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Return flight to Auckland (New Zealand) £426 (Departing LHR / Mar departures / Including 2 x 23kg luggage) @ Skyscanner / Budget Air

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Posted 7th Jan

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Great price for a return flight to Auckland. The flight is operated by China Southern and involves one stop in each direction in Guangzhou. When searching for dates (examples are shown below) ensure that you choose an option which only involves one stop in each direction, as some options involve 2 stops.

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2nd - 9th Mar
2nd - 17th Mar
4th - 11th Mar
11th - 18th Mar
12th - 26th Mar


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DealsElf07/01/2020 09:24

The fire. …The fire. https://www.somagnews.com/fire-australia-changes-color-sky-new-zealand/


That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland recently but It's not affecting West coast of South Island
Edited by: "HerefordCiderApples" 7th Jan
Love New Zealand
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Not a good time to travel
Great price, have some heat
DealsElf07/01/2020 09:24

The fire. …The fire. https://www.somagnews.com/fire-australia-changes-color-sky-new-zealand/


But the flights are not until March?
DealsElf07/01/2020 09:24

The fire. …The fire. https://www.somagnews.com/fire-australia-changes-color-sky-new-zealand/



Not affecting flights the same way that the Icelandic Volcano did.
My Sister works at Wellington airport and hasn't had much impact on air travel
DealsElf07/01/2020 09:24

The fire. …The fire. https://www.somagnews.com/fire-australia-changes-color-sky-new-zealand/


That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland recently but It's not affecting West coast of South Island
Edited by: "HerefordCiderApples" 7th Jan
Good find.
HerefordCiderApples07/01/2020 09:27

That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland …That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland recently but It's not affecting West coast of South Island


Ok fair enough
NZ Glaciers are browning through bushfire pollution, ..that isn't made up!
Go to NZ & watch the pollution & colour hues drift.
I came back from NZ a month ago and travelled north to south, there were no issues with the fires in Australia in any of the airports I visited.....it's also more than 2000 miles away.

For the record, I chose not to fly with China Southern, despite flights being much cheaper. I ended up paying twice the amount to fly with Cathay and have a stop off in Hong Kong.....which was amazing, despite the place being pulled apart.
Again with the silly OTA promotion......no one should be booking flights with anyone but the airline!
Who wants to go to New Zealand for 7 days?

China Southern is the best of the Chinese airlines and this route has B787 on both legs. Personally I would pay £50 more and book with the airline.
1,200 miles
uptwisting07/01/2020 10:11

I came back from NZ a month ago and travelled north to south, there were …I came back from NZ a month ago and travelled north to south, there were no issues with the fires in Australia in any of the airports I visited.....it's also more than 2000 miles away.For the record, I chose not to fly with China Southern, despite flights being much cheaper. I ended up paying twice the amount to fly with Cathay and have a stop off in Hong Kong.....which was amazing, despite the place being pulled apart.


2,000 km
1,200 miles at a minimum
Mr_Gus07/01/2020 10:10

NZ Glaciers are browning through bushfire pollution, ..that isn't made …NZ Glaciers are browning through bushfire pollution, ..that isn't made up!Go to NZ & watch the pollution & colour hues drift.


I can do that in Preston
Mr_Gus07/01/2020 10:10

NZ Glaciers are browning through bushfire pollution, ..that isn't made …NZ Glaciers are browning through bushfire pollution, ..that isn't made up!Go to NZ & watch the pollution & colour hues drift.


I live in New Zealand, it was smokey for a day or so but there's no disruption here to flights, we actually flew from top to bottom on Friday and not a single flight was even delayed, and it's still as pretty as it was before the neighbours disaster. Yes the glaciers have discoloured a bit, but the two on the west coast are far more damaged by over tourism and global warming than the bush fires have done to them.

I'm not sure if it will work on this flight, but we flew Christchurch to Heathrow with China southern and you could upgrade the Christchurch to Guangzhou flights to premium economy for about £65. Completely worth the small outlay for a 12 hour flight but I'm not certain if the plane to Auckland has that seat but once booked navigate to the seat selection on their awful website and you can reserve the seats up the front for the small fee.


