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About Air New Zealand

Experience the world’s warmest welcome when flying with Air New Zealand. It offers unrivalled comfort, service and entertainment onboard and, in conjunction with its partners, more than 10 options to New Zealand. And with Air New Zealand's uniquely Kiwi service and abundant stopover opportunities from east to west, there's never been a better way to fly.

Web and Mobile Check-in

Online check-in is open between 24 hours and 90 minutes before your flight, however, this may close 120 minutes prior to departure in some instances. You can check-in and download your boarding pass via the Air NZ mobile app. Online check-in may not be available on all flights, so do check with your Flight Centre Travel Expert in advance. Where online check-in is unavailable, please use the kiosk or counter at the airport. If you’ve checked in online but have hold luggage, remember that you still have to tag and drop your bags before bag drop closes.

Airport Check-in

If you have all your required entry and transit documentation (such as visas, ESTA, NZTD or proof of onward travel), you can skip the queues and use the self-service kiosks. Air New Zealand self-serve kiosks are available at:

  • Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Tauranga, Queenstown and Wellington
  • Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney 
  • Los Angeles, San Fransisco and Vancouver
  • Hong Kong, Nadi, Narita and Singapore

If you're flying with a partner airline, check in at the partner airline's departure desks.

International bag drop opening times vary; typically, they are open three hours before departure. For domestic flights within New Zealand, it closes 30 minutes before departure.

Baggage Allowance Carry-on allowance:*


1 carry-on bag up to 7kg and 1 additional small bag, handbag, briefcase or non-rigid garment bag

Premium Economy amd Business Premier

2 carry-on bags up to 14kg in total. Maximum weight per bag is 10kg. Additional, one small bag, handbag, briefcase or non-rigid garment bag

Checked baggage allowance:*

Depending on your destination and your cabin class, Air New Zealand’s checked baggage allowances may vary. The majority of flights will include the below allowances.


1 piece of baggage; each bag must weigh no more than 23kg.

Premium Economy

2 pieces of baggage; each bag must weigh no more than 23kg.

Business Premier™

3 pieces of baggage; each bag must weigh no more than 23kg

*If travelling with partner airlines as part of one journey, please also check their baggage allowance to ensure you do not exceed limits and have to pay surcharges at check-in.

Bulky Items

Overweight and oversized items and sports equipment, such as bicycles, surfboards, snow skis and snowboards, golf clubs and windsurf equipment, are permitted as part of the standard baggage allowance if less than two metres in length and under 23kg in weight. Bags weighing over 23kg will be charged a heavy bag fee, while those that exceed linear dimensions of 158cm will be charged an oversized fee. Any bag weighing more than 32kg, or measuring more than 158cm height, will not be accepted and may have to be sent as freight.

Infant baggage

Infants do not receive a check-in baggage allowance, but are allowed one piece of carry-on, and up to two items from this list: strollers, buggies, car seats, booster seats, travel cots. Children two years old and above are permitted the standard baggage allowance, depending on fare type.


Airpoints Elite, Gold, Elite Partners and Koru members may be eligible for lounge access when travelling on selected partner airline flights. Air New Zealand Business Premier passengers are also entitled to access Air New Zealand or our partner lounges, for themselves only, prior to departure. Do check on our respective partnered airlines' lounge access policies. 

Frequent Flyer Points

Airpoints is Air New Zealand's loyalty programme. As an Airpoints member you'll earn Airpoints Dollars on all eligible Air New Zealand flights, as well as many partner airline and Star Alliance flights. Then you can spend your Airpoints Dollars on flights, OneUp upgrades, hotels and rental cars.

  • Silver: Benefits include two lounge access eVouchers each membership year, recognition upgrade to the next cabin class, upweighted OneUp™ upgrades request.
  • Gold: Gold members may check in an additional bag, bring a guest to Air New Zealand lounges, enjoy priority check-in and baggage claim, and more.
  • Elite: Elite members enjoy further perks, such as nominating an Elite partner to enjoy the same benefits, gifting their recognition upgrade to a loved one, and more.

When flying with Air New Zealand, you'll have a personal on-demand entertainment screen, featuring gate-to-gate inflight entertainment, meaning most passengers can start using their entertainment system as soon as they are onboard, right through to when the plane lands. There's a range of entertainment options to suit all tastes, including Hollywood blockbusters, arthouse films, comedies, and classics, as well as a full selection of TV series, documentaries, plus Spotify playlists and audiobooks. And, if all that's not enough, you can make the most of your own devices thanks to complimentary Wi-Fi onboard.

Feeling peckish? You can even order snacks and drinks right from the screen! Air New Zealand is renowned for its menus, showcasing the flavours of Kiwi cuisine. Its onboard dining experience brings you fresh ingredients and free-poured award-winning New Zealand wine to complement each meal.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does Air New Zealand have power outlets?

Air New Zealand provides individual USB sockets or shared in-seat power connections in all cabins on long-haul flights, so you can keep your devices powered up.


How do I book the Economy Skycouch™ on Air New Zealand?

Simply book your Economy seat and then your Travel Consultant can help you upgrade to the Economy Skycouch™, so you will have the entire row to yourself, which transforms into a couch after take-off. It's one of our favourite ways to fly with Air New Zealand!

How much does it cost to change a flight with Air New Zealand?

The cost to change flights will vary depending on the type of fare you have booked. If you need to make a change to your booking, you can contact your Travel Consultant, who will be able to check the terms and conditions for you and help with date changes or cancellations. This will normally involve a change fee plus any difference in fare for the new flights. 

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