New Zealand plane tickets & flights
Fantastic sights in nature, peaceful and friendly people are characteristics of this small, hidden, yet prosperous country.
New Zealand has scenery that resembles Norway's and Switzerland's, but also has rainforests, beaches with palms, warm islands and some unique scenerey as well that you won't find elsewhere in the World.
Travelling to New Zealand is a rare opportunity for most travelers and therefore careful planning is essential. It is far far away and costly anyway you look at it. Unless you are from a nearby country like Australia, Samoa, Fiji, etc.
Many long haul flights are operated through ("via") other airports like Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, etc.
Despite the fact that Wellington is the capital, most flights are connecting Auckland, the biggest city of New Zealand.
Airlines serving New Zealand
Commuter airline based in the Chatham Islands belonging to New Zealand.
Domestically serves: Auckland, Chatham Islands, Napier, Christchurch, Wellington.
There are no direct foreign routes served by this airline, but it owns a subsidiary called Chathams Pacific which flies to Tonga (to 7 locations in Tonga to be exact).
Air Nelson is a regional subsidiary of Air New Zealand.
Its primary destinations are: Kerikeri, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill.
Air New Zealand
The country's flag carrier.
This should be the top airline you should check when travelling by air to New Zealand.
They have the most connections to the "outside World" and a modern fleet.
The hub of Air New Zealand is located at Auckland's Airport, while the company is focusing on traffic to Christchurch, Los Angeles and Wellington as well.
In 2009 the airline group with subsidiaries included had 99 airplanes with 13 orders. The group served 53 destinations.
What is great about Air New Zealand is not only the fact that it flies so far away from the country and can take you right to Auckland, but also the fact that it has regional subsidies that will care for you to arrive "deeper into New Zealand".
Another important thing to know: Air New Zealand was voted the 8th best airline of the World in 2009.
Destinations from Auckland International are: Adelaide, Apia, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Honolulu, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Nadi, Niue, Norfolk Island, Nouméa, Nuku'alofa, Osaka, Papeete, Perth, Port Vila, Rarotonga, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Vancouver.
Regional airline based in Hamilton. It is owned by Air New Zealand.
Flies: Auckland to
Gisborne, Hamilton, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Masterton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Taupo,
Wanganui, Whangarei, Whakatane and Blenheim; Christchurch to Hokitika, Nelson,
Oamaru, Wanaka, and Blenheim, Westport and Invercargill; Hamilton to Palmerston
North; Wellington to Gisborne, Palmerston North, Taupo, Timaru, Westport,
Whangarei, Whakatane and Blenheim.
Subsidiary of the Australian carrier Qantas.
It is based in Auckland and serves Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
JetConnect also flies from Wellington to Melbourne and Sydney.
Mount Cook Airline
Wholly owned subsidy of Air New Zealand.
Main hubs are at Wellington and Christchurch International Airports.
Flies from Auckland (to Napier, Palmerston North), Christchurch (to Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Queenstown, Wellington), Wellington (to Hamilton, Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch), Hamilton (to Palmerston North)
Low cost airline owned by Virgin Blue Holdings. The airline has its main base at Christchurch, but will fly out from its other hubs at: Auckland, Wellington, Brisbane (Australia) as well.
Pacific Blue is a solution for low budget travelers willing to visit the Pacific Islands east of New Zealand.
In fact, they are good to check out for travelling back and forth between Australia, New Zealand and Polynesia.
Various other carriers
Aerolíneas Argentinas (Buenos Aires and Sydney), Air Pacific (Nadi), Air Tahiti Nui (Papeete), Air Vanuatu (Port Villa), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong), Emirates (Brisbane, Dubai, Melbourne, Sydney), JetStar Airways (Gold Coast, Sydney), Korean Air (Seoul), LAN Airlines (Santiago de Chile, Sydney), Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur), Qantas (Brisbane, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney), Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan, Brisbane), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), Thai Airways International (Bangkok), Virgin Blue operated by Pacific Blue (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Nuku'alofa, Rarotonga), Virgin Blue operated by Polynesian Blue (Apia).
Some of the airline flights presented above are operated by local New Zealander airline in cooperation with foreign companies.
Destinations, major airports in New Zealand
Auckland International Airport
Blenheim Woodbourne Aerodrome
Chatham Islands Tuuta Airport
Christchurch International Airport
Dunedin International Airport
Great Barrier Aerodrome
Hamilton International Airport
Napier Hawke's Bay Airport
Rotorua Regional Airport
Wanganui Regional Airport
Wellington International Airport (formerly known as Rongotai Airport)
Last modified/updated: November 20, 2009