Top Tips for Summer Travel

Queenstown Airports top tips for Summer travel as you fly away these holidays

1/ Plan ahead

It’s easy to let the stresses of travel over summer get on top of you but with some planning ahead, you can ensure you and your family arrive at your destination safe and relaxed. Make a list now so you cover all your bases. Start with time! Allowing more time is the best way to reduce stress.

QAC’s Top Tips for a stress-free summer:

  1. Transport to the airport: Consider your transport options. The roads around the region will be particularly busy between 20 December and 4 January, so please allow extra travel time, particularly if you’re catching a domestic flight. Click here to view the transport options available to/from ZQN.
  2. Book your Park and Ride: The new online booking and payment option for the 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. Click here to book online.
  3. Download the CHOICE App: Plan your route to the airport and around the region via the real-time Choice app. Visit the website or download the app at Google Play or the App Store.

2/ Check-in early

If you’ve followed step one to a tee, then you’ve already allowed plenty of time for your trip to the airport. So why not check-in early and start your holiday at ZQN?

  1. CAFES – With plenty of time before your flight, treat yourself to lunch and a glass of local wine at Airspresso or Patagonia. Check-out the new domestic airside Airspresso café opening just in time for Christmas. 

  2. RETAIL – Forgotten that last gift? Not to worry, we have a number of local retailers at Queenstown Airport, so browse the shops and you may just find something naughty and nice for Christmas!

  3. POP-UPS – as you make your way to check-in don’t forget to swing-by the forecourt area where you’ll find fresh Central Otago fruits for sale and local sushi guru Hikari – perfect for a healthy snack pre-flight.

3/ Get tech savvy

These days technology can be a lifesaver when travelling, with solutions and Apps to help make travel easier, quicker and better. Some useful tech tips are:

  • Use Tap & Go if you’re entering the airport terminal car parks to make entry and exit quicker and reduce the use of paper tickets.
  • Download your airline’s app before you fly - some even offer in-flight entertainment options you can load before you go-to keep an eye on your flight
  • The new state-of-the-art Queenstown Airport Flight Information Display Screens have current flight information. They’ll tell when to Relax or Go to Gate!
  • Use the free Queenstown Airport Wifi to download your favourite shows before you fly, touch base with loved ones or check-in for your next flight.
  • Check-out the weather at your holiday destination on the MetService NZ Weather App (available on Google Play and Apple Store)

4/ Be prepared for air travel

The airport will be busy so allow plenty of time to complete all of the necessary passenger processing requirements so you can sit back and relax. The busiest passenger days at ZQN are expected to be: The weekends beginning Saturday 22 December 2018 and Friday 28 December 2018 and Saturday 5 January 2019.

Some top tips to make your airport experience smoother:

CHECK YOUR DOCUMENTATION: 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. Passport. CHECK. Visas. CHECK. Credit Cards. CHECK. Currency. CHECK. Departure Forms. CHECK…

PREPARE FOR SECURITY SCREENING: Pass through airport security quickly and easily:

  • Remove any clothing or footwear that has a high metal content and place into x-ray tray;
  • Remove outer clothing such as jackets and place into x-ray tray;
  • Empty your pockets of all items, remove laptops and other large devices from your bag and place into x-ray tray.

For international flights you should also:

  • Present your Powders, liquids aerosols and gels in a sealed 20 cm by 20 cm bag, any prescription, non-prescription medicine, food or supplements needed for medical reasons in a separate plastic bag,

If in doubt, visit the Aviation Security website

5/ Travel safe

It almost goes without saying that the roads across NZ get busy during the summer period. While at ZQN we focus on making sure your airport journey is safe and memorable, it’s important to stay safe when you arrive at your destination.

The NZTA Journey Planner website shows interactive maps, worksites, area warnings, traffic updates and state highways road works information. Visit to see predicted traffic flow across popular Christmas and New Year’s holiday journeys.

Travelling around New Zealand

  • Take extra care when travelling in holiday periods because of increased traffic volumes, congestion, tiredness and people driving in unfamiliar environments.
  • Drive to the conditions - whether it’s the weather, the road you’re on, the time of day or amount of traffic.
  • Avoid fatigue. Take regular breaks to stay alert.
  • Keep a safe following distance from vehicles in front so you can stop safely.
  • Be patient – overtaking is unlikely to make a significant difference to your journey time due to the amount of traffic expected over the weekend.
  • Allow plenty of time. Remember you are on holiday, so no need to rush. 

Travelling around the region

  • Check-out walking and cycling tracks, public transport options, parking maps and more at
  • Did you know Orbus is on Google Maps? If you’re in Queenstown, type in your destination, and hit the ‘transit’ option for bus times. For live bus updates, check out
  • Why not ‘take the lake’ and try the new ferry service between Queenstown, Kelvin Heights and Frankton

Plan ahead, be prepared, use technology to keep up to date with information to ensure you and your family stay safe, healthy, happy and stress free this summer.