Cheap Flights to Queenstown

A year-round tourist town loomed over by a spectacular mountain range called The Remarkables, Queenstown is known for its skiing, extreme sports and perpetually pulsating nightlife.

What to know before you fly to Queenstown?

Queenstown is the principle holiday resort town in the province of Otago, in the heart of New Zealand's South Island. After establishing a settlement at Bluff on the south coast in 1823, it was the gold rush of the 1860s that delivered prosperity to Queenstown. Gold was discovered in 1862 in Arrow River, near modern day Queenstown. Legend has it, that a local gold digger gave the town its name by saying the location was fit for Queen Victoria.

Queenstown: Street lined with Shops & Cafes

Shops & Cafes Line the Streets of Queenstown

Today the city provides the perfect base for the numerous activities offered in the surrounding countryside. As a result of its popularity, Queenstown accommodation is plentiful, ranging from hotels, lodges, luxury retreats and ski resorts. In winter, skiing and snowboarding is popular on nearby Coronet Peak and the Remarkables Mountain Range. Needless to say, in summer, these mountain peaks present picturesque hiking opportunities to those who love tramping, as the kiwis call it. Horseback riding is another popular pursuit in summer to appreciate the natural beauty.

If adrenaline activities are your thing then Queenstown tours are sure to satisfy. Consider taking a jet boat trip on the surrounding waterways that performs 360 degree pirouettes in the water or take a bungy jump on the nearby Kawarau Bridge. There is also white water rafting, mountaineering and parasailing on offer. For those appreciate something less hectic, take a scenic flight over the region to appreciate its full beauty.

Queenstown: Skyline Gondola

Skyline Gondola

Best times to fly to Queenstown

Queenstown is an absolute hotspot all year round. Peak ski season is from June to October, where snow falls and visitors flock to the ski slopes. Expect gorgeous long hot sunny days in the Summer months from December to February where the temperatures can reach 30 degrees. There is never a bad time to visit Queenstown, as there are so many action packed activities to do and sights to see, it just depends on what weather you prefer. Take a look at our Queenstown Travel guide for inspiration on what to do and where to stay.

Queenstown flight times

Scheduled flying times are: Auckland to Queenstown flights, one hour 55 minutes; Wellington to Queenstown, 80 minutes; Christchurch to Queenstown, 70 minutes.

Activities and things to do in Queenstown

It’s easy to find things to do in Queenstown. As a resort town, the whole place is built to keep you moving from one amazing experience to the next. With so much to see and do on the water, in the hills, in the air and even in the town itself, you’ll have to carefully manage your time if you’re determined to sample everything. To help you see as many Queenstown attractions as possible, take a look at our Queenstown Travel Guide a quick overview on what to see and do in this  quintessential New Zealand destination.


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