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Duration 15 min
Distance 144 km
Average price $160
Nearby airports 5 found

Closest airports to South Island

The nearest airport to South Island is Timaru (TIU). However, there are better options for getting to South Island. InterCity operates a bus from Christchurch to Timaru once daily. Tickets cost $28 - $45 and the journey takes 2h 35m. Atomic Travel also services this route once daily.

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Christchurch (CHC)

  1. Christchurch
  2. Timaru
4h 8m
$33 - $50
Other nearby airports

Queenstown (ZQN)

  1. Frankton Bus Interchange
  2. Twizel
  3. Timaru
5h 59m
$80 - $120

Nelson (NSN)

  1. Nelson
  2. Blenheim
  3. Christchurch
  4. Timaru
14h 39m
$415 - $577

Dunedin (DUD)

  1. Dunedin Airport
  2. Timaru
4h 20m
Cheapest
$30 - $50

Timaru (TIU)

  1. Timaru (TIU)
  2. Timaru
15 min
$45 - $60

Important airports for Timaru

Frequently asked questions

Want to know about travelling to South Island, Canterbury, New Zealand? We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions from our users such as: What is the cheapest mode of transport?, What is the quickest option?, How much do tickets usually cost? and many more.

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The nearest airport to South Island is Timaru (TIU) Airport which is 71.4 km away. Other nearby airports include Christchurch (CHC) (176.7 km) and Queenstown (ZQN) (178.2 km).

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It takes 4h 8m to get from Timaru to Christchurch (CHC) Airport.

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We recommend flying to Christchurch (CHC) Airport, which is 144.3 km away from Timaru. The bus from Christchurch (CHC) to Timaru takes 4h 8m.

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There are eight+ hotels available in South Island. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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