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Your personal Queenstown Airport visit plan
We recommend that you check well ahead of time that your visas, paperwork and insurances are in order for your transit stops and final destination.
Getting to the airport
We recommend you arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before your scheduled departure to give yourself time to check in and relax. There are several transport options including taxis, airport shuttles, limos, and buses.
Getting dropped off
There’s plenty of time to say your goodbyes with 20 minutes’ free parking in the dropoff /pick up zone, located in the first 5 rows of the public car park in front of the terminal building. Trolleys bays are conveniently located throughout the carparks and exterior of the terminal.
Please be sure to never leave your bags unattended as this can spark a security alert and potentially delay your travel. For locker storage options or other airport-related enquiries, visit the Airport Information Desk. If you need to make a phone call, public phones are located at the Check-in area.
With your passport and ticket/booking reference at the ready, make your way to the relevant airline counter or self-service kiosks to check in. Luggage labels are provided at the check-in counters so make sure your bags are correctly tagged before handing them over to the airline.
If you're travelling with pets, please be aware of, and respect the airport's rules. Because of health and safety issues, animals are prohibited from being inside the terminal building unless they are caged for cargo transport or are guide/mobility assistance dogs. However your furry friends are allowed to be outside in the public area if they're on a leash.
Your airline will provide you with a Departure Card at check-in or you can find them at the security screening entry point. This card needs to be completed before you are processed by Customs and Immigration.
For flight updates check our screens located around the terminal and above the security screening entry point. Your airline will also make announcements when it’s time to go to your gate or board. Gates 2-8 are located beyond the Security Screening Point.
When you’re ready to go to your gate, you need to go through security screening. To help our Aviation Security Service make the process quick and smooth, have your laptop out, check there’s nothing in your pockets and that all your toiletries are under 100ml (the size of the container/bottle, not the amount that remains in the container/bottle).
At Queenstown Airport you don’t need to place your toiletries in a transparent plastic bag, you can just place them on the tray before going through. For international flights, water and hot drinks cannot be taken through security screening.
Next stop after security screening is the Customs counter so have your passport, boarding pass and completed departure card ready to show the officer. This will make the whole process flow smoothly and before you know it you’ll be browsing Duty Free or relaxing with a glass of local pinot while you wait to be called for boarding.
Shop, eat and drink
Tax and Duty Free shopping is available to international passengers so check out the great range of products and deals at our Aelia Duty Free store. There’s also a café and bar, a news agency, a children’s area with a TV showing movies, a water dispenser, toilets and comfortable seating. Relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery while you wait!
Find out more about the international destinations we fly directly to.
Dropping off travellers
There’s plenty of time to say your goodbyes - we offer 20 minutes’ free parking in the designated pick up/drop off zone so come in, grab a coffee, a bite to eat or do some shopping while you’re here!
All you need to do is take a ticket at the barrier arm when entering the carpark and park in the pick up/drop off zone located in first 5 rows of the public car park in front of the terminal building. Trolley bays are located around the carparks and terminal building for your convenience.
If you’re parked for less than 20 minutes, there’s no need to validate your ticket – just insert it into barrier arm machine when exiting.
If you stay longer than 20 minutes, simply validate your ticket at the Paystation and then insert it into the barrier arm machine when exiting.