Catch flights to New Zealand’s South Island from $189 with Air New Zealand

Posted: 25 July 2018 10:06 am

Seen and done the North Island? Why not explore New Zealand's south instead?

Earlier this week Air New Zealand dropped a North Island sale which boasted flights from $189 each way. If that wasn't your style or if you missed the deadline to book your seat then you're in luck because the top airline has just dropped a South Island sale that is just as cheap.

Yup, that's flights from $189 to Christchurch, Queenstown or Dunedin. Sample fares to cure your wanderlust without putting a dent in your hip pocket include Melbourne to Christchurch from $189, Sydney to Christchurch from $199, Brisbane to Dunedin from $209 and Sydney to Queenstown from $239. All fares quoted are one-way with returns costing double.

Flights take off from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Cairns and are available for travel between August 2018 and March 2019.

As always, those sought-after peak school holiday periods are excluded from the sale, though on certain routes you can catch a short trip at the end of the school holidays from mid-January onward as well as over the Australia Day long weekend.

Seats can be booked direct with Air New Zealand here until 27 July or until seats sell out.

With two days to book, you'd best get on this now.

How good are these fares?

  • Price: Great. $189 is a standard sale fare for Air New Zealand flights to New Zealand and it's rare that you'll do better. Compared to rival airline Virgin Australia, which is also running a sale to the South Island, these flights come up at least $10 cheaper per leg, or $20 return for similar travel dates.
  • Airline: Great. Air New Zealand was named the second best airline in Australia/Pacific at the Skytrax Awards in 2018, beaten only by Australia's flagship carrier Qantas.
  • Travel time: Great. All flights are direct except for Perth or Adelaide to Christchurch, which travel via Auckland.
  • Weather: Great. With such a wide variety of travel dates available, you can see the South Island over August and September for a late snow trip or closer to Christmas for a sunny holiday.

Air New Zealand South Island fares on sale:

FromToTravel datesFare (one way)Book
MelbourneChristchurch14 Aug - 17 Sep, 15 - 27 Oct, 30 Oct - 5 Nov, 13 Nov - 14 Dec 2018, 28 Jan - 24 Mar 2019$189Book through Air New Zealand now
SydneyChristchurch22 Aug - 21 Sep, 15 - 27 Oct, 29 Oct - 11 Dec 2018, 15 Jan - 31 Mar 2019$199Book through Air New Zealand now
BrisbaneChristchurch4 - 15 Sep, 25 Sep - 5 Oct, 17 - 25 Oct 2018$199Book through Air New Zealand now
Gold CoastChristchurch27 Sep - 4 Oct, 3 Nov - 15 Dec 2018, 30 Jan - 30 Mar 2019$199Book through Air New Zealand now
BrisbaneDunedin19 - 27 Oct 2018$209Book through Air New Zealand now
BrisbaneChristchurch7 Nov - 7 Dec 2018, 16 - 20 Jan, 23 Jan - 29 Mar 2019$209Book through Air New Zealand now
SydneyQueenstown2 - 18 Sep 2018$239Book through Air New Zealand now
MelbourneQueenstown3 - 16 Sep, 2 - 7 Oct, 8 - 27 Oct, 4 - 28 Nov, 5 - 15 Dec 2018, 16 - 26 Jan, 29 - 31 Mar 2019$239Book through Air New Zealand now
SydneyQueenstown30 Oct - 15 Dec 2018, 15 Jan - 30 Mar 2019$249Book through Air New Zealand now
BrisbaneQueenstown15 Jan - 31 Mar 2019$249Book through Air New Zealand now
AdelaideChristchurch (indirect)13 Aug - 26 Sep, 16 Oct - 14 Dec 2018, 28 Jan - 31 Mar 2019$289Book through Air New Zealand now
CairnsChristchurch25 Sep - 3 Oct 2018$289Book through Air New Zealand now
PerthChristchurch (indirect)13 Aug - 12 Sep, 24 Sep - 7 Oct , 16 Oct – 12 Dec 2018, 14 Jan - 31 Mar 2019$419Book through Air New Zealand now
PerthChristchurch (direct)7 - 10 Dec 2018, 14 Jan - 31 Mar 2019$419Book through Air New Zealand now

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