The cheapest times to fly from ZQN to SAN are

  • January 15th to April 1st
  • April 23rd to June 24th
  • July 23rd to August 5th

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 ZQN to SAN is late January. Prices can be as high as $2553 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $1099 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to San Diego

Flying from Queenstown (ZQN) to San Diego, CA (SAN) will usually cost between $1137 to $1899 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $1142. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2265. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1124 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1280 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ZQN to SAN flight.

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

ZQN to SAN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ZQN to SAN flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Queenstown. 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 to San Diego, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Queenstown. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $119 (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 $1277. Return trip prices are from the SAN to ZQN 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 ZQN to SAN 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 45 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 ZQN to SAN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from SAN
  • Usually 10.90% less expensive than SAN
  • 1-layover flights available

See ZQN to LAX flights


Flight Hacking ZQN to SAN

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 ZQN to SAN — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1050
  • Average savings: $230 (17.97%)

See ZQN to WLG flights

Hack #2: Wellington (ZQN > WLG > SAN)

  • Price for both tickets: $1182
  • Average savings: $98 (7.66%)

See ZQN to AKL flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, American, Delta, EVA Air, Hawaiian, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7092 miles or 11413 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ZQN to SAN flight is about 13 hour 45 minutes.

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 12 available flights from ZQN to SAN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeZQN
Origination airport nameQueenstown Airport
CountryNew Zealand

Return Airport

Destination codeSAN
Destination airport nameSan Diego International Airport
CitySan Diego, CA
Countrythe United States


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