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Cons: Hassled at luggage check in. Had to throw out clothes and shoes to meet weight requirements as they charge $25 a kilogram for extra weight which was not disclosed when we received our confirmation. We were the only ones hassled over being a few kilos over each. Many people hand large luggage carry ons which wouldn't even fit in the luggage testers yet no one said anything to them. 90 percent of the people were easily over the 7KG weight allowance for carry on luggage and were not hassled at all. It was pure discrimination and perhaps it was because I was italian or my wife had blond hair. Who knows. I have been on hundreds of flights in my life and have never been so humiliated in my life. The blonde luggage counter and boarding ticket taker, was insulting and even insisted on seeing our australian visitors permit which is not required according to Australian customs once you have paid for it and are registered. She even tried to force my wife to check her bag even though it fit in their luggage sizing testers. Another tall lady with glasses at the luggage check in area, was also very insulting and discriminated against us. Horrible experience. Both of those people would be fired if I was running the airline. Its a service business and while I understand rules, you have to have some discretion and if your going to enforce them, they must apply to all passengers, not just 2 people out of 150!
Pros: I wasn't happy about the boarding part of it. On our tickets we were boarding through gat 18B and was changed to gate three but there was a serious communication breakdown so much that we had to rush to gate 3 the last minute thing after we looked or made enquiries for ourselves
Pros: The jumbo-ness of the craft. I felt kind of like being on a cruise ship - which is good! The attendants were terrific.
Cons: Overhead light kind of spilled over to my neighbor's seat (me being in the outer aisle chair) even after being adjusted as much out as possible. Not a problem if my neighbor had one of those sleep masks...
Pros: We were given delay updates regularly, even when the delay time remained consistent.
Cons: We had to empty our water bottles prior to getting on board which felt like a waste of resources. If it is necessary to do so, maybe it would be beneficial for the staff to let us know why we have to dump clean water down the drain.
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- Looking for cheap airfare to New Zealand? 25% of our users found return tickets to New Zealand for the following prices or less: From Brisbane $333, from Melbourne $380, from Townsville $461
- Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
- High season is considered to be March, April and May. The cheapest month to fly to New Zealand is March.
- Dunedin Airport (DUD) is one of the most practical locations to fly into for those that would like to explore the southeastern part of the country, and they accept many daily flights departing from Brisbane.
- If you plan on visiting the South Island—a popular destination that is known for having scenic mountains, kayaking opportunities, and sports like skiing and bungee jumping—you will find that it is convenient to fly into Christchurch International Airport (CHC).
- While travellers that are either permanent residents or citizens of Australia do not need to have a visa when going to New Zealand, they must have a valid passport that will not expire in between their arrival and departure dates.
- Known for being the busiest airport in New Zealand and for servicing many daily flights to and from Australia, Auckland Airport (AKL) is a common destination for those that are travelling to areas throughout the North Island, such as North Shore.
- To visit the southern part of the North Island, such as the cities of New Plymouth and Hastings, it is best to fly into Wellington International Airport (WLG), particularly as this airport offers many flights to and from cities in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
FAQs - booking New Zealand flights
How long is the flight to New Zealand?
The average direct flight from Australia to New Zealand takes 11h 33m, covering a distance of 2986 km. The most popular route is Sydney - Auckland with an average flight time of 3h 05m.
What is the cheapest flight to New Zealand?
The cheapest ticket to New Zealand from Australia found in the last 72 hours was $255. The most popular route is Sydney to Auckland and the cheapest airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $255.
Which airlines fly to New Zealand?
Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines & Etihad Airways fly the most frequently from Australia to New Zealand. The most popular route is Sydney to Auckland, and Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines fly this route the most.
What are the most popular destinations in New Zealand?
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Auckland (29% of total searches to New Zealand). The next most popular destinations are Queenstown (18%) and Christchurch (12%). Searches for flights to Wellington (7%), Tauranga (7%) and Palmerston North (5%) are also popular.
What airlines offer direct flights to New Zealand?
If you are interested in direct flights to New Zealand from Australia, there are several companies that you can book your travels with, including Air New Zealand, Jetstar, LATAM, and Virgin Australia, all of which offer trips to the country’s largest hubs.
I would like to visit Milford Sound. What airport should I arrive at?
When travelling to Milford Sound, you can first fly into Queenstown Airport (ZQN), where you can then grab a small jumper plane that will bring you directly to the fjord. Otherwise, you can fly into Te Anau Airport Manapouri (TEU), which is approximately a 2h 30min drive from Milford Sound. Additionally, there are buses that will take you from both of these airports to the fjord, and you will find that there are several departure times each morning.
What is the easiest airport to fly into if I am visiting Abel Tasman National Park?
To go to Abel Tasman National Park, you will first have to fly into Wellington International Airport (WLG), as it is the closest destination that services flights from Australia. From there, you can take a short 35min flight that arrives directly next to the park at Nelson Airport (NSN). It is also possible to take a ferry from Wellington, which takes about 3h total. If you end up flying into a different airport, such as Christchurch International Airport (CHC) or Auckland Airport (AKL), you will also be able to grab a short flight to Nelson Airport (NSN).
If I plan on visiting the interior of the North Island, where should I fly?
For those that would like to visit the interior of the North Island, it is easiest to fly into Rotorua Airport (ROT), as it is within easy driving distance of many central cities in the region, including Tauranga and Gisborne.
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