According to Skyscanner, the world’s leading travel search engine, the Best Time to Book a trip to New Zealand is an average of six weeks ahead of travel. This means that travellers looking to escape the everyday in August with a ski holiday across the ditch when snow fall is at its highest, can still bag the best prices.
Through the analysis of millions of flights purchased by customers over the past three years, Skyscanner shows that Aussie snow bunnies can save around 6 per cent on flights when booking six weeks in advance.
Alana Saphin-Polchleb, Oceania Head of Marketing for Skyscanner said: “Aussies love a snow getaway and are always on the hunt for the top deals. With Skyscanner’s data on the Best Time to Book, we hope to make the travel planning process simpler for Australians. The Best Time to Book tool coupled with our Price Alert function will allow travellers to make a more informed decision when booking a flight, giving them one less thing to worry about so they may concentrate on planning and enjoying their trip.”
Skyscanner Tools to Help Simplify Travel Planning
Travellers can also monitor flight prices to New Zealand by using Skyscanner’s price alerts on desktop and mobile to ensure that they have found a good price. The Skyscanner Flights app, also shows the cheapest days to travel.
Skyscanner’s Hotel and Car Rental apps also make it easy for travellers keen to explore the different ski resorts around the South Island and make the most of their time in New Zealand. With these tools, it’s easy to find accommodation on the road and a set of holiday wheels at the lowest price
Skyscanner guide to get the most out of a New Zealand road trip in Winter
Fly into Queenstown airport and pick up your pre-booked car to save time and get you straight on the road, heading North on Highway 6 to the Cardrona Alpine Resort. There are plenty of hotels nearby (take your pick on Skyscanner Hotels), check in and get out on the slopes. If you don’t have a car booked, you can use the Skyscanner Car Rental app to find a car nearby.
If you’re not staying on the slopes and are up for something adventurous, hit the road and make your way north to Lake Wanaka where you can go on a hike or simply take in the stunning scenery. Next, take a 20-minute scenic drive to Treble Cone, which is perfect for free-riding (may not be suitable for beginners). When searching for a hotel, Whare Kea is one of the closest lodges to the ski resort – be sure to use the ‘Facilities’ feature on Skyscanner Hotels to find one with car parking.
Either head up to Mount Aspiring National Park on New Zealand’s West Coast or stay at Treble Cone or Lake Wanaka for another day. Note that it takes 45 minutes to drive up to Mount Aspiring and that the return drive down is twice as long.
Head back to Queenstown and explore more of the surrounding areas such as Glenorchy. This is a small town on the northern edge of Lake Wakatipu, only a 45-minute drive from Queenstown. Blanket Bay is an amazing 5-star lodge on the edge of the lake where you can spend the night in.
Spend your last day in Queenstown exploring the Remarkables or Coronet Peak, which are both an easy drive from the centre of Queenstown.