Airport Guide: Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport is the fourth biggest airport in New Zealand and especially important for tourists discovering the city or the area around. While Queenstown Airport isn’t big, there is a very good infrastructure, making departing and arriving very easy.

The amount of international traffic at Queenstown Airport, which has just a single terminal, is relatively limited. Due to the limited length of the airport, Queenstown is only served by Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family aircrafts at a maximum.

Air New Zealand Airbus A320

Air New Zealand dominates the market at Queesntown Airport

Thus, the only international destinations served from Queenstown are Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne und Gold Coast (some only seasonal). Other than that, there are several domestic and regional destinations served from Queenstown.

Biggest airlines at Queenstown Airport:

  • Air New Zealand: flights to Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington
  • Jetstar: flights to Auckland, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Qantas: flights to Sydney and Melbourne

Shopping and dining at Queenstown Airport

Due to its limited size, Queenstown Airport doesn’t offer too many food and beverage options. In fact, there are only three cafés and bars. Yet, you can at least get some fresh food landside and airside as well as in the international departure lounge.

Queenstown Airport Shop

There are several shops at Queenstown Airport

The shopping options are surprisingly extensive with a sports, souvenir, telecom, jewelry, press and duty free shop. In addition, there’s also a pharmacy at Queenstown Airport.

Sleeping at Queenstown Airport

While there is no dedicated airport hotel in Queenstown, there are a couple of decent options nearby. The Ramada, DoubleTree and Hilton Queenstown are just a few minutes away. You can either walk (the Hilton and DoubleTree are 20 to 25 minutes away) or take a taxi.

Hilton Queenstown Deluxe Lakeview Room

Hilton Queenstown is located very close to the airport

Other than that, you may also sleep in the city center, which isn’t too far away either. By bus or taxi, you should be in the city center in less than 20 minutes. Thus, you are not very limited about sleeping options near Queenstown Airport. Sleeping at the airport itself isn’t possible as it closes during the night.

Lounges at Queenstown Airport

Even though Queenstown Airport is not very big, there are two airport lounges. One of is offered by Air New Zealand for domestic and international passengers.

Air New Zealand Koru Lounge Queenstown

Air New Zealand offers the biggest lounge at the airport

The other lounge, named Manaia Lounge is open to paying guests, those with Priority Pass and passengers of Qantas holding a certain frequent flyer status or flying Business Class. However, the latter lounge is only available for international passengers. Both lounges are located airside.

Lounges at Queenstown Airport:
  • Air New Zealand Lounges: Star Alliance Business and First Class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members as well as eligble Virgin Australia customers
  • Manaia Lounge: Qantas Business Class passengers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members, pay at the door or Priority Pass

Transportation at Queenstown Airport

Transportation in Queenstown is very well organized and easy to understand. Be sure to check out our transportation guide for more information on getting around in the city.

Queenstown Taxi

Taxis in Queenstown aren’t cheap

Line 11 of the Connectabus services connects Queenstown Airport with the city center every 15 minutes during the day. The charge for this ride is 12 NZD (~ 8 Euro / 8.50 US-Dollar). Taxis are also available, but about double or triple the price, depending on where you are going.


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