Flights to New Zealand
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Student flights from the USA to New Zealand
New Zealand is a destination at the top of many of our bucket lists—so why not start planning for your dream trip now? From iconic stops like Milford Sound on the South Island and Hobbiton on the North Island, New Zealand has something for just about everyone. And if you love adventure and amazing scenery, New Zealand is the ultimate destination for you—go skydiving, glacier hiking, take a heli tour, go backpacking, hiking in the Southern alps, kayaking in the fjords—the list goes on! What are you waiting for? Your ultimate adventure destination is just a flight away.
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What are the main New Zealand airport hubs?
The main international airport hubs in New Zealand are Auckland Airport (on the North Island) and Christchurch Airport (on the South Island). Most international flights (especially from the US) land in Auckland, so if you’d like to fly elsewhere in New Zealand—say, Christchurch, Wellington, or Queenstown—expect to have a layover in Auckland first.
Auckland Airport: This is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. It’s located about a 30-minute drive from the city center, so if you’re not renting a car, you can easily take a taxi or an Uber. You can also hop on the SkyBus into the city.
Christchurch Airport: This is the main airport for the South Island and is conveniently located a short 15-20 minute drive from the city center. Of course, the Christchurch airport is a great jumping-off point for many places on the South Island, like Queenstown and Fiordland National Park.
How to fly from the USA to New Zealand
Despite being on the opposite side of the world, New Zealand is actually pretty easy to fly to from the US. Because you basically just have to cross a massive body of water (aka the Pacific Ocean), it’s a long flight. That means, though that there aren’t many places to stop along the way, so many flights are direct.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to New Zealand?
Prices based on bookings made 90-121 days prior to departure.
New Zealand universities and campuses
New Zealand is a great place to study abroad. From the low cost of living and studying, to the safe and welcoming culture, to internationally-recognized universities, there’s no shortage of reason to choose New Zealand for your study abroad destination. Plus, who wouldn’t want to study in one of the most beautiful countries in the world? Another great reason: New Zealand allows anyone on a student visa to work up to 20 hours a week while studying there, so you can earn a little money to fund your weekend travels. The University of Auckland, University of Otago and University of Waikato are all well-known, among others. Check with your home university to see if there’s any study abroad programs through your school.
New Zealand lifestyle and culture
New Zealand has an extremely friendly and welcoming culture. You’ll find the locals to be quite hospitable and may find New Zealand starts to feel like home quite quickly. With such a plethora of outdoor activities, many New Zealanders—or “kiwis,” as they’re more commonly known—have quite active lifestyles and enjoy spending time outside or traveling on weekends. The work-life balance in New Zealand tends to be pretty balanced as a result. Since it’s also an extremely safe country, you can feel secure traveling just about anywhere within New Zealand.
Exploring New Zealand on a student budget
New Zealand is pretty easy to explore on a student budget. While at first glance things may look quite expensive, remember that the US dollar is slightly stronger than the NZ dollar, so something costing $10 NZD is only about $6.30 USD. Besides this, it’s pretty easy to find cheap accommodations, from hostels to Airbnbs and more, and there’s plenty of free things to do. While of course you can splurge on helicopter tours or skydiving, you can also hike or drive around some of New Zealand’s most incredible scenery for free.