The cheapest times to fly from SFO to ZQN are

  • January 22nd to February 25th
  • April 30th to June 24th (except the week of May 7th)
  • August 13th to September 23rd
  • October 15th 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 ZQN is early June. Prices can be as high as $2181 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $844 for Tuesday flights around early June.


When to Fly to Queenstown

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Queenstown (ZQN) will usually cost between $944 to $1650 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early June with an average ticket price of $908. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1884. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $977 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1223 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to ZQN flight.

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

SFO to ZQN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to ZQN flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from San Francisco. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, 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 out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $102 (8%) 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 $1196. Return trip prices are from the ZQN 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 ZQN can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 50 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SFO to ZQN

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 ZQN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Auckland (SFO > AKL > ZQN)

  • Price for both tickets: $1111
  • Average savings: $112 (9.12%)

See SFO to AKL flights

Hack #2: Christchurch (SFO > CHC > ZQN)

  • Price for both tickets: $1208
  • Average savings: $15 (1.19%)

See SFO to CHC flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 17 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, WestJet, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7136 miles or 11484 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to ZQN flight is about 13 hour 50 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 79 available flights from SFO to ZQN.


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 ZQN
Destination airport name Queenstown Airport
City Queenstown
Country New Zealand
Latitude -45
Longitude 168.7


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