Getting to Queenstown

By plane

Queenstown has an international airport which is served by Qantas, Air New Zealand, Pacific Blue and Jetstar. There are connecting flights from all New Zealand's major centres, and direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia. If you're flying from another New Zealand city, you can easily book direct flights online.

From the airport, the cheapest way into town is on the Connectabus service 11/12, which runs every 20 minutes (check that it's going straight into town via Remarkables Park). It costs $12 one way - pay the driver when boarding and be sure to get change from the airport, if needed.

If you plan to use buses to travel around often, a better option is to get a 7-day visitor pass for $47 (plus a $5 fee for the electronic card) which gives you unlimited travel on the Connectabus network (except for Wanaka - 1.25 hours to the north).

For taxis into town, the cost is about $20-25, while shared shuttle vans work out almost as cheap as the bus if you can get a big enough group together. They will take you straight to your accommodation.

By Bus


National bus operators InterCity and Newmans Coach Lines provide daily services in and out of Queenstown with connections throughout the South Island. Daily services also run from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Wanaka and the West Coast (Fox Glacier Franz Josef Greymouth). Services arrive and depart from the Athol Street car park in the main retail shopping area of Queenstown. The conference venue is approximately 15mins walk (uphill) from here.

National sightseeing tour operator GreatSights New Zealand has daily tour options to Queenstown from Christchurch via Mt Cook and operates daily services to the West Coast including Fox Glacier Franz Josef and Greymouth. There are also a number of smaller shuttle operators.

By Car

If you’re coming from Christchurch, allow a full day (about 6 hours driving). Most major international and all national rental car and campervan companies have offices in Queenstown.