The New Zealand international airports
Starting north to south, these are the airports you can arrive in New Zealand from overseas.
- Auckland Airport (AKL)
- Wellington Airport (WLG)
- Christchurch (CHC)
- Queenstown (ZQN)
- Dunedin (DUD)
Arriving from all over the world
Where ever you are coming from in the world, it is likely that you will be coming directly or making a stopover in Asia, the USA, Pacific Islands or Australia before you make it into New Zealand. These are the New Zealand airports where you canarrive from such places!
Auckland InternationalAirport is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand and one of the busiest airports in Australasia, with more than 15milliontravellers passing through each year.Direct flights come from Asia, the USA, the Pacific Islands and Australia, making Auckland Airport the most likely arrival airport into New Zealand.Situated in the north of the North Island, it means that most backpackers have similar patterns of travelling around New Zealand from Auckland. Usually, heading south down one side of the country then coming back up north on the opposite side of the country. See exactly what arriving in Auckland is like in Arriving at Auckland Airport.
Christchurch is the airport hub for the South Island and the second busiest airport, but with around 5.5 million passengers moving through a year. However, most of this traffic comes from domestic flights and Australia. You can also arrive in Christchurch from Fiji, the Cook Islands (seasonal), and Asia.
Arriving from Fijior Australia
As well as Auckland Airport and Christchurch Airport, you can take the plane from Fiji or Australia to Wellington Airport.
Situated in the capital city of New Zealand at the south of the North Island, Wellington Airport is not the main airport of New Zealand yet still brings in international flights from Australia and Fiji. The busiest arrivalsfor Wellington airport are domestic but also Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne in Australia.Wellington is a good place to start in a vibrant and cultural city before takingthe Cook Straight ferry and start your travels at the top of the South Island.
Arriving From Australia
Finally, the last of New Zealand’s international airports. As well as arriving in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, you can also arrive from Australia in these New Zealand airports.
Nestled in between mountains, Queenstown Airport is a true taste of what New Zealand is all about as you land in this super scenic airport location. The airport gets arrivals from the Australian locations of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.Check out what there is to do in Queenstown. You’ll want to spend a while here before travelling the rest of the country.
If flying from Brisbane, you can arrive in Dunedin on the southeastern coast of the South Island. It is the quietest international airport in New Zealand. Nonetheless, if you do manage to start your travels from Dunedin, the southern location is a good starting point to see the country the opposite way round than what most backpackers experience when arriving in Auckland Airport. Thismeans things like car hire will be at a lower price starting from Dunedin, for instance.