Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand often gives many travellers the impression that it is remote, but in reality, it’s only three hours from the east coast of Australia. Getting around New Zealand isn’t difficult once you’re there either, even if you plan to fly. New Zealand has a good lineup of international airports in destinations including Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, Christchurch, Dunedin and Rotorua, and when it comes to a choice of carriers there’s plenty, 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 a lineup of domestic airports at many locations across the two islands making almost every part of the country accessible. NaturallyAir 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 up 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!