It’s hard to get much more remote than New Zealand. Yet, on arrival you are greeted by an abundance of natural beauty that more than makes up for that long flight. New Zealand is justly famed for its dramatic landscapes, monumental mountains, geothermal displays, creaking glaciers and rolling greenery. The great outdoors beckons – and New Zealand says ‘kia ora’ (welcome in Maori).
The main thing to think about when booking a flight to New Zealand is that the southern hemisphere’s winter and summer are, quite literally, poles apart from ours. When it’s winter in the States it’s summer in New Zealand.
This means that the peak season for visits to New Zealand are when it’s bleak season here. New Zealand has its best weather when America has its worst.
Of course, if you’re looking for Cheap Flights to New Zealand from the US, this also means the best time to book is from June to August. While the weather isn’t as fine, New Zealand is famed for its world-renowned skiing, snowboarding and hot springs.
If you’re looking for Cheap Flights to New Zealand there are a few ways you can find them with Orbitz, whatever season you are visiting. Here are a few tips for using our search tools.
You can check for direct or connecting flights and refundable or non-refundable flights. The latter options can often be cheaper than the former.
You can use our ‘Nearby airports’ option to look for cheaper flights from an alternative US airport and for flights that land at alternative airports in New Zealand. Small adjustments can sometimes reveal drastic differences in the cost of your New Zealand plane tickets.
New Zealand has four main airports, and travel to each offers slightly different pricing. As a rule of thumb, Auckland is the nation’s largest airport, and this means that often the cheapest fares can be found on flights arriving here.
It’s also worth checking the tick box labelled ‘My dates are flexible’. This will return alternative airfares around your chosen departure and arrival dates.
New Zealand’s largest airport is Auckland Airport. Located on the North Island, this is where most international flights land.
Other airports accepting international flights include Wellington (on the southern tip of the North Island), Christchurch (in the north of the South Island) and Queenstown (located centrally on the South Island).
Direct flights from America to New Zealand are offered by:
Other airlines offering connecting flights include:
There are plenty of domestic flights available. Air New Zealand and Jetstar are the main providers of cheap air travel within New Zealand.
But, to make the most of the unspoiled vistas and mountainous terrain, the best way to get around is by road. Hiring a car is both affordable and convenient, while for non-drivers, New Zealand has an extensive coach network. While there are trains here, these are primarily scenic and not ideal for fast travel.
For transfers from the North to South Island, you can either book an additional flight, or opt to go by ferry. Both options offer a wonderfully scenic route!
See the cultural delights in the capital’s Te Papa museum before heading off to Kapiti Island, where a nature reserve protects some of the rarest birds in the world.
The heart of the North Island is almost a geothermal theme park. There are several geysers including spouting 20 meters into the air and bubbling mud pools to explore. This is also an area with a strong Maori culture that’s very much in evidence.
At the bottom of the South Island there are stunning views over the Otago peninsula, penguins waddling across roads to beaches and New Zealand’s only castle.
The adventure sport capital of the world offers skiing, snowboarding, bungee-jumping, white-water rafting and many other things that get your adrenaline flowing.
A gateway to the South Island, Christchurch feels not unlike an English university town. Victorian architecture, beautiful gardens, an Anglican cathedral and stone-walled bridges help the impression.
New Zealand has very stringent biosecurity regulations: even mud on your shoes may be inspected. Do not bring any food or plant life into or out of the country – it can result in a large fine, or even imprisonment.