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Cheapest New Zealand Christmas flights 2018

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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Use the search engine below to compare prices from hundreds of booking sites and airlines to get the cheapest fare available for New Zealand flights around Christmas.


New Zealand Christmas flight deals

Skyscanner Skyscanner

New Zealand flights from $268 return

Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 20, including over Christmas and New Year. Destinations include Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and more. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Auckland.

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Popular Christmas flights to New Zealand coupon codes

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7 Dec 2018 New Zealand flights from $268 return ********

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

Air New Zealand - Longhaul Air New Zealand - Longhaul

USA flights from $859 return

Valid for travel from July - September 2019. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Los Angeles.

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G Adventures G Adventures

Up to 30% off tours worldwide

Save on sailing trips and small-group adventures worldwide until July 2019 including India, Sri Lanka, China, USA, Cuba, Thailand, Vietnam, Caribbean, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Iceland and more.

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Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off base rate

Valid for rentals until 16 December 2018 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Must book 21 days in advance and for a minimum of 2 days to redeem offer. 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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Scoopon Scoopon

Up to 70% off travel deals

Discounted hotel packages, tours and cruises to destinations in Australia and to Thailand, Fiji, Cook Islands, Bali, Vietnam, Myanmar, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Germany, New Zealand and more.

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Enterprise Rent a Car Enterprise Rent a Car

Up to 10% off New Zealand car hire

Valid until 31 December 2018, including over Christmas. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Air New Zealand - Tasman Air New Zealand - Tasman

New Zealand flights from $249 each way

Valid for travel from February - September 2019. Sample fare is Brisbane-Christchurch.

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Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

San Francisco flights from $927 return

Valid for travel between 15 February - 4 April 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-San Francisco with Air New Zealand.

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TourRadar TourRadar

Up to 50% off Australia and New Zealand tours

Valid for travel on select dates depending on the destination. Destinations include Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Skyscanner Skyscanner

New Zealand flights from $268 return

Valid for travel from December 2018 - January 20, including over Christmas and New Year. Destinations include Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and more. Sample fare is Gold Coast-Auckland.

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Tick Travel Insurance Tick Travel Insurance
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Get 5% off all Tick travel insurance policies

Want to save more on your Tick travel insurance policy? Just enter this code to receive a 5% discount on your cover to destinations like Bali, New Zealand, USA, Europe, Thailand, Fiji, Vietnam and more.

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Oaks Hotels & Resorts Oaks Hotels & Resorts

Up to 30% off Australia and New Zealand hotels

Available at hotels in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hunter Valley, Broome, Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Mackay, Auckland and more for stays two nights or longer. T&Cs apply.

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G Adventures G Adventures

Up to $780 off Australia and New Zealand tours

Valid for travel from 15 January - 18 March 2019. Destinations include Wellington, Auckland, Adelaide, Melbourne, Alice Springs and more. T&Cs apply.

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Topdeck Topdeck

Up to 10% off Australia and New Zealand tours

Valid for 2019 and 2020 tours. Destinations include Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Christchurch, Victoria and more. 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

15% off the 5+ day hires

Valid on select dates until 16 December 2018 in Australia or New Zealand. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

10% off New Zealand car hire

Valid until 16 December 2018. Minimum of 3 days rental. 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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Popular Travel coupon codes

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14 Dec 2018 Up to 50% off experiences + extra 15% off with code VIP****
13 Dec 2018 Extra 5% off hotels worldwide FIN****
13 Dec 2018 Extra 8% off hotel bookings OTE****
12 Dec 2018 Extra $300 off Christmas market tours CNC****
12 Dec 2018 40% off worldwide tours + extra 10% off with code 10X****
14 Dec 2018 USA flights from $859 return ********

Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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