Cheap flights from South Island to Cairns

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The best prices from South Island to Cairns are usually found in May or August, booked 55 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Thursday and return on a Monday

How to find the cheapest flight from
South Island (CHC) to Cairns (CNS)

All the information you need to plan the best CHC to CNS flight in 2021: compare South Island to Cairns flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cairns.
CHC - CNS
Price
$554 - $830
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Rainfall
27 - 436 mm

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 20% potential price rise

Cheapest in

May

Best time to find cheap flights, 16% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$554

From South Island to Cairns

One-way from

$396

One-way flight from South Island to Cairns

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 South Island to Cairns?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Tuesday, if you have to leave on this day you can still search on Cheapflights to find great options that meet your needs.

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

Travellers have found it’s best to book a flight 28 days in advance to save up to 15% compared to booking the same week of travel. As your travel date approaches, the cost of this flight route may potentially increase. While opting to book 28 days out may not be an option for all, there are still additional ways to secure a deal in the near future. You might find a flight from South Island to Cairns 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $695, or $761 for flights within the next 24 hours.

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

Flights from South Island to Cairns lean towards being more expensive in December. Prices are generally better when you fly from South Island to Cairns in May, with the cheapest ticket starting at $474.

When is the cheapest time to fly from South Island to Cairns (CHC - CNS)?

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from South Island to Cairns in the morning. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 19% on your trip compared to booking a flight at midday.

South Island to Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from South Island found for this year
26 Nov - 28 Nov
$1,032pp
CHC
Christchurch
Qantas Airways
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
26 Nov - 28 Nov
$1,035pp
CHC
Christchurch
Qantas Airways
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch
26 Nov - 28 Nov
$1,046pp
CHC
Christchurch
Qantas Airways
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
 
1 STOP
CHC
Christchurch

One-way flights to Cairns from Cairns

The cheapest one-way flights from South Island to Cairns
12:15 - 18:10
Qantas Airways
1 stop
7h 55m
CHC - CNS
Qantas Airways
$397
Travel2Be
14:50 - 14:40
Multiple Airlines
2 stops
25h 50m
CHC - CNS
Multiple Airlines
$466
Travel2Be
11:00 - 18:10
Multiple Airlines
3 stops
33h 10m
CHC - CNS
Multiple Airlines
$553
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Flight FAQs

From South Island to Cairns

How popular is this flight route?

The Christchurch to Cairns flight path was viewed by 411 users in the past month. Keep an eye out for changes in search interest prior to high and low season.

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

Some of the carriers operating flights from Christchurch to Cairns that may be offering flexible cancellation policies are Virgin Australia, Qantas Airways, and Jetstar. Our site will let you filter for all airlines offering greater flexibility due to COVID-19.

Does it rain more in Christchurch or Cairns?

When travelling, it's generally smart to pack in preparation for rain or any other conditions that may arise. The rainfall in Christchurch is roughly less than Cairns. You can assume this to be the case over the next 6 days.

Is Christchurch weather warmer or cooler than Cairns?

Temperatures around the 31 °Cs can be experienced in January. The weather in Cairns is hotter than in Christchurch. Plan for potential changes in flight availability as peak weather approaches in this location.

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

One-way options have recently been found by users for as low as $397 on Qantas Airways.

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Destination information for Cairns

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from South Island to Cairns.
Today's exchange rate
$1 = $0.93
Average temperature for April in Cairns
29.0 °C
Avg rainfall for April in Cairns
208.0 mm

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Top 4 airlines flying from South Island to Cairns

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from South Island to Cairns 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
Emirates
$238 $384 No cancel fee 75%
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Virgin Australia
$346 $479 No cancel fee 80%
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Jetstar
$341 $493 No cancel fee 74%
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Qantas Airways
$310 $546 No cancel fee 74%
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