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Cheap Flights to New Zealand

An island country in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand has two land masses – Te Ika-a-Māui or North Island and Te Waipounamu or South Island along with various smaller islands. New Zealand is 900 miles east of Australia with Wellington as its capital city and Auckland being the most populous city. It is a country with diverse natural beauty where you will find stunning mountains along with pasture lands, steep fiords with unspoiled lakes. It also an attraction for adventure travelers with its challenging rivers and active volcanic areas.

New Zealand offers a variety of sights and attractions thanks to its natural and mostly untouched locations. When in the country, try to visit the Fiordland National Park. It is located in the South Island and the largest of the 14 national parks found in New Zealand. It covers 12,500 square kilometers and a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. The park is home to the most famous fiord, the Milford Sound as well as other notable fiords such as Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound. Several lakes can also be found within the park boundaries including Lake Te Anau, Lake Monowai and Lake Poteriteri. It is also home to Sutherland Falls which is one of the world’s highest waterfalls and is located southwest of the Milford Sound.

The Bay Islands is also a good spot to visit. It is a popular area for fishing and sailing renowned internationally for big-game fishing. It is located 60 kilometers north-west of Whangarei City. It is an irregularly shaped bay and consists of 144 islands with Urupukapuka as the largest island. It also has numerous peninsulas and inlets. The three largest inlets in the Bay Islands are Waikare Inlet to the south, along with Kerikeri and Te Puna inlets both located in the north-west. 

south, along with Kerikeri and Te Puna inlets both located in the north-west.

How to get around New Zealand

When traveling around New Zealand, taking a domestic flight is often a cheaper alternative to driving or taking a train. This is especially so when crossing between the North and South Islands. There are several airlines that serve these domestic routes including Air New Zealand which probably has the most extensive network. The other airlines are Virgin Australia, who code shares with Air New Zealand, Jetstar, air2there and Sounds Air.

Buses are also an option as they are fairly cheap and a reasonably comfortable way to get around New Zealand. There are several bus companies in the country depending on what kind of travel you prefer. InterCity, which is New Zealand’s national bus company, connects over 600 destinations nationwide. When opting for a bus, be aware that the country roads are often narrow and winding. Services can also often be just once per day even between major cities.

How to get to New Zealand

Since New Zealand is relatively isolated and far from anywhere else in the world, the best option to travel to New Zealand is by air. New Zealand’s international hubs are Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington. While Auckland Airport (AKL) and Christchurch International Airport (CHC) serve varied international routes, the others most serve flights from Australia. New Zealand also has several route options to South Pacific nations such as Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoa. This is due to a large population of Polynesian and Melanesian descent in New Zealand. 

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