Booking your airline ticket to New Zealand

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Once upon a time, if you wanted to fly somewhere international and exciting, like New Zealand, you went down to your friendly main street travel agent, sat down, read a magazine, eventually met with the agent, and booked a ticket. Those days are gone. There are still a few decent agents out there - some examples are Down Under Answers in Seattle and Going Places in San Francisco - but in general, the best way to book your ticket is to do it directly with the airline, using their secure website facilities. Air New Zealand maintains an excellent, very useable website, and, crucially, they *often* have specials on their international flights. We also try to spread the word to people who've enquired about our trips in the past, when Air New Zealand has an especially good deal. The same deal applies for Continental Airlines, for their Houston-Auckland flight, and in fact you can book direct with just about any airline these days.

Before you do that, though, have a trawl though a couple of the more effective airfare consolidator websites, such as Expedia.com, Travelocity.com and Kayak.com, or if you’re in the UK, try www.skyscanner.net or Cheapflights.com. Sometimes you can get a better deal this way - other times, you'll just confirm that you're already getting a great deal with the airline.

On getting cheap tickets                           

Flying to New Zealand isn't usually particularly cheap. It's a low-volume, low-frequency route, so the kind of ultra cheap deals you see going to OTHER places, like Rome, Bangkok or whatever, are generally not available for New Zealand. But you never know! Our clients have often managed to get tickets to NZ from North America or Europe for around US$800, GBP£600, or €720 Euros. If you see a rate like this - grab it! It may not last. As with all airlines, if you leave it till the last minute to book, it'll usually - not always - cost quite a bit more.

Can I use my air points to get to New Zealand?

Yes you can use your Frequent Flyer points to get to New Zealand! All of the main US carriers have a 'code share' agreement with Air NZ or Qantas so check with your travel agent or frequent flier miles provider - and remember the sooner you get in the better, the FF seats are released 335 days prior to departure and people tell me there are only a few seats allocated for each flight, so good luck, and if you don’t have any luck the first time – try again the next day! Occasionally they release more than they let on.

What about business class, premium economy, and so on?

If you've got the bucks or the airpoints to upgrade, we highly recommend Air New Zealand's "business class". They call it business class - but it's not. It's easily the equal of any first class cabin in the world. You have a private "pod", which folds down to a 7 foot lie flat bed....a great menu, with very good quality New Zealand wines....and really, really good service. It's not cheap - but it's totally amazing. You won't want to get OFF the plane, when you arrive in New Zealand! Luckily if you’re coming on a trip with us the excellent service will continue :-).

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Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    Heaven

    Some call New Zealand home; I call it Heaven. Hiking, biking, kayaking - all with views of spectacular mountain ranges. Everything about this trip was wonderful. Now that I'm home, I'm wondering how I'll ever organize all of our photos.
    Valerie Ezrin Review Image
    – Maryland, United States
    Rimu, November 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    Amazing Trip

    This trip was amazing - the hikes took us to beautiful vistas, the guides were knowledgeable and fun, and the food was never in short supply ("Food is Fuel!" as one of our guides kept restating).

    Koru and Kim were great guides throughout and everyone had so much fun! I was traveling solo but 2 of the other 4 on my trip were as well, so nobody was ever left out! Having such a small group made the activities much easier to enjoy.

    The hikes, like I mentioned, were truly unbelievable, though somewhat more difficult than I expected. Everything was talked as 'full-on' or by time, but know that NZ hikes are up mountains then back down, so work on hills more than distance before you go! Even some of the small walks we did (Blue Pools, only 5 minutes from the road & the Chasm, 10 minutes from the road) were breathtaking. Kayaking the Milford Sound was another once in a lifetime experience we got to have on this trip.

    The only thing I would have liked (and got jokingly by the end of the trip) were straight communication prior to the hikes about how long they were updates mid-hike about how much longer/further. There was one day with miscommunications leading me to think the hike would be another 3+ hours uphill (nearly inducing panic) but was really only 30 more minutes.

    Overall, I really loved this trip!
    Taylor Ceithaml Review Image
    – California, United States
    Tui, November 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    Excellent way to see New Zealand

    My husband and I went on the Kauri trip in November 2017. This trip had been on our bucket list for a while and we decided to go with Active Adventures as they were offering the type of travel and activities we wanted to do in New Zealand. Our two awesome guides, Andy (encyclopedia of knowledge) and Jo (excellent cook) made us feel at home and have shown us the beautiful country of NZ while ensuring everyone had fun. We had an amazing time on the North Island and I highly recommend this trip if you enjoy outdoor activities.
    Claire Barrette-Remy Review Image
    – Ontario, Canada
    Kauri, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    Yes: Adventure!

    Really enjoyed the natural wonders away from civilization and tourist traps. Our guides, Koru and Jess took outstanding care of us.
    Hank Nino Review Image
    – Oregon, United States
    Kiwi, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16244 reviews)

    Best Ever!

    Trip of a Lifetime for sure! I’m still on a NZ High :-D))
    Thanks to Nick B & Melissa for their knowlegde & Expertise experience, which made our trip successful & FUN! With their encouragement, I was able to challenge myself & push beyond what I thought my abilities were.......THANK YOU!!! Such a pleasure getting to know Nick & Mel, we were spoiled & enjoyed every minute of this adventure with them. Highly recommend Active Adventures NZ making dreams come TRUE!
    Wendy Woods Review Image
    – Montana, United States
    Tui, March 2018

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