Which New Zealand Airport Should You Choose to Arrive At?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, or if you’re part of the #Wanderlust generation, the right airport.

As it happens, New Zealand has not one, not two, but five airports total. Given that, how do you choose which airport to land in when you book your plane ticket?

It all depends on where you’re coming from, it seems:

1. If You Are Arriving from Fiji

If You Are Arriving From Fiji

You can either arrive at either Auckland Airport or Christchurch Airport, but the best option for those flying in from Fiji would be Wellington Airport. Located at the south of the North Island, this airport is situated in the capital city of New Zealand. Air traffic here is mostly comprised of domestic flights, but it also brings in many international flights from both Fiji and Australia.

Plus, Wellington is a great place to kick off your New Zealand journey in as the city is quite vibrant and diverse, and you can take the Cook Strait Ferry to explore other destinations at the top of the South Island.

2. If You Are Arriving from Australia

If You Are Arriving from Australia

Australian visitors can actually land in any of New Zealand’s five airports, but the two most recommended ones are Queenstown Airport and Dunedin Airport.

Queenstown Airport is arguably NZ’s most scenic airport as it is literally nestled in between mountains. It’s certainly an ideal amuse-bouche for the sort of natural beauty lying in wait all over the country for travelers to discover, and adrenaline junkies will find no shortage of things to do in “The Adventure Capital of New Zealand.

Dunedin Airport, on the other hand, is great for visitors flying in from Brisbane. Located on the southeastern coast of South Island, Dunedin is the quietest international airport and since it’s not as crowded as Auckland, certain services like rental cars are much cheaper to avail of here.

3. If You Are Arriving From Anywhere Else in the World

Auckland Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the country. About 15 million visitors pass through its gates every year, and direct flights from Asia, the US, the Pacific Islands, and just about every country in the world typically touch down here. Perched on the northern tip of North Island, this is the usual starting point for many international backpackers or tourists.

The second busiest airport in the country is Christchurch Airport. It also serves as the hub for the southern part of New Zealand and waves through about 5.5 million passengers a year. Because most of the traffic here stems from domestic flights and from Australia, many Asian tourists prefer to make their entry into the country through this airport.

There you have it. Now, go forth and fly!

10 Effortless Steps to Apply for a Tax Refund Online

It is high time again for the dreaded tax monster. After being assessed, you ask yourself, do I really owe this much tax? Luckily, the campaign by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) streamlined an easier way to claim tax refunds (being number 11 in the “Paying Taxes 2017” ease of paying taxes report certainly has its perks).

Getting a representative to do it for you might be quite expensive. To save more money, these are the things you need to know to properly claim your tax refund.

Who are eligible?

First, you need to know if you are eligible for refund. Usually the cases where you get tax refund are the following:

  • If you worked for only part of the year (including recent retirees)
  • If you received a lump sum payment (such as a bonus or redundancy)
  • If you had more than one employer during the year
  • If you have additional expenses to claim
  • If you were entitled to the independent earner tax credit but didn’t claim all of it during the tax year.

Step 1: To check, login to your My IR Account.

Step 1

Step 2: Choose the tax year you are inquiring for.

Choose the tax year you are inquiring for

Step 3: Input in the calculator the required information.

Input in the calculator the required information

Step 4: Answer this questionnaire. The information you provide in this window will not be sent to IRD.

Answer this questionnaire

Afterward, you will be assessed if you are entitled to a tax refund. If the amount shows a total tax payment than a tax refund, STOP. IRD does not need to use this amount as a reassessment of payments.

It is important to note that if you continue whilst knowing that there is additional tax payment, you are required to pay the amount due computed. For the purpose of this article, please don’t. You have been warned.

Step 5: Request for a Personal Tax Summary.

Request for a Personal Tax Summary

Step 6: Review your request and press “Send to Inland Request”.

Review your request and press "Send to Inland Request"

Step 7: Go to “My Income tab” and complete the “continue completing your PTS”

Go to "My Income tab" and complete the "continue completing your PTS"

Step 8: Look for the draft request and complete your PTS details.

Look for the draft request and complete your PTS details

Step 9: Go to the “Calculate tax and review summary” tab to check the run-through of the transaction.

Go to the "Calculate tax and review summary" tab to check the run-through of the transaction.

Also, if you haven’t yet, you can update your bank details in this tab for a faster and more convenient way of receiving the money.

Step 10: Confirm the summary and click “submit to Inland Revenue”

Confirm the summary and click "submit to Inland Revenue"

With that, you will receive your refund within 5 working days (if you have updated your bank accounts). I know. It’s just this easy. You’re welcome.