Cheap Flights to Auckland

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Student flights from the UK to Auckland

Auckland is one of New Zealand’s largest cities, centered between two harbours on the North Island. It’s also home to New Zealand’s busiest international airport, making it a great place to start your New Zealand adventure, as many flights from the UK land in Auckland first. Auckland’s a really unique city, with a great blend of both city life, skyscrapers and shopping and nature, parks and adventure. Go bungee jumping off the thousand-foot-tall SkyTower in downtown Auckland, hike to waterfalls and swimming holes just outside of the city, visit waterfront cafes across the city and visit Auckland Domain, the oldest park in the city centered around an extinct volcano.

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map of Auckland

What are the main Auckland airports, and how do I get from them to central Auckland?

The Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand, with the vast majority of international flights from the UK arriving in Auckland first.

Auckland Airport / AKL: The Auckland Airport is located about 25 minutes from Auckland CBD (Central Business District), although if you’re staying outside of the city centre, your hotel or accommodation may be a bit closer or further. Once you land, you can pick up a rental car and head out on your own or take an Uber/taxi—the quickest but most expensive option (about £40-60 NZD, so £20-30). The SkyBus is a cheaper alternative that takes about an hour to get downtown but only costs £18 (£9.50). You can also take public transit—the cheapest option of all!—by taking bus 380 from the airport to Papatoetoe Train Station and then catching a train from there into downtown.

How to fly from the UK to Auckland

Though New Zealand is on the other side of the world from the UK, Auckland is generally pretty well-connected to the UK. You’ll find the most flight options from London, with options to fly all the way to Auckland with just one stop along the way. The most popular airlines include Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, United and British Airways.

Cheap flights to Auckland
from London / LHR

Average flight duration

27+ hours


Number of daily flights

No nonstop flights but numerous connecting flights daily

Cheap flights to Auckland
from Manchester / MAN

Average flight duration

30+ hours


Number of daily flights

No nonstop flights, but numerous connecting flights daily.

When is the best time to fly to Auckland?

Auckland has a fairly tropical climate, with mild temperatures mostly year-round but plenty of rain during the winter months. Remember, New Zealand’s in the Southern Hemisphere, so winter is May-August. March-April or September-November are the best times to visit Auckland, when temperatures are mild with less rainy days, and there’s less tourists than in the summer (aka December-February) months.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Auckland?

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Why do British students love visiting Auckland?

British students love visiting Auckland for the diverse number of activities and things to do, from hiking, bungee jumping, shopping, sea kayaking, and more. Nearby parks and islands offer plenty of adventure, while the bustling city offers tons of restaurants, markets and opportunities.


Auckland universities and campuses

Auckland universities and campuses

Auckland—and New Zealand in general—is a great place to study abroad. Whether you enroll directly in the university or go through a study exchange programme, there’s plenty of options. The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology are two of the most popular and highly-ranked universities in New Zealand. Even better, the incredible adventures and landscapes, affordable cost of living and friendly locals mean you’ll be feeling at home in no time. Check with your home university to see what New Zealand study abroad options might be easily available to you.


Auckland lifestyle and culture

Auckland lifestyle and culture

Auckland is a big city that may feel fast-paced (if you’re from a small town) or a bit more relaxed (if you’re from a big city like London). The good news is, there’s always something to do in Auckland and the food and coffee scenes are fantastic. Most locals like to get out and explore on the weekend. In general, many New Zealanders find work-life balance really important, so you’ll have plenty of chances to get out, explore and enjoy all the nature surrounding you!


Exploring Auckland on a student budget

Exploring Auckland on a student budget

Auckland is one of the more expensive places in New Zealand to live, but it’s still pretty easy to explore on a student budget, thankfully! The exchange rate is also in your favor, since the pound is stronger than the New Zealand dollar. Of course, all the nearby nature is free to explore, whether you want to indulge in a beach day, climb a volcano or hike to some waterfalls. Within the city, you’ll find restaurants and cafes that cater to any budget and plenty of free activities, like visiting the Auckland Botanic Gardens, strolling through the CBD, or window-shopping in the markets.

Frequently asked questions about flying from Canada to Auckland

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