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Fly in New Zealand

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Domestic flights are usually a cheap, quick and a convenient way to travel to New Zealand’s larger airports.

Quick travel isn’t the only reason people take to the skies during a backpacking adventure in New Zealand. Flights are also a great way to take in the diverse landscapes. This can be done by plane, seaplane, or by a much-loved New Zealand mode of transport – helicopter.

New Zealand’s largest airports

With frequent domestic flights each day, these airports are the cheapest options to travel to on a backpacker budget:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • Hamilton
  • Nelson
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Air Travel in New Zealand

Daily domestic flights between 25 destinations in New Zealand make air travel a convenient and fast way to get from one side of the country to the other. For example, it takes 1h55min to fly from Auckland airport to Queenstown airport.

If you choose to fly within New Zealand, we recommend flying within the 4 following airports: Auckland (AKL), Wellington (WGT), Christchurch (CHC) and Queenstown (ZQN). Those are the cheapest to fly to and from while other airports are much smaller and therefore more expensive to use.

The main domestic airlines are:

  • Jet Star
  • Air New Zealand

Jet Star boasts itself on budget, whereas Air NZ offers tea and cookies on morning flights or alcoholic beverages and crackers in the evening. After that comparison, it is impossible to decide between the 2! Jokes aside, it is worth mentioning that Air New Zealand offers flights to a lot more destinations than Jet Star so make sure to check them both out!

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Scenic Flights in New Zealand

Get a bird’s-eye-view of New Zealand with a heli-tour or by plane. These flights are perfect for getting to those hard-to-reach places such as Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, New Zealand’s highest mountain Mt Cook, White Island in the Bay of Plenty, Milford Sound, and more. The adventurous types opt for New Zealand’s excellent offering of heli-skiing and heli-mountain biking on exciting terrain.

Domestic Flight Travel Checklist

  • Make sure your carry-on and checked baggage meets the weight and size allowance.
  • Bring you ticket/booking reference.
  • If you only have carry-on baggage, checking in online means you can go straight to the gate.
  • Remember your valid ID! This doesn’t necessarily have to be your passport for a domestic flight, but that’s always the safest option.
  • Arrive at the airport 1 hour before departure.

Were you looking for international flights? Check out: Prepare for a Long Haul Flight.

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