Cheap Flights to Gold Coast

What's the Gold Coast like?

With a 57 km coastline, the Gold Coast is a haven for surfers and sun-seekers, but that's not all there is. Families can enjoy thrilling days out at the region's famous theme parks, riding the Big 9 Thrill Rides at Dreamworld and the waterslides at Wet 'n' Wild, while nature lovers have plenty to keep them busy in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Which airlines fly to Gold Coast?

You can take a direct flight to Gold Coast from any major New Zealand airport. Airlines that fly this route are:

How long is the flight to Gold Coast?

Auckland to Gold Coast

3 hours 35 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Gold Coast

3 hours 40 minutes (direct)

Queenstown to Gold Coast

3 hours 35 minutes (direct)

Wellington to Gold Coast

3 hours 45 minutes (direct)

What is the best time to visit Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast is a reliably warm destination with around 300 days of sunshine per year, so it doesn't make a lot of difference when you travel. However, it can get a bit too hot for some travellers during the summer (December to February), as well as overly humid, and crowded due to the school holidays.

Do I need a visa for the Gold Coast?

No. New Zealand citizens can travel freely in Australia for an unlimited time under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, as long as you have a valid passport and meet the eligibility criteria.

How expensive is the Gold Coast?

Prices in the Gold Coast are similar to back home in New Zealand. Local beers can be a couple of dollars cheaper, while dining out can be a little more expensive. Be aware that the Australian dollar has a slightly higher value than the NZ dollar when making price comparisons.

Arriving in the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Airport (OOL), formerly Coolangatta Airport, is located 25km south of Surfers Paradise on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. All flights use the same terminal, which has a wide selection of restaurants, shops and currency services to exchange your NZ dollars for the AU version.

Public buses travel to destinations all over the Gold Coast and further afield and cost $10 with a go card, which is valid on public transport throughout Queensland. Taxis to Surfers Paradise have a set fare of AU$65 or AU$55 to Broadbeach.

Useful tips about the Gold Coast

Get a taste of the rainforest and meet your favourite Aussie critters without leaving the city at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

If you want to escape the crowds, hop over to South Stradbroke Island for 20km of unspoiled beaches, best toured by kayak.

Adrenaline junkies shouldn't miss the Superman Escape ride at Warner Bros Movie World, ranked by Skyscanner as the craziest roller coaster in the world.

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

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Frequently asked questions

There's one airport in Gold Coast: Gold Coast.
Delta, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, AirAsia X, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Alitalia all fly direct to Gold Coast.
The cheapest month to fly to Gold Coast is May.

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