I plan to visit New Zealand in Jan/Feb 2009 and would like to know cheap flights going to New Zealand from Vancouver, Canada Are the fares more expensive in the summer? I plan to spend 1 week in the NOrth Island and two weeks in the South. I plan to stay in hostels as it is cheaper. Have anyone visited the Milford Sound...I hear a lot about it so I am planning to go there and would love to hear from anyone who has been there. Thank you.
Hey! The best time to visit NZ is in February and March. And this is normally cheaper and quieter than December or January. The cheapest fares from Vancouver to NZ are normally with Malaysia Airlines or Cathay Pacific. Air New Zealand is the only airline that flies direct from Vancouver to Auckland but they are normally a bit more expensive unless you find a special fare.
Milford Sound is beautiful - even if it is raining. You can take overnight backpacker boat cruise on the sound which is a nice way to see everything especially without too many other tourists.
I would maybe spend two weeks in the North Island and three in the South. This way you won't be too rushed and will be able to see everything. People often under estimate the driving times in NZ, it's definitely not as big as Canada but it's quite long.
I think the must see places are (North to South): Cape Reinga, Waitangi, Russell, Paihia, Auckland, the Coromandel, Rotorua, Waitomo, the East Cape, Napier, Taupo, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Wellington, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Punakaiki, Hokitika, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mount Cook, Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, Wanaka, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound.
Enjoy NZ, it's a great place!
PM me if you have any specific questions, I'm from NZ and am working in Canada as a travel agent at the mo.
I can appreciate the beauty of Milford Sound - and I live only 2hrs away from it!! We used to take school trips there when I was growing up. Its great for hiking, fishing and general wilderness activities. I've done my share of overseas travel and still love Milford Sound - its truely rugged and rather untouched. Lots of visitors pass through there, but that really is all they do, pass through. If you stay a couple of days and do some of the hikes you'll feel like you've gotten a unique and special experience
Milford Sound is spectacular. We had a truly amazing experience kayaking there soon after the rain had stopped, with clear blue sky overhead, water cascading down the sides of the mountains and dolphins jumping in formation over the front of our boat.
if you want to save a few bucks and you're adventurous, i would suggest taking a bus across the border (ie. seattle), and then flying to San Francisco, spending a few days there, then flying to New Zealand.....you can either fly back to San Fran, or fly into LA, and spend a few days there.....I am from Toronto, and I took a bus into Buffalo, then flew to San Fran (spend a couple days there), then flew into Auckland, and back to LA (spent a few days there), and then back.....saved quite a bit of money.....ticket from SFO to NZ and back to LA was around $1100 US, and the domestic US flights were around $300 total....will definitely be cheaper for you, since youre from the west coast....PM if you have any questions....