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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 inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 20% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$903Average for round-trip flights in May 2022
Round-trip from$1,162From Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl to South Island
One-way from$10One-way flight from Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl (LAS) to South Island

South Island 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to South Island found for this year
12 Nov - 22 Nov
$1,162pp
LAS
Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LAS
Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl
26 Jul - 3 Aug
$1,201pp
LAS
Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Air New Zealand
   
2 STOPS
LAS
Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl
26 Jul - 3 Aug
$1,377pp
LAS
Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
CHC
Christchurch
CHC
Christchurch
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
LAS
Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to South Island from USA right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from USA to South Island

Most visitors from USA need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter South Island.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from USA must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 48 hours for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 24 hours for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to South Island.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from USA are not required to quarantine after entering South Island.

Documents
Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher - Travelers are required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight to New Zealand.

Online Travel Declaration - Complete the Travel Declaration process to obtain a Travel Pass prior to arrival in New Zealand.


Can I fly back to USA from South Island?

Returning to USA from South Island

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from South Island must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to USA.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from South Island are not required to quarantine after entering USA.

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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
$1,655
February
$1,522
March
$1,514
April
$1,470
May
$1,474
June
$1,456
July
$1,321
August
$1,135
September
$1,446
October
$1,415
November
$1,457
December
$1,685
Currently, August is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to South Island. Flying to South Island in December 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 Christchurch flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month.
LAS - CHC
Price
$1,135 - $2,213
CHC
Temperature
51.8 - 71.6 °F
CHC
Rainfall
0.51 - 0.83 inches

Which day is cheapest to fly to South Island?

The cheapest day to fly to South Island is usually Thursday. At the moment, Saturday is 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.

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