Overall we had a lot of delays but they cancelled one flight months before we flew, and the rest were all due to weather meaning we missed connections. Not the best service but I can't really fault it when they were half the price of anyone else.
Not smokey now doesn't necessarily mean not smokey later (thermals etc).
But yes, I get your point.
Love New Zealand
uptwisting07/01/2020 10:11

I came back from NZ a month ago and travelled north to south, there were …I came back from NZ a month ago and travelled north to south, there were no issues with the fires in Australia in any of the airports I visited.....it's also more than 2000 miles away.For the record, I chose not to fly with China Southern, despite flights being much cheaper. I ended up paying twice the amount to fly with Cathay and have a stop off in Hong Kong.....which was amazing, despite the place being pulled apart.


I hope you left the airports. It’s not just the airport but the places itself are affected. A month ago the situation was
very different than now and likely to get worse in coming weeks as it’s going to get hotter
bowdiddly07/01/2020 10:24

https://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/free-72hour/If you want to …https://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/free-72hour/If you want to stop over


Guangzhou is actually a great city! The Guangzhou tower, one of the tallest in the world, is decent. There's some good food to be had around the city.

The airport hooks up to the city via metro, it does get a little busy though.
right now the smoke from the fire and earthquakes think il pass this
I bet this gets some heat...
davester2k07/01/2020 10:16

Again with the silly OTA promotion......no one should be booking flights …Again with the silly OTA promotion......no one should be booking flights with anyone but the airline!


Why?
OTAs are perfectly legitimate and often a good way to save a fair amount on tickets.
As long as you understand any and all fees in amendments and are not ignorant to what an OTA is and how they operate/why they're cheaper, I don't see what's so "silly" about them?
Daveg199907/01/2020 10:42

Who wants to go to New Zealand for 7 days?China Southern is the best of …Who wants to go to New Zealand for 7 days?China Southern is the best of the Chinese airlines and this route has B787 on both legs. Personally I would pay £50 more and book with the airline.


China Eastern also have a decent fleet, although I can't say for this particular route.

I was hoping to get out the airport in the 8 hours I had there but they were not having it... That was at Shanghai Pudong.
Be careful with two layovers in China. Depending on the cities this can invoke the requirement for a visa.
JSL140307/01/2020 12:02

Why? OTAs are perfectly legitimate and often a good way to save a fair …Why? OTAs are perfectly legitimate and often a good way to save a fair amount on tickets. As long as you understand any and all fees in amendments and are not ignorant to what an OTA is and how they operate/why they're cheaper, I don't see what's so "silly" about them?


Because there simply isn't enough margin in the industry to allow the OTAs to offer a big enough discount to make it worth handing over control of your booking to them.

If you're at the unlucky end of a schedule change an airline will generally be helpful in getting you a new flight on their or partner metal. If you've chosen to save a fiver with an OTA you'll be lucky if they make any effort on your behalf at all and they would be expecting you to pay for it too.

One of many examples why you should keep control of your booking.
Wouldn’t recommend budget air, had to pay for a name change as the merged passengers middle names with surnames. Cost me £100 for extra. (Booked LHR->AKL via HKG in Sept 2019)
Edited by: "Dhiren_HUKD" 7th Jan
Dhiren_HUKD07/01/2020 14:06

Wouldn’t recommend budget air, had to pay for a name change as the merged p …Wouldn’t recommend budget air, had to pay for a name change as the merged passengers middle names with surnames. Cost me £100 for extra. (Booked LHR->AKL via HKG in Sept 2019)


That's with all budget airlines, had to pay £100to change name with easy jet
JSL140307/01/2020 12:02

Why? OTAs are perfectly legitimate and often a good way to save a fair …Why? OTAs are perfectly legitimate and often a good way to save a fair amount on tickets. As long as you understand any and all fees in amendments and are not ignorant to what an OTA is and how they operate/why they're cheaper, I don't see what's so "silly" about them?



cos they are absolutely terrible (or at least dreamworld travel are) if there is an issue.
Bobbins07/01/2020 12:29

Be careful with two layovers in China. Depending on the cities this can …Be careful with two layovers in China. Depending on the cities this can invoke the requirement for a visa.


yep, even if got free visa, it doesn't mean u will get one. Last time in shenzhen was refused free visa coz wasn't on the "list". Was told that they didn't got email about me from uk despite I told during check-in that i will want free visa
roguesspam07/01/2020 15:32

cos they are absolutely terrible (or at least dreamworld travel are) if …cos they are absolutely terrible (or at least dreamworld travel are) if there is an issue.



