Share |It is fair to say that NZ is one of the more remote countries in the world, but it is not without its advantages. My partner put together the following comparison of Around-The-World flights for different countries/airlines, and New Zealand came up one of the best prospects for the countries we surveyed. Here is the list for airfares originating from different countries for 39k miles and 6 continents:
1. Malaysia - USD4,500
2. Thailand - USD4,400
3. United States - USD6,000
4. Australia - USD5,000
5. Philippines - USD5,000
6. New Zealand - USD3,500
If you want to book such flights you can visit the following site.
This is of course good news for people living in NZ wanting to make it a base for travelling around the world.
With respect to direct and indirect routes NZ still rates badly and there are several reasons for this:
1. Auckland is the only international airport offering many destinations
2. Auckland does not have the same number of destinations as some larger international airports
3. Connections to other cities like Sydney are an additional cost - albeit available through a discount airline like Jetstar or Pacific Blue (Virgin Group).
4. New Zealand is a low-traffic market so there is not a lot of competition on many routes.
I do note however that there are some attractive options from NZ:
1. Jetstar have a cheap flight from Auckland to Osaka/Tokyo. Tokyo is a good base to get to other Asian destinations
2. Jetstar to Gold Coast (Qld), then Air Asia to Malaysia
I hope this helps!