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* Where are the major airports in New Zealand?

* Flight times to New Zealand

* Auckland airport information

* The Interislander - an alternative to flying between the islands

* Wellington airport information

* Car and camper hire

* Christchurch airport information

* Airport shuttle information

* Queenstown airport information

* Don't forget your travel insurance

Where Do flights to New Zealand land?

Most international flights 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.

For airport locations, please refer to our map.

Auckland Airport

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.

Experience Auckland Harbour on a romantic cruise - click for more details

Auckland airport is about 14 miles (22 kilometres) south of the city centre. The journey takes around 40 minutes, and regular bus, taxi, and shuttle 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
  • Aircalin Nouméa
  • 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
  • Asiana Airlines-Sydney
  • British Airways-Brisbane, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Cathay Pacific-Hong Kong
  • Delta-Seoul
  • Emirates-Brisbane, Dubai, Melbourne, Sydney

  • Jetstar-Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns (from April 2011)
  • Korean Air-Seoul-Incheon
  • LAN Airlines-Santiago, Sydney
  • Lufthansa-Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver
  • Malaysia Airlines-Kuala Lumpur
  • Mexicana-Los Angeles
  • 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,
  • U.S. 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

For more information please refer to the Auckland Airport website here.

Wellington Airport

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's cable car - pic Ian Trafford

Wellington airport is located 5 miles (8 kilometres) southeast of the Wellington city centre (around 30 minutes drive). Regular bus, shuttle 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, Nadi [seasonal]

Qantas operated by Jetconnect Melbourne, Sydney

Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue Brisbane, Sydney

More information can be found on the Wellington Airport website here.

Christchurch Airport

Christchurch is the South Island's largest city, with a population of around 360,000 people.

Punting on the Avon River in Christchurch

Christchurch airport is located 6 miles (10 kilometres) northwest of the Christchurch city center, around 20 minutes drive. Regular shuttle, 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

You can access the Christchurch Airport website here.

Queenstown Airport

Queenstown is located on the shores of the spectacular Lake Wakatipu, and is known as the "Adventure Capital" of New Zealand.

Stunning Queenstown

Queenstown airport is located approximately 7 kilometres from the town center, which is about 10 minutes drive. Taxis, shuttles 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.

Jetstar fly from Melbourne and the Gold Coast to Queenstown.

For more information please go to the Queenstown Airport website here.

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
  • South America 12 Hours

Air New Zealand

New Zealand's national airline is Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand fly to New Zealand from a wide range of international ports. Click here learn more about Air New Zealand flights.

Alternative Travel Between Islands

Travel between the North and South Islands is also available on the Inter island ferry.

The Interislander operates between Wellington on the North Island, and Picton (in the Marlborough district ), at the northern end of the South Island.

The voyage, which takes 3 hours, and covers 92 kilometres, has been described as one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world. It's a great way to make the trip between islands and one that we highly recommend.

The Inter Island Ferry Kaitaki

Travel Insurance is a necessity

If there's one piece of advice that we can give you, it's this.....please, make sure that you take out travel insurance.

There are so many horror stories about people injured on holiday, or who have possessions stolen, or have an accident in their hire car, and have no cover.

Medical costs alone can cover tens of thousands of dollars. And relocation costs to return you to your own country can also add up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Please, when you book your flights to New Zealand, look at your travel insurance needs, and if you need help or a quote, just click here.

Do you need to hire a car or camper?

A New Zealand road trip is a great way to see the country.

Amazing scenery, an endless range of things to see and do, and a bunch of friendly locals are just the thing to make your holiday something special.

If you need to hire a car or camper van in New Zealand, we can help, with access to all of the main brands, at discounted prices.

For more information on the range of vehicles and to check costs just click here.

Airport shuttles to or from your hotel

Airport shuttles are a great alternative to taxis and can be great value.

Shuttle services are available from the larger airports.

To check prices, read customer reviews, and to book your shuttle, just click here.

The New Zealand dollar is very friendly!

Click here to check the current New Zealand Dollar Exchange Rate.

Flights to New Zealand - Disclaimer

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. However, airline flight schedules and routes are constantly changing so please ensure that you use the search boxes on this page to verify current flights for your chosen route.

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