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Flights to South Island in 2022

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, 16% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 8% potential price drop
Average price$252Average for return flights in January 2022
Return from$69From Auckland Intl to Christchurch
One-way from$35One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to South Island

Cheap flights to South Island in January, February 2022

The best prices found for CHC flights for January, February
30 Jan - 2 Feb
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$69

Jetstar

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Deal found 13/1/22

18 Feb - 20 Feb
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$79

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 14/1/22

14 Feb - 21 Feb
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$83

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 14/1/22

South Island 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Island found for this year
30 Jan - 2 Feb
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$69

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 13/1/22

18 Feb - 20 Feb
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$79

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 14/1/22

4 Mar - 6 Mar
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$80

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 12/1/22

Last minute flights to South Island

Late deals on return flights to South Island, departing today and this week
25 Jan - 29 Jan
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$104

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 13/1/22

23 Jan - 25 Jan
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$108

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 15/1/22

21 Jan - 24 Jan
AKL

Auckland Intl

CHC

Christchurch

Nonstop

1h 25m
CHC

Christchurch

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

1h 20m
$114

Jetstar

View Deal

Deal found 12/1/22

What is the cheapest month to fly to South Island?

The cheapest ticket to South Island found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$195

February

$186

March

$165

April

$168

May

$168

June

$167

July

$197

August

$193

September

$181

October

$171

November

$222

December

$199

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 South Island flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

AKL - CHC

Price

$166 - $295

CHC

Temperature

6 - 17 °C

CHC

Precipitation

40 - 60 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. May is historically the period with most rainfall.

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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