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Cheap flights to Queenstown

What's Queenstown like?

People are drawn to Queenstown from all over the world by its outdoor activities, from the extreme thrills of skydiving and bungy jumping to water sports, cycle tours and hikes into the mountains.

On the shore of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by the Southern Alps, this scenic town can also be an ideal place to unwind in nature. Though you should probably avoid staying in the city centre, where bars stay open until 4am.

Which airlines fly to Queenstown?

Air New Zealand offers flights to Queenstown from all major airports in New Zealand, and connecting flights from smaller airports.

If you're flying from Auckland, you can also use Jetstar.

How long is the flight to Queenstown?

Auckland to Queenstown

1 hour 50 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Queenstown

1 hour 5 minutes (direct)

Dunedin to Queenstown

2 hours 40 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Queenstown

1 hour 30 minutes (direct)

What is the best time to visit Queenstown?

Summer is the peak tourist season for Queenstown, as this is when most outdoor activities are available. It's also when hotels are busiest. Winter is another popular time because of ski holidays.

Spring and autumn are less crowded and can offer discounts, but you'll also have to deal with less predictable weather that could dampen your plans.

How expensive is Queenstown?

Most prices in Queenstown are inflated by at least 20%, thanks to the booming tourism economy. Dining out will normally cost a few dollars more than elsewhere in the country, and even soft drinks can cost an extra 50 cents.

Arriving in Queenstown

Flying into Queenstown Airport (ZQN) is a memorable experience in itself, surrounded on all sides by the Southern Alps. As well as handling domestic and international flights, the airport is a base for scenic plane and helicopter flights to destinations such as Milford Sound and Aoraki Mount Cook.

The airport has a single terminal, where you can grab a bite to eat or visit the shops before heading to ground transport. It's an 8-kilometre journey to the city centre, which takes 10 minutes by taxi ($30) or hire car. The bus is the cheapest option at $12 for a 1-way ticket ($5.50 for a child ticket).

Useful tips about Queenstown

The famous gourmet hamburgers at Fergburger are often named among the 10 best burgers in the world. You can avoid the long line by placing an order over the phone and collecting it when it's ready.

Queenstown is home to the best adventure hotels in NZ. But if you prefer a more peaceful base, the neighbourhoods around the city centre are quieter, while still giving you prime access to the nearby attractions.

Read Skyscanner's local guide to the 10 best things to do in Queenstown.

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Please note: all information is correct as of October, 2017.

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