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Air

The national airline for New Zealand is Air New Zealand (NZ)

Approximate flight times

Approximate times are as follows:

 It takes 25 hours traveling from Auckland to London.
 It takes 27 hours traveling from Wellington to London.
 It takes 28 hours traveling from Christchurch London. 
 It takes 12 hours traveling from Auckland to Los Angeles.
 It takes 20 hours traveling from Auckland to New York.
 It takes 10 hours and 30 minutes traveling from Auckland to Singapore.
 It takes 3 hours and 30 minutes traveling from Auckland to Sydney

Auckland International airport


The Auckland airport (AKL) is 22.5 kilometres (14 miles) south of the city, which takes 40 minutes travel time.

Airbus
runs a reliable service between the international terminal to the city centre. These operate from 6.00 am until the last flight, and cost NZ$15 for a single and NZ$22 for a return (child and student discounted fares are available).

Eastern Service Buses run from 7.00am until 6.00 pm and cost NZ$4, this option will take approximately 60 minutes. As well as regular taxis, there is a shuttle taxi service which operates 24 hours. The fare for these is NZ$20to 30 depending on the number of passengers.

Airport facilities include banks/bureaux de change, duty free shopping, restaurants and cafes , post office, car hire and baggage facilities/left luggage. There is a substantial selection of hotels near the airport.

For additional information on Auckland international airport, please see our separate Auckland International Airport section.

Christchurch International Airport

The Christchurch International Airport (CHC) is 10 kilometres (6 miles) north west of the city, which is a journey time of 20 minutes. Public transport prices will vary, the standard buses cost NZ$2.70 and more luxurious option of limousines cost around NZ$20.
 Address  Christchurch International Airport Ltd
 PO Box 14-001
 Christchurch
 New Zealand
 Location The airport is located 12km (7.5 miles) from
Christchurch
 Country code  64
 Telephone  (0)3 358 5029
 Fax  (0)3 353 7730
 Email  lee.mcnicholl@cial.co.nz
 Website  www.christchurch-airport.co.nz
Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time + 12 hours or Greenwich Mean Time + 13 hours from the 1st Sunday in October to the 3rd Sunday in March

Terminals

Christchurch airport has 2 terminals

Airport news

Over the next three years, the airport will undergo expansion of the International Terminal and a revamp of the Domestic Terminal, which will focus on integration with the International Terminal and convenient connections to facilities.

This project is scheduled for completion in 2008.

The transfer between terminals

This is easy, there is internal access between the International and Domestic terminals, and there are domestic transfer check in counters in the International Arrivals hall.

Driving directions

From the centre of Christchurch (Cathedral Square), take Columbo Street, then Bealey Street, then Harper Avenue. Turn right onto Fendalton Avenue and carry on to Hagley Park, turning into Memorial Avenue. The airport is situated over the roundabout on Memorial Avenue.

Car Parking

Car parking is available in front of the building (short and long term), where hire cars can also be collected.

Car Rental

Car rental companies are situated in the Domestic and International Terminals. Budget, Thrifty, Avis, Maui Rentals and Hertz are all represented, however Thrifty is located in the Domestic Terminal only.

Public Transport

Public transport to the airport includes taxis, shuttle buses and public buses .

Taxis are available to get to the city centre, this will take 15 to 20 minutes.

Shuttle buses can be shared, these take visitors to their accommodation.

A public bus service runs to the city centre, this will take 30 to 40 minutes.

Public transport information and help desks

These are situated in the International Arrivals lounge and the Domestic Terminal.

The staff provide information and bookings for local accommodation, transport and sightseeing tours, and operate a full travel agency service and can cater for any further domestic travel or international holiday arrangements.

For further information contact the airport's travel and information centre

Telephone: (0)3 353 7774;
Email: travel&info@cial.co.nz

Airport facilities

Airport facilities include a wide range of ATMs, banking services and bureaux de change throughout the terminal building, and postal services are available in both terminals at the travel and information centres.

Telephones are also situated throughout in both terminals, and there are bars, cafés and restaurants throughout the airport.

