From the West Coast of the United States, a direct flight to New Zealand is 12 hours. There are now also direct flights available from San Francisco & Texas. Other places on the Pacific Rim, like Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, take around 10 hours.
When travelling to New Zealand from another country, you'll probably arrive here at one of four major airports - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, or Queenstown with the majority landing in Auckland. Domestic flights are operated out of all the main airports including Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch.
Auckland International Airport is New Zealand's largest and busiest airport. Most overseas visitors to New Zealand arrive here. It is located south-west of the city of Auckland in the suburb of Mangere.
Flight Times to Auckland
Sydney, Australia: 2 hrs 50 mins
Melbourne, Australia: 3 hrs 20 mins
Brisbane, Australia: 3 hrs 20 mins
Perth, Australia: 7 hrs
Los Angeles, USA: 11 hrs 45 mins
London, England: 25 hrs 40 mins
Frankfurt, Germany: 26 hrs 15 mins
Hong Kong: 10 hrs 30 mins
Rotorua: 40 mins
Wellington: 1 hr
Christchurch: 1 hr 20 mins
Queenstown: 1 hr 50 mins
Wellington International Airport is the country's newest airline terminal, opening just a few years ago. As Wellington becomes an increasingly popular tourist destination, it is handling larger and larger numbers of international visitors.
Flying Times to Wellington
Auckland: 1 hr
Rotorua: 1 hr 10 mins
Christchurch: 45 mins
Queenstown: 1 hrs 30 mins
Christchurch International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the South Island. It is also the main New Zealand airport for flights to and from Antarctica. Christchurch International Airport is located 12 km north-west of the city.
Flying Times to Christchurch
Auckland: 1 hr 20 mins
Rotorua: 1 hr 40 mins
Wellington: 45 mins
Queenstown: 45 mins
Queenstown International Airport is one of the most dramatic in the world - surrounded on both sides by spectacular, rugged mountains. Queenstown Airport is located close to town in the lakeside suburb of Frankton.
Flying Times to Queenstown
Auckland: 1 hr 50 mins
Rotorua: 1 hr 45 mins
Wellington: 1 hrs 30 mins
Christchurch: 45 mins
Do Luxury Adventures offer tailored vacations & holidays?
Yes we do. We can alter one of the packages from our website to exactly meet your requirements or simply contact us with details of your dream vacation and we'll take care of the rest.
Are luxury Adventures itineraries for couples only?
Do Luxury Adventures offer group packages?
Yes. If you have a family or group we can certainly accommodate you. We also specialise in incentive packages and client entertainment for corporate groups. Whether its a large or small group Luxury Adventures will organise something unique for your group.
How can we contact you while on our vacation?
You'll be able to contact your Luxury Adventures agent 24 hours per day while in New Zealand via phone or email. So if you have any problems or a change of plans you'll never be stranded.
Do you offer personal concierge services & guides to escort me on my vacation, can you organise these?
Absolutely, we can arrange anything from babysitting, restaurant bookings, theatre tickets and hair & beauty appointments through to organising additional activities, groceries delivered to your accommodation or if you have a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary during your time in New Zealand we offer a gift buying service. These are just some of the requests we can fulfil.
We also have excellent guides who are professional, knowledgeable and who will show you the best New Zealand has to offer.
Our preferred method of payment is by direct bank transfer (telegraphic transfer).We also accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners & AMEX).
Do your packages include international air travel?
Not unless specified. Usually our packages are land only i.e. once you reach New Zealand.
How long are the domestic flights in New Zealand?
The longest direct flight in New Zealand is from Auckland to Queenstown this is 2 hours. Shorter flights are also readily available such as the flight from Auckland to Rotorua taking only 40mins and the Christchurch to Queenstown flight only takes 1 hour. So it is very easy to fly around the country visiting lots of destinations during your vacation.
When is the best time to visit New Zealand?
You can visit New Zealand at any time of the year. Summer and winter temperatures vary by only about 10°C (50°F) over most of the country, making New Zealand an ideal holiday destination all year round. There are 4 quite distinct seasons - Spring (Sept-Nov), Summer (Dec-Feb), Autumn/Fall (Mar-May) and Winter (June-Aug). In summer there's plenty of sunshine, and activities in and around the water include Fishing (saltwater, freshwater and big game) mountain biking, Scuba diving, golf and hunting. In fact just about any thing you can imagine! You'll find snow on the mountains in winter and excellent skiing. Away from the mountains, New Zealand winters are mild and temperatures generally do not fall below freezing.
Where are the International Airports located in New Zealand?
New Zealand's International Airports are at Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch most International flights will land at Auckland. Some flights from Australia also land at Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Dunedin.
Do I need a passport or visa to enter New Zealand?
All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country. Most visitors who intend to stay for less than 3 months do not require a visa. If you want to stay longer than three months, or your country of origin does not have a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, then you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. Please go to www.immigration.govt.nz for more information.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering New Zealand here.
Can I use my mobile or hire one in New Zealand?
New Zealand offers global roaming, but if you're phone is not compatible you can organise a mobile phone for the duration of your trip from www.vodarent.co.nz which has a pick up and drop off at Auckland International Airport.
I have special dietary requirements; can these be catered for on my vacation?
All of the accommodations we utilze and recommend are able to cater for all dietary needs where necessary.
Do I need an international licence to drive in New Zealand?
In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.
Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation with you or obtain an International Drivers Permit.
Is it easy to Drive in New Zealand?
It is relatively easy to drive around New Zealand. New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. Drivers give way (or yield) to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right.
Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
Tipping in New Zealand is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.
What are the taxes in New Zealand?
All goods and services are subject to a 15 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST). This is included in the displayed price of most items.
What clothes should I take?
Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and nightspots. Men are generally not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the top formal bars and restaurants in major cities. In summer a light jacket or sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit the high country. You can expect some rain, so include a light waterproof jacket or coat. Pack warm winter clothing if visiting between May and September. Layer your clothing.
What is the climate Like?
New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30°C and in winter between 10-15°C.
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