Airfare to Wellington, New Zealand

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Often overshadowed by its larger northern neighbor city of Auckland, Wellington is actually New Zealand’s capital, connected by ferry to the South Island. Wellington is home to some of New Zealand’s best museums and attractions including Mount Victoria and National Library. Active nightlife can be found almost any day of the week along Courtenay Place.

Airfare to Wellington will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.

Also consider flights into Christchurch or Auckland. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Pacific Blue and Freedom Air fly to Wellington. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.

Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Auckland, New Zealand, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.

Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air New Zealand is the national airline. However, Qantas, Sounds Air and other airlines also stop in Wellington.

The most expensive air tickets to Wellington are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.

Summary of Money Saving Tips:

  • Fly mid-week
  • Book your holiday during the off-peak season
  • Consider flying into Christchurch or Auckland and traveling overland to Wellington via train or bus
  • Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
  • Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition

For more information on Wellington, check out BootsnAll’s Wellington Travel Guide.

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