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What's the United Kingdom like?

The UK is roughly the same size, although slightly smaller, than New Zealand. However, its population is roughly 60 million higher than New Zealand's.

The country is made up of four distinct nations – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – and each is fiercely proud of its traditions and heritage. Even within these areas, there are vast regional differences (beyond the huge range of accents).

London is by far the largest city in the UK. Many visitors opt to spend their entire trips here, but heading out to explore the rest of the island (and across the Irish Sea) can be rewarding.

What airlines operate flights to the United Kingdom?

There are no direct flights from New Zealand to the UK. Many of the journeys to the United Kingdom are shared by alliance members, however it is possible to stay with 1 airline (such as Air New Zealand) the entire way.

If you start with Air New Zealand, you may switch to Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, United or Virgin Atlantic depending on the route you take.

Best time to book

Through extensive research, Skyscanner New Zealand has found that travellers save the most money by booking their flights to the UK 27 weeks (around 6 months) before they intend to travel.

Do you need a visa to visit the United Kingdom?

No. New Zealand citizens are granted a visa on arrival for up to 6 months in the UK.

How long is the flight to the United Kingdom?

To London

To Manchester

From Auckland

24 hours 40 minutes (1 stop)

26 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)

From Christchurch

27 hours 30 minutes (2 stops)

29 hours (2 stops)

From Queenstown

27 hours 5 minutes (2 stops)

28 hours 30 minutes (2 stops)

From Wellington

27 hours 45 minutes (2 stops)

29 hours 30 minutes (2 stops)

When is the best time to visit the United Kingdom?

The weather in the UK and New Zealand is fairly similar, however New Zealand is generally warmer in a side-by-side comparison. Remember though, that the seasons are reversed so the United Kingdom's summer begins in June and its winter starts in December. The north of the UK is colder than the south, with snow more common in the Scottish Highlands than on the south coast.

When planning your trip, it can pay to look at major events across the country, as accommodation can be sparse and more expensive if your holiday coincides with these dates but you're not planning to attend. Some of the biggest festivals to make note of are the Edinburgh Fringe (August), Brighton Pride (July), St Patrick's Day in Dublin (17 March) and the Notting Hill Carnival in London (August).

How expensive is the United Kingdom?

London is by far the most expensive city in the UK, and prices here make Auckland and other New Zealand cities look cheap.

However, other cities like Birmingham and Glasgow are a lot more affordable and, in many respects, are cheaper than cities across NZ.

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

Flights to the UK

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