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Duration 15 min
Distance 144 km
Average price $85
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 twice daily. Tickets cost $28 - $45 and the journey takes 2h 30m. Atomic Travel also services this route 6 times a week.

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Christchurch (CHC)

  1. Christchurch
  2. Timaru
4h 3m
$33 - $73
Other nearby airports

Queenstown (ZQN)

  1. Frankton Bus Interchange
  2. Twizel
  3. Timaru
5h 59m
$70 - $100

Nelson (NSN)

  1. Nelson i-SITE
  2. Blenheim
  3. Christchurch
  4. Timaru
12h 39m
$143 - $198

Dunedin (DUD)

  1. Dunedin Airport
  2. Timaru
4h 20m
$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 3m 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 3m.

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There are 20+ hotels available in South Island. Prices start at $150 NZD per night.

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