The average price of a 7-day trip to Queenstown is $2,786 for a solo traveler, $5,004 for a couple, and $9,380 for a family of 4. Queenstown hotels range from $65 to $214 per night with an average of $113, while most vacation rentals will cost $220 to $680 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Queenstown Airport (ZQN) are between $1,273 and $2,515 per person for economy flights and $3,995 to $7,892 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $48 to $114 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit Queenstown, NZ

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to ZQN and stay in a Queenstown hotel:

  • February 12th to March 18th
  • May 7th to June 24th
  • August 6th to October 7th
  • October 22nd to November 11th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Queenstown is usually mid May.

 

Average Queenstown Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Queenstown for a week is $1,503-$4,404($215-$629 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $48 to $114 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $681 to $2,238 for economy

Lodging: $81 to $90 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $186 to $228 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Queenstown for a week is $3,704-$7,994($529-$1,142 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $96 to $228 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,362 to $4,476 for economy

Lodging: $81 to $90 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $186 to $228 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Queenstown for a week is $5,040-$14,196($720-$2,028 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $192 to $456 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,724 to $8,952 for economy

Lodging: $162 to $180 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $298 to $342 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Queenstown

How cheap can you make a vacation to Queenstown? The cheapest trip to Queenstown is about $167 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $60 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $52.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Queenstown for a week is $1,168-$3,181($167-$454 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $25 to $49 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $681 to $2,238 for economy

Lodging: $52 to $65 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $60 to $100 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Queenstown for a week is $2,024-$5,762($289-$823 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $50 to $98 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,362 to $4,476 for economy

Lodging: $52 to $65 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $60 to $100 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Queenstown for a week is $4,000-$11,164($571-$1,595 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $100 to $196 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,724 to $8,952 for economy

Lodging: $104 to $130 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $96 to $140 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to Queenstown cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Queenstown Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Queenstown.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Queenstown for a week is $3,291-$15,970($470-$2,281 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $91 to $239 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,036 to $5,729 for first class

Lodging: $103 to $214 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $680 to $1,428 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Queenstown for a week is $5,964-$23,372($852-$3,339 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $182 to $478 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $4,072 to $11,458 for first class

Lodging: $103 to $214 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $680 to $1,428 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Queenstown for a week is $11,928-$43,318($1,704-$6,188 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $364 to $956 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $8,144 to $22,916 for first class

Lodging: $206 to $428 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $952 to $2,285 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Queenstown Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Queenstown is much higher than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Queenstown due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Queenstown Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on Queenstown hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in Queenstown.

 

Flight Costs to Queenstown

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $2,515 average in late December to a low of $1,273 in mid May. Median flight price is $1,481. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Queenstown our data includes 84 originating airports, and 52 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Queenstown from an airport like Henry E. Rohlsen (STX) in Christiansted, VI (the United States) for an average $7,946 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Wellington International (WLG) in Wellington (New Zealand) at an average of just $89.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Queenstown, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $1,243, so you can easily save about 98% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Queenstown can easily cost $370 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $25 per person. Private tours can cost $737 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

 

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