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
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
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!