As New Zealand’s largest and most densely populated city, Auckland is the most popular spot for tourists to kick off their Kiwi holiday experience. Waitemata Harbor – translating to ‘sea of sparkling waters’ – is arguably one of Auckland’s biggest attractions, and as such, offers an array of entertaining attractions any time of the day or night. Booking a cheap flight to Auckand could very well ensure you get lost in the sights including volcanic hulls, lush forests, and as many as 100 beaches with just an hour’s worth of driving.
Flights to and from Auckland during the peak season (which runs from December through February) aren’t the cheapest, but they do offer tourists with the best opportunity to soak up all that is New Zealand, given the pleasant and hot weather. If you’re looking to pay less for flights and accommodation, try securing a flight during the spring or autumn months, which falls between September to November and April through June respectively.
Auckland’s off-season mainly falls during the months of November and April. These months are much cooler and you might find that hotel and flight prices are considerably cheaper and widely available during these months. If you’re planning a skiing adventure in New Zealand, you may want to book your flights well in advance in order to ensure you get the best rates during for traveling to Auckland in the winter months.
Whichever way you’re leaning (whether you plan to visit during the peak or off seasons), booking your flights at least 3 months in advance is the sensible thing to do. Depending on when you book and where you’re flying from, flight prices will vary, but it seems like April is one of the best months to book cheap flights to Auckland.
South African Airways, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Etihad Airways all operate cheap flights to and from Auckland, but they all have their own set of pros and cons. Emirates is one of the most expensive airlines to use when flying to Auckland, but if you’re okay with sacrificing a little comfort, using South African Airways’ economy flights might suit your budget better.
Yes, Auckland’s public transport is very cost effective, efficient, and safe to use. There are a number of buses that transport commuters around the city, but you can also make use of the various water taxis, ferries, and trams. There are also rental cars that can be used, but they cost much more than public transport. Visitors are able to hire bicycles in Auckland which can be a fun and easy way to sightsee around the city.
With a mere 15km from the Auckland International Airport to the city center, there’s a wide variety of options that will get you from the airport to the city center. You can use the taxis (parked outside the arrival halls at the airport), but it will cost you NZD $50-60 (R500) and can take up to 20 minutes, depending on traffic. You can also take the Super Shuttle which will cost you NZD $30 (R270) but can take up to 1 hour to get you to the city center since it’s a hop-on-hop-off service.