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New Zealand departure tax

Since February 2015 New Zealand is free from departure tax!

I am glad to announce that travellers will have less departure tax to pay in NZ airports in 2012 comparing with last year, so travel experience to New Zealand is getting less annoying. In the second half of 2011 Dunedin airport joined Auckland and Christchurch airports and replaced international departure fee passenger service charge (PSC) of NZ$12.78 each way which is now included in ticket price.

In 2012 Queenstown, Wellington and Palmerston North airports also wiped departure taxes.

In 2014 Hamilton airport become tax free. At least you don’t need to pay any additional taxes at airport and everything already included in ticket price.

Since February, 2015 Rotorua airport also stopped charging departure taxes at airport. It was last airport in New Zealand which was charging fees at the departure.

Here is table with current departure tax at airports in New Zealand:

Name of Airport Arrival fee NZ$ Departure fee NZ$ Where to pay
Auckland airport 12.50 12.50 included in ticket price
Christchurch airport 12.50 12.50 included in ticket price
Dunedin airport 12.78 12.78 included in ticket price
Hamilton airport 5 included in ticket price. There is no international flights, domestic only.
Palmerston North airport 8 included in ticket price
Queenstown airport ??? ??? included in ticket price
Rotorua airport 15.00 included in ticket price
Wellington airport ??? ??? included in ticket price

As you can see from this table your total payable tax can go up to NZ$37.50 if you are arriving to Christchurch (NZ$12.50 passenger services charge) and departing from Queenstown (NZ$25.00 departure fee). But if you are doing opposite your total taxes would be only NZ$12.50, i.e. arriving to Queenstown (NZ$0.00 passenger services charge) and departing from Christchurch(NZ$12.50 passenger services charge). For one person may be it is not big saving, but for families or frequent fliers it can make difference.

Also you should know that at Hamilton and Rotorua airports there is domestic departure tax too, not only international departure fee. You need to pay a NZ$5 departure fee on domestic services out of these airports.

UPDATE April, 2012. International Departure Fee is no longer applicable at Wellington Airport. If you have pre-purchased an International Departure Fee you can obtain a refund from Travelex at Wellington Airport by presenting your sticker.

UPDATE September, 2012. Somehow we missed this news but Queenstown Airport has wiped its NZ$25 international departure fee at the end of June. As airport chief executive said: “Removing the fee will greatly improve the experience international passengers have when leaving the airport.” He is so right!

UPDATE October, 2012. It looks like this year is tax cut year. From 1st of October passenger won’t need to pay NZ$5 domestic departure tax at Palmerston North Airport, but landing fee will be increased by NZ$3 and will be included in the ticket price, so Air New Zealand wasn’t happy about it.

UPDATE April, 2013. Talk about new departure tax in Christchurch started. Lets hope it will be only talk.

UPDATE April, 2014.There is no departure levy at Hamilton airport. All taxes are included in ticket price.

UPDATE February, 2015. No more departure taxes to pay at Rotorua airport. Read more here.


Free wifi and internet access at airports in New Zealand

A lot of people hate internet connection in Australia – it is expensive and slow, but wait till you come to New Zealand. It probably has worst internet in developed world and it was hard to find free internet(WiFi ) at airports in New Zealand, but it is getting better. Here are the options you can find in New Zealand.

Auckland Airport – there is wireless internet access in International and domestic terminals or you can use internet kiosks. NZ$2 coin buys 10 minutes online and credit cards are also accepted.

Christchurch airport – Internet kiosks are available within the check in, departures and arrivals halls in the terminal or you can use free wireless internet service available at airport .

Dunedin airport – has trial free wireless internet access at the moment. Alternatively there are two Internet kiosks upstairs adjacent to Velluto.  It take coins and credit cards. NZ$2 for 12 minutes.

Hamilton airportfree wireless internet access is available throughout the terminal. There is complimentary internet kiosk located on the mezzanine floor but you are asked limit your session to 15 minutes as a courtesy to others.

Palmerston North airportfree wireless internet access provided by Central Free Wi-Fi is available, but limited to 100 megabytes per device (laptops, iPads and other mobile devices)  per month. Two Internet Kiosks are available in terminal with very expensive internet access – NZ$2.00 minimum for 10 minutes and NZ$1 per 5 minutes thereafter.

Queenstown airport – there is free internet access in airport for 1 hour in every 4 hour period. If you need Wi-Fi access for more than 1 hour, you can go to internet lounge. Internet Lounge also has 16 computers. The prices are: NZ$2 for 15 minutes, NZ$4 for 30 minutes or NZ$6 for 60 minutes.
Printing service is available at Airport Help Desk for 20 cents per page.

Rotorua airport – there are two internet kiosks available in the main airport terminal or you can purchase pre-paid voucher for wi-fi access from the Airport Development Levy desk.

Wellington airport – a free wireless internet connection is available for all passengers.