Despite its isolation and distance, New Zealand is a relatively easy place to get to (with many direct flights from the main hubs), and a very easy place to get around once here. Domestic flights between the main centres are frequent and relatively low cost. Outside of the main cities, driving around New Zealand is also relatively easy, with short distances between towns, and plenty of good scenery to stop for.
For symposium delegates travelling to Queenstown, there are a range of travel options, including international flights direct in to Queenstown (ex-Australia).
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For those wishing for the fastest non-stop route to Queenstown, the only airline operating from the West Coast of mainland USA to New Zealand is Air New Zealand. Air New Zealand is in the Star Alliance so if you are a frequent traveler and travel mostly with Air Canada or United Airlines you’ll be able to log up the air miles on code share with Air NZ. For those who travel frequently with American Airlines their major code share partner is Qantas. Qantas does not operate directly to New Zealand from the USA anymore and therefore to travel with OneWorld partners your travel would be via Australia. For those wishing to add other destinations on the way from or back to the USA there are routes through the Pacific (Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii).
Los Angeles (LAX) – Direct
LAX-AKL – Direct via Air New Zealand 13h 00m
Connect to domestic flight on Air New Zealand to Queenstown (ZQN) 1h 50m
Air New Zealand flies from LAX to Auckland daily. Air NZ Flights depart Terminal 2 at LAX, and fly into Auckland, with onward connections to 26 New Zealand destinations.
Air New Zealand operates the Boeing 777–300 between Los Angeles and Auckland
LAX via South Pacific Islands
LAX-AKL Via Papeete, Tahiti on Fiji Airways and Air Tahiti Nui LAX-AKL Via Nandi, Fiji on Fiji Airways
LAX via Australia
LAX-AKL via Sydney on United and Air New Zealand LAX-AKL via Brisbane on Virgin Australia and Virgin LAX-AKL via Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane on Qantas or Jetstar
San Francisco (SFO)
SFO-AKL – Direct via Air New Zealand 13h 00m
Connect to domestic flight on Air New Zealand to Queenstown (ZQN) 1:50
Air New Zealand flies from SFO to Auckland daily on Flight NZ0007 Air New Zealand operates the Boeing 777–300 and 777–200 between San Francisco and Auckland.
The only direct route from Canada to New Zealand is Air New Zealand’s Vancouver to Auckland service, which can connect to domestic flights to Queenstown.
Other options are to fly via USA West Coast airports, via Hawaii to Auckland, or to Auckland via the East Coast of Australia.
YVR-AKL – Direct via Air New Zealand 14h 00m
Connect to domestic flight on Air New Zealand to Queenstown (ZQN) 1h 50m
Via Hawaii YVR-AKL via HNL on Air Canada and Air NZ 17h 35m connect to domestic flight on Air New Zealand to Queenstown (ZQN) 1h 50m
There are a number of carriers with direct service to Auckland from Heathrow or Gatwick making what is undoubtedly long haul travel logistically simple. It is possible to travel via the east coast of North America or via various hubs in Asia (Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai). For the more adventurous, Round-The-World fares are available with the airline alliances One World or Star Alliance.
via North America
Air New Zealand/Virgin Atlantic via LAX
Air New Zealand via San Francisco
Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines via Singapore
China Southern Airlines via Guangzhou (787 Dreamliner)
Emirates via Dubai and Sydney or Brisbane or Melbourne
Korean Airlines via Incheon
Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur
Singapore Airlines via Singapore
Qantas via Dubai and Sydney
Virgin Atlantic and Air New Zealand via Shanghai
Virgin Atlantic or British Airways or Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand via Hong Kong
There is a number of carriers with direct service from Frankfurt to Auckland. It is possible to travel via the east coast of North America or via various hubs in Asia to New Zealand. Amongst other factors it is worth considering any visa requirements for transiting through these countries and layover durations.
Lufthansa and Air New Zealand to Auckland via Hong Kong
Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific to Auckland via Hong Kong
Lufthansa and Air New Zealand to Auckland via Shanghai
Lufthansa and Air New Zealand to Auckland via Tokyo
Lufthansa and Air New Zealand to Auckland via Los Angeles
Lufthansa and Air New Zealand to Auckland via San Francisco
Qantas to Auckland via Dubai and Sydney
Singapore Airlines to Auckland via Singapore
Air New Zealand’s Trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia connects 60 destinations across Australia and New Zealand with 200 flights per week. If you are in Mount Isa and are coming to Queenstown for the conference it can be done!
Information on destinations not listed below can be located here: www.airnewzealand.com.au/alliance-information
Qantas and its low-cost carrier subsidiary Jetstar operate across the Tasman and on New Zealand domestic routes.
Other international airlines operate across the Tasman and may have code-shares with the operating airlines flying to Queenstown.
Air New Zealand/Virgin Australia
Sydney to Queenstown non-stop direct.
Brisbane to Queenstown non-stop direct (code share Virgin Australia).
Melbourne to Queenstown non-stop direct and from the above destinations via Auckland or Christchurch to Queenstown.
Perth to Queenstown via 787 Dreamliner to Auckland www.airnewzealand.com.au Adelaide to Queenstown via Sydney code share with Virgin Australia.
Hobart to Queenstown via Melbourne code share with Virgin Australia.
Sydney to Queenstown non-stop direct (Sat/Sun/Wed).
Melbourne to Queenstown non-stop direct.
From Queenstown Airport to the Venue
Connectabus links Queenstown’s hotels, motels, and attractions with Queenstown Airport. Connectabus operates every 15 minutes from Queenstown Airport. Queenstown Airport to Queenstown one-way cash fare are adult $12.00pp / child $5.50pp
Super Shuttle operates a door-to-door shared ride service, or custom charter transfers to and from Queenstown Airport.
Green Cabs is Queenstown’s environmentally friendly taxi company operating hybrid vehicles with a free meet and greet airport service.
Other Useful Information for New Zealand-Bound Travellers
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Due to the volatility of the current currency markets (which seem to swing around based on whether Trump has been on Twitter), we will wait until closer to the event to update the exchange rates.
IDD Country Code: +64
Electricity: 230/240 Volts, NZ/AUS-style 2 or 3 pin plug
All measurements in New Zealand are metric.
Driving in New Zealand
We drive on the left side of the road. You can legally drive for up to 12 months if you have a current driver’s license from your home country. It must be in English or you must have an International Driving Permit (IDP) to accompany it.
You must carry a valid driving license at all times when driving.
Our open road speed limit is 100kph, but please note that many of the roads, especially those in the South Island mountain regions, are not suitable for doing this speed due to their narrowness, windiness, and/or the weather conditions.
New Zealand has strict laws regarding drinking and driving (any more than 1-2 standard drinks per hour will likely see you over New Zealand breath alcohol limits).
Use of handheld devices, such as cell phones, is strictly prohibited while driving.
Top 7 tips tourists wish they had known before coming to New Zealand
Many thanks to Society executive member, Matthew Stewart, for collating this information.