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Compare Cheap Flights from Adelaide to Auckland
Located near the top of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is the largest city and cosmopolitan hub of the country. Auckland is located right between two harbours and has earned itself the nickname “City of Sails” due to the popularity of boats and water activities throughout the region. Auckland has an interesting history and is a great place to learn about Maori culture in New Zealand. The city is full of amazing shopping, food, attractions, nightlife, and nature, making it a city that can appeal to all types of travellers.
Booking cheap flights from Adelaide to Auckland (ADL to AKL) is easy, with about 315 flights each week. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Air New Zealand, and Emirates all offer cheap airfares from Adelaide to Auckland. Air New Zealand offers direct flights that get you to Auckland Airport (AKL) in about 4 hours. There isn’t a direct flight available every day, and stopovers are often in Melbourne, Sydney, or Brisbane. However, even if you have a stopover, you can get from ADL to AKL in just over 6 hours.
Things to do in Auckland
The Sky Tower is the tallest structure in Auckland and dominates the city’s skyline. You can see the beautiful Sky Tower from many different points around the city. For the best views over Auckland, head to the top of the Sky Tower. There is an observation deck as well as some restaurants where you can take in the incredible views of the city, harbour, and mountains.
Auckland Domain and Wintergardens
Every city needs some nice green space and, in Auckland, one of the best places to see nature is in the Auckland Domain and Wintergardens. The Wintergardens are located within the Domain and have lots of beautiful and colourful plants. They even have one special flower that only blooms once every ten years. Crowds flock to the Wintergardens to get a look at the famous, but not-so-nice-smelling flower. The Wintergardens have indoor greenhouses as well as outdoor gardens, so even if you visit in winter, you can see lots of tropical plants.
Mount Eden is a dormant volcano located just outside Auckland’s CBD and is the highest natural point in Auckland. Take the quick (but challenging) walk to the top of Mount Eden for some amazing views of the Sky Tower and CBD and to get a good look into the centre of the volcano.
New Zealand is known for its delicious wine. One of the best places to go wine tasting in the country is on Waiheke Island, which is a 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD. The small island has more than a dozen wineries you can visit as well as some nice restaurants and boutique shopping. If you book cheap flights from Adelaide to Auckland in a warmer month, Waiheke Island is also a popular spot for water sports, including paddle boarding and kayaking.
Ponsonby is located on one of the hills outside Auckland’s CBD and is considered to be one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Auckland. The area is beautiful to walk around, and being located on a hill, it has some great views of the city. Ponsonby is full of some of the best shopping in Auckland as well as lots of trendy restaurants and bars.
Catch a ferry from the CBD and you’ll be across the harbour to Devonport in just 12 minutes. Within Devonport, there are some nice hikes you can take for great views over the harbour and the city—Takarunga and North Head. Within the town centre of Devonport, there is a chocolate factory and some great homeware and antique stores to check out. Before catching the ferry back into Auckland, be sure to spend some time walking along the Devonport side of the harbour for some nice skyline views.
Best time to visit Auckland
When should you book cheap airfares from Adelaide to Auckland?
Much of the year is a great time to book cheap flights from Adelaide to Auckland. The summer is warm and sunny with little rain. This is also the busiest time of year to visit Auckland, so if you would like to avoid the crowds, the spring and autumn are also beautiful seasons to visit. During these months, temperatures are comfortable and there is not much rain.
The winter months get cold in Auckland, and rain is much more regular between the months of May and August. However, while weather isn’t perfect in the winter, there is still the occasional warm and sunny day.
Departing from Adelaide
Adelaide is home to one airport that is located just 5 km west of the CBD. With its close proximity to the city and Glenelg, there are lots of quick and easy ways to get to your flight.
Getting to Adelaide Airport (ADL)
If you’re travelling to the airport from the CBD, you can catch the JetExpress double decker bus. It’s an express bus that makes a few stops within the CBD starting at Pulteney Street and arrives to the airport in 25 minutes. JetExpress (bus J1X) departs every hour on weekdays. The bus costs the usual Metroticket single ticket fare of $5.50 during peak hours and $3.60 off-peak.
Another bus option from the CBD is JetBus. This bus is a great option if you’re travelling from one of the coastal neighbourhoods as it also makes stops in Glenelg and West Beach. Buses J1, J3, J7, and J8 all drive this route. Fare is the usual Metroticket fare, buses depart regularly, and you’ll get to the airport in less than 40 minutes.
With the airport located so close to the city, taking a taxi or Uber is a great option to get to the airport quickly. A taxi from the CBD will get you to the airport in about 15 minutes, and from Glenelg, you can get there in about 10 minutes. Taxi fare costs about $20-$28 from both the CBD and Glenelg.
Parking at Adelaide Airport
For a quick trip to Auckland, you may love the convenience of the Terminal Car Park. This lot is just outside the terminal, is undercover, and has 24-hour security. From the car park, you can walk to the terminal in minutes. The more days you book, the lower price your price will be per day. A quick 3-day trip to from ADL to AKL costs $74, while a weeklong trip would cost you $112.
The Long Term Car Park is a good budget-friendly option. You can walk from the carpark to the terminal in about 10 minutes, and there is a free shuttle bus available to take you as well. The more days you book, the lower your daily rate will be. A 3-day trip to Auckland costs $48 to park, and a 7-day trip costs $70. For both car parks, you can get even lower rates when you book your spot in advance through the Adelaide Airport website.
Arriving in Auckland
Auckland has one major airport that receives return flights from Adelaide to Auckland. Airlines that offer cheap airfares from Adelaide to Auckland include Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Air New Zealand, and Emirates. Each day there are around 45 return flights from Adelaide to Auckland, which get you there in just over 4 hours without stopovers. Auckland Airport (AKL) is located about 25 km south of Auckland’s CBD and offers several convenient ways to get you to the city.
Getting to the CBD from Auckland Airport (AKL)
The most cost-effective way to get from Auckland Airport to the CBD is on the city’s SkyBus. The SkyBus runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Buses depart every ten minutes, and tickets can either be purchased in advance or right at Auckland Airport (AKL) for the same price. The main SkyBus stop is near the harbour on Customs Street East, but there are also stops available along Queen Street, Dominion Road, Symonds Street, and Mount Eden Road. One-way tickets are $18, and if you plan to take the SkyBus back to Auckland Airport (AKL) at the end of your trip, return tickets are $32. The SkyBus has complimentary Wifi and will get you to the Auckland CBD in 40-60 minutes depending on traffic.
For a direct ride to your hotel, you can book a Super Shuttle from the international terminal at Auckland Airport (AKL). A shuttle from the airport to the CBD costs about $25 per person for a shared ride. If you are travelling with a group, you can book a private shuttle for $125 into the CBD. Super Shuttles can seat up to eleven people. If you are staying outside of the CBD, a Super Shuttle is the best way to get to your hotel. A shuttle to Ponsonby is $25, a shuttle to Newmarket is $35, and a shuttle to Mount Eden is $35.
A taxi to the CBD takes less than a half hour. You can catch a taxi outside of door 8 in the international terminal. There are several different taxi companies that pick up from Auckland Airport (AKL), and each offers fixed rates into the CBD. Cheap Cabs offers the lowest rate of $38. The other taxi companies offer a fixed rate of around $65 from Auckland Airport (AKL) into the CBD.