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NZ’s abundance of year-round activities means that airports here are busy most of the time: if you want to fly at a particularly popular time of year (eg over the Christmas period), book well in advance.
The high season for flights into NZ is during summer (December to February), with slightly less of a premium on fares over the shoulder months (October/November and March/April). The low season generally tallies with the winter months (June to August), though this is still a busy time for airlines ferrying ski bunnies and powder hounds.
A number of NZ airports handle international flights, with Auckland receiving the most traffic:
Note that Hamilton, Rotorua and Palmerston North airports are capable of handling direct international arrivals and departures, but are not currently doing so.
New Zealand's international carrier is Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.co.nz), which flies to runways across Europe, North America, eastern Asia, Australia and the Pacific, and has an extensive network across NZ.
Winging in from Australia, Virgin Australia (www.virginaustralia.com), Qantas (www.qantas.com.au), Jetstar (www.jetstar.com) and Air New Zealand are the key players. Air New Zealand also flies in from North America. Other operators from North America include Air Canada (www.aircanada.com) and American Airlines (www.aa.com).
From Europe, the options are a little broader, with British Airways (www.britishairways.com), Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com) and Virgin Atlantic (www.virginatlantic.com) entering the fray, and plenty of others stopping in NZ on broader round-the-world routes.
From Asia and the Pacifc there are myriad options, with direct flights from China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Pacific Island nations.
An international 'passenger service charge' of up to NZ$25 applies when leaving New Zealand's various international airports, which is built into your ticket price. Other charges also apply ($1.50 civil aviation fee, $12 aviation security service fee, $6 departure fee, $16 arrival fee), which are also added to your ticket price.