Booking flights to New Zealand
New Zealand offers a large number of different very reliable air transport network airlines for both Domestic and International Tourists. The Domestic routes link many of the smaller towns as well as all of the major cities , such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch .The two main domestic carriers are Air New Zealand and Qantas New Zealand .Travellers can find a wide range of discounted fares but these need to be booked well in advance.
Air routes and Airlines
Discounts For Overseas Visitors
Air fares can be more expensive during peak season from December to February when airlines charge premium rates . However a wide variety of discounted fares are available during the low season , which can provide savings to up to fifty percent of full economy fares although they may lack flexibility and may carry cancellation penalties it is often a good idea to get prices from a number of travel agents or direct from airlines before making a booking. Enquire on special promotional or discounted fares and student fares, rates for senior citizens or stand – by flights .Airlines sometimes offer discounted domestic air fares included as part of international packages. It is advisable to check this when booking through a travel agent before departure . Various air passes can be bought which allows visitors to make a number of single domestic flights for a set price . Air New Zealand “Explore New Zealand ’’air pass is a coupon based system which allows travellers to buy a minimum of three and a maximum of eight coupons approximately NZ $600 for three
And NZ$ 1.400 FOR eight which each coupon is used for one flight sector , such as a direct flight from Auckland to Christchurch will cost one coupon. These passes are only available to overseas travellers which can be purchased in their home countries.
A convenient way to travel in New Zealand for travellers that do not have to many days travelling is to fly to a destination and then continue by car or train. Arrangements can be made for different drop off and pick up points for hire cars , it is possible to fly from Auckland to Queenstown and then continue by driving a hired car from Queenstown to Christchurch .
New Zealand is three and a half hours flying time from eastern Australia, ten hours from pacific rim cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo and about twenty four hours from Europe which can be extremely tiring so stop over flights can be organised either in Asia, the United states or one of the Pacific Islands. New Zealand
Has three main international airports. Auckland is the major gateway , followed by Christchurch and Wellington. Auckland airport has the most direct international links to Argentina , Canada , Chilie, China ,Germany , Indonesia and Japan . Wellington and Christchurch airports have fewer direct international flight links and mainly service Trans Tasman flights , although they both do have direct flights to Fiji and Western Samoa . Cristchurch also have direct links to Singapore . It is also possible to fly from Australia to Hamilton, Palmerston North, Dunedin, and Queenstown. These airports are not often congested and are seldom affected by bad weather.
New Zealand Global holiday Packages
New Zealand Booking Car rental or Campervan rental in New Zealand.
A car allows you to thoroughly explore New Zealand’s scenic rural areas and gives you the flexibility to stop at small country cafés, wineries and other points of interest at your own leisure . Away from the cities the roads are relatively quiet and are in generally good condition.
A wide range of Fly – or car rental drive packages operate from Auckland to the South Island during the ski season, including deals combining flights , campervan or car rental, and ski lift passes at very competitive rates through travel agents and airlines and is recommended best to shop around for the most economical package.
A legal domestic or international driving permit is required to drive on New Zealand roads. It is recommended that if your licence is not in English is to bring an English translation or a international driving permit. All drivers must be able to produce their drivers licence if required to do so.
A large range of car rental companies are available to choose from, rental companies such as Avis, Budget and Hertz which have nation wide networks.
Rates differ mainly depending on the size of car, season and length of rental period. Off-season rates on a smaller car can be quiet reasonable compared to a four wheel drive vehicle during peak season. Rates are generally cheaper in the main cities tan in the more remote towns, where the rental car companies have fewer cars for rent. Some rental companies offer fixed kilometre / mileage rentals, which are better suited for sightseeing around one of the major cities for two or three days. For longer rental and more distant road travel it is better to choose a deal allowing you to travel an unlimited number of kilometres / miles. Fuel is not included in the rental prices.
Smaller companies appear to charge less than the larger established companies, but they often do not include costs in their quotations such as insurance or returning a car to another depot instead of the one rented from. Another popular form of car rental with visitors to New Zealand is campervan or motor home. The large companies such as Maui Rentals and Kea Campers have depots in Auckland, Christchurh and Queenstown. Campervans range from two-berth to six berth .All are equipped with a refrigerator and gas cooker, some luxurious have their own microwaves which vary in rental prices. New Zealand is an ideal place to travel around using a campervan as camping grounds can be found virtually in every town and beautiful locations.