Some Tips for Stress-free Travel this Summer Holiday Season

Summer parking blog

As the fourth biggest airport in NZ, Queenstown Airport gets busy during peak periods of travel, so it’s essential to plan ahead to ensure your trip is as stress-free as possible this summer. When you arrive or depart, our beautiful region we want you to have a memorable experience, making every interaction easy, friendly and stress-free.

Here’s some tips to help your arrival or departure into ZQN go swimmingly.

Arriving into ZQN

Public Transport - The $2 bus runs a network throughout Queenstown, including to Arrowtown, Fernhill and Jacks Point, so wherever you’re heading to you can jump on the bus to the airport with ease and for just $2. Bargain. Sit back, relax and let someone else take care of the driving.

Top tip: To save time, grab your GoCard at the Queenstown Airport Paper Plus or at the Stanley Street kiosk for $5. The minimum top-up for GoCards is $10 and they can be topped up anywhere that they’re sold.

Rental Cars - If you’ve booked a rental (which we advise you book ahead) then the rental car concourse is near the baggage collection carousels. Some rentals are located off the airport and you’ll need to call them when you land to arrange a pick-up. A phone booth listing these businesses can be found near the lockers, at the departures end of the terminal.

Taxis and Shuttles - An array of local taxis and shuttles will be ready and waiting to take you to wherever you want to go. Head out the arrival doors and you’ll see a line waiting. If by chance no one’s there, one will likely be on its way, but for convenience, there’s the telephone numbers on the taxi shelter.

Meeting friends - If you’re meeting friends and loved ones, park at the terminal parks A or B for short-stay parking. If you’re doing a quick meet’n’greet, use the P20 spaces which are free for the first 10 minutes and $2 for the next 10.

Our friendly Operations team are easily identified by their smiley faces and high vis jackets - if you’re still stuck on where to go and how to get there, just flag one of them down. The experienced and knowledgeable Info Desk team is also there to help. Here’s to a great summer in the Southern Lakes.

Departing ZQN

Queenstown Airport connects the lower South Island with NZ and Australia which is quite a big catchment area. So, when you’re heading away you’ll likely be joining many others who’ve got the same idea… to escape away for a while during the summer holidays. We have lots of transport and parking options available, it’s a case of choosing your preferred option, checking availability, and booking ahead if you can.

For the lucky holidaymakers, here’s our parking and transport highlights to help you plan for your summer getaway.

Terminal Car Parks A and B – minutes from the terminal – The terminal parks are a hop, skip and a jump away from the terminal, enabling you quick and easy access to the check-in area. Great for shorter stays and for those who are time-poor. Top tip: Why not carpool with friends or rellies, especially if you live in the regions. Many of those parking at the terminal are solo occupants, so do your bit for the planet and share your ride (and cost) with others.

Park and Ride - our most affordable option, conveniently located 15 minutes away by shuttle – Book online ahead of time to secure your space and the best rates. Arrive early to check out the awesome food, beverage and retail options showcasing the best of the region. Top tip: There are some great gift options in the terminal for those special people in your lives.

Taxis and shuttles - We’re lucky to have a friendly bunch of taxi drivers in town. Give one of them a holler and book your ride before your day of travel. Shared shuttles are another cost-effective option if you don’t mind sharing your ride with a beautiful stranger? You may even meet new friends along the way.

Public transport - No matter where you live in the Queenstown Lakes, you’re not far from a bus stop. Ritchie’s run the $2 public buses around town, including from Jacks Point, Fernhill and Arrowtown. Check-out their schedule here, jump on the bus that suits and rock’n’roll, you’ll be dropped right outside the terminal in no time.

Hot tip: If you’re flying with Air New Zealand, why not try their new downtown check-in and bag-drop service to free you of your bags.  Jump on the $2 bus when you’re ready and just walk through security onto the plane. Your bags will meet you at the other end. Simple hey?

So, don’t start your holiday in a panic or a flap, plan ahead and book your transport, it’ll save you time, money and hassle in the long run.