10 March, 2020
The waves are strong, the ocean is clear, the beaches shimmer under endless sun. It can only be Queensland's salt-sprayed surf mecca: Gold Coast. A hop across the Tasman Sea on cheap flights to Gold Coast from New Zealand should only take in the region of 3.5 hours when going direct from cities like Auckland and Christchurch. That's one of the fastest trip times between the two countries, meaning you can be on the ground, sunning yourself on the sand of Coolangatta, hopping wineries and rainforests in the Hinterland, or drinking cold beers in buzzing surf shacks in no time at all!
Golden beaches and good vibes are the name of the game beneath the reflective skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise.
Waves roll into the coast at Burleigh Heads for surfers. Meanwhile, gorgeous views unfold from the high cliffs and shoreline hiking paths.
North Stradbroke Island is an adventure seeker's playground. It's got glowing blue lakes, endless beaches, and murky swamps alike.
Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly direct between New Zealand and Gold Coast.
The best airline to fly to Gold Coast from New Zealand is Singapore Airlines. For direct flights then Qantas Airways is best. Jetstar is the best low-cost airline.