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There are a number of competing airlines that service NZ if you’re flying in from Asia, Europe or North America, though ultimately you’ll still pay a lot for a flight unless you jet in from Australia. NZ’s abundance of year-round activities means that airports 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 most traffic:
New Zealand's own international carrier is Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.co.nz), which flies to runways across Europe, North America, eastern Asia 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, but you can head south with Air Canada (www.aircanada.com) and American Airlines (www.aa.com), too.
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 many Pacific island nations.
An international departure tax of NZ$25 applies when leaving three of NZ's smaller international airports: Hamilton, Rotorua and the sporadically international Palmerston North. At all other airports the tax has been replaced with a NZ$12.50 Passenger Service Charge (PSC), which is included in your ticket price. At Hamilton, Rotorua and Palmerston North, departure tax must be paid separately at the airport before you board your flight (via credit card or cash). For kids under 12 it's NZ$10, and free for kids under two.