Duty free and other shops are located in International Arrivals which is before customs, the International Departures lounge and the gallery boutiques on the 1st floor (for passengers only). There are also shops in the Domestic Terminal.

A left luggage service is available on the ground floor of the International Terminal and at the travel and information centres in the Domestic Terminal.

Telephone: (0)3 353 1985

There are trolleys available in both terminals and there is a pharmacy, florist and a hairdresser in the Domestic Terminal.

There are children’s play areas on the 1st floor of the international terminal and in the Domestic Terminal. The visitor centre of New Zealand’s International Antarctic Centre is a five minute walk from the airport terminals.

Other facilities

These include fax, photocopying, postal, and baggage storage opportunities provided by the travel and information centres. Business and conference facilities are also available within the airport terminals, at the International Antarctic Visitors Centre and the Sudima Hotel Grand Chancellor

Telephone: (0)3 358 3139
Facsimile: (0)3 358 3029

Airline lounges are located on the 1st floor in both terminals.

Disabled facilities

Facilities for travelers with special needs include automatic doors, lifts, accessible showers and toilets, dedicated parking spaces at the front of the car park and ATM machines with braille.

Visitors who require wheelchairs and special assistance should inform their airline before traveling.

Airport Hotels

The main airport hotels are:

The Sudima Hotel Grand Chancellor

Telephone: (0)3 358 3139

This is only a 5 minute walk from the airport.

 The Copthorne Hotel Commodore

Telephone: (0)3 962 9850

This is a few minutes drive from the airport.

Russley Hotel and Villas

Telephone: (0)3 358 6500

Website address: www.russleyhotel.co.nz

This is also a few minutes drive from the airport

Staff at the airport travel and information centre can assist travelers with bookings and offer recommendations to suit travellers’ needs and budget.

Wellington International airport

The Wellington airport (WLG) is 8 kilometres (5 miles) southeast of the city, which is a journey time of 30 minutes.

Stagecoach Flyer runs a bus service to the city centre every 30 minutes, which costs NZ$4.50.

The shuttle service runs on demand (maximum of 10 people), and costs NZ$10 to 12 depending.

Departure tax can be up to NZ$25 (depending on the airport) plus NZ$5 security tax. Children aged under two years of age are excused, and passengers aged 2 to 11 pay NZ$10. Transit passengers are excused for 24 hours.
 Address  Wellington International Airport
 PO Box 14 175
 Wellington
 New Zealand
 Location  8 kilometres (5 miles) southeast of the city
 Country code  64
 Telephone  (0)4 385 5100
 Fax  (0)4 385 5139
 Email  mail@wlg-airport.co.nz
 Website www.wellington-airport.co.nz
Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time + 12 hours or Greenwich Mean Time + 13 hours from the 1st Sunday in October to the 3rd Sunday in March

Terminals

Wellington airport only has 1 terminal.

Transfer between terminals

The transfer between terminals is easy, there is internal access between the International and Domestic terminals, and there are domestic transfer checkin counters in the International Arrivals hall.

Driving directions

Wellington airport is easily reached from Mount Victoria, through a 2 lane tunnel through Evans Bay. However, it can be reached by taking the scenic route via Oriental Bay and Point Jerningham.

Car Parking

Car parking is available in two main areas. The car park for premium parking and short term parking is located outside the terminal building and has 2 main floors.

The Westside long term car park is situated on the western side of the runway, a free shuttle bus transports passengers to and from the terminal which operates on demand. There are courtesy telephones from which passengers can call the shuttle and arrange for pick up at the terminal upon return. Information on parking is available:

Telephone: (0)4 385 5143

Car Rental

Car rental is available from Budget, Hertz, Avis, and Thrifty. These are all present at the airport and situated on the ground floor of the main terminal.

Public Transport

Public transport to the airport includes taxis, a shuttle service and public buses.

Taxis leave from taxi stands outside the entrance to the terminal on the ground floor. There are 2 taxi ranks, 1 for Wellington Combined Taxis and 1 for all other companies which are licensed to operate from the airport.

