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How to get to New Zealand

New Zealand is located in the South Pacific, around 1930km southeast of Australia.

The most convenient route to New Zealand is by air to Auckland Airport (AKL), located about 21km (13mi) south of Auckland city centre.

The airport is the main gateway to the island nation and is serviced by many of the world's major airlines, as well as trans-Tasman, trans-Pacific and local airlines.


Flight times to Auckland, New Zealand

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Auckland Airport (AKL), New Zealand.

From Australia: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Adelaide to Auckland is 5 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Brisbane to Auckland is 3 hrs 53 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Auckland is 9 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Sydney to Auckland is 3 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Perth to Auckland is 6 hrs, 10 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Beijing to Auckland is 12 hrs 25 min, direct flight
Shanghai to Auckland is 11 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Auckland is 10 hrs 50 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines operate regular direct flights to Auckland.

Singapore to Auckland is 9 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From UAE: Emirates offers the most daily direct flights to Auckland.

Dubai to Auckland is 15 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From United States: Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, American Airlines and United Airlines operate the most convenient daily flights to Auckland.

Los Angeles to Auckland is 12 hrs 50 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Auckland is 12 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Auckland is 18 hrs 49 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Auckland is 20 hrs 3 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Auckland is 16 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Auckland is 17 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Auckland is 20 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air New Zealand and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Vancouver to Auckland is 13 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Toronto to Auckland is 19 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Auckland is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Air New Zealand, Emirates and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

London to Auckland is 23 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Auckland is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air New Zealand, Emirates and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Paris to Auckland is 24 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Berlin to Auckland is 24 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Auckland is 24 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Auckland is 23 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Auckland is 25 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Auckland is 23 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and Emirates offers the most convenient flights to Auckland.

Dublin to Auckland is 24 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Auckland Airport (AKL) is located 21km (13mi) south of Auckland city centre.

A dedicated SkyBus operates from the airport to the city centre every 10 minutes taking around 43 minutes, and costs NZ$18 for a single ticket. Shuttle buses also offer transportation between the airport and city or suburbs on a 'shared ride' basis. Taxis and hire cars are also available.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least one month beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel and proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses while in the country.

No visa is required for stays of up to three months for US, Canadian, Irish and South African citizens. UK citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to six months. Australian citizens do not need a visa and may stay indefinitely.


Getting around NZ

New Zealand is very easy to get around, with an extensive air and bus network throughout the country. All the major cities and towns, including Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown are linked by frequent scheduled flights.

Reliable bus services connect most destinations in the country (and is usually cheaper than flying), though services are fewer in rural areas.

Train routes offer regular services along specific routes on both islands.

Cars, motorcycles and bicycles are easily hired and allow you to travel at your own tempo, explore remote areas and visit regions with limited or no public transport.

A regular ferry service operates between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island, with two ferry companies operating several large ferries daily on the three-hour crossing.

Read more about how to get around New Zealand


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Latest update: How to get to New Zealand: 29 May, 2020


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