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Language: English | Currency: Dollars ($) | Local time: NZST | Avg. Flight time: 24 hrs
Many airlines fly between London and New Zealand and the keen competition has helped to drive prices down. When it is summer in the UK (but winter in New Zealand), you can get cheap tickets for as low as £550 to Auckland if you plan early, or willing to spend roughly two days getting there.
From Manchester Airport (MAN), Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, Qatar, Emirates, Etihad, and Qantas all have indirect services to New Zealand, with a stopover in the middle east or the far east.
Auckland (AKL) is the nation’s largest airport, which means you’re likely to get the cheapest fare if you choose it as your destination. Located at the north end of the country, the metropolis is an easy gateway to New Zealand’s most populated and warmer North Island, as well as easy access to connecting domestic flights elsewhere in the country.
Once you’ve landed, the easiest way to get into Auckland’s city centre is via the SkyBus. Operating every 10-15 minutes, buses pick passengers up from the airport to bring them downtown. Bring cash because you’ll need to pay the driver your bus fee ($18 one-way), or you can pay online in advance and save $1. Taxis and shuttles are also on hand at the airport although they’re much costlier, usually about 75% more than the bus.
A gateway to the South Island, Christchurch has a strong British flair. With Victorian architecture, beautiful gardens, Anglican cathedral, and stone-walled bridges dotted around the city, you’d be forgiven to think that you’re in an English university town.
Popular airlines servicing the London Heathrow (LHR) and Christchurch (CHC) routes with one stopover include China Southern, Etihad and Singapore Airlines. The fares aren’t as cheap as flying into Auckland, though bargains can still be found.
There are plenty of domestic flights for travellers who like to maximize their time by venturing to multiple places across New Zealand. Air New Zealand and Jetstar are the country’s primary providers for inter-island flights, augmented by charter companies and scenic flight operators. These flights tend to be quite affordable and quick, with a maximum length of just under two hours for a flight from Auckland at the north end of the country to Queenstown at the very bottom.
As long as you’re equipped with your current passport, you’re good to go. British passport holders do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand if the stay is less than six months and your passport is valid for at least three months after your intended departure date.
Do remember to complete your Passenger Arrival Card before you get to passport control. On it you will declare what you are bringing into the country – New Zealand has very strict rules on what can, or cannot, be brought in – so if you aren’t sure, check with an officer at Immigration.
Looking to visit New Zealand? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first