Known as the ‘City of Sails’ for its nautical lifestyle and harbour setting, cosmopolitan Auckland is a jumping off point for people wishing to explore the rest of New Zealand. But there are plenty of attractions in this lively city to warrant a stopover, so factor in a few days when booking your cheap flights to Auckland. Peak tourist season is December through March, with the influx of overseas visitors and summer school holidays making this a busy time of year to book flights to Auckland. January and February are best months for beach weather and you’re spoiled for choice with many beautiful beaches and parks within an hour’s drive of the city, you can also jump on the downtown ferry and visit the offshore islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
Auckland’s winter (June to August) is mild with temps usually above 10C. June and July can produce some stunning clear blue sky days but the odd Antarctic southerly blast can send temperatures plummeting, so wrap up warmly when out and about. August is generally the wettest month but this doesn’t usually put people off from booking cheap flights to Auckland.
To get the best deals and cheapest flights to Auckland book at least 6 to 8 weeks in advance. Easter, Christmas, New Years and January are the busiest times for travelling to Auckland so expect the price of flight tickets to reflect this. December is the most expensive month for flights to Auckland. The shoulder months, March to May, and October, are when you’re most likely to get the cheapest flights to Auckland.
Flights from Sydney to Auckland – 3 hrs 1 min
Flights from Melbourne to Auckland – 3 hrs 25 mins
Flights from Brisbane to Auckland – 3 hrs 4 mins
Flights from Perth to Auckland – 6 hrs 20 mins
Virgin Australia operates daily direct flights to Auckland from Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne and, in partnership with Air New Zealand, from Adelaide. Air New Zealand offers nonstop flights from most major Australian cities, including the Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Perth. You may also be able to pick up a cheap flights to Auckland flying with Qantas.
After disembarking from your flight at Auckland International Airport (AKL), there are plenty of public transport options for travellers to easily reach the city centre.
Bus service: Airbus services leave regularly from the airport (every 15 minutes during the day, every 30 minutes at night) for the city centre. Tickets cost $16 for a single ticket and $28 for a return. Shuttle buses are another transport option and can be cheaper if you book a shared ride.
Taxi: Taxis are also available and ranks are located outside the arrivals terminal. The average cost of a taxi ride into the city is $50.