Travel to Queenstown

Getting to Queenstown (and around the city once you’re there) is easy – whether you decide to fly, drive or catch a coach.

By Air

The Queenstown international Airport services the region with daily domestic flights and regular direct trans-Tasman flights. It receives direct scheduled services from New Zealand’s main metropolitan ports of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch which provide strong regional links throughout the country, as well as from the Australian cities of Brisbane, Coolangatta, Sydney and Melbourne.

Four major airlines provide scheduled services in and out of Queenstown Airport. Air New Zealand and Jetstar offer both domestic and international flights to and from Queenstown, while Qantas and Virgin Australia fly internationally between Queenstown and east coast Australia.

Airport Transfers: the Millennium Hotel is an easy 10-15 minute drive from Queenstown airport, and there are a range of transport options for you to choose from. Taxis depart from the airport carpark directly outside the terminal, and Super Shuttle operates a service which meets every flight.

By Land

Getting to Queenstown by road is a great scenic option – you’ll come across incredible natural landscapes and different attractions making it an ideal trip if you have time to explore.

Roads to Queenstown are well signposted, so it’s easy to find your way here from the surrounding South Island regions. Highways are fully sealed and well-maintained but some side-roads to activities and attractions may have loose gravel and require more time and care. On unsealed roads it’s best to slow down and allow additional traveling time.

There are daily buses to Queenstown from Wanaka, Dunedin, Invercargill and Christchurch to Queenstown as well as scheduled coach tours and backpacker tour buses. There are also rental car and motor home depots based at Queenstown airport and some operators have offices in downtown Queenstown.

Getting Around

Once you arrive in Queenstown, getting around is easy – whether you hire your own car, use the $2 public bus network which links Queenstown’s main suburbs and outlying areas or explore the region by foot or cycle on the Queenstown Trail.

Many local activity operators also offer free transport from the town centre and hotels making it easy to get out and about and experience what the region has to offer. The compact downtown area of Queenstown means many restaurants, attractions and accommodation are within walking distance of each other and can be reached easily on foot so you can leave the car behind.

If you prefer to self-drive, Queenstown is home to the best known rental car brands from around New Zealand and the world. With car rental outlets at Queenstown International Airport, and in downtown Queenstown, picking up or dropping off your rental vehicle is easy and convenient.