• New Zealand rolls out its own ESTA-style visa waiver for visitors

    Most international travellers visiting New Zealand will soon be required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which, while functioning as a US ESTA-style visa waiver rather than a visa per se, will all the same be mandatory before entering the country. The New Zealand ETA will be ...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2019 7 Comments

  • Air New Zealand revamps Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch lounges

    Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will revamp or replace five of its New Zealand domestic airport lounges over the next two years, covering facilities in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Tauranga. At the centre of the NZD$60 million works will be an all-new Regional Lounge at Au...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • New Zealand will axe departure cards in November 2018

    New Zealand will follow Australia's lead in scrapping departure cards for outbound travellers. The white and orange paper slips will be phased out in November this year, the NZ Government announced over the weekend, although inbound passengers will still need to complete an arrival card. The mo...

    POSTED 27 Aug, 2018 16 Comments

  • Vodafone scraps free roaming in New Zealand

    Vodafone Australia will axe free roaming in New Zealand from February 2018, bringing Kiwi country back onto its $5/day scheme. The carrier abolished roaming charges for Australian subscribers travelling to New Zealand in February 2016, allowing trans-Tasman travellers to use data, make...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2017 16 Comments

  • Qantas wants travel to NZ to be just like travel within Australia

    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has renewed the push for 'seamless' travel between Australia and New Zealand which would make crossing the Tasman no different to crossing into another Aussie state. No passports, no immigration or customs checks – just zip across the ditch for a day or two of busines...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2017 26 Comments

  • Marriott plans new The Ritz-Carlton, Auckland hotel for 2019

    The Ritz-Carlton will plant its flag in New Zealand come 2019 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Auckland hotel. Located in Auckland’s CBD and nearby the Sky City entertainment precinct, the property will offer 360-degree views of the city’s twin harbours, with the nearby Waiheke ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Brisbane-Auckland flights

    Flying from Brisbane to Auckland in business class? You may be surprised to learn that not two, but five airlines compete for your high flying dollar on this busy trans-Tasman route. That list includes Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, along with Emirates and even Taiwan-based China ...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2016 13 Comments

  • The best business class seats flying between Sydney and Auckland

    Travellers are spoiled for choice when flying from Sydney to Auckland and back again with no fewer than six airlines offering business class seats and service at the pointy end. That list includes Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, along with more far-flung carriers in Emirates, LATAM...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • The future of airports: one-stop security, passport control?

    SmartGates and security screening technology could soon be combined to create a ‘one stop shop’ for departing international passengers under a radical new plan by the New Zealand Government. Representing a massive overhaul of the current process – whereby travellers first queue...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • New Zealand plans trial of 'trusted traveller' fast-track program

    Business travellers arriving internationally into New Zealand will soon be able to take advantage of a ‘trusted traveller’ scheme, providing a fast-track service through passport control and a dedicated processing lane at quarantine for a quick exit. Flagged as part of a two-year tri...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2016 9 Comments

  • Is it worth getting a local SIM card in New Zealand?

    New Zealand remains the most popular international destination for Australian travellers with no fewer than seven airlines crossing the ditch – but once you arrive, is it worth shelling out for a local SIM card to keep in touch or are you better off roaming using your Australian SIM? As Au...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2016 10 Comments

  • Chateau on the Park Christchurch joins DoubleTree by Hilton family

    Hilton is expanding its reach across New Zealand with the Chateau on the Park Christchurch hotel joining the DoubleTree by Hilton brand from September 1 2016 as Hilton Worldwide's first property in the South Island's largest city. That’s when members of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program w...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2016 3 Comments

  • Vodafone launches free New Zealand roaming

    Vodafone has abolished voice and data roaming charges for its Australian subscribers travelling to New Zealand, and other countries could follow in the radical 'free roaming' plan. The jaw-dropper of a deal, which takes effect as of today for customers on all Vodafone Red plans – starting ...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2016 7 Comments

