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New Zealand Overview

Despite being one of the furthest possible holiday destinations from the UK, New Zealand is so worth the long-haul flights to discover its natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle and exciting culinary experiences. Regarded by many as one of the world's genuine adventure capitals, if you're an adrenaline junkie or a thrill-seeker then you'll love the skydiving, hiking and bungee jumping opportunities on offer.

What's also great about New Zealand is that it also caters superbly to backpackers and those travelling on a budget, with affordable accommodation and attractions to suit all personal tastes.

The city of Auckland is on the North Island and is the most densely populated in the country. As New Zealand's biggest city it's unsurprising that Auckland offers much in the way of entertainment and nightlife as well as some spectacular scenery from its skyscrapers and at ground level across the harbour.

The capital city of Wellington is only the third biggest region of New Zealand, situated on the most southern point of the North Island. It's a city with immense character and heritage and many tourists flock to Wellington to enjoy the slower pace of life and amble around the city's architecture, exhibitions and museums.

Then there's Christchurch, on the South Island, which is warmly regarded as the "Garden City" of New Zealand. Since suffering a catastrophic earthquake a few years ago, Christchurch is an area that's slowly redeveloping around its wonderfully tranquil gardens and parks that are strikingly similar to Victorian England.

Flight Tickets to New Zealand

It's highly recommended that travellers planning to visit the country look to purchase their New Zealand flights at least three months in advance to secure the biggest savings. Prices remain pretty consistent all year round, although there is a slight drop in the price of flights to New Zealand during their winter months.

The airlines that operate the most regular choice of flights and tickets to New Zealand from the UK are Air New Zealand, British Airways and Singapore Airlines. Meanwhile the likes of Qatar Airways, Emirates and Thai Airways also offer regular services from the UK to New Zealand.

The majority of long-haul international flights from the UK to New Zealand will arrive at Auckland International Airport. In 2016, some 17.2 million passengers arrived in the country via Auckland. However, the international airports at Christchurch and Wellington are also well-used.

Flights to New Zealand from UK Airports

There are four different UK airports that fly regularly to New Zealand, three of which are in England. London Heathrow operates regular flights to Auckland, with Air New Zealand operating out of Terminal 2. The average flight time from Heathrow to New Zealand is just under a full day's travel at 23 hours and 55 minutes. Birmingham International Airport and Manchester Airport also operate indirect flights to New Zealand, many of which involve changes in south-east Asia. The average flight time from Birmingham and Manchester to New Zealand is approximately 26 hours and 30 minutes and 26 hours and 5 minutes respectively.

Across the border in Scotland, passengers can also board flights to New Zealand from Glasgow, which operates indirect flights including a stopover - normally in south-east Asia - in flight times of 27 hours and 40 minutes on average.

Don't forget, you can discover all of the best available cheap flights to New Zealand's leading holiday destinations from the UK online at Travel Trolley.

New Zealand - Quick Facts for Travellers

Language: English

Time Zone: +12 or +13hrs

Currency: New Zealand dollar

Key holiday destinations: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Bay of Islands, Queenstown, Rotorua

Popular airports: Auckland International Airport, Christchurch International Airport, Wellington International Airport

Popular airlines: Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, British Airways

Basic visa requirements for UK passport holders: You don't require a visa to visit New Zealand if you're a British citizen and can stay for up to six months.

UK High Commission in the capital of New Zealand: 44 Hill Street, Wellington

Best Time to Visit New Zealand

New Zealand's peak season is understandably during its warmest months of the year. During the UK's winter, it is New Zealand's high summer, so a holiday anytime between December and February is guaranteed to offer warm weather.

Spring time is also a comfortable time of the year to visit with moderate temperatures between September and November and slightly cheaper flights too.
July and August are regarded as New Zealand's wintry months, with average temperatures falling to around 10 degrees. UK flights to New Zealand tend to be at their lowest during this two-month window.

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