|Popular in||April||High demand for flights, 4% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||June||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||$661||Average for return flights in May 2022|
For Airlie Beach flight deals, you must take a flight to Hamilton Island Airport (HTI), which is your nearest airport, standing at around 26 km from Airlie Beach. There are several airports in New Zealand; however, you may find the most frequent flight routes depart from Auckland International (AKL), which has most of the regular flights and, to a lesser extent, Wellington Airport (WLG). Flights to Australia can be lengthy in some cases, but you can find routes from Auckland International that are roughly 7h 45min. Other routes from this airport can extend up to 30h, depending on the airlines and layover routes taken; although it may be possible to save money this way with a more economical fare. Wellington Airport, New Zealand, has lengthy flight times, which range from around 31h 30min up to 34h 35min; you can also find quicker routes from Christchurch Airport (CHC), for a total journey time of about 11h.
Unfortunately, direct flights from New Zealand to Airlie Beach, Australia, are not currently available. However, cheap flights to Australia are available, and you can find the quickest routes available from Auckland International, Wellington and Christchurch Airports, which include one or two layovers and journey times of roughly 7h 45min and 11h respectively. Flights from Auckland International include an approximately 2h 15min transfer time in Brisbane Airport (BNE), and flights leaving from Christchurch include a roughly 1h 50min layover in Auckland Airport and another in Brisbane Airport for about 2h 15min. Wellington Airport flight deals also include routes with two layovers and a total journey time of around 11h, with transfers in Auckland and Brisbane Airports, about 2h 10min and 2h 15min respectively.
To reach Airlie Beach from Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef Airport, Airlie Beach, it is necessary to take a direct ferry and then a Line 1 bus. The ferries depart three times daily from Hamilton Island Marina, at 07:15, 16:15 and 17:15; they take around 35min to arrive in Port of Airlie, with an approximate cost of A$ 60-62 (NZ$ 63-65). You can then pick up the Line 1 bus from Shute Harbour, which runs hourly; it will then transfer you to Airlie Beach in around 12min at a fare of A$ 1.90-3.80 (NZ$ 2-4).
Airlie Beach offers a wealth of opportunities for all water-related activities and sports. Choose from snorkel and ocean rafting tours or take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef or Airlie Beach Lagoon on one of the many boat trips on offer. Kayaking, jet-skiing and paddle boarding are also popular activities, or you could just simply relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches. If you prefer land-based options, you could try one of the scenic walks, such as Bicentennial Walkway or the Whitsunday Great Walk hiking trail, to discover the tropical rainforests and waterfalls of the area, with great views over the Coral Sea Marina and Cannonvale area.
All citizens from New Zealand travelling to Australia will need a valid New Zealand passport. There is no requirement for a visa to enter Australia for New Zealand nationals, unless you are planning to live or work there for an extended period of time.