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Cheapest New Zealand Christmas flights 2019

The best flights to hop across the ditch for the Christmas holidays start from just $268 return.

Unless you work in retail, Christmas is the time of year when you’re gifted with a wide stretch of dates to travel or visit family overseas.

Fact of the matter is you’re not the only one with time off in late-December, early-January, making this peak season no matter your holiday destination.

The good news is there are deals and ways to travel across the ditch to New Zealand for Christmas that won’t make you pay inflated prices. Read on to find out how.

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When’s the best time to book Christmas flights to New Zealand?

When it comes to booking flights for Christmas, the overall idea is that the earlier you book, the better. However, according to Skyscanner, it seems that holding off booking until around five months out can save you the most. You can save up to 16% when booking flights from Gold Coast to Auckland in July as opposed to August where you'll only save 7%. On travel from Brisbane, booking your tickets as late as November can save you up to 5%.

Time to spare? You can generally score the cheapest outgoing fares by booking dates on or before 13 December and return from 8 January onward.

Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to New Zealand

Can’t find a price within your budget? Simple ways to decrease those dollars include:

  • Fly out on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. These major holiday dates are also the most unappealing to fly so they often sport cheaper fares. With a 3-4 hour flight from Australia’s eastern coast, it’s possible to fly out on Christmas Day and still make dinner in New Zealand.
  • Don’t bank on the budget airline. While Jetstar flies direct to New Zealand once daily from major Australian cities, it’s not necessarily the cheapest option. Browsing through Cheap Flights for Christmas dates, other airlines such as Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand can offer cheaper fares. This may be due to Jetstar pop-up sales or the frequency of flights offered by other airlines, which can be up to five times daily depending on the day of the week.
  • Fly early in the morning or around lunchtime. These are the least appealing flight times as they’re the most inconvenient and therefore more likely to offer those bargain fares.
  • Fly into a major New Zealand airport. Your family and friends might be in a smaller New Zealand city but the cheapest flights land in either Auckland or Christchurch, according to Cheap Flights. Depending on your destination it could be better to fly into either airport and take internal transport.

Top New Zealand travel deals

IHG Hotels IHG Hotels

Easter sale: Up to 35% off Australasia and Japan hotels

Valid for travel until 30 June 2019. Discount applies to IHG Rewards Club members in participating IHG hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu Papua New Guinea and Japan. T&Cs apply.

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TFE Hotels TFE Hotels

Up to 25% off global hotels + extra 10% off with code

Valid across all hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark and Hungary. Sign up to TFE Hotels eClub and get an extra 10% off on your bookings. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

15% off car hire

Valid for rentals until 21 July 2019 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum of 5 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia and New Zealand.

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CruiseAway CruiseAway

Royal Caribbean: Free balcony upgrade

Valid for travel for departures after 20 September 2019 with select Royal Caribbean cruises. Destinations include Singapore, New Zealand and more. T&Cs apply.

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Air New Zealand - Longhaul Air New Zealand - Longhaul

South America flights from $1,085 return

Valid for travel from 15 May - 25 November 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Buenos Aires.

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TourRadar TourRadar

Up to 75% off tours worldwide

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Europe, India, Iceland, Asia, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco and more. T&Cs apply.

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$99 deposits on select tours

Valid for use until 31 March 2019. Destinations include Europe, India, Iceland, Asia, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco and more. T&Cs apply.

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CruiseAway CruiseAway

Christmas sale: Free one-way airfare

Valid for travel until December 2019. Includes a free one-way airfare to New Zealand with bookings at select Princess local cruises. T&Cs apply.

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Air New Zealand - Longhaul Air New Zealand - Longhaul

USA flights from $765 return

Valid for travel from July - November 2019. Destinations include Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and more. Sample fare is Gold Cost-San Francisco.

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CruiseAway CruiseAway

Christmas sale: 38% off Australia and New Zealand cruises

Valid for travel until December 2020 across Australia and New Zealand. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin Australia Virgin Australia

Up to 10% off domestic and international flights

Valid for travel until August 2019. Destinations include New Zealand, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Pacific, Africa and across Australia including Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Virgin Australia Virgin Australia

Up to 10% off worldwide flights

Valid for travel until August 2019. Destinations include New Zealand, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Pacific, Africa and across Australia including Perth, Gold Coast, Townsville, Sunshine Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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Air New Zealand Air New Zealand

New Zealand flights from $189 each way

Valid for travel on select dates in 2019 with Air New Zealand. Destinations include Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Christchurch. T&Cs apply.

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EasyRentCars.com EasyRentCars.com

Up to 20% off New Zealand car hire

Valid until 31 March 2019. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

10% off New Zealand car hire

Valid until 1 August 2019. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off car hire

Valid for rentals until 1 August 2019 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Minimum of 2 days rental and must be booked 21 days prior vehicle pick up. T&Cs apply.

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Oaks Hotels & Resorts Oaks Hotels & Resorts

10% off stays in Australia and New Zealand

Valid for My Oaks members. Membership is free and also entitles guests to late checkout and complimentary internet use. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

25% off premium hire insurance

Get up to 25% off on your car rental when you purchase GoZen Cover. Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&C's apply.

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Choice Hotels Choice Hotels

Up to 10% off stays

Valid on select dates when booked between 2-30 days in advance and prepaid at time of booking. Available at locations across Australia and New Zealand.

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Airport Parking Airport Parking

Compare airport parking rates at 13 airports across Australia and New Zealand

Find the lowest price at various airport parking providers in Australia and New Zealand with Airport Parking.

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TourRadar TourRadar

Up to 10% off New Zealand ski tours

Valid from June - August 2019. Destinations include Christchurch and Queenstown. T&Cs apply.

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