Stagecoach Flyer is a bus service that runs between the airport, Wellington and Hutt Valley. These Buses are bright orange. and located on the ground floor, the southern end and outside the terminal entrance. Details are available from the Ridewell Service Centre:

Telephone: (0)4 801 7000

A door to door shuttle service is also possible, these shuttles are operated by:

AP Shuttles - Telephone: (0)4 477 5059

Safeway Taxis - Telephone: (0)4 802 5111

Shuttle Express - Telephone: (0)4 477 5700

Super Shuttle - Telephone: (0)800 727 747

These leave from the ground floor outside the southern end of the terminal.

Public transport information and help desk

This is located on the 1st floor of the main check in hall, where passengers can make coach, train and ferry bookings, book accommodation and receive sightseeing information.

Airport Service Officers are offered throughout the terminal and can be recognised by their black and gold uniforms.

Airport facilities

These include ATMs, which are located in the main terminal, A bureau de change one on the 1st floor, and one on the ground floor between the baggage belts.

Telephones are available throughout the terminal and mobile phone hire is possible as well.

There are a number of restaurants, a juice bar, a bakery and coffee shop, a café and a full bar service.

The shops include a gift shop, a book shop, a sunglasses shop, a music shop, a Pacific arts and craft shop, and a clothing shop. There are 3 duty free shops 1 in the main retail concourse, 1 in International Arrivals and 1 in International Departures.

There is a left luggage service in the main terminal

Telephone: (0)4 385 5123

There is a lost property service at the northern end of the main terminal, on the ground floor.

Other facilities

Other facilities consist of a baby changing area which is located in all toilets ,a parent’s room can be found on the 1st floor of the main terminal. A 1st aid service is also available.

On the mezzanine floor of the main terminal building there is the Wellington Airport Conference Centre:

Telephone: (0)4 385 5199
Facsimile: (0)4 385 5190

This consists of 7 rooms which can be hired and can accommodate up to 120 people. This centre is suitable for meetings, lunch, presentations, cocktail functions and conferences.

Technical support, catering, video conferencing and audio visual equipment are available, as well as photocopying, fax, and other office facilities. Booking is available online.

There are a number of airline lounges available for club members and business class passengers, the Air New Zealand Koru lounge is situated on the 1st floor of the south west pier.

The Quantas club lounge and the Air New Zealand International lounge are both located in the International Departures area in the North Pier. The Quantas club domestic lounge is situated on the mezzanine level of the main terminal.

Disabled facilities

Facilities for travelers with special needs include disabled toilets, which are in the terminal and passenger lounges. There are also disabled car parking spaces in the main car park, which are in areas close to the terminal.

Lifts
to all floors are accessible, which feature Braille numbers. For passengers with impaired sight, boarding calls are made in the Departure lounges.

Passengers should request from their airlines in advance if needing wheelchair services. Assistance is also obtainable from the service officers who wear a black and gold uniform.

Airport Hotels

There are no hotels in the airport grounds, however there are nearby hotels:

The Brentwood Hotel

Telephone: (0)4 920 0400

This is only a 5 minutes from the airport and provides a free shuttle service.

 The Bay Plaza Hotel

Telephone: (0)4 385 7799

The Duxton Hotel

Telephone: (0)4 473 3900

The InterContinental Wellington

Telephone: (0)4 473 3900

Mercure Hotel Wellington

Telephone: (0)4 385 9829

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Telephone: (0)4 499 9500

Ruby House

Telephone: (0)4 934 7930

Quest Wellington apartments

Telephone: (0)4 916 0700

Portland Hotel

Telephone: (0)4 473 2208

Sharella Motor Inn

Telephone: (0)4 472 3823

Sea

The main ports are at Dunedin, Auckland, Lyttelton, Picton, Opua, and Wellington, which are served by international shipping lines sailing from the USA and from Europe.

The occasional cruise ship visits New Zealand, but there are no regular passenger ship services.

For further details, contact Tourism New Zealand (see the contacts section).
Useful links
Air New Zealand New Zealand's official airline
Auckland Airport Auckland airport's official website
Christchurch Airport Christchurch airport's official website
Wellington Airport Wellington airport's official website