Flights to New Zealand go on sale as Australia reopens borders to international travelers
Flights from New Zealand go on sale as Australia begins to reopen its borders to international travelers – but a vacation across the divide will cost much more than ever
- New Zealand families could spend nearly $ 10,000 on vacation in Australia
- Qantas charges family of four $ 4,862 fly from Auckland to Sydney round trip
- Family expected to pay $ 4,628 for hotel quarantine upon return to New Zealand
- Vacation would cost a total of $ 9,490 – not including accommodation and food
- Jetstar offers cheaper flights, but they are much higher than the prices before the pandemic
New Zealand families could spend nearly A $ 10,000 to vacation in Australia due to expensive flights and mandatory, chargeable quarantine when returning home.
The Kiwis will be able to fly to Sydney and Darwin without quarantine starting October 16 as part of the first leg of the trans-Tasman travel bubble.
Before the pandemic, flights from New Zealand to Australia cost an average of $ 354, with economy options on the most popular Auckland to Sydney route starting at $ 131.
But now, one-way flights from Auckland to Sydney are all $ 595 with Qantas for the entire month of October.
Meanwhile, one-way flights from Christchurch to Sydney cost $ 574 with Qantas in the first month of the travel bubble.
People arrive at Sydney Airport after flying from Auckland in September. New Zealand families could spend nearly A $ 10,000 on vacation in Australia due to expensive flights and mandatory quarantine paid when returning home
While New Zealanders arriving in NSW and NT won’t have to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine, they won’t have the same treatment once they get home.
New Zealand arrivals must spend 14 days in “managed isolation” in a hotel and pay the bill for their two week stay.
It costs $ 2,869 for the first person, $ 879 for each additional adult, and $ 440 for each additional child.
It would cost the nuclear family with two parents and two children a total of $ 4,628 to remain in hotel quarantine upon their return to New Zealand.
If a family of four flew with Qantas from Auckland to Sydney on October 16 and returned on October 30, it would cost them $ 4,862 round trip.
With the added cost of the hotel quarantine in New Zealand, the vacation would cost a total of $ 9,490 – not including accommodation, entertainment and food costs in Australia.
Qantas (pictured) charges $ 595 to fly from Auckland to Sydney and $ 574 to travel from Christchurch to Sydney for the entire month of October.
Jetstar is much cheaper than Qantas, with most one-way flights from Auckland to Sydney in October costing $ 200 and two costing $ 139.
One-way flights from Wellington to Sydney range from $ 202 to $ 334 with Jetstar in October.
The low-cost airline didn’t offer flights from Christchurch to Sydney until late November, but early options range from $ 200 to $ 455.
Jetstar also does not offer flights between New Zealand and Darwin until the end of November.
The only route available is Auckland to Darwin with prices ranging from $ 392 to $ 512 in November. Flights in December cost up to $ 528.
Qantas does not currently offer flights between New Zealand and the Northern Territory.
Jetstar (pictured) is much cheaper than Qantas, with most one-way flights from Auckland to Sydney in October costing $ 200 and two costing $ 139.
Qantas and Jetstar put their tickets on sale after Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack announced the travel bubble on Friday.
Anyone arriving will need to declare that they have not been in a hotspot – defined as a location with three daily cases of COVID-19 over three days – in the two weeks leading up to their flight.
Mr McCormack said South Australia would likely be the next state to sign the deal after NSW and the NT.
Australians are still not allowed to travel to New Zealand, as the country will only open its borders after 28 days with no community spread to Australia.
Mr McCormack said he wanted a two-way trip, but said no date had been set for which Australians could visit New Zealand.
Jetstar flights from Auckland to Darwin Airport (pictured) range from $ 392 to $ 528 in November and December. Qantas does not currently offer flights from NZ to NT