The cheapest times to fly from SFO to TIU are

  • January 29th to June 24th
  • October 29th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SFO to TIU is mid May. Prices can be as high as $3237 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $844 for Tuesday flights around mid May.


When to Fly to Timaru

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Timaru (TIU) will usually cost between $944 to $2475 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid May with an average ticket price of $956. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2845. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1888 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1573 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to TIU flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SFO to TIU route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SFO to TIU Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to TIU flight is more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Timaru, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to San Francisco. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $606 (28%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1506. Return trip prices are from the TIU to SFO flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SFO to TIU can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 36 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from SFO to TIU while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in Christchurch

  • 86 miles (138 km) away from TIU
  • Usually 30.11% less expensive than TIU
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to CHC flights

Destination alternative #2: Queenstown Airport (ZQN) in Queenstown

  • 132 miles (212 km) away from TIU
  • Usually 22.26% less expensive than TIU
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to ZQN flights

Destination alternative #3: Dunedin Airport (DUD) in Dunedin

  • 123 miles (198 km) away from TIU
  • Usually 4.77% less expensive than TIU
  • 1-layover flights available

See SFO to DUD flights


Flight Hacking SFO to TIU

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SFO to TIU — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Wellington (SFO > WLG > TIU)

  • Price for both tickets: $1246
  • Average savings: $327 (20.76%)

See SFO to WLG flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SFO to TIU? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, Delta, EVA Air, Qantas, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Timaru Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7012 miles or 11285 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SFO to TIU?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to TIU flight is about 13 hour 36 minutes.

How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Timaru?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 9 available flights from SFO to TIU.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SFO
Origination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4

Return Airport

Destination code TIU
Destination airport name Timaru Airport
City Timaru
Country New Zealand
Latitude -44.3
Longitude 171.2


Other Resources

Flights to TIU

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