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Christchurch is the South Island’s main airport. Direct flights to the Canterbury city are available from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, as well as Nadi in Fiji and several points in Asia. Offering quick and convenient access, Air New Zealand and its regional affiliates fly to Christchurch from cities across New Zealand.   

To the south, Queenstown is the South Island’s second busiest airport and one of New Zealand’s biggest domestic destinations. Domestic connections are available via several Kiwi cities while direct international service is available from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

A driving tour is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and grandeur of New Zealand. Car rental agencies are plentiful and can be found in airport arrival areas as well as various city locations. To see the most on your New Zealand holiday, rent a car, 4WD or camper van and visit the many South Island attractions on your own schedule.