Domestic Flights in New Zealand

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Domestic Flights in New Zealand

Search and buy domestic flights within New Zealand with Alternative Airlines! Discover airlines that offer domestic flights, complete with check-in and baggage information. Also, check out our list of FAQs

What are domestic flights?

 

Domestic flights depart and land within the same country. Domestic flights within New Zealand are all short-haul, all with a duration less than 2 hours; the longest flights is Auckland to Queenstown, which takes one hour and 45 minutes.  

Why book domestic flights within New Zealand?

 

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New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. There are two main landmasses, the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu). There are also around 600 smaller islands. The country has embraced air travel, which is a convenient way to travel between the country’s larger airports.

Domestic flights within New Zealand are usually cheap, and a great way to jump between all of New Zealand’s cities and top destinations in an otherwise difficult to traverse natural landscape. Furthermore, domestic flights within New Zealand are easy to search for and book through Alternative Airlines, and offer a great way to take in the stunning and diverse landscape of New Zealand.

There are two main domestic airlines in New Zealand: JetStar and Air New Zealand.

There are also a few smaller domestic airline options, which offer flights to more ‘off the beaten track’ locations. Private charter companies offering scenic flights also operate.

Top Tip: Are you planning a backpacking adventure in New Zealand? Our expert guide for Solo Travelers might help!

 

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Airlines that offer Domestic Flights within New Zealand

 

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is the national airline of New Zealand and is based in Auckland Airport. If you're after a premium experience while flying, Air New Zealand could be the choice for you! Even in Economy, passengers can enjoy an entertainment system and complimentary snacks. 

Air New Zealand also have a subsidiary airline, Air New Zealand Link, which serves over 20 destinations.

Check-in online: Online check-in is available, open 24 hours before flight departure. You will receive an electronic boarding pass, which are accepted at all New Zealand domestic airports.  

Check-in at the airport: Always arrive at the airport with plent of time to check-in. Recommended check-in time depends on the airport. 

Is a passport required: If you're travelling from Christchurch to Auckland the flight will depart from the International terminal and a valid form of photo ID is required (passport recommended). Otherwise, the following forms of photo ID are acceptable: passport, drivers licence, student ID card, airpoints card/alliance partner frequent flyer card, major credit card, bith certificate, farmers card, PSIS card or community services card. 

JetStar

Jetstar is the budget-friendly and more low-cost option. The airline is actually based in Melbourne, in Australia, and is a subsidiary of Qantas.

Check-in online: Online check-in for New Zealand domestic flights opens 28 days before and closes one hour before scheduled departure.

Check-in at the airport: Please arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check-in.

Is a passport required: All passengers may be required to provide ID on domestic flights in New Zealand. Accepted ID types are passports, drivers licence, an priginal or certified copy of a birth certificate or citizenship document, student id, aviation or airport authority issued ID.

 

 

Other airlines that offer domestic flights

 

These smaller airlines offer domestic flights to more remote locations within New Zealand:

Air Chathams

This small airline is based in Te One in the Chatham Islands in New Zealand. The airline flies to/from Auckland Airport.

Check-in online: Not currently available.

Check-in at the airport: Passengers must check-in at the airport, which is open 90 minutes before the flight is scheduled to depart.

Sounds Air

Sounds Air is a small regional airline, offering scheduled flights and charter flights from Wellington International Airport.

Check-in online: Not currently available.

Check-in at the airport: Passengers must check-in at the airport, at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

 

Domestic Flights Popular Routes

 

Wellington

 

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Fly direct to Wellington International Airport from destinations around the world, or catch a domestic flight from Auckland (1 hr approx).   

Airlines that fly to Wellington:

Airlines that fly to/from Wellington to other destinations within New Zealand include Air New Zealand, JetStar Airways, Sounds Air, and Air Chathams.

 

Christchurch

 

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Fly to Christchurch International Airport, on the South Island and close to many popular tourist highlights.

Airlines that fly to Christchurch:

Airlines that fly to/from Christchurch to other destinations within New Zealand include Air New Zealand, JetStar Airways, Sounds Air, and Air Chathams.

 

Rotorua

 

Best Airport to Fly Into:

Rotorua is a town on New Zealand's North Island, renowned for its lakes, geothermal activity and Maori culture. Fly to Rotorua Regional Airport. 

Airlines that fly to Rotorua:

Airlines that fly to Rotorua include Air New Zealand Link and Sunair. 

Domestic Flights in New Zealand: FAQs

What is the Baggage Allowance on Domestic Flights within New Zealand?

Baggage allowance will depend on the airline you are flying with, as well as the cabin class and/or applicable tarriff. For more information follow the links above to discover the baggage allowance for each airline.  

 

Where can I book domestic flights in New Zealand?

Through Alternative Airlines it is easy to use the search form above to search for domestic flights within New Zealand! Simply type in your destinations and we'll show you all available flights.

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