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Cheap flights to New Zealand for 2022

Discover deals and sales on flights to New Zealand from Australia.

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nwqNew Zealand overflows with national parks, towering mountains, outdoor pursuits and world-renowned wine.

From Australia you can catch direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne to Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington.

Latest New Zealand flight deals

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New Zealand flights from $357 return

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Flights to New Zealand from $374 each way

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New Zealand flights from $316 each way

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TL;DR: New Zealand flights

New Zealand's airport:
Auckland International Airport (AKL)

Get the best price:
May and September


Frequently asked questions about flights to New Zealand

How much does it cost to fly to New Zealand?

Direct Brisbane to New Zealand flights are available on Qantas and Air New Zealand and cost $500-$600 return.

Air New Zealand is the only airline that flies direct from the west coast. It offers flights from Perth to Auckland from $560 return.

When is the cheapest time to fly to New Zealand?

May and September are the cheapest months to fly to New Zealand from Australia. This is because these are the shoulder season, sitting between the summer and the peak ski period. We've based this answer on data from Cheapflights, Kayak and Skyscanner.

If you want to ski New Zealand as well as sightsee, September is one of the best times to visit as you can get the best of both worlds for cheap.

December and January are expensive months to travel to New Zealand as it's summer, Christmas and the school holidays.

Cheapest months to fly:

May and September

Priciest months to fly:

December and January

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

According to Skyscanner, booking five months out, in July, can save you the most.

If you're flying from Gold Coast to Auckland, you'll save 16% by booking in July as opposed to booking in August, where you'll only save 7%.

From Brisbane, buying your tickets as late as November can save you up to 5%.

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

How long does it take to fly to New Zealand?

Below are the minimum direct flight times to New Zealand from major Australian cities.

If you're flying to Auckland from:

  • Sydney: 3 hours direct
  • Melbourne: 3 hours, 35 minutes direct
  • Brisbane: 3 hours, 5 minutes direct
  • Perth: 6 hours direct

If you're flying to Christchurch from:

  • Sydney: 3 hours direct
  • Melbourne: 3 hours, 20 minutes direct
  • Brisbane: 3 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Perth: 8 hours, 15 minutes

If you're flying to Queenstown from:

  • Sydney: 3 hours direct
  • Melbourne: 3 hours, 10 minutes direct
  • Brisbane: 3 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Perth: 6 hours, 25 minutes

If you're flying to Wellington from:

  • Sydney: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Melbourne: 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Brisbane: 3 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Perth: 8 hours, 55 minutes

Which airlines fly direct to New Zealand?

Air New Zealand
  • Auckland from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth
  • Christchurch from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast
  • Queenstown from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Wellington from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Jetstar
  • Auckland from: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast
  • Christchurch from: Melbourne, Gold Coast
  • Queenstown from: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast
  • Wellington from: Gold Coast
Qantas
  • Auckland from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast
  • Christchurch from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Queenstown from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Wellington from: Sydney, Melbourne
Virgin Australia
  • Queenstown from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

What's the best airline to fly to New Zealand?

  • Best for price: As a budget carrier, Jetstar tends to have the cheapest fares. However, if you need luggage Virgin Australia offers checked luggage with your ticket and is price-competitiive.
  • Best for extras: Qantas and Air New Zealand include seat selection, a meal and checked baggage in your airfare.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards: Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer), Air New Zealand (Airpoints) and Virgin (Velocity) all let members earn frequent flyer points.

How many points do I need to fly to New Zealand?

Auckland

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flight
Adelaide40,000
Alice Springs40,600
Brisbane36,000
Cairns40,600
Darwin40,600
Gold Coast28,800
Melbourne36,000
Perth45,600
Sydney36,000

Christchurch

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flight
Adelaide36,000
Alice Springs40,600
Brisbane36,000
Cairns40,600
Darwin40,600
Gold Coast36,000
Melbourne36,000
Perth40,600
Sydney36,000

Queenstown

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a one-way Virgin flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Adelaide36,000Not availableNot available
Alice Springs45,500Not availableNot available
Brisbane36,00017,80035,600
Cairns40,600Not availableNot available
Darwin40,600Not availableNot available
Gold Coast36,000Not availableNot available
Melbourne36,00017,80035,600
Perth40,600Not availableNot available
Sydney36,00017,80035,600

Wellington

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flight
Adelaide36,000
Alice Springs40,600
Brisbane36,000
Cairns40,600
Darwin40,600
Gold Coast36,000
Melbourne36,000
Perth40,600
Sydney36,000

These points were calculated in May 2022 and are subject to change and increase based on demand on your preferred travel dates.

Want to earn a free flight to New Zealand?

These frequent flyer credit card offers can give you more than enough bonus points for a complimentary flight (minus applicable taxes) to Auckland International Airport (AKL) from major cities across Australia.

NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

Up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points
Discounted $295 first year annual fee

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

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American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

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How far in advance should I book my flights to New Zealand?

According to KAYAK booking you'll pay less than the average ticket price by booking at least 3 weeks in advance of your departure date.

Where are the airports in New Zealand?

New Zealand's 4 major international airports are Auckland (AKL), Christchurch (CHC), Queenstown (ZGN) and Wellington (WLG).

The are all in close proximity to the city centre, except for Auckland, which takes up to an hour to get to.

You can pre-book transfers online or decide when you arrive. Taxis can be relatively cheap when travelling in a group.

Self-dirivng New Zealand is a popular option for travellers. Many rental companies let you pick up a car or campervan from the airport terminal.

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