expired Air NZ Domestic Airfares down by up to 50% - e.g. Christchurch to Dunedin $39 or Tauranga $59


Air New Zealand is slashing its lowest domestic fares by up to 50 percent from today.
26 February 2019

Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the move to shrink fares is the biggest overhaul of the airline's domestic pricing structure in more than a decade and will see more than three quarters of a million seats a year available for less than $50.

"We are making travel more affordable than ever for Kiwis so that they can explore more of their own backyard, connect with family and friends and attend the amazing events we have around the nation," Mr Luxon says.

Air New Zealand is shrinking its lowest fares on 41 domestic routes meaning Kiwis will be able to fly within each island for as low as $39 and between the North Island and South Island for as low as $39.

Air New Zealand's longest domestic service - the two-hour 1,174 kilometre direct flight between Auckland and Invercargill launching in August will have seats available from $79.

"We have shrunk our lowest fares by up to $45 in a move we believe will further supercharge domestic tourism and we'd love to see hotels, rental car companies and tourist experience operators follow our lead."

"Regional New Zealand is one of the biggest winners out of today's announcement. Some of the great new Seat only fares include Auckland to Gisborne or Kerikeri for $39 and Auckland to Blenheim or Nelson for $49," Mr Luxon says.

Fares on the airline's main trunk routes are also shrinking - Auckland-Christchurch and Auckland-Wellington now start at $49 one-way and Christchurch-Wellington from $39.

The new fares are available for purchase from today at www.airnz.co.nz for travel from 25 March 2019.

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  • +1 vote

    There has been a lot of media reporting of this announcement over the past day, and some of this has not been entirely accurate. Newshub's Duncan Garner incorrectly inferred that many airfares would be slashed by half. This is not the case - no $200 fares will become $100, and no $500 airfares will become $250.


    These changes are positive, but my only concern is that many people will have expectations of an influx of $39 - $59 fares on regional routes that will be available whenever they want to fly, which will lead to disappointment when they realise fares aren't quite that cheap. The 750,000 seats for under $50 represents only a small percentage of the total number of seats sold by the airline



    we'd love to see hotels, rental car companies and tourist experience operators follow our lead



    I was checking the return ticket From Auckland to Palm. North and the cheapest price is $418. Can anyone help me out pr tell me how I can buy a ticket with the price mentioned in the list? Iā€™m flying this weekend

    • +1 vote

      These prices are valid from 25th March, and it's "FROM" prices, not all flights will be on the cheapest prices mentioned.

  • +1 vote

    Sounds like a marketing scam.


    So from what I understand this is a permanent price reduction then?

    I noticed some nice fares drop, eg Christchurch to Queenstown return from $137 to $93.

    I wonder what the rationale behind this is. Hope service quality doesn't suffer.


      I would think that because the flights are travelling anyway they are wanting to fill the plane up more.