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What is the Philippines like?

Located between China and Indonesia, the Philippines is a country made up of almost 8,000 islands. On these islands you'll find huge cities, pristine beaches and natural wonders such as the Banaue Rice Terraces, the chocolate hills of Bohol and Vulcan Point – the largest landmass found within a lake, which itself is on an island inside another lake also found on an island.

The cities in the Philippines – notably Manila, Cebu and Davao – exhibit a mixture of traditional culture with Spanish and American influences.

Which airlines fly to the Philippines?

The only direct flights to the Philippines leave from Auckland with Philippine Airlines. These leave 3 times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Flights from Christchurch, Wellington and other Kiwi airports make at least 1 stop along the way.

As well as Philippine Airlines, it's possible to get non-direct flights with a variety of airlines, including Air New Zealand, China Southern and Qantas.

How long is the flight to the Philippines?

Flights to Cebu

Auckland to Cebu

13 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Cebu

17 hours 25 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Cebu

16 hours 40 minutes (2 stops)

Flights to Manila

Auckland to Manila

10 hours 25 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Manila

13 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Manila

13 hours 10 minutes (1 stop)

What is the best time to visit the Philippines?

The Philippines has distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season, which runs from May to October, often sees torrential downpours and these can be accompanied by typhoons, which are often destructive. Typhoons, which are called ‘bagyo’ locally, are most common between June and September.

The hottest period in Manila is from March to June, with highs in the mid-30s being common. However, even in the cooler months, you can still expect the mercury to reach 30°C.

Do I need a visa for the Philippines?

No. New Zealand passport holders can visit the Philippines for up to 30 days as tourists.

How expensive is the Philippines?

The Philippines is far cheaper than New Zealand. Expect to pay around NZ$5 for a meal, less than NZ$2 for a local beer and NZ$1 at most for a soft drink.

Useful tips about the Philippines

Learn about the hidden gems of the capital by reading about where the locals eat and drink in Manila.

See which of the Philippines' brews we included in our list of the best beers in Southeast Asia.

Find out which Filipino island was in our list of cheap holiday destinations for 2018.

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

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