Air New Zealand has tonight operated its first commercial evening service into Queenstown, kicking off the winter season.

After an extensive approval process involving multiple stakeholders, including Air New Zealand, Queenstown Airport Corporation, Airways New Zealand and the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority, NZ613 from Auckland arrived in the popular resort town at around 7.20pm.

Air New Zealand's full evening schedule takes effect from 3 July 2016 when the last evening flight will depart Queenstown at 7:30pm and the last arrival will land at 9:35pm.