Mountains and lakes; beaches and islands; cities and farming towns; wine tasting and bungee jumping – New Zealand packs it all into its necklace of South Pacific islands.
The North Island hosts the major cities of Wellington and Auckland. This is where you’ll find the national museums and art galleries, plus the biggest choice of restaurants, bars and clubs.
Meanwhile, the South Island showcases laid-back cities like Christchurch and Queenstown.
Best of all, New Zealand isn’t much more than a 3-hour direct flight away from Brisbane.
Direct flights last between 3 hours and 3 hours 30 minutes long. The shortest flights zip straight to Auckland.
China Airlines, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways all put on direct flights to New Zealand. Emirates often offers good deals on indirect flights, too.
Up to 15 direct flights from Brisbane to New Zealand take off daily. Don’t mind a stopover? Then you can pick from hundreds of flights each day.
Brisbane Airport is your starting point.
Direct flights make a beeline for Auckland Airport, Wellington International Airport, Christchurch International Airport and Queenstown Airport.
Indirect flights travel everywhere from Hawke’s Bay Airport (AKA Napier Bay Airport) on the North Island to Dunedin Airport (AKA Momona Airport) on the South Island.
The cheapest Brisbane to New Zealand flights usually head directly for Auckland.
New Zealand has long been the golden child of travel writers and reviewers. From Lonely Planet to TripAdvisor, it seems to constantly crown the end of year ‘best of’ roundups.
But why the hype? For starters, there’s the scenery. New Zealand is overflowing with national parks. Massive valleys and lakes crack open Fiordland, alpine trails wind around Nelson Lakes National Park, and the Waitakere Ranges dish up a wild coastline.
Even the cities are a good-looking bunch. Auckland has 2 harbours and volcanic public parks, while Queenstown cosies up to the sky-high Southern Alps.
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