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Flights to Great Barrier Reef in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 8% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price$763Average for return flights in January 2022
Return from$618From Auckland Intl to Cairns
One-way from$346One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Great Barrier Reef found for this year
8 Apr - 22 Apr
AKL

Auckland Intl

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

13h 45m
CNS

Cairns

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

10h 35m
$617

Jetstar

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Deal found 27/1/22

24 May - 18 Jun
AKL

Auckland Intl

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

13h 30m
CNS

Cairns

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

15h 15m
$696

Jetstar

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Deal found 25/1/22

24 May - 18 Jun
AKL

Auckland Intl

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

13h 30m
CNS

Cairns

AKL

Auckland Intl

1 stop

15h 15m
$697

Jetstar

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Deal found 27/1/22

Can I fly to Great Barrier Reef from New Zealand right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from New Zealand to Great Barrier Reef

Most visitors from New Zealand need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Great Barrier Reef.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from New Zealand must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Great Barrier Reef.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from New Zealand are not required to quarantine after entering Great Barrier Reef.

Documents
Travel Authorization Form - Travelers who are not in an exempt category may request an individual exemption to Australia's travel restrictions using this form.


Can I fly back to New Zealand from Great Barrier Reef?

Returning to New Zealand from Great Barrier Reef

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Great Barrier Reef are not required to quarantine after entering New Zealand.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Great Barrier Reef?

The cheapest ticket to Great Barrier Reef found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$721

February

$633

March

$639

April

$744

May

$687

June

$657

July

$682

August

$721

September

$697

October

$690

November

$633

December

$714

At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Great Barrier Reef is currently February; with April being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Great Barrier Reef?

Average Great Barrier Reef flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

AKL - CNS

Price

$633 - $1,031

CNS

Temperature

21 - 27 °C

CNS

Precipitation

20 - 430 mm

How long is the flight to Great Barrier Reef?

If you want to fly to Great Barrier Reef, Australia, a nearby city you’ll land at is Cairns, in Far North Queensland. The city is known as the gateway to the reef. You can reach Cairns from Auckland in about 5h 30min, which is a quick way to get there from New Zealand. There are plenty of other routes, which can take up to 29h, depending on the layovers. You can also leave from Wellington, and these flights can take from about 8h 45min to up to 29h. If you prefer to leave from Christchurch, the routes can take from roughly 10h to just over 28h.

Are there direct flights to the Great Barrier Reef?

You can usually find direct flights from New Zealand to Cairns Airport (CNS), Cairns, a few days a week, leaving from Auckland Airport (AKL). These flights are one of the fastest ways to travel there. Unfortunately, they’re also the only direct flights from New Zealand, so if you want to leave from Wellington Airport (WLG) or Christchurch Airport (CHC), you’ll have to make at least one stop on the way. The time difference between the quicker one-stop flights out of Wellington and the direct flights from Auckland is around 3h, so it doesn’t make sense to drive the 8h or so from the south of North Island up to the top to catch a direct flight; this naturally applies even more to Christchurch.

How do you get from Cairns Airport at the Great Barrier Reef to the city centre?

If you book Great Barrier Reef flight deals and land at Cairns Airport, it will obviously take you some time to get to the reef itself, given that it’s about 260 km out to sea. You can do this by taking the Line 110 bus from the airport and then one of the many ferry trips offered in the city. To simply get from the airport to the Cairns town centre will take only about 7min to make the roughly 7 km trip if you catch the Jayride airport shuttle.

What are some things to do at the Great Barrier Reef?

The Great Barrier Reef is itself the main attraction here, drawing thousands of visitors from around the globe. It’s one of the world’s most famous natural wonders. It’s part of Great Barrier Marine Park, which holds other attractions for tourists. The Whitsunday Islands are great places for snorkelling and scuba diving and offer accommodation from luxury resorts to small eco-retreats. It’s also where you’ll find one of the most acclaimed beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach, which is over 7 km long. Reef cruises and sailing trips are also on offer, or you can take a helicopter or seaplane flight to view the sheer scale of the reef. Green Island Resort has Marineland Crocodile Park, and to explore WWII forts and lots of koalas, head to Magnetic Island National Park.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Great Barrier Reef Airport?

Holders of New Zealand citizenship don’t need anything more than a passport to visit Australia. As soon as you land, you’ll pass through passport control and automatically receive a special category visa for New Zealanders. All you’ll need to do is show your passport; you might be asked to prove that you have a return ticket, but this is unlikely.

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