The flight from New Zealand to Port Hedland, Australia, can be as short as 10h 50min when flying from Auckland or 14h 10min from either Christchurch or Wellington. No matter what city you fly out of, you’ll find a healthy variety of flights that arrive in Port Hedland in under 23h. You’ll have the largest selection of Port Hedland flight deals out of Auckland, and you’ll have the best selection of flights arriving at your destination in under 20h from this city.
Unfortunately, there are no nonstop flights from New Zealand to Port Hedland International Airport (PHE), Port Hedland. However, if you’re flying out of Auckland Airport (AKL), you can choose from a few daily one-stop flights through Perth. If you’re flying out of either Christchurch Airport (CHC) or Wellington Airport (WLG), your flight will have at least two layovers along the way. Regardless of where you start your journey, Perth will almost always be the last stop before arriving at your destination. Popular first layover cities for flights with two or more stops include Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
It takes less than 15min to drive to the city centre from the Port Hedland Airport. The public buses do not provide service between the airport and the city, but you can catch a taxi or rideshare service at the airport. You should expect to pay around A$ 37.50 (NZ$ 39.00) for this trip via taxi. Rideshare services in Port Hedland include Rideroo, H Ride, and Uber.
Port Hedland is known for its vast iron ore mining operations and salt exports. You can learn about the city’s industry and harbor operations at the Dalgety House Museum, the Don Rhodes Mining Museum, and the Port Hedland Seafarers Centre, or you can take one of many tours highlighting various local industries. For example, the Salt Eco Tour explores the area’s salt production as well as the local fauna, animals, and ecosystem. You can also see the massive salt flats and freight trains from the Redbank Bridge Lookout. Port Hedland is also known for its flatback sea turtles. Cemetery Beach is a great place to observe these marine animals, especially between October and March, when the adults come ashore, and between December and March, when the hatchlings return to sea. Pretty Pool Park is a popular destination to spend the day relaxing on the sands and splashing in the tidal waters. The city has several excellent sites for enjoying the shoreline, including the Koombana Lookout and the Cooke Point Viewing Platform. Marapikurrinya Park is a lively park with views of the harbor, live music, play structures for the kids, and food trucks.
You only need a New Zealand passport to fly to Port Hedland. Most New Zealand citizens can apply for a free Special Category visa (SCV) when they arrive at the airport. With an SCV, there is no limit to the amount of time you can travel, live, study, and work in Australia.
Travellers will need to book flights to Port Hedland (PHE) if they wish to fly to Port Hedland. The Port Hedland airport is 7.7 km from the city centre.