Listed below are the biggest savings we could find for April 2018 from New Zealand’s three major airports. For each of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington we’ve picked a domestic and international destination where flights are significantly cheaper than they were in 2017.
Cheap flights from Auckland
Best international deal: Kuala Lumpur (18% saving)
Direct flights from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur make it easy to get to the Malaysian capital. KL is a multi-faceted city, like many of the big names in Southeast Asia.
From the Petronas Towers, formerly the tallest buildings in the world, to the shanty towns, and the ridiculously huge Berjaya Times Square shopping centre to the local markets, there’s a diverse spread of architecture and lifestyles on offer. The city is well connected by train, and taxis will fill in the gaps, making it easy to get around. Explore China Town and Little India, visit the Batu Caves and the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, and be sure to sample the delicious street food, from satay dishes to roti tisu.
Best domestic deal: Nelson (32% saving)
In April, flights from Auckland to Nelson are particularly cheap, with savings up to 32% available.
Based on the northern tip of the South Island, Nelson is in the geographic centre of New Zealand and has a monument to mark the very spot. The city is one of the most loved in New Zealand, and it’s easy to see why. Nelson has an abundance of natural beauty — from beaches to gardens and nearby islands to explore — as well as museums, art galleries and historic homes to meander around.
Cheap flights from Wellington
Best international deal: Amsterdam (26% saving)
Although there are sections of Amsterdam that have a slightly seedy reputation, there are plenty of more wholesome and family-friendly ways to spend your time in the Netherlands.
Whether you want to lazily cycle by the canals (or book a houseboat for your time there to really enjoy the waterways), explore the city’s fantastic art galleries and museums (including Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum) or it’s the special coffee shops that grab your interest, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
In April, Europe is in the midst of spring and starting to warm up, and in Amsterdam you can take part in the Tulip Festival (all month) or celebrate King’s Day (27 April).
Best domestic deal: Auckland (36% saving)
The biggest savings to be found in April are on flights from Wellington to Auckland with savings of up to 36% available.
Auckland almost needs no introduction, but if you haven’t yet made it to the northern city, be sure to go up the Sky Tower for unparalleled views over the CBD, go to Silo Park for its outdoor cinema and ride the Citylink bus for a cheap way to get around Auckland.
Outside the city, day trips to Cable Bay for its vineyards, the Waitakere ranges for hikes and Waiheke Island for its beaches and boutique stores.
Cheap flights from Christchurch
Best international deal: New Delhi (23% saving)
Visiting India can feel like travelling to a whole new world and visiting its most populous city is a great way to jump in at the deep end. Delhi itself feels like a portal, with the differences between the new and old parts of the city staggering — old Delhi is the more traditional of the two, while New Delhi has a more colonial British feel to it.
In April, expect the days to range between 21°C and 37°C, with barely a drop of rain to be seen.
Best domestic deal: Wellington (13% saving)
From Christchurch, the best domestic flights deal is to Wellington on the North Island. Grab a coffee by the harbour and watch the world go by or take to the streets and explore the unique architecture of Wellington. As well as the famous coffee culture of the capital, Wellington stands out for its craft beer scene and is home to some of the most interesting bars in the country.
Major events in Wellington in April include the Jim Beam Homegrown music festival (7 April), The Vegan Vault night-time market (7 April) and Undieground Burlesque (14 April).
About the author
Chantae Reden // Chantae Was Here
Chantae Reden is a journalist who writes about adventure, politics, extreme sports, and travel. She believes every stranger is a potential friend. You can find more adventure writing on her blog, Chantae Was Here or on The Salt Sirens, her ocean-sports website.