Compare cheap flights to Asia

What is Asia like?

With Asia being the world's largest continent, there's a huge shift in what you can see from country to country, never mind from coast to coast.

As the closest continent to New Zealand and Oceania, the south-eastern tip of the region is hugely popular among holidaymakers – including Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. These countries also have the huge benefit for New Zealanders of giving a very good exchange rate and cheap cost of living.

Other areas of the continent are popular too, including China, Japan and Korea. As we start to explore more of the world, it's often Asia that we explore first.

What are the cheapest Asian destinations from New Zealand?


With direct flights to Kuala Lumpur available from Auckland, getting to Southeast Asia has never been cheaper or easier. Malaysia's capital is the perfect example of a developing Asian city, merging its Asian roots with modern developments, much like nearby Singapore. As well as the Petronas Towers, you can make use of Kuala Lumpur's modern transit system to flit between the new, chic and massive shopping centres or stick to older attractions like China Town, Little India and the Batu Caves.


Thanks to the popularity of Bali, Indonesia is one of the most commonly visited countries by Kiwis. The island offers plenty of different ways to enjoy your holiday – Kuta is the party centre, with cheap beers and sandy beaches; Seminyak is popular with families and those who prefer slightly more upmarket dining, and Ubud is the spiritual centre full of yoga and meditation retreats.

The cheapest flights to Bali are available from Auckland, where you can get direct flights with Air New Zealand<.


While Thailand has long been the Southeast Asian country of choice for Oceania travellers, Vietnam has been growing hugely in popularity in recent years. Ho Chi Minh City is the most common entry point, although those spending time in nearby countries often enter in the north and head to the capital Hanoi. Seasoned travellers like to compare Vietnam of today with Thailand of yesteryear – keeping plenty of its original charm, without too much commercial development.

How long is the flight to Asia?

Flights to Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Auckland to Kuala Lumpur

11 hours 25 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Kuala Lumpur

14 hours 40 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Kuala Lumpur

14 hours 50 minutes (1 stop)

Flights to Bali (Denpasar) Airport

Auckland to Bali

9 hours 20 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Bali

11 hours (1 stop)

Wellington to Bali

12 hours 45 minutes (1 stop)

Flights to Ho Chi Minh City Airport

Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City

13 hours 40 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Ho Chi Minh City

14 hours 5 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Ho Chi Minh City

14 hours (1 stop)

Useful tips about Asia

Read about 2018's cheapest holiday destinations, which includes 7 cities in Asia.

Save more money on your trip by reading our tips for backpacking around Southeast Asia.

Prepare for your trip by learning about Southeast Asia's top beers.

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Please note: all information is correct as of March, 2018.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.