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Cheap flights to New Zealand

Popular in December High demand for flights, 9% potential price rise
Cheapest in March Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price $1,763 Average for round-trip flights in December 2020
Round-trip from $984 From New York to Auckland
One-way from $752 One-way flight from New York to Auckland
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Can I fly to New Zealand right now?

There are current restrictions for travel to New Zealand at this time. These restrictions are for the safety of New Zealand citizens and travelers alike and are as follows: Entry restrictions

New Zealand has restricted entry to all travelers with the exception of nationals of New Zealand (including Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau), residents and their family members, nationals of Australia ordinarily resident in New Zealand, Samoan and Tongan citizens making essential travel, travelers entering as essential health workers, other essential workers, New Zealand-based partners and dependent children (aged 19 years and under) of a work or student visa holder who is in New Zealand and humanitarian flights. Essential workers who are specifically agreed to by the New Zealand Government (see here for specific details).

Quarantine requirements

Travelers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

Transiting rules

Travelers are not allowed to transit with the exception of nationals and residents of New Zealand and nationals of Australia, travelers with a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) or transit visa issued by New Zealand. Transit is only allowed at Auckland (AKL) for maximum 24 hours. From June 19, transit will be open to all Cook Islanders and Cook Islands Permit Holders who have been present in New Zealand for at least 30 days and whose main purpose of travel is to return home, or to take up or resume employment.

All other info

Airline crew must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Effective on November 3, travelers must have a voucher confirming their allocation to a place in managed isolation.

. If you must travel during this time and are allowed to based on current restrictions, please stay informed about updated travel safety tips.

Cheapest Prices for New Zealand flights by month

January
$1,107
February
$1,022
March
$997
April
$1,044
May
$1,046
June
$1,071
July
$1,107
August
$1,076
September
$1,079
October
$1,075
November
$1,067
December
$1,165
Currently, March is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to New Zealand. Flying to New Zealand in December will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to New Zealand?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
NYC - AKL
Price
$997 - $1,793
AKL
Temperature
57.2 - 75.2 °F
AKL
Rainfall
0.79 - 2.24 inches
March is typically the best time to fly to New Zealand, but there are other times where great deals are available. February sees the temperatures in New Zealand peak to their warmest. July tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

When is the best time to book a flight to New Zealand?

Booking 49 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to New Zealand. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to New Zealand?

The cheapest day to fly to New Zealand is usually Tuesday. At the moment, Friday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to New Zealand?

At the moment, flights in the evening are likely to offer the best value for money for your New Zealand trip. A flight at noon will more often than not be of higher cost.

Best Time to Fly to New Zealand

Peak season:
December, January and February (New Zealand’s summer months) are the best time to travel. Average temperatures are between 68 and 86 degrees (F). The autumn months of March through May are good times to book trips to New Zealand. The temperatures are slightly cooler than summer, but the weather can still be excellent and this is the time of year for beautiful autumn foliage.

Off season:
Traveling is cheaper during July and August and visitors can likely find cheap flights to New Zealand during this time. Average winter temperatures are 50-59 degrees (F).

Why you should take a flight to New Zealand

New Zealand is surrounded by mountains, fast-flowing rivers, lakes, forests, and miles-long beaches. Travelers seeking peace, nature, and paradise book flights to New Zealand to gain tranquility from the general chaos of everyday life. Thanks to an excess in tourism, the country’s economy continues to grow at a steady pace. Add tourism to New Zealand’s main export business — meat, wool, and dairy — and the country continues to thrive and produce. 

Travelers booking trips to New Zealand will find there is plenty to taste. Dine on a dozen different varieties of fish and shellfish fresh from the New Zealand waters. The vast land mass and farming gives diners some of the best prime beef, lamb, venison, and ostrich. And what meal is complete without a glass of wine. New Zealand wines are revered around the world and continue to be praised by some of the best sommeliers in the world. 

Once your flight to New Zealand arrives, take in some hiking, rafting, swim with the dolphins, whale-watch, and, of course, take a turn at bungee-jumping. New Zealand is a country of adventures just waiting for travelers to set foot and explore.

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New Zealand climate

The New Zealand climate changes throughout the year. There are mild winters and warm, humid summers on the North Island, while the South Island is colder and has huge glaciers and snowfields. The mountains get snow in the winter and the west coast sees most of the rain. Summer lasts from November to April.

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Getting around New Zealand

Air New ZealandThe following chart gives approximate journey times from Wellington (in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in New Zealand.

  Air Road Rail
Auckland 1.00 9.00 10.00
N. Plymouth 1.00 8.30
Christchurch 0.45 7.20* 5.20*
Dunedin 1.20 12.20*

Note: *Plus ferry crossing of three hours.

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New Zealand Travel Information

  • Kapiti Island, north of Wellington on the North Island, is home to a nature reserve that protects some of the rarest birds in the world. These include Robin, Saddleback, Stitchbird, Kaka, Kakariki, Weka, Kereru, Bellbirds and the extremely rare flightless Takahe. The nocturnal Kiwi, the emblem of New Zealand, also lives here.
  • Rotorua in central North Island, is a geothermal area. There are several geysers including the spectacular 20-metre Pohutu geyser at Whakarewarewa (the thermal village) and hot mud pools. It is also the heartland of Maori culture. There are 16 lakes around Rotorua, 11 are fishable and stock trout (rainbow, brown, brook and tiger).Major fishing lakes are Rotorua, Rotoiti, Tarawera, Okataina and Rotoma. Ask your Rotorua hotel for sight-seeing recommendations, as you’ll like get a couple discounts if you book in bulk.
  • Larnach Castle is New Zealand’s only castle and Dunedin’s (South Island) top visitor attraction. The castle was built in 1871 by William Larnach for his first wife. It is owned by the Barker family, but it is open for tours and celebrations. The views over the Otago Peninsula are breathtaking. Dunedin is also home to the Cadbury Factory, which features a unique chocolate fall in a five-storey high silo.
  • Queenstown is the birthplace of commercial bungee-jumping. The city lies on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and is surrounded by the Remarkables mountain range, the youngest ski area in the region. The Lindauer Queenstown Winter Festival takes place in late June and July, so be sure to book your Queenstown hotels well in advance if you plan on attending the festival.
  • The Lord of the Rings trail: Mount Aspiring National Park, named for one of New Zealand’s highest peaks, is part of Te Wahipounamu, the South West New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage Area. The park, to the south of the Southern Alps, is popular for walking and mountaineering. Many locations around Glenorchy village (Lothlorien, Amon Hen, Orthanc, and Isengard) were used in the films.
  • Hotels in Auckland City are a great starting point for first-time New Zealand travelers, and available for all budgets and personalities.

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