What's Melbourne like?
Melbourne is one of Australia's most popular cities. Considered the capital of culture in Australia, it's an art lover's dream. From colourful laneways to some of the country's best bands, there's plenty to see and do.
Whether you're a foodie, a sports fan or you're just interested in seeing what life's like across the Tasman, Melbourne has much to offer New Zealand visitors.
Which airlines fly to Melbourne?
There's a wide choice of direct flights to Melbourne from cities across New Zealand every day.
Passengers have a good choice of airlines too. Daily flights are available with:
How long is the flight to Melbourne?
Auckland to Melbourne
4 hours (direct)
Christchurch to Melbourne
3 hours 45 minutes (direct)
Queenstown to Melbourne
3 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)
Wellington to Melbourne
4 hours 5 minutes (1 stop)
What is the best time to visit Melbourne?
Unless you're visiting specifically to watch the sport, be aware that accommodation prices rise significantly around Test matches and the Australian Open.
Do I need a visa for Melbourne?
No. Because of the Trans-Tasman Agreement, New Zealand citizens can travel freely in Australia.
How expensive is Melbourne?
Like most Australian cities, prices in Melbourne are slightly higher than they are across New Zealand. Expect to pay up to NZ$20 for a meal out, NZ$9 for a beer or NZ$4.50 for a coffee.
Arriving in Melbourne
Melbourne has 2 airports: Tullamarine (MEL) and Avalon (AVV). Tullamarine is the closer of the two, 22km from the city, with Avalon 55km away. The vast majority of flights from New Zealand land at Tullamarine.
Tullamarine has 4 terminals. The majority of international flights land at Terminal 2, but Qantas flights go to Terminal 1 and Virgin Australia flights to Terminal 3.
SkyBus express vehicles are the easiest way to get from the airport to the city. From Tullamarine, this costs $19 for a 1-way ticket or $38 for a return (cheaper if bought online). This service is also available from Avalon, with tickets costing $22 for a 1-way trip ($42 return).
Useful tips about Melbourne
Among its many great attractions, Melbourne boasts one of the world's best Chinatowns.
Pay for public transport in Melbourne using myki cards.
Just outside Melbourne is the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's top wine-producing areas.
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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2017.
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