All of our programs include complementary pickup from the Queenstown International Airport (ZQN)
Flying from North America
Is Queenstown feeling far away?
You might be surprised. If you live on the West Coast of the US, or Canada, for instance, it’s much easier to get to New Zealand than it is to Europe, for several reasons:
1. The flights leave in the evening, so you can sleep on the way.
2. There is only a three hour difference between Pacific Time and NZ Time (minimal jet lag).
3. You can fly with Air New Zealand or Virgin Australia, both excellent airlines.
Your top two connecting cities will be Auckland and Sydney, both requiring about the same air travel time to Queenstown. Air New Zealand operates several direct flights to Auckland from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Hawaii all leaving in the evening, taking about 12 hours and arriving in New Zealand in the morning. There are even more direct flights to Sydney, which also provides direct flights to Queenstown. If looking for connections from Auckland or Sydney, try JetStar (must visit their site directly).
Flying from Australia
When flying from here you’re sorted. It’s cheap and there are direct three hour flights from most major cities on the east coast. Use airport code ZQN to search flights on Qantas, Virgin, Air New Zealand, and Emirates. Get in touch if you need assistance.
Flying from Europe
If you’re coming from Europe, yes, you have a long way to go, and you’re probably no stranger to traveling. There are a couple “direct” options, but they all involve stopping for refuel. Check Air New Zealand (Star Alliance), British Airways, Qantas, and Emirates. Depending on how you slice it, expect two flights of around 11 hours each. The great thing is, those flights are generally in the evening. Which means if you do it right, you can travel in the most comfortable way possible -fast asleep!