Easter Travel Tips

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Easter is one of the busiest times in the Southern Lakes region as visitors flock to our wonderful towns to embrace the last of the Autumn sun.  This year Easter Monday, Anzac Day and school holidays all fall in the same week, which means it’s likely to be extra busy on our roads as locals also use the Easter holiday as an excuse to take a break away with the family.

Whatever your plans for these Easter School Holidays, we’ve got some Easter travel tips to help make your journey safe and stress-free whether you’re flying to/from Queenstown Airport or heading away by road.

Book your Queenstown Airport Park and Ride

The new online booking and payment option for the Queenstown Airport Park and Ride enables you to secure your space ahead of time, allowing you to relax knowing there’s a space available for you. Avoid the stress, book now so when you’re ready for your trip you can just park, ride and fly away. Click here to book online.

Grab the Bus

Don’t forget the No.1 Orbus route is a great option to get to and from the airport, travelling from Fernhill to Remarkables Park via the airport and Frankton Hub and departing at major stops every 15 minutes.

Transport options

There are plenty of alternative transport options to Queenstown Airport from ride share, taxis, shuttles and rental cars. If you’re lucky you can always bribe a friend with a large Easter egg and get them to drop you off at the free P2 zone right at the terminal door.

On the Roads

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) predicts traffic will be especially heavy on Thursday 18 April and Good Friday 19 April, and then on the return journey on Sunday 28 April.  Some top tips for staying safe on our roads this Easter:

  • Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable Easter holiday with the help of NZ Transport Agency’s interactive holiday journeys map. The map shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys over the Easter and Anzac holidays based on previous years’ travel patterns  www.nzta.govt.nz/holidayjourneys
  • Look for an alternative route, or consider leaving when traffic is lighter, either early in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents, weather and even driver behaviour, check real time traffic information on the NZTA Journey Planner website before you set off.  www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz