Airfare to Queenstown, New Zealand
Legendary backpacker haven Queenstown has the most happening nightlife – and daylife – in New Zealand. From bungee jumping to skydiving to adventure rafting, if you have the money and the motivation, you can do it in Queenstown.
Airfare to Queenstown will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Christchurch. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. WHO FLIES fly to Queenstown. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Auckland, New Zealand, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air New Zealand is the national airline. However, Qantas also stops in Queenstown.
The most expensive air tickets to Queenstown are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Christchurch and traveling overland to Queenstown via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Queenstown, check out BootsnAll’s Queenstown Travel Guide.