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Flights to South Island in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inJuneHigh demand for flights, 19% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 8% potential price drop
Average price$165Average for round-trip flights in September 2021
Round-trip from$77From Auckland Intl to South Island
One-way from$14One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to South Island

Cheap flights to South Island in September, October 2021

The best prices found for CHC flights for September, October
19 Oct - 26 Oct
$83pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
10 Oct - 12 Dec
$86pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
13 Oct - 18 Oct
$90pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl

South Island 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Island found for this year
19 Oct - 26 Oct
$83pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
10 Oct - 12 Dec
$86pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
4 Nov - 13 Nov
$88pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Jetstar
Direct
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Jetstar
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl

Last minute flights to South Island

Late deals on return flights to South Island, departing today and this week
3 Oct - 8 Oct
$255pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Air New Zealand
Direct
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Air New Zealand
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
3 Oct - 8 Oct
$262pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
ZQN
Queenstown Intl
Jetstar
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
28 Sep - 30 Sep
$282pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Air New Zealand
 
1 STOP
IVC
Invercargill
IVC
Invercargill
Air New Zealand
 
1 STOP
AKL
Auckland Intl

Cheapest prices for South Island flights by month

The cheapest ticket to South Island found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$190
February
$181
March
$161
April
$164
May
$164
June
$162
July
$192
August
$188
September
$177
October
$167
November
$217
December
$194
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to South Island is currently March; with November 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 South Island?

Average Christchurch flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
AKL - CHC
Price
$161 - $288
CHC
Temperature
11 - 22 °C
CHC
Precipitation
13 - 21 mm
December is typically the best time to fly to South Island, but there are other times where great deals are available. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to South Island then January is statistically the hottest. June is historically the period with most rainfall.

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

The price you pay for your flight to South Island may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 60 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

At the moment, Tuesday is the most economical day to take a flight to South Island. Sunday is likely to be the most costly.

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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