Cheap flights to South Island

DSM — CHC
Jan 31 — Feb 75

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Flights to South Island in 2023

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inOctoberHigh demand for flights, 13% potential price rise
Cheapest inJulyBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$2,295Average for round-trip flights in January 2023
Round-trip from$1,609From New York to Christchurch
One-way from$920One-way flight from New York to South Island

Cheap flights to South Island in January, February 2023

The best prices found for CHC flights for January, February
Feb 13 - Mar 13
EWR

Newark

CHC

Christchurch

3 stops

60h 20m
CHC

Christchurch

EWR

Newark

2 stops

29h 15m
$1,657

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/25

Feb 13 - Mar 13
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

CHC

Christchurch

3 stops

60h 05m
CHC

Christchurch

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

2 stops

29h 20m
$1,748

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/25

Feb 24 - Mar 3
EWR

Newark

ZQN

Queenstown Intl

3 stops

35h 15m
ZQN

Queenstown Intl

EWR

Newark

2 stops

27h 17m
$1,796

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/25

South Island 2023 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Island found for this year
Oct 24 - Nov 7
EWR

Newark

CHC

Christchurch

2 stops

28h 05m
CHC

Christchurch

EWR

Newark

2 stops

27h 37m
$1,415

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/23

Oct 17 - Oct 31
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

CHC

Christchurch

2 stops

37h 15m
CHC

Christchurch

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

2 stops

33h 14m
$1,421

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/24

Oct 24 - Nov 7
JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

CHC

Christchurch

2 stops

27h 20m
CHC

Christchurch

JFK

New York John F Kennedy Intl

2 stops

34h 09m
$1,429

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/23

One-way flights to South Island

The cheapest one-way flights to South Island
Feb 23
EWR

Newark

CHC

Christchurch

2 stops

27h 15m
$920

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/24

Mar 9
EWR

Newark

ZQN

Queenstown Intl

3 stops

48h 20m
$975

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/25

Feb 23
EWR

Newark

CHC

Christchurch

3 stops

31h 25m
$1,002

Multiple Airlines

Deal found 1/24

Reviews of Airlines Servicing South Island

Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Boarding

9.0

Crew

9.4

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.4

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.4

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Boarding

9.0

Crew

9.4

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.4

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.4

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

Emirates
8.0
Very good
853 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Boarding

9.0

Crew

9.4

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.4

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.4

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

Singapore Airlines
8.0
Very good
203 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Boarding

9.0

Crew

9.4

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.4

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.4

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

United Airlines
7.6
Good
1,147 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Boarding

9.0

Crew

9.4

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.4

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.4

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

American Airlines
7.4
Good
1,666 reviews
Air New Zealand
8.4
Very good
15 reviews

Boarding

9.0

Crew

9.4

Entertainment

7.1

Food

7.4

Comfort

8.8

Overall

8.4

Reviews

1 / 6

Plane was late and caused me to miss my return ferry crossing with my vehicle I was bringing to timaru

What is the cheapest month to fly to South Island?

The cheapest ticket to South Island found for each month in 2023 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$2,144

February

$1,610

March

$1,540

April

$1,503

May

$1,527

June

$1,628

July

$1,322

August

$1,423

September

$1,562

October

$1,687

November

$1,643

December

$1,900

Currently, July is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to South Island. Flying to South Island in January will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to South Island?

Average South Island flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2023 and 2024 by month

NYC - CHC

Price

$1,322 - $2,611

CHC

Temperature

42.8 - 62.6 °F

CHC

Rainfall

1.6 - 2.4 inches

Which day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

The cheapest day to fly to South Island is usually Tuesday. At the moment, Sunday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

Flights in the afternoon are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to South Island. Flights at noon are usually the most expensive.

How long is the flight to the South Island?

Flights to New Zealand from the US west coast out of Los Angeles (LAX) will take 14hr 25min if you fly through Auckland (AKL) to the most popular airports in South Island: Christchurch (CHC) and Queenstown (ZQN). However, if you have a layover in Australia, the travel time will increase and will range between 17 and 19 h. If you’re flying from the east coast from New York or Atlanta, transit will be a little longer, and the total travel time will come in around 19-22 h. Cheap flights to New Zealand, can take up to 25h and may transit through Japan, Korea or Chile.

Where can you get direct flights to the South Island from?

Unfortunately there are no direct flights available between the USA and the South Island. However one-stop routes are available from the west coast. South Island flight deals out of Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) make one stop, commonly in Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) or Australia, in Melbourne (MEL) or Sydney (SYD). If you’re flying from the east coast, you will need at least two stops. Flights from New York, Atlanta and Washington DC will typically make stops in Houston and Auckland before arriving in the South Island.

What is the best way to travel around the South Island?

Taking domestic flights between cities is a common mode of transportation on the South Island. There are also two Kiwirail train lines, the Coastal Pacific, which runs between Christchurch and Picton in the north, as well as the TranzAlpine, which runs between Christchurch and Greymouth on the western side of the island. These trains typically offer unlimited day passes, so that travelers are able to stop in different destinations before completing their trip. There are also several coach bus companies available as an affordable option. Stray Bus and Kiwi Experience are two companies that offer hop on hop off bus tours of popular destinations.

What are some things to do on the South Island?

The South Island is known for its many national parks and scenic mountains, and many people visit to ski, hike, camp, bike or marvel at the great outdoors. If you are this type of traveler consider checking out Fiordland National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be experienced via air, boat or on foot. Or if you’re looking for more outdoor adventure, consider going heli-hiking on Franz Josef Glacier. Or you can go whale watching in Kaikoura and catch a glimpse of the abundant marine life that swims nearby. Bungy jumping was invented outside of Queenstown, so if you’re looking for a thrill, don't miss this adrenaline-filled fun time. On the other hand, if you're looking for more of the history and culture, consider visiting the Larnach Castle in Dunedin, the only castle in New Zealand, or go wine-tasting in Central Otago, which is world-renowned for the Pinot Noir.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to the South Island?

US Citizens do not need a visa to fly to the South Island if traveling for tourism purposes, but a passport is required. Instead of a visa, travelers are required to apply for an ETA, which grants tourists multiple entries to the South Island for two years. With an ETA, visitors may stay a maximum of 90 days per entry. To apply for an ETA, you will need a passport valid for at least six months upon arrival, arrival and departure dates and a credit or debit card. The processing time will take 24 hours, but can be expedited if need be.

Search flights to South Island by cabin class

First Classfrom $11,466/person
Business Classfrom $2,073/person
Prem Economyfrom $1,303/person
Economyfrom $18/person

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