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Queenstown Airport

General information

Queenstown Airport is the second busiest airport on the South Island, after Christchurch Airport. The airport is mainly used for international flights to Australia, Queenstown – Sydney is the most popular connection. Queenstown Airport is next to Milford Sound Airport, one of the closest airports to the beautiful Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. The airport plays an important role in the local economy and is New Zealand’s busiest helicopter airport. Besides, the airport is known for having one of the most scenic approaches in the world.


Where is Queenstown Airport situated?

Queenstown Airport is located east of the city of Queenstown. You can reach the airport from Queenstown by taking State Highway 6A (Frankton Road).

How many terminals does Queenstown Airport have?

Queenstown Airport has one terminal building. All facilities, except the airport lounges, are located on the ground floor. The check-in counters are located on the left, the Arrivals hall on the right and the Departures hall (security check) in the middle. The airport has a total of 9 boarding gates.

Airport Map



The distance from Queenstown Airport to the centre of Queenstown is 8 kilometres. By car, it takes 10 minutes to get to the centre of Queenstown.

From ZQN Airport to Queenstown City centre by Car
8 km
10 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Queenstown Airport by public transport. If you opt for public transport to and from Queenstown Airport you can travel by bus. Visit the Queenstown Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Queenstown Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Queenstown is about NZ$ 30.-. Book your taxi at Queenstown Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From ZQN Airport to Queenstown City centre by Taxi
8 km
15 min
NZ$ 30.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Queenstown Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation) and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Queenstown Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Queenstown Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Queenstown Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Queenstown Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to Queenstown Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Queenstown Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Virgin Australia
  • Qantas


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Queenstown Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park, Queenstown

Ramada Remarkables Park boasts spectacular views of the Remarkables Mountains and across to Coronet Peak. It offers modern, self-contained accommodation located adjacent to Queenstown Airport.


Wyndham Garden Queenstown, Queenstown

Wyndham Garden Queenstown opened in April 2018 at the foot of the spectacular Remarkables and a short walk to Remarkables shopping centre. It offers guests free WiFi, access to a 24 hour fitness centre and a secure heated ski gear storage room.


Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, Queenstown

Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa boasts 5-star amenities including an indoor pool, a fitness centre and a day spa. The elegant rooms and suites feature a gas fireplace.

Hotels in Queenstown

Looking for the best hotels in Queenstown? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


St James Apartments, Queenstown

Just 100 metres from Queenstown Town Centre, St James Apartments feature a kitchenette or kitchen with a dishwasher and microwave. The tour desk can book scenic helicopter flights, kayaking trips and wine tours.


Eichardt's Private Hotel, Queenstown

Just 5 minutes' walk from the waters of Lake Wakatipu, Eichardt's Private Hotel offers accommodation with a fireplace, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Guests enjoy a restaurant and a bar. Some accommodation offer a balcony with mountain or lake views.


Nomads Queenstown, Queenstown

Nomad's Backpackers boasts one of the best locations in Queenstown, located in the heart of the town center, a 100 metres from the stunning Lake Whakatipu.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Queenstown Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


From Queenstown: Lake Wakatipu TSS Earnslaw Cruise

Climb aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage Edwardian steamship, for a relaxing cruise from Queenstown. Watch the stokers feed the coal fires, explore the historic vessel, and soak up the mountain views.


TSS Earnslaw: Queenstown Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ

Combine a leisurely cruise across Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu before disembarking at Walter Peak High Country Station for a full BBQ buffet, a small farm demonstration and extensive gardens to enjoy.

Tour & transport

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

Visit Milford Sound by premium coach for a 2-hour nature cruise and picnic lunch. Enjoy the scenery, informative commentary, and photo stops before sailing close to the fiord's waterfalls.


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