Queenstown Airport’s top 5 summer travel tips

Keep Calm and Travel On


With a busy summer season ahead, we have five top travel tips to help people prepare for their trips and make their journeys through Queenstown Airport as stress-free and easy as possible.

Peak days are predicted to be 23, 24 and 26 December, and then 30 December through to 4 January.  Saturday 2 January will be the airport’s busiest ever day for flights.


1.  Plan ahead, consider transport options

  • The carpark will be very busy over the Christmas-New Year period so consider whether someone can drop you off or catch/share a shuttle, bus or taxi.  Check out some options here: www.queenstownairport.co.nz/travelling/parking-transport
  • Some overflow parking will be available during the Christmas-New Year period.

2.  Allow extra travel time to and from the airport, especially for domestic flights

  • The roads will be busy, particularly between 26 December and 4 January, so make sure you’re at the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight
  • The New Zealand Transport Agency has created a webpage (www.nzta.govt.nz/summerjourneys) to help people find out what delays may be present in the areas they are heading to in December and January. This information is available through an interactive online map www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic.

 3.  Check the Queenstown Airport website before you leave

  • Track flights via the real time flight information displayed on the website homepage www.queenstownairport.co.nz
  • An orange alert will appear on the website homepage if there is a public service message e.g. weather-related disruptions to multiple flights, carparks nearing capacity
  • These messages will also be posted on Queenstown Airport’s Twitter account @NZQN
  • Find out what facilities and services are available at the airport www.queenstownairport.co.nz/travelling/airport-guide  

4.  Have your documentation ready for presentation

  • Speed up your check-in and international processing time by having your documents and completed forms at the ready.  If you have anything to declare, make sure it’s easily accessible.

5.  Be prepared for aviation screening