There are 3 ways to get from Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to Great Barrier Reef by plane, ferry, train or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Cairns, ferry  •  9 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Cairns (CNS) ZQN - CNS
  2. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$330 - $1,554

Cheapest option

Fly to Townsville, train, ferry  •  19 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Townsville (TSV) ZQN - TSV
  2. Take the train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$284 - $770

1 alternative option

Fly to Cooktown, bus, ferry  •  25 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Queenstown (ZQN) to Cooktown (CTN) ZQN - CTN
  2. Take the bus from Cooktown to Palmer River
  3. Take the bus from Palmer River to Smithfield
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $490 - $2,400 and takes 9 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to Great Barrier Reef is to fly and ferry which costs $490 - $2,400 and takes 9 h 42 min.

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The distance between Queenstown Airport (ZQN) and Great Barrier Reef is 3792 km.

It takes approximately 9 h 42 min to get from Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Queenstown Airport to Cairns Airport. The quickest flight takes 7 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Air New Zealand, Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia offer flights from Queenstown Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to Great Barrier Reef.
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  • Distance: 2369.9 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 42 min

What companies run services between Queenstown Airport (ZQN), New Zealand and Great Barrier Reef?

There is no direct connection from Queenstown Airport (ZQN) to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can fly to Cairns, take the taxi to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can fly to Townsville, take the walk to Meenan St at Halifax Street, take the line 205 bus to Walker Street near Stanley St, take the walk to Stanley Street near Ogden St, take the line 201 bus to Flinders St at station, take the walk to Townsville, take the train to Cairns Central Station, take the walk to Cairns Central Shopping Centre, take the line 142 bus to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 2, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
10 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $950
Flights from Queenstown to Townsville via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,000
Flights from Queenstown to Townsville via Auckland, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$460 - $1,300
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
10 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney, Melbourne
Ave. Duration
10 h 35 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $3,000
Flights from Queenstown to Townsville via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $950
Flights from Queenstown to Townsville via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,000
Flights from Queenstown to Townsville via Auckland, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$460 - $1,300
Okapi Airlines
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Melbourne, Cairns
Ave. Duration
17 h 22 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
19 h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $850
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Gold Coast, Cairns
Ave. Duration
20 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Auckland, Cairns
Ave. Duration
21 h
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,100
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns
Ave. Duration
18 h 45 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$340 - $950
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
19 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $950
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,200
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns
Ave. Duration
21 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Queenstown to Cooktown via Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
21 h 30 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $950
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
8 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $3,300
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $3,200
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney, Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $3,200
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
14 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $3,200
Flights from Queenstown to Townsville via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Queenstown to Townsville via Auckland, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $3,200
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $3,200
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Sydney, Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $3,200
Flights from Queenstown to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
14 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $3,200
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Townsville to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Bus operators
QConnect - Trans North
Phone
(07) 4095 8644
Website
transnorthbus.com
Bus from Cooktown to Palmer River
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Bus from Palmer River to Smithfield
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
transnorthbus.com.au
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$68
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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