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What is Vanuatu like?

With more than 80 islands to explore, Vanuatu is a country that keeps calling you back. The main airport is in Port Vila, but a number of domestic airports and inter-island boats make it easy to get around.

Vanuatu is a holiday destination that lets you decide how easy you want to take things. Its pristine beaches mean you can relax and forget about the stresses of life, but it's also a world-class scuba diving destination and a nation full of unique culture and beautiful hikes.

Which airlines fly to Vanuatu?

The only direct route to Vanuatu from New Zealand is from Auckland to Port Vila. These flights are available several times a week through Air Vanuatu.

Several 1-stop options are available through other airlines as well, including:

How long is the flight to Vanuatu?

Port Vila

Auckland to Port Vila

3 hours 15 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Port Vila

6 hours 5 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Port Vila

6 hours 20 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Port Vila

6 hours 20 minutes (1 stop)

Espiritu Santo

Auckland to Espiritu Santo

6 hours 15 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Espiritu Santo

9 hours 20 minutes (2 stops)

Queenstown to Espiritu Santo

9 hours 45 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Espiritu Santo

8 hours 35 minutes (2 stops )

What is the best time to visit Vanuatu?

Vanuatu has warm weather in all months of the year, ranging from 22°C to 28°C. The country's wet season runs from November to March, with high humidity, frequent showers and tropical thunderstorms.

School holidays tend to be the busiest and most expensive times to visit. If you're travelling without children, it's best to avoid the Christmas and Easter breaks.

Do I need a visa for Vanuatu?

No. New Zealand residents do not need a visa for up to 30 days in Vanuatu.

How expensive is Vanuatu?

On the whole, Vanuatu is much cheaper than New Zealand. A local beer costs around $4 and accommodation rates are lower too, although resort meals will cost more than local restaurants. Some imported items, such as cheese, are much more expensive than you might expect.

The local currency is the Vanuatu vatu. In 2016, $1 was worth between 70 and 75 vatu.

Useful tips about Vanuatu

Many shops are closed on Sundays and you cannot buy alcohol on this day (unless it's being consumed with a meal).

Tipping and haggling are not local customs.

Vanuatu and New Zealand have the same type of electrical socket.

Read up on ideas for a family holiday in Vanuatu.

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

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