Flying

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Daily domestic flights between 25 destinations in New Zealand make air travel a convenient and fast way to get from one side of the country to the other. For example, it takes 1h55min to fly from Auckland airport to Queenstown airport.

The main domestic airline in New Zealand is Air New Zealand , however there are a number of smaller airlines.

  • Sunair
  • Barrier Air (Auckland – Great Barrier Island)
  • Fly My Sky (Auckland – Great Barrier Island)
  • Stewart Island Flights operates from Invercargill and Oban in Stewart Island. They do flights across Stewart Island too.
  • Air2there (Paraparaumu, Nelson, Blenheim, Otaki, Levin)
  • Air Chathams (Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Whakatane, Wanganui, Chatham Islands and Pitt Island)
  • Golden Bay Air (Wellington, Takaka, Karamea and Nelson)
  • Origin Air (Nelson, New Plymouth and Palmerston North)
  • Sounds Air (Nelson, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Christchurch, Napier, Paraparaumu, Picton, Taupo, Wellington and Westport)
  • Checking In:

    A quick checklist of things you need to have with you and prepare before taking a domestic flight in New Zealand:

  • Make sure your carry-on and checked baggage meet the weight and size allowance.
  • Bring your ticket/booking reference.
  • If you only have carry-on baggage, checking in online means you can go straight to the gate.
  • Remember your valid ID! This doesn’t necessarily have to be your passport for a domestic flight, but that’s always the safest option.
  • Arrive at the airport one hour before departure.
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