Going to New Zealand in the near future, guys? There are pros and cons to going, but if you are deadset to travel to New Zealand from Australia. we'll tell you how.
You could get your ass over to Auckland, Christchurch, or Wellington. Getting to New Zealand the cheapest way from Australia can be done via Air Newzealand or Pacific Blue
New Zealand Next Door
"During your trip Down Under, there
will be intense pressure to go the extra mile (actually, the extra 1,500
miles) to New Zealand. You will be told, 'You've come this far.
Why not keep on going?' Ask your cheerleaders if they'll be
willing to open up their own wallets to sponsor your trip to Kiwi Land,
and when their jaw drops wide, go the extra mile then and tell them to
Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
Aaaaah, New Zealand. Home to more sheep than people.
Allegedly, it's hard to tell some of the women from the sheep, and some
New Zealander males prefer them to women because if they get angry at
their mates, they can just use them in a mutton stew and be done with the
New Zealand has some truly stunning scenery. It's said you can be
up in the mountains and within just hours, by car, be surfing the
beaches. And now that Peter Jackson has put the country on the map
by producing all three Lord of The Rings movies here, a visit
to New Zealand has become in vogue for non-trendsetters.
Are you coming?
Let me first repeat that this section of Doug's Republic is
a travel section on Australia. We are
assuming that anyone visiting this particular page has a
primary motivation to visit Australia. New Zealand may
be a possibility in the back of the mind. This is not a
page filled with in-depth travel information on New Zealand,
and if you're more interested in visiting New Zealand than
Australia, researching Australia first by coming here seems
about as intuitive as ordering the Death By Chocolate Pie on
a detoxification cleanse.
Pros of Visiting New Zealand (during a trip to Australia)
did you shell out for your flight to Australia? A lot, right?
When you look at the airfares below, you'll know that it won't get
any cheaper to slot in a trip to the kiwis, too.
Flight Leg (r/t)
Approx Cost (AUD)*
Melbourne - Auckland
Brisbane - Auckland
Adelaide - Auckland
Brisbane - Wellington
Brisbane - Christchurch
* Cost as of September 2009 for a 3-month ticket booked 7 months
in advance. Take a multiple choice guess if Doug's Republic
deserves (a) full responsibility (b) some responsibility (c)
very little responsibility (d) less than zero responsibility for any price
outdoorsy sort of person and want to see a lot of habitats quickly.
New Zealand is 10% larger than the UK. It's small and easy to get
around. Jesus Christ, you could walk from one place to another if
you had to! In Australia, it'd be handy if you grew a pair of
Building on the reason above, we'll assume you're also into skiing.
Australia's highest mountain is shorter than some NBA basketball
players. New Zealand's Southern Alps, on the other hand, showcase
a lot of mountains with altitudes. Mount Cook is 3,755 m
Zealand is meant to be cheaper than Australia. In a Foreign
Currency Direct comparison, New Zealand was found to be, in general, 14%
Cons of Visiting New Zealand (during a trip to Australia)
did you shell out for your flight to Australia?
I remember. A lot! If you're
spending that much money to come to Australia, why
don't you actually visit Australia? You
can get more bang out of your buck staying in Oz to
see what you can with whatever time you have.
If you're on a short term trip, you'll barely see
Australia anyway. Why try to cram in New
cultures are very similar. Both countries play
it up that they're polar opposites and have
completely different accents. New
Zealand, a fraction of Australia's size, is meant to
bear a strong resemblance to Tasmania. As for the
accents, yep, they're different, but an American
from New York and an American from the deep south
have more characteristically different accents than
Aussies and Kiwis. Listen for yourself.
(Note: The same man, a Kiwi, does both accents
here. We thought it'd be easier for you
to hear the difference if the exact same voice did
Is it really "right around the
corner" to visit New Zealand? Australia
is thousands of miles away from somewhere and so is
New Zealand, and the regions get lumped together as
Oceania. Hence, they're considered places to
hit together. But considering their distance
from each other and that a flight is required, a
'mandatory' New Zealand tag along is akin to someone
visiting Miami, Florida having to slot on Bogota,
Colombia as well.
For Working Holiday
Visamakers, slotting in a trip to New Zealand
during the Aussie working holiday is pointless,
unless you're sure you have no more time for a
working holiday. Virtually anyone who can
score a working holiday to Oz can also get a fresh
1-yr working holiday for New Zealand. It
would be a more productive expenditure of cash to
work six months in Oz and then travel the rest, and
then do another working holiday in New Zealand for
another six months and then travel the rest.
Getting To New Zealand
Only a few
options, guys. You swim there, raft there, sail
there, or fly there.
Since you're visiting this
page from Doug's Republic's Australia section, forgive us for assuming you'll be flying in from Australia.
Doing our research, we found that
Pacific Blue (in other words, Virgin) offered
consistently low fares.
The sample fares we calculated before were done with
Air New Zealand's fares are about 25% higher
than Pacific Blue's.
Qantas has Red e-Deal fares 40% higher than
Pacific Blue's, but if you're in love with the idea
of burning cash, opt for their Super "Saver", which
is almost 200% Pacific Blue's fares.
Doug's Personal Story
I was the true rebel.
I didn't go to New Zealand. All the
other fly-by-nighters did. "It's
awesome, mate," they said. "Get your
arse over there." I didn't listen.
This is no disregard to New Zealand.
I will get there one day, and when I do,
I'll do it right, just like I did Australia.
I came to Australia from Thailand with a
one-year open ticket and one-year multiple
entry visa. Had my intent been to stay
in Oz for two years, I could've entered Oz
with a one-way ticket and flown to New
Zealand shortly before his visa expired.
Upon return to Australia, I would've been
granted an additional year's stay in Oz.
But my original intention was to remain in
Australia for 4 or 5 months. The first
month I was there, I longed to go back to
Asia. Only after a month-long visit to
Tasmania did I feel like giving the
Australian continent a fair shake.
I invested in a car
and bought plenty of
which kept me off the book-a-tour-after-tour
pony show, what I saw most of the other
travelers to Australia doing. If I
flew to New Zealand, whether for a month or
three, I would have been unable to take any
of these purchases with me. I'd be
leaving my self sufficiency behind in
Australia. That would
necessitate me having to rent a car in New
Zealand, as my already purchased one sat
idle in Oz. Australian strict
quarantine laws could've made it problematic
bringing my tent to New Zealand and back.
For me, I'd already laid down some serious
investment in Australia. Why not
max that out and see as much of Australia as
I could with that investment? At
another time, when I had the time, perhaps
I'd buy a car and basic travel gear in New
Zealand and explore it. This isn't
empty talk. The Australian state
of Tasmania was the highlight of the country
for me. It was easy to get around, and
there was no beaten track, with caravans of
other travelers heading in predictable
fashion from one locale to the next,
something I saw throughout Oz. I
kept hearing that Tasmania and New Zealand
are very similar, so I'm sure I'd love
driving around New Zealand.
Going to New Zealand, mates? Keen to travel to New Zealand from Australia? It all awaits you: Auckland,
Christchurch, Wellington. Getting to New Zealand cheaply from Australia can be done via Air Newzealand or Pacific Blue<