Cheap flights from South Island to Cairns

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South Island to Cairns (CNS)

All the information you need to plan the best null to CNS flight in 2021: compare South Island to Cairns flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cairns.
How far in advance should I book a flight from South Island to Cairns?

When searching for a good deal, it’s best to be prepared for potential fluctuations in price. We recommend booking at least 54 days in advance, which can save you up to 12% on flights from South Island to Cairns compared to booking the week you need them. Waiting 54 days out may not be for everyone, so we have options available for flights within the next two weeks, with the lowest price starting at $731. For sooner than that we have options available in the next 3 days from $741.

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

Our data shows that May tends to be the cheapest month to fly to Cairns from South Island. Users have commonly found prices around $671 for the month, but tickets can be as low as $448. Due to multiple factors, prepare for potentially higher prices in December.

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

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

One-way flights to Cairns from South Island

The cheapest one-way flights from South Island to Cairns
08:20 - 17:25
Virgin Australia
2 stops
12h 05m
ZQN - CNS
Virgin Australia
$442
Kiwi.com
03:00 - 04:20
Air New Zealand
3 stops
52h 20m
ZQN - CNS
Air New Zealand
$476
Trip.com
09:40 - 08:10
Qantas Airways
3 stops
25h 30m
ZQN - CNS
Qantas Airways
$586
Expedia

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Flight FAQs

From South Island to Cairns

What airport do you fly into for flights to Cairns from South Island?

If you book a flight to Cairns from South Island, you will be flying to Cairns, which is the city’s only airport. Cairns (CNS) is located 4.4 km from the centre of Cairns.

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

Some of the carriers operating flights from South Island 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.

Can I find flights from South Island to Cairns for under $900 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from South Island to Cairns for under $900. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Air New Zealand for just $879, but on average you can expect to pay $946.

How popular is this South Island to Cairns flight route?

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

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

For one-way options, check prices for Virgin Australia. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $382. Users have also found prices from $418 and $586 on Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, respectively.

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

Information is based on travel restrictions from South Island to Cairns

Most visitors from South Island will not be allowed to enter Cairns.

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

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

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

Returning to South Island from Cairns

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Cairns are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering South Island.

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

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Alternative routes for South Island to Cairns

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Departure points for flights from South Island to Cairns

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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 = $0.97
Average temperature for September in Cairns
28.0 °C
Avg rainfall for September in Cairns
27.0 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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Jetstar
$217 $504 No cancel fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$340 $522 No cancel fee 80%
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Qantas Airways
$310 $546 No cancel fee 74%
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