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Cheap flights to Auckland you can book in 2021

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With direct flights available from most cities in New Zealand, Auckland International Airport is the largest airport in New Zealand and one of two airports with international flights arriving on the North Island.

If you want to visit Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupo or Northland, you can fly into Auckland and make arrangements to travel to your onward destination by car or bus. While there are smaller airports in the north of the North Island, it will most likely save you both time and money to fly into Auckland and hire a car to complete your journey,

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How much are flights to Auckland?

When flights go on sale, you’ll be able to find fares from major airports – including Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington – to Auckland in teh $50-$75 each way range. Otherwise, expect to pay around $100 each way. Fares are also likely to be in the $100 each way range from smaller airports, like Nelson and Dunedin.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Auckland?

Travelling to Auckland between May and September will most likely get you the best fare, with the lowest prices being in the middle of winter in July and August.

We’d recommend looking at flights in May and September. While prices may be slightly higher, this falls into the shoulder season for travel so you’ll get a fair combination of low prices and decent weather. May is a great time to hire a car or van and travel around the North and South Island as there are fewer people on the road and less demand for accommodation.

How far in advance should I book my flight to Auckland?

In general, the earlier you book your flight, the better price you’re likely to get. For flights to Auckland, flight prices tend to gradually increase the closer to the departure date you get, with a spike in the price when booked within a week or two of your departure date. For busy periods such as Christmas, Easter and school holidays, it pays to get in as early as possible to get a reasonable fare.

Frequently asked questions about flights to Auckland

How long does it take to fly to Auckland?

Direct flights to Auckland are available from most cities across New Zealand and you can find sample flight times to major cities below. If you are flying from another airport with a stopover in one of these cities, you will need to factor in the additional flight and waiting time in the airport.

  • Christchurch: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Dunedin: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Queenstown: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Wellington: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Which airlines fly to Auckland from other cities in New Zealand?

  • Air Chathams: Chatham Islands, Kapiti Coast, Whakatane, Whanganui
  • Air New Zealand: Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Invercargill, Kerikeri, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei
  • Barrier Air: Claris, Kaitaia, Okiwi
  • Fly My Sky: Claris, Matamata, Okiwi
  • Jetstar: Chrustchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Wellington

Where is the airport in Auckland?

Auckland Airport is located near Mangere, a residential suburb in the south-west part of the city.

How long does it take to get to the airport from Auckland?

  • CBD: 35 minutes (25 kilometres)
  • Parnell: 26 minutes (19 kilometres)
  • Ponsonby: 26 minutes (21 kilometres)
  • Mt Eden: 20 minutes (17 kilometres)
  • Mission Bay: 37 minutes (25 kilometres)
  • Remuera: 22 minutes (17 kilometres)
  • Takapuna: 35 minutes (29 kilometres)
  • Devonport: 45 minutes (39 kilometres)

If you arrive in Auckland between 7am and 10am or between 3pm and 6pm, you can expect these travel times to increase due to rush-hour traffic.

To get to your hotel or destination in Auckland, you can take a taxi from outside the arrivals hall. Many taxi companies have a set fare to the CBD, which can be between $40 and $80 depending on how many passengers you have. A surcharge for pick up and drop off also applies.

You can book a rideshare service such as Uber, Ola or Zoomy with prices varying according to traffic conditions. Make your booking once you have cleared customs and meet your driver outside Door 11 of the international terminal.

If you would like to rent your own car, you can find major rental companies at Auckland Airport as well as cheaper options based outside the airport grounds.

A cheaper alternative is catching the SkyBus to either the city centre or North Harbour. You can purchase tickets either online or at the ticket kiosk at the airport.

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