Travelling from the Netherlands, as we did, you can fly on several international/bigger airports; Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Queenstown. Depending on your travel plans you can find out which one is the best to fly on.
We chose for an almost non-stop flight with Emirates (one stop-over in Dubai of 2,5 hours) and landed on Auckland airport, from which we flew to Christchurch the next day.
Of course you can also decide to have a mini vacation in between in Dubai, Qatar, Singapore, Shanghai or some of the other international flight hubs on earth. Do not forget to sort out if you need a visa to prevent getting stuck in the airport like a Tom Hanks in The Terminal.
For most of us travelling to New Zealand is not cheap. You can save money just by following some golden rules. Expedia did some research on the topic of booking the cheapest tickets;
- Book your international flight about 171 days (about 6 months) in advance.
- Tuesday is the best day to book. Preferable in the evenings, because during working hours business trips are booked and the prices tend to be higher.
- Fares are lower when you travel on weekdays.
A few sites that I know that include a lot of airlines (and therefore ticket options) are:
- Google flights
- World Ticket Center
Tip: most of these sites also offer the option to set an alarm when fares rise or drop. If you start early with monitoring fares, you get a feeling for bargains and you can strike at the right moment.
Google flights also gives information about the likelihood of a delay, based on historic information.
The most important trade-off is the one between time and money; if you are willing to have a long journey, you can save money. For instance; Schiphol is a relatively expensive airport, if you are prepared to travel to Dusseldorf or Brussels, your flight might be cheaper. You can also choose to have flight with a lot of stop-overs and long transfer times (mini vacation yay!).
Last, as said earlier, we booked a separate flight from Auckland to Christchurch. In our case it was cheaper to book a return-ticket from Amsterdam to Auckland instead of two one-way tickets or a departure from a different airport. Domestic flights are easy to book in New Zealand and there are multiple flights daily to the big cities.
See step 2 for tips on booking a car or a camper(van) in New Zealand