Hi! I'm Jenny and am hoping to get to Oz and NZ next year and am just weighing up different possibilities at mo. I will be flying from and returning to the UK. I was wondering if anybody who's done this before could give me a bit of advice - i'm not sure whether it is best to get a return to either Sydney or Auckland and then get a cheap budget return between the two (does anyone know of any cheap airlines between them?). Or would it be best to say get seperate flights to Sydney, then from there to Auckland, then from Auckland to UK?
Also how far have people booked their flights in advance in order to get good deals?
Hiya Jen, as you're from the UK maybe pop into STA travel and ask someone there. They're really good at sorting various flight issues out and you'll get discounted prices too!
I know theres a flight you can catch which goes directly from Heathrow to Auckland (stops over in LA but only for like an hour...). i dont know if it works the other way round but you could give it a try
i'm off in a couple of months, via SE asia, and plan to spend time in both OZ and NZ. Trailfinders sorted me out a bargain ticket for £686 + taxes. basically it is a return flight to auckland, but with stopovers in SEasia and OZ. in each stopover country i can land at one airport and take off from another, with as much time in between as i like. as a result i fly into bangkok, travel over land to singapore and fly from there. then land in melbourne and fly out from sydney, as so on in each country. you can also fly from the same airport on the next available flight if you like, but i want to abuse the option to see the country! the only constraint is my return flight must start no later than a year after i fly out.
anyway... in answer to your other questions...
it is cheaper to get the flight to NZ included in your main ticket. waiting until you are out there will cost you time and money
as far as i am aware, most flights to Auckland go via OZ anyway, esp those coming via SE asia. so your route will include both places.
book as early as you can, or when a good deal appears. at least you'll then know you're def going! good luck!
Kia Ora (Hi) Jenny
From what information I can gather it seems that due to the exchange rate it works out cheaper to travel direct to New Zealand and land at either Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland International Airports, then organise one of the budget flights Air New Zealand to Australia. Also check out Origen Pacific airlines who also have budget fares from New Zealand. More information can be found on my web site http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_guide
I hope you enjoy your time "down under" And a word of advice
I have met many travellers from the Northern hemishere who travel down this way, they tell me they made a mistake in not allowing more time in New Zealand. Yes Australia is a huge country and New Zealand is so small so thats an honest mistake. However there is so much diversity of sites and activities in New Zealand afew weeks is never enough time.
Thanks for your help guys! I finish uni exams in 3 weeks yipee (am very excited at the prospect of no more exams ever hehe!) so i will def be looking into yr advice seriously soon! Its very helpful cos i really didnt have a clue! Thanks again! Jen
In Summer the cheapest return flight you will get to NZ from Sydney is (including Australias ridiculously high taxes) around AUD$500. When you buy your ticket in the UK ask them to throw in a cheap return to NZ. Anything less that $350 return is a good deal. Make sure the flight is flexible - meaning being able to change the date - and check out how much it costs to change it, if anything.
Most flights to the UK or Europe from Auckland do a quick stop in Sydney then head off to Bangkok or Singapore.
STA, Flight Centre and Trailfinders are your best bet for flights to Oz and NZ. Go for 4-weeks minimum in NZ.