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Travelling in New Zealand by plane
For those who have little to spare to get back and forth between New Zealand's rides, you can make the most of an extensive (and very dependable and safe) net of intra- and inter-island flights. Air New Zealand, the country's largest national airline, has an air net that covers most of the nation and often operates on less favoured destinations under the name Air New Zealand Link.
In addition, several small local carriers offer important transportation links to distant islands such as Great Barrier Island (in Hauraki Gulf) to Stewart Island and the Chathams. Coming from Air Chathams (0800 580 127; www.airchathams.co. nz) connections to the distant Chatham Islands of Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. Flights to Auckland-Whakatane are also possible.
Includes flights between more than 20 national and countless international airports. AAIR2THERE.com (0800 777 000; www.air2THERE. com) links flights via Cook Strait, which includes Paraparaumu, Wellington, Nelson and Blenheim. Accessible Air (0800 900 600; wwww.barrierair. kiwi) Flights the sky over Great Barrier Island, Auckland and Kaitaia (and seasonal Tauranga and Whitianga).
flysmySky (0800 222 123; www.flymysky.co. nz) At least three flights a day from Auckland to Great Barrier Island. Gold Bay Air (0800 588 885; www.goldenbayair.co. nz) flies from Wellington and Nelson to Takaka in the Golden Bay on a regular basis. The Jetstar (0800 800 995; www.jetstar.com) connects the points between the main tourist centres: Queenstown, Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth and Palmerston North.
SoundSair ( (0800 505 005; www.soundsair.co. nz) Many flights a day between Picton and Wellington as well as flights from Wellington to Blenheim, Nelson, Westport and Taupo. Flights also Blenheim to Christchurch, Kaikoura, Paraparaumu and Napier and Nelson to Paraparaumu. Flights (03-218 9129; www.stewartislandflights.co. nz) Flights three flights a day between Invercargill and Stewart Island.
Flies to Whitianga from Ardmore (near Auckland), Great Barrier Island and Tauranga, as well as many other North Island links between Hamilton, Rotorua, Gisborne and Whakatane. Air New Zealand is offering the New Zealand Explorer Pass (www.airnewzealand.com/explorer-pass) to travelers from the USA or Canada who have purchased an Air New Zealand tariff from the USA, Canada, Australia or the Pacific Islands to New Zealand.
With the passport you can travel between up to 37 locations in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific Islands (including Norfolk Island, Tonga, New Caledonia, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Fiji, Niue and the Cook Islands). The rates are divided into four reduced, distance-dependent zones: Area 1 starts at 99 US$ (e.g. Auckland to Wellington); Area 2 from 129 US$ (e.g. Auckland to Queenstown); Area 3 from 214 US$ (e.g. Wellington to Sydney); and Area 4 from 295 US$ (e.g. Auckland to Tahiti).