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Auckland, New Zealand, North Island
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⛰️ New Zealand on a shoestring 🐋 🎒

Cheap return flights & accommodation | great solo travel option 🫶 ✈️

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Mateys, if you're looking for an adventure in 2024, how about a trip to New Zealand? We've found some decently priced return flights from London to Auckland, heading out in February and returning in March 2024, giving you enough time to properly explore.

New Zealand is considered one of the safest places to travel, so if you're looking for a solo trip, this is a great option.

Auckland lies on the North Island, and makes a perfect base to explore this part of NZ. You can expect beautiful bays and sandy beaches, volcanic landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and authentic opportunities to experience Māori culture. However, if you also want to explore the South Island and the epic scenery from Lord of the Rings, there are cheap options to hop over during your trip, which we've included below.

February and March are also top months to visit New Zealand. February still clings to the warmth of summer and by March the crowds start to disappear, and you can expect milder, sunnier days as the season moves to autumn. This is a fantastic time to explore.

We've put together some great value flight and hotel options, to get you started with your epic trip.


Flight options

First option:

The first option is to fly from London Heathrow with China Southern from £655 return. This route has two stopovers in China on the way out and one stopover in China on the return journey. Considering the price and the overall time of the flight, this is a very economical option. All flights between London and Auckland require at least one stopover, and 25 hours is considered a short route.

Example date: 28 February - 20 March 2024

Second option:

If the idea of two stopovers and a 30 hour + flight time is simply too gruelling, you can pay more for a smoother journey. Malaysia Airlines flies via Kuala Lumpur, with a short stopover time, cutting the journey down. If you chose this option and fancied exploring Malaysia, remember to make the most of the bonus side trip offer, where you can add another Malaysian destination to your journey for free. Malaysia Airlines will cover the cost of the return airfare for this destination from Kuala Lumpur.

Example booking: 28 February - 20 March 2024:

Flights from North Island to South Island:

These direct return flights from Auckland to Christchurch give you a good amount of time to discover the South Island during your trip, and are well priced.

Example booking: 02 - 13 March 2024

Other Options

Hotel options


There are some brilliant options for solo travellers on a budget. We've selected a few of the best options below.

Attic Backpackers is a central hostel with mixed rooms available for £26, or private rooms for £60.

Nyima Tashi Buddhist Centre is a little further out, but still has very easy access to the centre. It has great reviews, sounds peaceful, and is well-priced for a private room.

City Lodge is a central, well-rated hotel, offering budget accommodation. Single rooms start from £51.


If you were keen to explore the South Island, we've found some brill options for when you first arrive in Christchurch.

Jailhouse Accommodation Backpackers is an award-winning and very highly rated hostel housed in the former Addington Prison. You can stay in a mixed dorm from £24 or a private room from £57.

Hotel Give is another top-rated, centrally located option in central Christchurch, offering a range of different room options. Starting from £24 for a mixed room, or £59 for a private.

Additional Information

We might be Pirates, but we’re an honest bunch. We check all our deals when we review them to make sure everything is available. Here’s the catch: with deals this hot, things change quickly: flight prices fluctuate, hotel rooms sell out, currencies yo-yo. Mainly, demand for the best deals means the lowest prices don’t last long. But, if you’ve missed out this time, don’t worry: we’re working on more great offers.



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