Flying with Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is the national flag carrier for New Zealand, offering a wide range of domestic and international routes.

Established in 1965, Air NZ has its main hub at Auckland Airport, with secondary hubs in Christchurch and Wellington. In 1999, it became part of the Star Alliance, alongside airlines such as Air Canada and Lufthansa.

Why Fly Air New Zealand?

Air New Zealand is the country's most prominent airline on domestic routes. Along with its subsidiary airlines Air Nelson and Mount Cook Airline, it offers by far the most flights between airports in New Zealand.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.

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Ways To Check In

Passengers travelling with Air New Zealand can check in at their departure airport, on the Air NZ website or through the airline's free app.

Online and mobile check-in opens 24 hours before the scheduled departure time. Check-in closes 30 minutes before domestic flights and 60 minutes before international flights. The exceptions are flights from Sydney, Heathrow and all airports in Canada and the USA, where it closes 75 minutes before the flight.

While a passport is required for all international flights (and sometimes a visa too), domestic passengers can use other forms of ID, including their driver's licence, NZ Community Services Card or birth certificate.

Baggage Allowances & Fees

Baggage allowances vary depending on the type of fare you pick. While 'Seat Only' flights do not come with any check-in baggage allowance, all other fare types have at least 1 bag. The maximum weight for any checked-in bag is 23kg.

Economy passengers are allowed 1 carry-on bag (up to 7kg) plus a handbag or laptop bag. Premium economy and business class passengers are allowed a second carry-on bag.

Smart baggage is allowed as carry-on luggage (so long as it meets other requirements, such as the weight limit), but the batteries must be removed if you want to check in these types of bags.


Air New Zealand says that 70% of its passengers can choose which seat they fly in (from the standard selection) with their fare. This includes all long-haul international passengers and those who buy 'The Works' or above on other flights. Other passengers can pay to choose a seat.

As well as standard seats, other seat upgrades such as exit row seats and bassinet row seats are available, so long as you meet certain airline requirements.

Fees for upgrades start at $5 (standard seat, domestic flight) and go up to $75 (preferred seat, long-haul flight).

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