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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

Flight Finder Flight Finder

Up to 50% off AirAsia flights

Valid for travel until 30 June 2019, including over Christmas. Destinations include Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Phuket, Maldives and more. T&Cs apply.

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STA Travel STA Travel

International flights from $363 return with Air New Zealand

Valid for travel until December 2018, including over Christmas. 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 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

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to 40% off Royal Caribbean cruises

Save on select Royal Caribbean sailings from now until February 2020 in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

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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 advanced and a minimum of 2-days rental to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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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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I Want That Flight I Want That Flight

San Francisco flights from $807 return

Valid for travel between November - December 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-San Francisco with Air New Zealand.

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Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

New Zealand flights from $372 return

Valid for travel from 1 February - 31 March 2019 and 1 May - 19 August 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Christchurch.

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Air New Zealand - Longhaul Air New Zealand - Longhaul

South America flights from $1,183 return

Valid for travel from February - September 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-Buenos Aires.

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Air New Zealand - Longhaul Air New Zealand - Longhaul

North America flights from $999 return

Valid for travel from October - November 2018 and January - June 2019. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Vancouver and Honolulu. Sample fare is Sydney-Los Angeles.

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Air New Zealand - Tasman Air New Zealand - Tasman

New Zealand flights from $179

Valid for travel from 6 February - 3 April 2019 and 1 May - 19 August 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Christchurch.

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Air New Zealand - Tasman Air New Zealand - Tasman

New Zealand flights from $239

Valid for travel from 12 November - 13 December 2018 and 31 January - 31 May 2019. Destinations include Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Sample fare is Melbourne-Christchurch.

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STA Travel STA Travel

International flights from $363 return with Air New Zealand

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

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TourRadar TourRadar

Up to 62% off Australia and New Zealand tours

Valid for travel from September - December 2018 depending on the destination. Destinations include Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Tick Travel Insurance Tick Travel Insurance
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Get 10% off all Tick travel insurance policies

Want to save more on your Tick travel insurance policy? Just enter this code to receive a 10% discount on your cover to destinations like Bali, New Zealand, USA, Europe, Thailand, Fiji, Vietnam and more.

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Travel Insurance Saver Travel Insurance Saver

Get up to 30% discount on travel insurance

Save on policies to Bali, New Zealand, USA, Europe, Thailand, Fiji, Vietnam and more when you purchase cover online. Terms and conditions apply.

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CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to 30% off P&O cruises

Save on select P&O sailings between March - August 2019 in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

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G Adventures G Adventures

Up to $1,170 off Australia and New Zealand tours

Valid for travel from 29 October 2018 - 30 January 2019. Destinations include Auckland, Wellington, Adelaide, Cairns, Alice Springs, Uluru 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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CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to US$1,000 OBC + free upgrade

Valid on select 2018 - 2020 cruises with Seabourn. Destinations include Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and more. 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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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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