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Once a gold mining town located in the Southern Lakes area of Central Otago, with an urban population of 15,300, Queenstown is nowadays known as the world’s adventure capital. It first came to attention of the thrill seekers when AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch introduced bungy jumping to world. From that point on this gorgeous little town has become a magnet not only for bungy jumping enthusiasts but for all sorts of extreme sports and outdoor activities lovers. If you’re one of those people who love an active vacation you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of cheap flights from Sydney to Queenstown every day.
Things to do in Queenstown
Bungy jump where it all started
Queenstown is the world’s home of bungy jumping. Visiting Queenstown and passing on this activity would be like visiting Japan and not trying sushi. Bungy jumping as we know it today was introduced to the world by AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch in 1987, when AJ Hackett jumped from the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. That was how people of the world were introduced with their idea of fun and they loved it! In 1988 they opened up the Kawarau Bungy Centre where people from all over the world come to enjoy that famous Kiwi style jump. This pleasure costs $186 for adults, $158 for students and $140 for children.
Kawarau Bungy Centre also offers a zipride on the 130m long line at over 60k’s an hour. You can ‘’fly’’ on your own or with a friend, either way you’ll love it! The view is breathtaking and the ride itself is an adrenaline injection that will have you smiling for the rest of the day. The cost of this fun-ride is $45 for adults and $36 for children.
Skydive over Queenstown
If you’re looking for the best place to take that first jump Queenstown is there to offer you the ultimate package. From the astonishing view to the best equipment and professionals that are always ready to make your jump an unforgettable experience, they have it all! The bird’s-eye view of Queenstown, its lakes and mountains will stick within your memory forever. This thrilling experience will cost you from $271 to $407 depending on the skydive height. If you want to show your friends back home how ‘’brave’’ you were, you can have this exciting experience recorded. This will cost you an additional $180 - $325, depending on which photo & video package you choose.
Go white water rafting, jet boating and enjoy a helicopter flight
Go white water rafting down the Shotover River and enjoy a helicopter flight that will take your breath away. Stunning nature, exciting rafting and jet boating adventure combined with a helicopter flight over the Queenstown is a day you won’t soon forget! The cost for all these activities is $420 total.
Skiing down the mountains surrounding Queenstown
From the Winter Festival to night skiing Queenstown offers an abundance of activities and events during the winter time. If you enjoy winter activities and are looking for a fun and rich way to spend your winter holidays than you better start searching for flights Sydney to Queenstown!
Best time to visit Queenstown
Queenstown is a popular tourist destination all year round. When you should choose to visit Queenstown depends exclusively on the type of activities you’re looking to indulge in. When it comes to foreign visitors the winters are as busy if not busier for this town. All winter activities plus all the activities available throughout the year, this town doesn’t stop for 12 months a year.
Average temperatures are:
- Summer (Dec – Feb): Daytime 21°C – 23°C
- Autumn (Mar – May): Daytime 12°C – 20°C
- Winter (Jun – Aug): Daytime 13°C – 18°C
- Spring (Sep – Nov): Daytime 15°C– 19°C
All you need to do is find cheap flights to Queenstown, pack your bags and let Queenstown take care of the rest.
Departing from Sydney Airport (SYD)
Virgin Australia, Qantas Airways, Jetstar, and many other companies have tens of cheap flights to Queenstown every day of the week. Non-stop flight duration from Sydney Airport (SYD) to Queenstown Airport (ZQN) is 2 hours 55 minutes.
Getting to Sydney Airport (SYD)
Sydney Airport (SYD) is located only 8 km from Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and is pretty easy to get to in less than 30 minutes in light traffic. If you choose to go by train, you will reach SYD in 13 minutes. Airport Link runs every 10 minutes and the Opal Card can be purchased at the station. Taking a shuttle to the airport will cost you around $18 and the journey can last up to 45 minutes. If your choice is a taxi ride from Sydney CBD to SYD, that will cost you $45-$55 and the ride will last around 20 minutes.
Parking at Sydney Airport (SYD)
Car parks for international travellers at Sydney Airport (SYD) are 3-5 minutes walking distance from the international terminals. All parking options are cheaper if booked online on the airport’s official site.
Arriving to Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
Queenstown Airport (ZQN), first licenced to operate in 1935, is the 4th busiest airport in New Zeland today. Located only 8 km from Queenstown CBD, by car it’s easy to get to in 10 minutes.
Getting to Queenstown CBD from Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
Cheap flights to Queenstown are easy to find but what’s even easier to get is cheap transport from ZQN to Queenstown CBD. Orbus will get you from ZQN to Queenstown CBD for only $2 if you purchase a GoCard for $5. With a GoCard every transfer costs $2, which makes it a smart investment. GoCards can be purchased at the Queenstown Airport (ZQN) or on every bus that’s a part of the $2 bus network. If you choose to pay in cash the cost of one ride from ZQN to Queenstown CBD will be $8 for a child and $10 for an adult. The taxi ride lasts about 15 minutes and costs approximately $30.