Compare cheap flights to Europe

What is Europe like?

Europe is a continent that's divided in many ways. Whether we talk about Western and Eastern Europe or Northern and Southern Europe, there are plenty of different holiday styles to enjoy, as well as varied weather patterns. The north and east of the continent are the coldest, enjoying many a snowy winter, while the southern area along the Mediterranean is most popular in the summer thanks to its sun-laden beaches.

Much of Europe uses the euro, which makes travelling easier, as does the Schengen zone system for easy border crossing.

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United Kingdom

Home to the busiest airport in Europe and, along with Ireland, the ancestry lines of many Kiwis, it's no surprise that the UK is a popular destination. Add to that the ease of communication and the many similarities in culture, and a trip to the UK is an easy way to enjoy a holiday.

London is the biggest and most visited city, but going to the UK without seeing other areas – like Cardiff, Edinburgh or Newcastle – means you'll be missing out on some of the best aspects of the country.


France is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with more annual visitors than any other country. Paris is the number one draw, with travellers keen to see the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and wander the banks of the River Seine.

The rest of the country has its attractions too. Northern Lille has a different architecture style, more in keeping with its Belgian neighbours, while the vineyards and the southern coastal towns have plenty of people making road trips or booking internal flights.


Spain is one of the warmer countries in Europe, although don't be surprised to see snow around Christmas time in the northern regions.

The capital, Madrid, is a bustling cosmopolitan city, rivalled by Barcelona in terms of affection. Barcelona has a few unique drawcards of its own though, thanks to the architectural oddities of Gaudi. Other hotspots in the country include Santiago de Compostela, Granada and Tenerife.

How long is the flight to Europe?

Flights to London Heathrow Airport

Auckland to London

24 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to London

27 hours 25 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to London

28 hours (2 stops)

Flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Auckland to Paris

25 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Paris

28 hours 5 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Paris

29 hours 45 minutes (2 stops)

Flights to Madrid Barajas Airport

Auckland to Madrid

26 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Madrid

29 hours 20 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Madrid

29 hours 40 minutes (2 stops)

Useful tips about Europe

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

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