If you’re heading to Queenstown or Wanaka in New Zealand, then you’re probably going to enjoy some of the adventure activities that are on offer. You don’t want to waste precious time stuck at the airport, so here’s a few tips to make things easier for yourself:
The airport has one building for international and domestic flights. Check-in is to the left on the ground floor, with departures to the right (at the main entrance), domestic arrivals are straight ahead from the main entrance, and international arrivals are on the right-hand side of the building. The first floor is for the premium lounge.
Queenstown Airport is not open 24 hours a day; the terminal can be accessed one hour before and one hour after scheduled flights. The airport help desk opens and closes 30 minutes before and after scheduled flights.
While airport management recommends you allow three hours for customs and security checks, processing and unexpected delays, check-in and security probably won’t take that long. Flight information displays are located at numerous places in the concourses of the terminals.Queenstown Airport is also home to many helicopter and scenic flight companies – if you have the time, visit the flightseeing area at the right-hand side of the terminal (near the baggage claim section) to learn more about what these companies offer.
Queenstown Airport has completed Project 2012, renovations which included a new departures lounge and more bathrooms.
Traveling To And From The AirportQueenstown’s airport is accessible by bus, rental car, taxi, limousine and shuttle. It takes roughly 15 minutes to drive to Queenstown city center from the airport, or about 1 hour to get to Wanaka.
Numerous companies offer taxi, limousine and shuttle services. Fares are usually $16 – 35 NZD one way to the city. You can pre-book shuttles and taxis, but both are available on arrival when you reach the airport. You will need to contact the limousine companies in advance for information about fares.
And there are lots of options for rental cars – many companies offer services from within the airport, but there are also a number of services available in the surrounding area. Prices vary; check the provider websites for more information.
There are several buses that travel to and from the Queenstown Airport. In addition, passengers can travel to Wanaka by Connectabus (the public transport bus system) services.
- Route 11 (Connectabus). Runs every 15 minutes and stops at or near most major hotels. Tickets are $12 NZD one way.
- Airport – Wanaka (Connectabus). Runs twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Tickets are $35 NZD one way and booking is required.
For more information about bus timetables, maps, fares and stops is available from Connectabus.