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There are 5 ways to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Stewart Island by plane, ferry or bus

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Fly to Invercargill, ferry

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Invercargill (IVC)
  2. Take the ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

4 alternative options

Fly to Queenstown Airport, fly to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Queenstown (ZQN)
  2. Take the plane from Queenstown Airport to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island

Fly to Dunedin, bus to Queenstown Airport, fly to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Dunedin (DUD)
  2. Take the bus from Dunedin Airport to Frankton Bus Interchange
  3. Take the plane from Queenstown Airport to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island

Fly to Wanaka, bus to Queenstown Airport, fly to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Wanaka (WKA)
  2. Take the bus from Luggate to Frankton Bus Interchange
  3. Take the plane from Queenstown Airport to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island

Fly to Timaru, bus, bus to Queenstown Airport, fly to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Timaru (TIU)
  2. Take the bus from Temuka to Ashburton
  3. Take the bus from Ashburton to Frankton Bus Interchange
  4. Take the plane from Queenstown Airport to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island
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International entry into New Zealand from Australia

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Conditions of entry into New Zealand from Australia

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Travel Declaration required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 48 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • COVID-19 test upon arrival
  • COVID-19 test 5 days after arrival
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  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Travel Declaration required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 48 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • COVID-19 test upon arrival
  • COVID-19 test 5 days after arrival
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Rules to follow in New Zealand

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering New Zealand from Australia.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Stewart Island is 0800 358 5453.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Stewart Island is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Stewart Island is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0800 358 5453.

No, returning to Australia from New Zealand is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 15 May 2022
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Ministry of Health.

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The most affordable way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Stewart Island is to fly and bus, which costs $650 - $1,200 and takes 11h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Stewart Island is to fly which costs $650 - $1,200 and takes 5h 2m.

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The distance between Melbourne Airport (MEL) and Stewart Island is 2144 km.

It takes approximately 8h 44m to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Stewart Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Melbourne Airport to Invercargill Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 50m and has one stopover.

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Stewart Island is 2h ahead of Melbourne Airport (MEL). It is currently 6:11 PM in Melbourne Airport (MEL) and 8:11 PM in Stewart Island.

Qantas and Air New Zealand offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Invercargill Airport.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Stewart Island.
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  • Distance: 2143.9 km
  • Duration: 8h 44m

What companies run services between Melbourne Airport (MEL), Australia and Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand?

Jetstar, Air New Zealand and two other airlines fly from Melbourne Airport (MEL) to Stewart Island hourly.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Melbourne to Invercargill via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$550 - $950
Flights from Melbourne to Invercargill via Queenstown, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Invercargill via Queenstown, Wellington
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Invercargill via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$650 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Invercargill via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$380 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$380 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown via Auckland
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Wellington
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$750 - $1,400
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Auckland
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$800 - $1,600
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Queenstown, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,300
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$800 - $1,600
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Queenstown, Wellington
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$800 - $1,500
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
9h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$800 - $1,600
Flights from Melbourne to Timaru via Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Timaru via Queenstown, Wellington
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$500 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Timaru via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Timaru via Sydney, Wellington
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$500 - $950
Flights from Melbourne to Timaru via Brisbane, Wellington
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,200
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Invercargill via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Invercargill via Wellington
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,100
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Auckland
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$800 - $1,500
Flights from Melbourne to Dunedin via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,200
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Melbourne to Wanaka via Christchurch
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Wanaka via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
11h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,000
Flights from Melbourne to Wanaka via Sydney, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,300
Flights from Melbourne to Wanaka via Nadi, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
15h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$750 - $1,600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $700
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$470 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,000
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Queenstown via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $900
Bus operators
InterCity
Phone
+64 9 583 5780
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Dunedin Airport to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Temuka to Ashburton
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
InterCity
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InterCity
Bus from Ashburton to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
InterCity
Book at
InterCity
GreatSights
Website
greatsights.co.nz
Bus from Luggate to Frankton Bus Interchange
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
GreatSights
Standard
$12 - $17
Flexi
$29 - $40
Ferry operators
Stewart Island Experience
Other operators
Glenorchy Air
Website
glenorchyair.co.nz
Plane from Queenstown Airport to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome, Stewart Island
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$499
Schedules at
glenorchyair.co.nz

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