Most holidays to New Zealand begin by flying into Queenstown Airport for the most convenient way to access the popular ski fields and resorts. Flights to New Zealand take approximately 3 hours from Australia's east coast and are serviced by a number of trusted airlines. Airfares with Air New Zealand, Qantas & Virgin Australia include all taxes and checked baggage. There are four main airports in New Zealand - Auckland and Wellington in the North Island, and Christchurch and Queenstown in the South Island. However as the Southern Hemisphere's greatest four-season lake and alpine resort, most tourists arrive for their ski holidays in Queenstown. Upon arriving at the airport there are a number of ground transport options to transit to your hotel or resort including taxis, shuttle services and pre-arranged transfers.
Please note: All prices quote include checked baggage per person and all taxes on Air New Zealand, Qantas & Virgin Australia.
Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar all offer direct flights departing Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast, Perth and Hobart.
Virgin Australia: Queenstown direct flights are available from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Flight times differ between the above destinations, however typically take around 3.5 hours.
Air New Zealand: Operating direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, Air New Zealand fly daily from Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and Sydney all taking between 3 - 10 hours.
Qantas: Direct flights are available from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington.
Jetstar: Direct flights are available to Auckland from Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Direct flights to Christchurch are available from Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Direct flights to Queenstown are available from the Gold Coast.
Shuttle transfers and taxis are available from the airport however it is recommended that you pre-arrange your transfers. Saving you the hassle of trying to navigate your way around the taxi rank or arrivals hall with your luggage, these pre-arranged transfers are more convenient and are available at a discount when you book your accommodation. Coach transfers are an affordable option that allow you to see some of the sights along the way on a shared route while private transfers are a little more expensive but are also faster. Getting around New Zealand is easy and transfers to most Queenstown accommodation takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
New Zealand is home to a number of international and regional airports. The major airports are found in Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua in the North Island, and Christchurch in the South Island. Situated in some of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations, these New Zealand airports offer easy access to a range of accommodation, attractions, activities, shopping, dining, sightseeing and more.