Absolutely right - so in a SHORT HAUL situation with say 1 connection or 0 connections, you are ok with an OTA. But from working in the travel industry in 2 previous roles, and my wife working in the industry currently, and from having done this trip to NZ several times on many airlines over 20yrs, i can tell you that saving £50 or £100 on an OTA is bad value.

The reasons are that 1) the further you are going and more connections you make the more chance there is of a hiccup/missed connection or other issue , sometimes the AIRLINE's fault - this will NOT be resolved quickly or easily by an OTA; 2) booking via the airline for ALL legs of a longhaul means its a single composited journey so they are responsible legally to get you from origin->end point regardless of connections in between and will therefore be responsible for shifting you to new flights or partner metal and assist any changes; 3) you literally are going on one of the longest consumer passenger journey you can take on earth (UK->NZ) and will be travelling for over 24hrs minimum - so be aware that anything could happen and insure against things that would curtail or delay your trip. The above is super important in the case of a group of 2+ people going - as you want to be dealt with together and put on same flights should there be a delay / missed departure / cancellation. I can tell you many horror stories from my own and other's experiences solely due to the distance and connections involved - its simply not worth the saving to go with an OTA.


IN terms of the fires and weather - NZ is quite a distance away, and from being there in the past when there have been ash/weather issues I would say its not really a factor for travel plans and alternatives are available (mostly driving) if it really comes down to it. You should obviously insure your trip in case of issues regardless of fires, white island, strikes or fuel prices hiking due to the middle east situation.
Edited by: "skeeter909" 7th Jan
HerefordCiderApples07/01/2020 09:27

That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland …That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland recently but It's not affecting West coast of South Island


If you haven't been to Auckland then I suggest you don't make up news yourself!
Spoke to my daughter in Auckland at the weekend and she told us about the red sky.
And in case you hadn't realised, Auckland is on the EAST coast of North Island so NZ is definitely affected!
Tell that to everyone In Auckland who saw the sky ALL DAY go orange... it’s not made up news, when it actually happened.
HerefordCiderApples07/01/2020 09:27

That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland …That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland recently but It's not affecting West coast of South Island

HerefordCiderApples07/01/2020 09:27

That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland …That's made up news. we call them sunsets. Haven't been to Auckland recently but It's not affecting West coast of South Island


I’m in Auckland this week and can confirm it is far from ‘fake news’. The sky was affected and there’s been haze all the way down to Taupo!
Perfect timing! Never post on here but was planning on seeing a friend in Christchurch last night!

Cheers!
So you’ve 4 days to see the place ?!?

Good for important family meeting only I suppose

Hardly enough time to get over the jet lag
naslfc07/01/2020 11:54

right now the smoke from the fire and earthquakes think il pass this


The smoke has impacted 2 days in the the years I've been here. As for earthquakes the last big one was over 3 years ago and the really big one was in 2011 and the city is still being rebuilt from that one. if you are scared of the quakes you'll never come to New Zealand, they are a natural occurance that can happen anytime and are part of the life here. It's amazing how unless it's 6+ on the scale nobody bats and eye at them.
pedant9907/01/2020 22:53

If you haven't been to Auckland then I suggest you don't make up news …If you haven't been to Auckland then I suggest you don't make up news yourself!Spoke to my daughter in Auckland at the weekend and she told us about the red sky.And in case you hadn't realised, Auckland is on the EAST coast of North Island so NZ is definitely affected!


Technically it's both East and west, the country gets very narrow and there's a big inlet near the airport that's actually the west side of the island.

It definitely happened we just missed it, we were north when it happened in the south then flew home the day before it hit Auckland.
Amazing price. Thanks OP
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