Published on October 1st, 2018 | by Daniel Nikulin0
Journey Down Under: Auckland, Adelaide & Melbourne with Air New Zealand
Are you ready for a value-packed, all-encompassing South Pacific adventure with one of the world’s top airlines? Air New Zealand is, and we’ve got their magnificent 3-stop flight to the coolest corners of the Pacific on sale now. Your Journey Down Under starts here.
Flying Air New Zealand
Award-winning Air New Zealand has a lot to smile about. This year, not only did the carrier capture the AirlineRatings.com top prize in Airline of the Year again (their fifth year in a row!), they also took home Best Airline in the South Pacific and Best Premium Economy Class Cabin in the world honours in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards. As these prizes are voted on by the travelling public, that’s a lot of kudos from the average Joe!
Over the years, the Star Alliance member entertained us with a series of hilarious celebrity safety videos and impressed us with their industry-leading innovation in cabin design, spawning brilliant concepts like the Economy SkyCouch along the way.
Air New Zealand has redefined the trans-Pacific flying experience and now use more than a hundred aircraft to carry over 15 million passengers around the world annually. By all accounts, New Zealand’s flagship carrier is flying high.
Visit Auckland, Adelaide & Melbourne on a Single Ticket
Air New Zealand’s vast network of South Pacific flights make for some interesting itinerary options and combining a visit to Australia with a free stopover in the hub city of Auckland is a no-brainer.
Open Jaw Flight
What makes this trip even more attractive is the flexibility it offers. This particular fare is an ‘Open Jaw’ ticket, leaving out the leg between Adelaide and Melbourne for travellers to explore on one of the world’s most scenic drives, the famous Great Ocean Road (car rental not included).
The beauty of an Open Jaw ticket is that it saves a traveller from backtracking. Essentially, this is a ticket flying into Adelaide and out of Melbourne (or vice versa) with a stopover in Auckland (going or coming back), and a heck of a deal.
To work out the particulars of your flight, speak to one of our Expert Travellers.
As Air New Zealand’s main hub, Auckland is your gateway to not just New Zealand’s largest city and commercial centre, but to both the North and South Island. Save plenty of time to visit as there’s a lot to see and do.
No visit to the city’s core is complete without checking out The Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. While the panoramic views from the top are breathtaking, the chance to bungy down is what many thrillseekers come here for. The heart-racing Kiwi experience can also be enjoyed from atop The Auckland Harbour Bridge.
For something entirely different, hop a 40-minute ferry from downtown Auckland to the blissfully peaceful Waiheke Island. This nearby gem is visited by locals and visitors alike, equally drawn to its famous vineyards and picturesque beaches.
If time allows, prebooking an escorted tour of New Zealand is your best bet. Trips that showcase both the North and South Island give visitors the experience of their distinct differences – the best of both worlds.
South Australia’s Adelaide is an under-the-radar gem ripe for discovery. Often overlooked for more popular and easier to get to destinations like Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, Adelaide should have an inferiority complex but doesn’t.
What it does have is a high standard of living, consistently placing in the top 10 of the world’s most livable cities. It is known for its many festivals and sporting events, its proximity to Australia’s world-class wine growing regions, and breathtaking nature just minutes out of town.
Every visit should begin at the Adelaide Central Market and its collection of 80 or so food stalls. After filling up on artisanal cheeses, gourmet meats and freshly baked goods, walk it off with a stroll down Rundle Mall. Its ornate buildings, posh shops and plenty of street art make for a fun-filled day of shopping and picture taking. Complete your stay with a koala cuddle at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills, and you got a good taste of how delicious life can be here.
Great Ocean Road (Adelaide to Melbourne, or vice versa)
Grab a car. Wait, no, a convertible. You’ll want the option to go top down on one of the most picturesque drives on the planet. Connecting Melbourne and Adelaide via a 234 km stretch of pavement overlooking the rugged coastline, the Great Ocean Road should be taken slowly and enjoyed thoroughly.
Blow up your Instagram account with surreal snaps of the 12 Apostles. View tiny penguins from the London Arch lookout, take a dip in the Grotto, and finally, stop at Bells Beach, arguably Australia’s top surf destination. Chill and watch the pros or hang ten yourself. Pop into the National Surfing Museum before making your way to the vineyards of Barossa or Yarra Valley, eventually doubling back to Melbourne.
Where to start? We recommend a café. Melbourne’s coffee scene is serious and should be sampled often. Drinking and eating well, in general, is easy here. The city offers a great selection of lively pubs, sleek wine bars and authentic restaurants showcasing quality fare from around the world. Many cool eateries can be found down Melbourne’s famous alleys and art-strewn laneways – the art alone a draw for many.
Melbourne is also surrounded by some of Australia’s very best beaches and their neighbourhoods, like St. Kilda. Stretch out on its golden shores, stroll the boardwalk and make your way over to Luna Park, Melbourne’s best theme park. After enjoying the rides, browse nearby Esplanade Market for anything and everything, taking in some local live music, a craft brew or two, and the relaxed vibe of the friendly locals.
Chances are that your visit coincides with one of Melbourne’s many sporting events. The city is sports crazy and there seems to always be something big going on, whether it’s the Formula One Grand Prix, tennis’ Australian Open or a heated cricket match.
If you only have a few days, this is a good itinerary, but whatever you’re into, it isn’t hard to find in Australia’s friendly, cosmopolitan metropolis.
Our incredible Fare of the Month can’t be booked online. Besides, there are too many details to work out and consider, like hotels, cars and any possible tours. Speak to our Australia & New Zealand Expert Travellers to finalize the itinerary of a lifetime by calling us at 1877 967 5302 or by visiting your closest Flight Centre store.