|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 8% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||May||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||$763||Average for return flights in January 2022|
|Return from||$618||From Auckland Intl to Cairns|
|One-way from||$346||One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to Great Barrier Reef|
1 stop13h 45m
1 stop10h 35m
1 stop13h 30m
1 stop15h 15m
1 stop13h 30m
1 stop15h 15m
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.
AKL - CNS
$633 - $1,031
21 - 27 °C
20 - 430 mm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.