Getting from Auckland to Melbourne (and return)
Auckland is the largest metropolitan area in New Zealand and is one of the best cities to live in. Built on the Auckland Volcanic Field, it offers spectacular views of the surrounding areas.
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and the country’s cultural capital. It’s filled with museums, theaters, excellent shopping and large parks.
Many travelers who visit New Zealand also visit Australia (or the other way around) as the two countries are located close by and both offer a lot of interesting things to do and see.
If you plan to travel from Auckland to Melbourne (or return), the only option is to fly. Luckily, there are many carriers , including low cost ones, which serve this route, so the fares are affordable.
Flights from Auckland (airport code: AKL) to Melbourne
Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand and is located about 21 km from the city center. It is hub for Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue. Internationally, it is the second busiest airport in Australasia.
Melbourne is served by two airports, but only Melbourne Airport (MEL) handles international traffic. It is also known as Tullamarine Airport and is the second busiest airport in Australia. It is hub for Tiger Airways Australia, Qantas, Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia.
Direct flights from Auckland to Melbourne are run by: Air New Zealand, Emirates, JetStar Airways, Qantas and Virgin Australia. The flight time is about 4 hours.
In late November 2011, expect to pay from NZ$187 per person, one way on Virgin Australia. A round trip flight in the same period starts at NZ$470 per person (Virgin Australia and JetStar).
In mid March 2012, single fares start at NZ$184 (Virgin Australia), while return fares start at NZ$393 (Virgin Australia).