Auckland International Airport is the largest airport in New Zealand and one of two airports with international flights arriving on the North Island.
If you want to visit Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupo or Northland, you can fly into Auckland and make arrangements to travel to your onward destination by car or bus.
Alternatively, there are frequent domestic flights to other regions in New Zealand from the domestic airport. Direct flights are available to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Newcastle.
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How much are flights to Auckland?
Travellers departing from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Newcastle can secure a deal for less than $400 for return flights. From Adelaide, you can find return flights for less than $550 to Auckland, and from Perth, you can fly return to Auckland for less than $700.
When is the cheapest time to fly to Auckland?
May is the cheapest time to fly to Auckland from Australia. This falls into the shoulder season for travel, as it's the peak of autumn and you should expect rain and cold temperatures. May is a great time to hire a car or van and travel around the North and South Island as there are fewer people on the road and less demand for accommodation.
How far in advance should I book my flight to Auckland?
It's best to book your Auckland flights at least six weeks in advance if you have set dates in mind. For busy periods such as Christmas, Easter and school holidays, it pays to get in as early as possible to get a reasonable fare.
How long does it take to fly to Auckland?
Direct flights to Auckland are available from seven cities and you can find the flight times listed below. If you are flying from another airport with a stopover in one of these cities, you will need to factor in the additional flight and waiting time in the airport.
- Sydney: 3 hours, 10 minutes
- Brisbane: 3 hours, 15 minutes
- Melbourne: 3 hours, 35 minutes
- Perth: 6 hours, 10 minutes
- Gold Coast: 3 hours, 5 minutes
- Adelaide: 4 hours, 10 minutes
- Cairns: 7 hours
Which airlines fly to Auckland from Australia?
Seven airlines have direct flights to Auckland from Australian cities, with Sydney providing the most options. If you live in a city that doesn't offer direct flights to Auckland, it is often possible to book a two-leg trip with Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar and Emirates and have a stopover in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.Adelaide and Cairns only have direct flights on certain days of the week, so you may need to be flexible with your plans if you want to avoid having a journey with a stopover.
- Air New Zealand: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast
- Jetstar: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast
- Qantas: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast
- Virgin Australia: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast
- Emirates: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
- LATAM: Sydney
- China Airlines: Brisbane
When you are comparing fares between the different airlines, make sure to check what is included with your ticket. Even though a fare seems cheap, you may also need to pay to check your bags and pay for food, drinks and entertainment during your flight.
LATAM, Qantas, Emirates, Virgin Australia and China Airlines provide a light meal and refreshments for trans-Tasman flights as well as checked baggage. Air New Zealand has different fares so you can book a seat only; a seat plus bag; or a seat, bag, meal and entertainment. Jetstar keeps things no-frills with a base fare that includes carry-on luggage, but you can purchase checked baggage, in-flight entertainment and meals if you need them.
Where is the airport in Auckland?
Auckland Airport is located near Mangere, a residential suburb in the south-west part of the city.
How long does it take to get to the airport from Auckland?
- CBD: 35 minutes (25 kilometres)
- Parnell: 26 minutes (19 kilometres)
- Ponsonby: 26 minutes (21 kilometres)
- Mt Eden: 20 minutes (17 kilometres)
- Mission Bay: 37 minutes (25 kilometres)
- Remuera: 22 minutes (17 kilometres)
- Takapuna: 35 minutes (29 kilometres)
- Devonport: 45 minutes (39 kilometres)
If you arrive in Auckland between 7am and 10am or between 3pm and 6pm, you can expect these travel times to increase due to rush-hour traffic.
To get to your hotel or destination in Auckland, you can take a taxi from outside the arrivals hall. Many taxi companies have a set fare to the CBD, which can be between $40 and $80 depending on how many passengers you have. A surcharge for pick up and drop off also applies.
You can book a rideshare service such as Uber, Ola or Zoomy with prices varying according to traffic conditions. Make your booking once you have cleared customs and meet your driver outside Door 11 of the international terminal.
If you would like to rent your own car, you can find major rental companies at Auckland Airport as well as cheaper options based outside the airport grounds.
A cheaper alternative is catching the SkyBus to either the city centre or North Harbour. You can purchase tickets either online or at the ticket kiosk at the airport.
Do I need a visa to travel to Auckland with an Australian passport?
If you have an Australian passport, you don't need a visa to travel to New Zealand. You can visit, live, work and study provided you meet the character and entry permission requirements.Australian permanent residents do not have the same privilege and must hold a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority before travelling. You can apply for this online and pay the appropriate fee, with processing time taking between 10 minutes and 72 hours.
If you hold a passport from one of the nations on the New Zealand visa waiver country and territory list, you will also need to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority. This allows you entry to New Zealand for up to three months, provided you satisfy the entry requirements. British citizens can stay for up to six months.
Am I required to book an onward or return flight to Auckland?
A return or onward flight is not required by Australian citizens when visiting New Zealand. However, you will have to show that you have an onward flight if you enter with a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority.