How to get to New Zealand

New Zealand is situated in the south Pacific Ocean - latitude 45°S longitude 169°E.

Many international airlines fly to New Zealand - Queenstown is the closest international airport (1hr from SHPG) and has many connecting flights daily to Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) and also domestically from Auckland & Christchurch international airports.

International Flight Times

USA (LAX) to NZ approximately 12 hours
UK/ Europe to NZ approximately 24 hours (usually connects via Asia or USA)
Asia to NZ approximately 10 hours

Local Flight Times



Wanaka is the closest town (40 minutes) to SHPG. (see the map and directions from Wanaka to SHPG) The area's history has been predominately dictated by the discovery of gold in the 1860-70's and sheep farming in the mid 19th century.

Wanaka has developed from a small service town to an international tourist destination, most popular for its ski resorts and outdoor activities.

With a population of just over 5000 people it is still one of the most desirable places to visit and live in New Zealand.

For a comprehensive description of Wanaka’s accommodation, activities and rental car services please consult the following websites:





Queenstown is a 50 minute drive from SHPG (see the map and directions from Queenstown to SHPG), located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and nestled at the feet of the magnificent mountains of the Southern Alps.

Queenstown has retained its electric vibe and buzz of excitement that began in the 1860’s during the gold rush right through to the new millennium, now a renowned international destination for the confirmed thrill seeker.

Please see the following websites for a comprehensive description of the many adventure activities hotels/ resorts and vehicle rental companies and all that Queenstown has to offer.




Travel Maps

Crown Range

Travel Times

Queenstown to SHPG - 60 minutes
Wanaka to SHPG - 40 minutes
Queenstown to Wanaka - 60 minutes



Links to New Zealand map Websites: