|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 0% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||February||Best time to find cheap flights, 0% potential price drop|
|Average price||$1,598||Average for return flights in May 2022|
AKL - YYC
$1,612 - $3,415
-7 - 17 °C
9 - 94 mm
You can fly to Calgary, Canada, from one of three airports in New Zealand. Flights will take various amounts of time, depending on the departure airport and the airline you choose. The bulk of the flights leave from Auckland International Airport (AKL) and take an average of about 29h to make the trip, usually with a couple of stops on the way. The other two airports that service the route are Christchurch Airport (CHC) and Wellington Airport (WLG). From Christchurch Airport, the average flight will take about an hour longer with a total travel time of around 30h. Some flights can take up to 46h. If you fly out of Wellington, you can also expect the journey to take around 30h on average.
Unfortunately nonstop flights from New Zealand to Calgary are not currently available. The majority of flights from all three airports make at least two stops en route, with the odd flight from Christchurch or Wellington making three stops before landing in Calgary. Most of the flights between the two countries originate from Auckland Airport and fly one of two routes. The first leaves AKL and flies to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD), before taking off for San Francisco Airport (SFO) and then finally landing at Calgary Airport, Calgary (YCC). The second also flies to Sydney first, and then to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) before Calgary. Flights from Christchurch also take the Sydney to LA to Calgary route, which are good Calgary flight deals. Another popular route is via Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) and then to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) for a direct flight to Calgary. Flights out of Wellington usually make three stops, one at Auckland International, the next at Incheon International (ICN) in South Korea, and the third at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
There are 3 main ways to get from Calgary Airport to downtown Calgary. The most cost-efficient way to get to the city centre is to take the Calgary Transit bus, which uses the No. 300 line. These leave the airport every 15min and take about 35min to make the trip. They depart from Calgary Airport’s Domestic Terminal. You can also hail a taxi, which will only take about 15min, taking a slightly more direct route. Mobile taxi apps like Uber and Lyft are also available.
Calgary is one of the rodeo capitals of the world, and besides the actual rodeos, you’ll also find many associated events and festivals at certain times of the year. A city highlight is the annual Calgary Stampede, a 10-day summer event held in July. It takes over the whole city, offering cowboy-style entertainment with rodeo competitions, music concerts, chuckwagon races and a fun fair. You can explore the pioneering history of Calgary at Heritage Park, which has exhibits and reconstructed buildings reflecting the historical periods of the city’s evolution. Calgary Tower is the main landmark for tourists, where you can eat in a rotating restaurant that offers a panoramic view of the entire city. Princes Island Park is a lovely green space in downtown Calgary. It’s on a little island in the city, connected by pedestrian bridges.
You will need an electronic, machine-readable passport to fly to Calgary, so check this with your local passport issuing office. New Zealand is on the Canadian list of countries that don’t require a visa to visit the country. You can get an alternative visa, however, which will expedite entry, in the form of an electronic travel authorisation, or ETA.
Booking a flight to Calgary (YYC) is your only option if you intend on flying to Calgary. It is only a 9.3 km journey from Calgary to Calgary’s city centre.