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What is Ireland like?

Known as the Emerald Isle, Ireland is a country famed for its lush, green landscapes – as well as its whiskeys, stouts and ancestral links for many New Zealanders.

Dublin, the nation's capital, is the country's biggest city and one that draws the most visitors. Dublin has a mix of historic and modern buildings, with Dublin Castle and the Temple Bar district both being popular among tourists.

As well as Dublin, visitors often make their way to Cork (to kiss the Blarney Stone), Galway (for its natural beauty) and to Newgrange (home of a tomb that dates back to around 3200 BC).

Which airlines fly to Ireland?

Although there are no direct flights from New Zealand to Ireland, it is possible to get from Auckland to Dublin with 1 airline and 1 stop, such as Emirates (via Dubai) and Qatar Airways (via Doha).

Other trips are shared by airlines and may have an extra stop before you get to your destination. One of the most common combinations is Air New Zealand to Europe and then Aer Lingus for the final leg. 

How long is the flight to Ireland?

Flights to Cork Airport

Auckland to Cork

28 hours 20 minutes (2 stops)

Christchurch to Cork

31 hours 10 minutes (3 stops)

Queenstown to Cork

30 hours 15 minutes (3 stops)

Wellington to Cork

31 hours 25 minutes (3 stops)

Flights to Dublin Airport

Auckland to Dublin

26 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Dublin

29 hours (2 stops)

Queenstown to Dublin

29 hours 35 minutes (3 stops)

Wellington to Dublin

29 hours 20 minutes (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Ireland?

Ireland's summer runs from June to September, when you'll experience the warmest weather. The country has a vibrant green colour year-round, but from spring onwards you'll see the best side of nature.

Snow is common in the mountains of Ireland, but it's generally only seen for a few days a year at street level. Winter runs from December to February in Europe.

Do I need a visa for Ireland?

No. New Zealand citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to 3 months in Ireland.

How expensive is Ireland?

Ireland is generally more expensive than New Zealand. In Dublin, those used to Auckland prices should expect to pay an extra $5 or $10 for a meal. Other common expenses like beer and coffee are around the same price, sometimes a bit cheaper.

In Ireland, you'll spend the euro. In 2017, $1 was worth between €0.57 and €0.68.

Useful tips about Ireland

Flying from New Zealand to Ireland takes more than a day. Read Skyscanner's tips for surviving a long-haul flight to make things more pleasant.

Of course, flying with young children can make it even more challenging. Find out how to entertain kids on a long-haul flight.

If you haven't booked your flights yet, see which airlines Skyscanner found to have the best economy classes from New Zealand.

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

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