  • Qantas boosts Auckland flights in July

    Qantas will run an extra 21 return flights across the Tasman to cater for strong demand over the mid-year peak school holiday period. Between July 3 and 19, an extra six return flights will run between Sydney and Auckland (QF181/180), with an additional one-way service on July 5. Brisbane also ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2015 6 Comments

  • United, American Airlines eye direct flights to Auckland

    IN BRIEF | American Airlines and United Airlines are considering launching direct flights between the USA and New Zealand, potentially busting the Air New Zealand monopoly and giving Qantas travellers a US-via-Auckland option for stateside flights. United is examining a San Francisco-Auckland se...

    POSTED 2 Mar, 2015 31 Comments

  • Virgin Australia launches trans-Tasman business class this week

    Virgin Australia ups its game this week with the launch of trans-Tasman business class between Sydney and Auckland – giving travellers even more choice when hopping across the pond for business or pleasure. Kicking off on flight VA144 this coming Saturday, business class will be offered on...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2015 10 Comments

  • Qantas boosts trans-Tasman flights in December, January

    Qantas will run an extra 21 return flights across the Tasman in December and January to cater for strong demand over the peak Christmas and New Year holiday period. Between December 17 and 27, an extra five return flights will run between Sydney and Auckland (QF180/189), with three additional ro...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2014 3 Comments

  • Vodafone switches on 4G roaming in New Zealand

    Vodafone Australia's $5/day roaming deal now includes 4G speeds on the Vodafone New Zealand network. It's the first of many countries where Vodafone will activate 4G roaming this year, giving travellers an extra burst of speed over standard 3G networks. Over one million Australians travel ...

    POSTED 20 Aug, 2014 0 Comments

  • Easier trans-Tasman travel to boost trade, tourism

    Slashing the ‘international passenger movement charge’ from $55 to $25 could see growing numbers of Kiwi travellers injecting as much as $370 million into the Australian economy, says the Tourism and Transport Forum. That’s just one of four reforms being proposed to boost passe...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2014 7 Comments

  • Qantas cuts Auckland flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

    Qantas will axe up to 15 trans-Tasman flights from October, slashing services from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland. Up to half of those routes will be handed over to low-cost offshoot Jetstar as Qantas continues its cost-cutting campaign. Qantas says it is moving to a seaso...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2014 45 Comments

  • Jetstar's Boeing 787 starts Melbourne-Auckland flights

    Jetstar's Boeing 787 moves onto the popular trans-Tasman route from today, with a return service between Melbourne and Auckland. The Dreamliner will run three times a week – on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – as JQ229 out of Melbourne at 10.15am and JQ214 ex-Auckland at 5.15pm. ...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2014 0 Comments

  • Qantas extends advanced checkin for New Zealand flights

    Qantas is extending its advanced self-serve check-in system to include checked luggage for trans-Tasman travellers. The system, which Qantas calls Smarter Faster Checkin, has previously been limited to passengers with only carry-on bags, but trials now underway at Sydney International Airpo...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2014 2 Comments

  • New Zealand roaming costs set to fall in 2014

    Trans-Tasman travellers are set for a long-overdue win next year as the Australian and New Zealand governments move to slash the cost of mobile roaming fees. While Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have each introduced cut-price roaming deals in recent months, the joint government proposal would go fu...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2013 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia adds more NZ routes to Air New Zealand codeshares

    IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia is expanding its NZ network with the addition of 17 more routes to its codeshare arrangement with Air New Zealand. While Virgin already codeshares to all of Air New Zealand's domestic ports, the new routes between selected cities will streamline trans-Tasman...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2013 3 Comments

  • Qantas woos New Zealand frequent flyers

    Qantas is aiming to win over New Zealand's frequent flyers as the airline steps up its focus on the trans-Tasman market. A seven-member team from the Qantas Loyalty division is in Auckland this week to engage with local Qantas Frequent Flyer members and launch the 'Curiosity' advertisi...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2013 6 Comments

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