Located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand often gives many travellers the impression that it is remote, but it’s only three hours from the east coast of Australia. And getting around the country isn’t difficult once you’re there either, even if you plan to fly. New Zealand has a lineup of international airports in major destinations including Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, Christchurch, Dunedin and Rotorua to name a few, and when it comes to a choice of airlines there’s plenty to consider, including international airlines such as Emirates, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and the country’s national carrier, Air New Zealand. The east coast of Australia is only a three hour hop across the Tasman, and there are multiple daily direct flights from destinations including Sydney, Brisbane the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast, as well as further afield in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The major carriers are Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar so there’s plenty of opportunity to top up on frequent flyer points (except for Jetstar).
If you don’t want to drive, and fancy getting around New Zealand by plane too, this is also easy, with domestic airports at many locations across the two islands making almost every part of the country accessible. Naturally Air New Zealand is the primary local carrier, while Air Chathams provides scheduled flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to the Chatham Islands, and Stewart Island Flights services Stewart Island from Invercargill on the South Island. Here’s a great tip when flying to, and around, New Zealand. If you’re flying with Air New Zealand or Jetstar domestically, your ticket will not include baggage, or inflight services such as food; these are extra. Also, the aircraft used by Air Chathams and Steward Island Flights are super small and can get booked quickly; they also have strict restrictions in relation to weight and bag dimensions for both check-in and carry-on luggage. Don’t guess, check with the carrier in question!