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

All the information you need to plan the best MEL to CHC flight in 2021: compare Melbourne to South Island flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in South Island.
What is the cheapest month to fly from Melbourne to South Island?

May can be a great time to fly to South Island from Melbourne with a flight ticket averaging about $382. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of May for as cheap as $185. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Melbourne to South Island (ME1 - EDG)?

Regardless of the time of day you decide to fly, the ticket price will remain around the same. Book flights from Melbourne to South Island as you normally would.

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

To save on the cost of your flight from Melbourne to South Island, book at least 59 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 35% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $476 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $526.

Cheap flights from Melbourne to South Island in November, December 2021

The best prices found for MEL to South Island flights in November, December
26 Dec - 2 Jan
$1,209pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
 
1 STOP
MEL
Melbourne
26 Dec - 2 Jan
$1,275pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
MEL
Melbourne
10 Dec - 17 Dec
$1,321pp
AVV
Melbourne Avalon
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
AVV
Melbourne Avalon

Melbourne to South Island 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Island from Melbourne found for next year
26 Dec - 2 Jan
$1,209pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
 
1 STOP
MEL
Melbourne
26 Dec - 2 Jan
$1,275pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
MEL
Melbourne
10 Dec - 17 Dec
$1,321pp
AVV
Melbourne Avalon
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
AVV
Melbourne Avalon

Direct flights to South Island from Melbourne

Save time with Melbourne to South Island direct flight deals
8 Apr - 18 Apr
$563pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
4 Feb - 13 Feb
$570pp
MEL
Melbourne
Air New Zealand
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
Direct
MEL
Melbourne
5 Apr - 26 Apr
$589pp
MEL
Melbourne
Air New Zealand
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
Direct
MEL
Melbourne

Last-minute flights from Melbourne to South Island

Late deals on return flights to South Island from Melbourne, departing today and this week
5 Dec - 10 Dec
$1,363pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
MEL
Melbourne
5 Dec - 10 Dec
$1,415pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
MEL
Melbourne
6 Dec - 13 Dec
$1,745pp
MEL
Melbourne
Multiple airlines
     
3 STOPS
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
MEL
Melbourne

One-way flights to South Island from Melbourne

The cheapest one-way flights from Melbourne to South Island
05:10 - 15:00
Jetstar
3 stops
31h 50m
AVV - CHC
Jetstar
$426
Gotogate
07:20 - 16:20
Air New Zealand
1 stop
7h 00m
MEL - CHC
Air New Zealand
$788
Gotogate
04:15 - 09:20
Qantas Airways
Direct
3h 05m
MEL - ZQN
Qantas Airways
$1,160
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Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">Melbourne</span> to <span class="emphasized">South Island</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From Melbourne to South Island

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

Jetstar, Air New Zealand, and Virgin Australia are some of the carriers that may have flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for other airlines that may also have this kind of flexibility.

Can I find flights from Melbourne to South Island for under $500 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Melbourne to South Island for under $500. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $447, but on average you can expect to pay $592.

Are there direct flights from Melbourne to South Island for under $600 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 7 direct flights from Melbourne to South Island under $600. A good price for a direct flight from Melbourne to South Island is less than $652.

Are there last-minute flights available from Melbourne to South Island for under $1,400?

There are currently 4+ open flights from Melbourne to South Island within the next 7 days for less than $1,400.

How popular is this Melbourne to South Island flight route?

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

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

$260 is the cheapest one-way deal found within the past few days, from Jetstar. You may also be able to find cheap deals on Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways, with prices starting from $338 and $358, respectively.

What are the most popular routes from Melbourne to South Island?

When deciding which route to take from Melbourne to South Island, consider Melbourne - Queenstown Intl, Melbourne - Christchurch or Melbourne Avalon - Queenstown Intl, as they are the most popular.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Melbourne to South Island?

Emirates, Jetstar and Air New Zealand are the most popular airlines when flying from Melbourne to South Island.

What are the cheapest flights from Melbourne to South Island?

Looking for the cheapest flight from Melbourne to South Island? While on average our users pay $506, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $257. The most popular route (Melbourne - Queenstown Intl), is priced around $546.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for South Island

Do I need a COVID test to fly to South Island from Melbourne?

Information is based on travel restrictions from Melbourne to South Island

Most visitors from Melbourne need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter South Island.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Melbourne must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to South Island.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Melbourne are not required to quarantine after entering South Island.

Documents
Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher - Travelers are required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight to New Zealand.


Do I need a test to fly back to Melbourne from South Island?

Returning to Melbourne from South Island

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from South Island must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Melbourne.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from South Island are not required to quarantine after entering Melbourne.

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Destination points for flights from Melbourne to South Island

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Destination information for South Island

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Melbourne to South Island.
Today's exchange rate
$1 = $1.05
Flight duration from Melbourne to South Island
3h 35m
Average temperature for November in South Island
16.0 °C
Avg rainfall for November in South Island
197.0 mm

Airports servicing Melbourne

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Melbourne Essendon (MEB)

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Christchurch (CHC)
Timaru (TIU)
Dunedin (DUD)

Top 6 airlines flying from Melbourne to South Island

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from Melbourne to South Island choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Qantas Airways
$145 $568 No cancel fee 74%
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Jetstar
$219 $510 No cancel fee 74%
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Singapore Airlines
$235 $833 No cancel fee 81%
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Emirates
$239 $599 No cancel fee 75%
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Virgin Australia
$273 $548 No cancel fee 80%
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Air New Zealand
$278 $642 No cancel fee 78%
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