How To Reach New Zealand
Given the distance from New Zealand to India, the only practical way to reach this region would be by booking a flight. You will be able get regular flights from all the major cities in India; Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru to Auckland. Almost all international flights land in Auckland which is recognised as New Zealand’s largest city. From Auckland, domestic flights connect you to several airports across the country. If you are travelling from India, chances are that you will have common stop-over locations at Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong and Bangkok. This depends upon the airline of selection.
However, if you are travelling internationally, direct flights are available from Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia and Japan. It would be advisable to book your tickets well in advance, especially if you are travelling in the peak season. New Zealand is bustling with activities all year long, resulting in busy airports. Flight time from the capital takes approximately 16 hours and 55 minutes. However, quite a few airlines take as long as 38 hours depending on the transit destination and waiting period.
One can choose between any of the following airlines - Jet Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Air India, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
Auckland International Airport is the busiest airport in New Zealand, located 32 km from the city centre. With over 21 million passengers, this is known to be the largest airport in New Zealand. From duty-free stores, restaurants, bars, cafes, ATM’s and currency exchange services, one can find just about anything under the sun. Upon arrival, individuals can avail of the bus, taxi or hotel shuttle or train services to reach their required destination.
New Zealand is also home to other efficient airports such as Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport, Queenstown Airport and Wellington Airport.
There are no trains available from India to New Zealand for obvious reasons. However, you can travel by rail within New Zealand even though the options are rather limited. You can travel by train between this island country’s three main cities – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. You can easily navigate your way across Auckland that covers the city centre till Waitakere in the east and Pukekohe in the south. Take the Northern Explorer if you wish to travel from Auckland to Wellington and enjoy picturesque locations of the Northern island whisk past you. Hop on to the Coastal Pacific if you are looking to have an extravagant travel experience as you witness the Canterbury Plains on one side and the Pacific Ocean coastline on the other.
Reaching New Zealand by road all the way from India is obviously rather impossible. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the wonders that the wide roads of New Zealand have to offer; dotted with majestic mountains and vast crystalline lakes. If you are in Auckland, you could take a road trip to Rotorua through Coromandel Peninsula which houses breath-taking beaches and woodlands.
As much as you would want it, India does not offer direct cruises to New Zealand. However, if you are a seeker of the sea, you will have to travel to Australia if you are keen enough to travel to New Zealand via sea. Other ports through which you can go to New Zealand via sea are Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
By bus, train and tram
Travelling around the many cities of New Zealand are made easy by its public transport. However, remote areas do not have these local bus services. Hence, plan your trip accordingly. Christchurch is home to the historic tramway and also has city buses. Travelling in and around Auckland is made hassle-free by its Link buses while Hamilton gives you the joy of a free city-centre loop bus. You should plan to travel by train for nothing else but to just sit back and enjoy the view of crystalline lakes and mighty mountains that whiz past you. Take a Scenic Journeys Rail Pass that will allow you to indulge in unlimited travel on all Great Journeys of New Zealand’s rail services.
If you would rather holiday at your own pace, we suggest you hire a car. However, be warned of the jaw-dropping fuel costs.
The main cities in New Zealand never fall short of taxis and you will find them lined up even as you step out of the airport. Moreover, some small towns may offer you a local service. You must know that these taxis are run by meter and are generally reliable and trustworthy.
When in New Zealand do try the boat services between Auckland and a few more islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Do not miss out on the inter-island ferries that meander through Wellington and Picton and cross the Cook Strait. Also, do not forget to hop on to the passenger ferry that takes you between Bluff and the town of Oban on Stewart Island. When you’re contemplating how to travel in New Zealand, this option might be the most exciting one yet!
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