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Flights to South Island in 2021

Popular inJuneHigh demand for flights, 19% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 8% potential price drop
Average price$134Average for round-trip flights in April 2021
Round-trip from$88From Auckland to Christchurch
One-way from$40One-way flight from Auckland to Christchurch

Cheapest prices for South Island flights by month

January
$189
February
$181
March
$161
April
$164
May
$163
June
$162
July
$193
August
$187
September
$177
October
$166
November
$216
December
$194
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to South Island is March. The most expensive month for flights is November. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to South Island?

AKL - CHC
Price
$161 - $287
CHC
Temperature
11 - 22 °C
CHC
Rainfall
13 - 21 mm
March is typically the best time to fly to South Island, but there are other times where great deals are available. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to South Island, the warmest period tends to be January, with the wettest being June.

When is the best time to book a flight to South Island?

To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to South Island, you should look to book at least 60 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.

Which day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

The cheapest flights to South Island are usually found when departing on a Tuesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Sunday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

South Island flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at midday. Booking a flight in the afternoon will likely mean higher prices.

How long is the flight to South Island, New Zealand?

Flights to South Island from other areas of New Zealand range from about under one-hour to about seven hours, depending on your departure city and the precise location in South Island in which you’re alighting. The shortest and most common flights are from Wellington, in the southernmost end of North Island to Christchurch, along South Island’s east coast. These flights are often direct and last for only about 55 minutes. You can also fly from Wellington into Blenheim if you wish to travel at the northern end of the island, and this flight is only about 25 minutes.

Where can you get direct flights to South Island from?

You can enjoy several direct flights to South Island destinations from different cities in North Island. The two major airlines that service direct flights between the islands are Air New Zealand and JetStar, with common direct flight routes traveling between Auckland and Christchurch. If you’re departing from as far north as Auckland and flying to as south of a city in South Island as Queenstown or Dunedin, common stopover cities along your journey will be Wellington and Christchurch if your flight is not direct.

How do you get from South Island airport(s) to the city centre?

South Island’s only major airport is Christchurch International Airport (CHC), which is about 12km northwest of Christchurch city centre. When flying into Christchurch, reach the city centre by taking a taxi, which will cost you about NZ$45-65, and take about 15-20 minutes, a shuttle, which costs about NZ$19 or one or NZ$24 for two and takes about 30 minutes or the number 29 or Purple Line buses, which cost about NZ$8.50 per adult and take about 35 minutes to reach downtown. You can also rent a car, though it’s advisable to book a rental in advance of arriving in Christchurch.

If you fly to other cities or towns outside of Christchurch, they’ll likely have similar transportation options, though the smaller the airport the less likely they’ll offer as many services. The distance from the airports to their respective city centres will also vary, and thus affect the price and duration.

What are some things to do in South Island?

South Island is famous for its variety of activities, with plenty to thrill culture vultures and outdoor types alike. If you plan to visit Nelson at the north of the island, a trip to Abel Tasman National Park is a must, as it provides vistas of limestone cliffs, sandy beaches, native bush, and sailing and dolphin watching in Tasman Bay. Queenstown is a lakeside resort at the south end of the island and is the place to go for white water rafting, bungy jumping, and canyon swinging. Wine aficionados will appreciate the dozens of wineries spread across scenic Otago.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to South Island?

No, New Zealand citizens flying anywhere in South Island need neither a passport nor a visa. Valid government-issued photo identification is needed for flying however, so be sure to bring along either your passport or driver’s license to confirm your identification.

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