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New Zealand - Australia - Flights from the UK

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New Zealand - Australia - Flights from the UK

Hi,

Hope you can help. I have finalised my itinerary for my 4 week trip to (South) New Zealand and East Coast Australia. I am now struggling to work out the best route in terms of flights which are both economical and also time efficient. I have 4 weeks to take off anytime between 22nd October and 9th December ish.

Below are the places that I would like to see - I'm flexible as to the order in which I see them in based on the price of the flights. I would like to get the cheapest possible flights (from the UK they are very expensive) both in terms of the long haul flight from/to London and the internal flights within Australia and between New Zealand.

The places I would like to see are:

- Queenstown

- Franz Josef

- Abel Tasman

- Wellington (I was thinking to stay there for 2 nights but might not be able to if flights dont permit me to)

- Whitsundays (via flight to Cairns)

- Fraser Island

- Byron Bay

- Sydney

- Melbourne

Like I said I'm flexible as to the order in which I see them - so I could do the following:

- fly from London to Auckland, from Brisbane to London

- fly from London to Melbourne, from Brisbane to London

- fly from London to Auckland, Melbourne to London

- fly from London to Auckland, Sydney to London

any other options?

Are any of the above places I'd like to see better to fly from one place to the next? Ie. if flights are cheap from Sydney to Queenstown then maybe it's better I fly this route, etc

With regards to overland travel, how would you recommend I do this in South New Zealand and in Australia?

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

For reference, this i the type of itinerary I am looking to do - this is not fixed as it depends on flights!

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Day 1 Fly London to Queenstown - Night 1 - Flight - London to Queenstown

Day 2 Night 2 in Queenstown

Day 3 Night 3 in Queenstown

Day 4 Night 4 in Queenstown

Day 5 To Franz Josef - Night 1

Day 6 Night 2 in Franz Josef

Day 7 To Kaiteriteri (Abel Tasman Nat Pk) - Night 1

Day 8 Night 2 in Kaiteriteri

Day 9 To Wellington - Night 1

Day 10 Wellington - Night 2

Australia Day 11 Fly from Wellington to Cairns - Night 1 - Flight - Wellington to Cairns

Day 12 To Airlie Beach - Night 1

Day 13 To Airlie Beach - Night 2

Day 14 Whitsundays Boat Trip - Night 1

Day 15 Whitsundays Boat Trip - Night 2

Day 16 To Rainbow Beach - Night 1

Day 17 Fraser Island - Night 1

Day 18 To Byron Bay - Night 1

Day 19 Byron Bay - Night 2

Day 20 To Brisbane for flight to Sydney - Night 1 - Flight - Brisbane to Sydney

Day 21 Sydney - Night 2

Day 22 Sydney - Night 3

Day 23 Sydney - Night 4

Day 24 Fly from Sydney to Melbourne - Night 1 Flight - Sydney to Melbourne

Day 25 Melbourne - Night 2

Day 26 Melbourne - Night 3

Day 27 Melbourne - Night 4

Day 28 Fly back to London Flight - Melbourne to London

Thanks in advance for your help.

Nina

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1. Re: New Zealand - Australia - Flights from the UK

Flying from London you hit the international date line so you get no day 2

leave day 1 you arrive day 3. Plus you have some super long drives planned...

so

1 depart UK

3 arrive Auckland, fly to Queenstown

4/5 explore

6 drive to Wanaka

7 drive to Franz - allow 6 hours for drive with short stops

8 explore

9 drive to Kaiteriteri - 6 hour drive, add longer for sightseeing, food, etc

11 explore

12 drive to Picton, ferry to Wellington

13 explore

14 fly out

for your flights visit Trailfainders - they are the experts at long haul flights.

Happy planning :)

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2. Re: New Zealand - Australia - Flights from the UK

Thanks! So you think the best option is to fly to Auckland? I'm travelling alone so I was planning on getting the bus from place to place..do you think this is all realistic in terms of timings?

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3. Re: New Zealand - Australia - Flights from the UK

There are no direct flights London to Queenstown - you will need to get a connecting flight from Auckland or Christchurch.

If taking the bus;

Queenstown to Franz takes 8 hours

Franz to Nelson is a 10 hour bus trip

continue to Kaiteriteri the following day

1 depart UK

3 arrive NZ, fly to Queenstown

4/5 explore

6 bus 8 hours to Franz

7 explore

8 bus 10 hours to Nelson

9 bus 1 hour to Kaiteriteri

10 explore

11 bus to Nelson, possibly continue to Picton on same day...

12 ferry to Wellington

13 explore

14 fly out

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4. Re: New Zealand - Australia - Flights from the UK

Rearrange your Australia trip - there are no direct flights from Wellington to Cairns, but there are to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Otherwise it will be via Auckland or one of the Australian airports.

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5. Re: New Zealand - Australia - Flights from the UK

Or better, start in Northern Australia, work down, and fly to Wellington from Sydney or Melbourne. Do a South Island loop finishing in Christchurch and fly home from there. You will have cooler weather in Queensland and longer days in NZ.

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