New Zealand is a very popular vacation destination. Tourists come here to enjoy the serene landscape, participate in adventure vacations or just soak in the sun. It’s also an important destination for the backpackers and RTW travelers.
Airports and Airlines
There are seven international airports in New Zealand but only two of them handle the majority of the international traffic. If you fly from Australia or Fiji, you are in luck since there are several low cost carriers which fly into the smaller airports as well.
Flights to Auckland – the country’s largest airport and where most international flights come in. Auckland handles traffic to/from Australia, North America, South America, South Pacific and other destinations in New Zealand.
Flights to Christchurch – the country’s second largest airport, which handles 8 airlines, mainly from Australia, SE Asia, and Japan.
Flights to Wellington – the country’s third largest city handles regional New Zealand flights, Australia, and Fiji.
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Among the airlines which offer flights into New Zealand, we can list: Air Canada, Air Pacific, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Freedom Air, Korean Air, Emirates, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Polynesian Airlines, United Airlines, Mexicana, Thai Airways International and the national carriers Air New Zealand, Qantas and Soundsair.
Tips to get cheap airfare to New Zealand
With so many airlines serving New Zealand it’s quite easy to find cheap airfare into the country. It’s always a good idea to fly into the major airport on the North or South Island (Auckland and Christchurch, respectively) and then catch a local flight on one of the low-cost carriers to get to your destination.
If you arrive from Australia or Fiji you are in luck since several smaller airports are served by low-cost carriers from the respective countries.
Remember that the seasons are swapped from what you are used to in the Northern Hemisphere so take that into account when you book your flight. Also, some destinations are filled without tourists year round. Make sure to book your seat while in advance.
If you have some flexibility try to fly mid-week since the weekend flights are always crowded. Last minute deals are also good to check.