There are a wide range of airlines offering cheap flights to New Zealand.
Where Do I Land In New Zealand?
Most international flights to New Zealand land at one of the three main international airports. These are Auckland, at the northern end of the North Island, Wellington, at the southern end of the North Island, and Christchurch, centrally located on the east coast of the South Island. In addition, international flights to New Zealand from Australia, also arrive and depart from Queenstown and Dunedin on the South Island, and from Hamilton in the central North Island. Domestic New Zealand flights are available to a wide range of airports located throughout both islands.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, and is home to some 1.4 million people. Auckland is located in the north of New Zealand's North Island. The Auckland airport is about 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of the city center. The journey takes around 40 minutes, and regular bus and taxi services are available. Auckland airport is the busiest and largest in New Zealand, and as at 2009, around 13 million passengers passed through the airport. Around 7 million of these were international passengers. International flights to New Zealand's Auckland airport are (please note that services are subject to change – please confirm operations with your preferred carrier):
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires – Ezeiza, Sydney
Air Canada – Brisbane, Cairns, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Perth, San Francisco, Sydney, Vancouver
Air China – Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Air New Zealand – Adelaide, Apia, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Honolulu, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Nadi, Niue, Norfolk Island, Nouméa, Nuku'alofa, Osaka-Kansai, Papeete, Perth, Port Vila, Rarotonga, San Francisco, Shanghai-Pudong, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita, Vancouver
Air Pacific – Nadi
Air Tahiti Nui – Papeete
Air Vanuatu – Port Vila
American Airlines – Brisbane, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney
British Airways-Brisbane, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney
Cathay Pacific-Hong Kong
Emirates-Brisbane, Dubai, Melbourne, Sydney
LAN Airlines-Santiago, Sydney
Lufthansa-Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver
Malaysia Airlines-Kuala Lumpur
Qantas-Brisbane, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Nadi, Santiago, Sydney
Royal Brunei Airlines-Bandar Seri Begawan, Brisbane
Singapore Airlines-Singapore, Sydney,
South African Airways-Perth, Sydney,
Thai Airways-Hong Kong, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
United-Apia, Brisbane, Cairns, Los Angeles, Nadi, Melbourne, Perth, Rarotonga, San Francisco, Sydney,
US Airways-Adelaide, Apia, Brisbane, Cairns, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Nadi, Perth, Rarotonga, San Francisco, Sydney
Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue-Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Nuku'alofa, Rarotonga, Sydney
Virgin Blue operated by Polynesian Blue-Apia
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, and is located at the southern end of New Zealand's North Island. Wellington is the departure point for the Interislander ferry, linking both islands. Wellington airport is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) southeast of the Wellington city center (around 30 minutes drive). Regular bus and taxi services are available. International airlines operating in / out of Auckland airport are (please note that services are subject to change-please confirm operations with your preferred carrier):
Air New ZealandBrisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Nadi [seasonal]
Qantas operated by Jetconnect Melbourne, Sydney
Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue Brisbane, Sydney
Christchurch is the South Island's largest city, with a population of around 360,000 people. Christchurch airport is located 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of the Christchurch city center, around 20 minutes drive. Regular bus and taxi services are available. International airlines operating in / out of Auckland airport are (please note that services are subject to change-please confirm operations with your preferred carrier):
Air New Zealand – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Rarotonga [seasonal], Nadi [seasonal], Kansai, Tokyo-Narita [ends 29 March] International
Air Pacific – Nadi International
Emirates Airline Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Dubai, Sydney International
Jetstar Airways Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney International
Qantas Sydney International
Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney International
Singapore Airlines, Singapore
Queenstown is located on the shores of the spectacular Lake Wakatipu, and is known as the "Adventure Capital" of New Zealand. Queenstown airport is located approximately 7 kilometers from the town center, which is about 10 minutes drive. Taxis and buses run regularly. The airport is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range, which towers to 7,000 feet in places. If you are planning flights to New Zealand from Australia, Queenstown is a great alternative. The flight in over the Southern Alps is spectacular.
Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue have regular year round flights between Sydney and Queenstown.
Air New Zealand also operates seasonal services from Brisbane and Melbourne to Queenstown.
Times For Flights To New Zealand
Approximate Flight Times To New Zealand (Auckland) from:
Australia East Coast – 3.5 Hours
USA West Coast – 12 Hours
New Yourk – 22 Hours
Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo – 10-11 Hours
Honolulu – 8.5 Hours
Tahiti – 5 Hours
London – 24 Hours
New Zealand Departure Tax
A departure tax of up to NZD $ 25 is payable prior to departure overseas from New Zealand international airports. Exceptions may apply for children, but conditions and prices vary from airport to airport.
Alternative Travel Between Islands
Travel between the North and South Islands is also available on the Interislander ferry, which operates between Wellington on the North Island, and Picton, at the northern end of the South Island. The voyage, which takes 3 hours, and covers 92 kilometers, has been described as one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world.
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