Located in the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is approximately 3 hours by plane from Australia's east coast. If you're travelling from Australia, you're in luck! There are a fantastic range of flights on offer making getting to New Zealand easy and affordable. Trusted airlines such as Air New Zealand, Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Airways offer daily flights to New Zealand from many of Australia's major capital cities.
There are several options for getting from the airport to your accommodation however the easiest is by pre-arranged transfer, particularly if you are bringing bulky snow sports equipment. Most holiday packages include the convenience of pre-arranged transfers so that your transport operator can arrive prepared. Taxis are also readily available at the airport and can take you directly to your accommodation or you can rent a car at the airport and drive. Many hotels and guesthouses also offer airport shuttle services, and we can assist you to arrange this in advance. Public transportation is also available and there is a network of buses that operate throughout the city. From the airport, you can catch a bus to the town center and then transfer to a bus that goes to your accommodation, however we would not recommend this option if you have large suitcases or equipment that you are travelling with.
Depending on your itinerary, arrivals to New Zealand's South Island are via Christchurch or Queenstown Airports. Located further north on the island, Christchurch Airport is New Zealand's second busiest airport after Auckland. Conveniently, Christchurch Airport consists of a single terminal which caters for both domestic and international flights. Further south in the heart of the four season alpine and lake adventure playground of Queenstown, the Queenstown Airport is a popular arrival point for visitors on ski holidays. Just 8km from the centre of town, the Queenstown Airport has a single terminal for both international and domestic flights and is conveniently located in the heart of the ski fields.
The majority of arrivals to New Zealand's North Island are via Auckland Airport. Located 20 minutes from Auckland's city centre, the airport is New Zealand's largest and busiest airport and is a hub for both domestic and international arrivals. There are two terminals at Auckland Airport, both international and domestic. These terminals are approximately 500m apart. For international arrivals transferring to domestic services, there is a free shuttle bus service as well as a signposted walkway that connects the two.
With its scenic landscapes and abundance of attractions, New Zealand is one of the world's best road tripping destinations. However, the only challenge in seeing all of New Zealand in one trip is geography. The North and South Islands are separated by the Cook Strait, and unfortunately there is no bridge or tunnel connecting the two. Instead, travellers are required to fly or catch a ferry between the islands. Flights take approximately 1 hour, and the ferry will take between 3 and 3.5 hours.