%
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Emirates
$171 $367 No cancel fee 75%
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Weekly flight availability
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