New Zealand tops the ‘best of’ travel lists year after year. That’s mostly down to the dramatic scenery. Made up of two volcanic islands flung off the south-east coast of Australia, it serves up volcanoes, fjords and lakes in droves.
The North Island stars two of the biggest cities. Auckland is often mistaken for the capital, thanks to its sparkling skyline. But Wellington is the principal city – a chilled-out place with great links to the wild South Island. Hop on a boat there, and you’ll discover a patchwork of wild national parks. Abel Tasman National Park serves up sandy beaches, while the Fjordland National Park is all turquoise waters and rainforests.
There’s a huge range of flights, so route lengths differ hugely. The shortest flights have one stopover and last around 25 hours long. Meanwhile, flights with long stopovers can take a few days.
You can stopover in a number of different cities, which means there’s a great choice of airlines. You could travel the whole way with British Airways or Qantas Airways, or mix airlines for a bigger range of dates and prices.
Flights from Edinburgh to New Zealand take off throughout the day, 7 days a week.
Edinburgh to New Zealand flights start from Edinburgh Airport.
At the other end, New Zealand is your oyster. Most people aim straight for Auckland, but you could also fly to Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, Queenstown or Hamilton.
There aren’t any direct flights from Edinburgh to New Zealand. The cheapest flights tend to stop off in Doha International Airport. It’s also worth looking at flights with multiple layovers.
Edinburgh to New Zealand flights introduce you to a country that’s like Scotland on steroids. It’s got mountains, lakes, forests and islands – but it’s all turned up to 11.
Take Milford Sound on the massive South Island. This fjord is a dramatic stretch of rainforests and glacial waterways. Meanwhile, the North Island serves up the subtropical Bay of Islands. The cities are just as impressive, from glittering Auckland right down to the Edwardian buildings of Dunedin.
To top things off, New Zealand doubles as Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy – you can even swing by the Hobbiton Movie Set.
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