Getting To New Zealand

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a remote destination approximately 3 hours 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. In partnership with trusted airlines such as Air New Zealand, Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Airways, TravelOnline has daily flights to New Zealand from many of Australia's major capital cities. Or, if you want to cruise New Zealand, there are a wonderful range of itineraries to choose from. Read on to discover all the ways you can get to beautiful New Zealand.

Air New Zealand

Getting to the North Island

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.

Getting to the South Island

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.

Travelling Between the North & South Island

With its scenic landscapes and abundance of attractions, New Zealand is one of the world's best destinations road tripping destinations. However, the only problem to 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.

Nelson - New Zealand

New Zealand Transport

Getting around New Zealand is easy and affordable thanks to a great range of transport options including buses, rental cars, motor-homes, trains, taxis, airplanes and cruises. Your choice of New Zealand transport will depend on how quickly you want to get from A to B.

Self-drive is the most popular way to travel around New Zealand and there are a great range of car, motorcycle and motor-home rental companies on offer. Set your own itinerary and get out on the open road to see all that New Zealand has to offer. Before setting out on your New Zealand adventure, make sure you are familiar with the road rules and driving conditions. You can learn more about these on our New Zealand driving information page.

Alternatively, bus and coach tours are another popular way to get around New Zealand. Allowing you to sit back, relax and take in the astounding landscapes, coach tours take you to all the major New Zealand hot spots. Ranging in length from day trips, to extended journeys, bus and coach tours are a great option if you want to let someone else take the wheel.

Public transport is available in most areas of New Zealand, as well as taxi's and uber.

Cruising to New Zealand

Whether you're after scenic beauty or an all-inclusive holiday experience, cruising is a spectacular way to explore New Zealand. And with a great range of tours and itineraries on offer, you'll be sure to find a cruise that suits. Thanks to NZ's compact land mass, each distinct region is within overnight cruising of each other, meaning you can explore a lot in a short amount of time. To learn more about cruises to New Zealand, visit our dedicated cruise page.