The plane is the fastest way to get to New Zealand, the country is about 3 and a half hours flight from the coast of Eastern Australia. Numerous airlines have flights to New Zealand, in addition to the flag carrier Air New Zealand there are Qantas, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Thai, Korean Air, Royal Brunei, Virgin Blue, LATAM, Jet Star, Air Pacific, Aircalin, Air Tahiti Nui, Jal, United, and American Airlines.
The country’s most important airport is Auckland, where almost all flights from abroad land. Of minor importance, but always served by international connections are the airports of Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown.
HOW TO GET TO NEW ZEALAND: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
From Europe it takes at least 25 hours of flight, it is always convenient to split the itinerary in two with a stop in Asia or in the United States. To reach New Zealand there are two routes to follow, one, shorter through Asia, the other longer through America and the Pacific Ocean.
For the European tourist, Emirates is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable airlines for New Zealand. Emirates has flights from many European cities to Dubai and from here there are comfortable flights (via Australia) to New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch), in total between flights and stopovers it can take between 25 and 30 hours of flight.
Singapore Airlines also has flights from the main European cities to Singapore and from here direct flights to New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch), in total between flights and stopovers it may take between 25 and 30 hours of flight.
British Airways flies from London to Bangkok (in codeshare with Qantas) or Hong Kong (in codeshare with Cathay Pacific) and then to Australia and New Zealand with other airlines. An alternative route for British Airways is to fly from London to the United States and from there to cross the Pacific Ocean with other airlines.
Air New Zealand flies from London to the United States and then crosses the entire Pacific Ocean, it is a journey that, between flights, plane changes and stopovers, lasts between 34 and 40 hours. Alternatively in codeshare with other companies there are flights that pass through Japan or China.
Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Thai, Korean Air, Royal Brunei, Jal use the Asian route. As Aerolinas Argentinas, Lan, United, Air Canada, Air Tahiti Nui, and American Airlines pass through the Pacific Ocean.
FLIGHT TIMES (MINIMUM) TO REACH NEW ZEALAND
Flight time between New Zealand and Eastern Australia (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne) 3 and 1/2 hours of flight.
The flight time between New Zealand and the Far East (Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo): 10 hours of flight.
Flight time between New Zealand and the Eastern USA (Los Angeles, San Francisco) 12 hours of flight.
The flight time between New Zealand and the Middle East (Dubai): 19 hours of flight.
Flight time between New Zealand and the Western USA (New York) 19 hours of flight.
Flight time between New Zealand and Europe: 25 hours of flight.