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Cheapest New Zealand Christmas flights 2018

Your go-to for the best flights to hop across the ditch for the Christmas holidays.

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.

Compare prices for New Zealand Christmas flights

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.


Latest New Zealand flight deals

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Auckland flights from $296 return

Valid for travel from 15 February - 25 March 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Auckland.

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New Zealand flights from $299 return

Valid for travel until 31 December 2018, including Christmas. Sample fare is Melbourne-Christchurch with Air New Zealand.

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International flights from $363 return with Air New Zealand

Valid for travel until December 2018. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.

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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 three months out can save you the most. You can save up to 17% when booking flights from Brisbane to Auckland in late September as opposed to mid-September when you stand to pay 18 more. On travel from Perth, booking your tickets as late as November can save you up to 17%.

Time to spare? You can generally score the cheapest outgoing fares by booking dates on or prior to 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

Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

Auckland flights from $296 return

Valid for travel from 15 February - 25 March 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Auckland.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

STA Travel STA Travel

New Zealand flights from $299 return

Valid for travel until 31 December 2018, including Christmas. Sample fare is Melbourne-Christchurch with Air New Zealand.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

STA Travel STA Travel

International flights from $363 return with Air New Zealand

Valid for travel until December 2018. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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