Cheap flights from Cairns to Auckland International

Flight information Cairns to Auckland International

Cheapest return price last month


Direct airlines


Average flight time, total distance 3624 kilometres

6h 15min

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Auckland International

1 airport

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Skyscanner lets you find the cheapest airfares from Cairns to Auckland. Here’s everything you need to know about flying between these two destinations.

Direct flights from Cairns to Auckland

If you’re looking for direct, non-stop flights from Cairns to Auckland, then you’re in luck. There are a few airlines that are currently offering this route, including Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, and Philippines Airlines.

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Qantas and Jetstar also offer this route as well, but usually with a stopover in Sydney, and it tends to be much more cost effective to take the direct non-stop option.

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Cairns Airport (CNS) departure information

Getting there

Cairns Airport is situated around 6.4 km by road from the Cairns city centre. There are a number of public transport options to get you there for your flight. The Airport Connect shuttle offers transfers from Cairns city centre to the airport. You need to pre-book your ticket and hail the Sun Palm Transport bus from the C9 Bus Stop on Sheridan Street. The journey takes around 7 minutes. If you are driving to the airport, there is plenty of parking available at T1, and prices are around $69 for 2-3 days, with each day costing $15 thereafter.

Terminal information

For flights departing to Auckland will leave from the T1 International Terminal, which offers plenty of dining, passenger amenities, currency exchange facilities, and duty free shopping. Passengers flying from T1 can access free Wi-Fi for one hour. More information on Cairns Airport.

Auckland International Airport (AKL) Arrival Information

Getting there

Auckland Airport is located around 20km by road from Auckland city centre, and is well connected to the city and surrounding areas by various transport options. SkyBus is a bus transfer service between Auckland City and Auckland Airport, and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The journey from the airport takes around 40-60 minutes, and an adult one way ticket starts at NZ $16 (around $15.25 AUD). If you wish to take a taxi, taxi and shuttle ranks are outside the arrivals area (door 8) at the international terminal. Shuttles are also available for around $33 per person.

Terminal information

Flights from Cairns will fly into Auckland’s international terminal. Those transferring or catching an onward domestic flight will need to travel to the domestic terminal with the free inter-terminal bus. The domestic terminal can also be reached by walking, following the walkway. More information on Auckland Airport.

Time difference from Cairns to Auckland

Auckland is 2 hours ahead of Cairns during non-daylight savings months in New Zealand (between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in September every year), and 3 hours ahead of Cairns during daylight savings months.


Auckland has a much cooler climate than Cairns. Cairns has warmer temperatures year-round, with winter high temps around 25-26°C, and summer around 31°C. Auckland by comparison has cooler summers, with highs of around 21-23°C, and winters around 14-15°C. Auckland is best to visit year-round, especially in summer if you wish to participate in the many outdoor activities New Zealand has to offer.

Expect to pay

Prices in Cairns and Auckland are fairly on par, for most things including groceries, restaurants, and transportation (Auckland public transport is very slightly more expensive by 4-7%). A cup of coffee in most cafes in Auckland will set you back the equivalent of around $4.40 AUD.

Transportation to city centre

A taxi to the city centre from Auckland Airport will cost you around NZ $75-$90 (about $71.50-$86 AUD). Car hire is also available from all major providers - Compare prices and book online in advance in order to ensure you can get the vehicle you want, and at the best price. You can also organise airport transfers from the airport to your accommodation or next destination online with Skyscanner.

Mode of payment

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar. Credit cards and debit cards are also accepted by most vendors around Auckland.

Find more information about visiting Auckland and Cairns.

The above information is correct as of June 2016. Please check all travel details and costs closer to the time of your travel date.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.