New Zealand has seen a huge rise in popularity – it now welcomes over 3 million international visitors a year.
That’s largely down to The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, which revealed a country made up of everything from snow-dipped mountains and deep fjords to gently swooping countryside and glassy lakes.
The easy access also helps. New Zealand is a short flight away from Sydney, with direct routes taking off daily.
Direct flights usually last between 3 and 4 hours long. Queenstown on the South Island often offers the shortest flight times.
Air New Zealand, Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia and LATAM Airlines put on direct flights.
It’s usually not worth booking an indirect flight with companies like Fiji Airways or Aircalin. Most of those journeys include a long stopover.
Very. Flights jet off throughout the day, 7 days a week.
You’ll start at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport.
There’s a long line-up of airports in New Zealand. Auckland Airport, Wellington International Airport, Christchurch International Airport and Queenstown Airport are the most popular destinations.
Or you could pick a more remote airfield like Milford Sound Airport in Fiordland or Kaitaia Airport in Northland.
The cheapest flights from Sydney to New Zealand usually land in Christchurch.
A flight from Sydney to New Zealand will take you straight to one of the cities – capital city Wellington, volcanic Auckland, or born-again Christchurch.
But they can just as easily double as launch pads for trips into the island nation’s otherworldly countryside. The North Island ticks off everything from the subtropical Bay of Islands to the alpine trails and Maori sites of Tongariro National Park.
Things don’t get any less dramatic on the South Island. Fiordland stars the peaks and rainforests of Milford Sound, while Mount Cook National Park lays out the massive Tasman Glacier.
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