Category Archives: Travel News

Simpler Travel Between Australia and New Zealand

Today it looks likely that it will become a little easier to travel between Australia and New Zealand – finally – years to late in my opinion- the requirement to pass through immigration, customs and security in both countries will be removed.

Wellington sculpture near Wellington Airport, New Zealand
Wellington sculpture near Wellington Airport, New Zealand

As a New Zealander I have automatic right of entry to Australia , as Australians do to New Zealand but until this change occurs I can still board a plane in Auckland, and have to pass security in Brisbane even if I am just transiting to an international flight!

Is that silly or what? Finally the politicians agree and from as early as early next year it will be possible to fly to Australia or New Zealand as easily as you would a domestic destination – though you will still need to take a passport – the model is similar to that which operates in parts of  the European community.

Its going to make airfares from popular destinations such as Sydney or Melbourne to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch a lot cheaper too – $47 will go as the tax for those security details are removed! That will drop the East Coast Australia to New Zealand airfares by as much as 20% because of the outrageous percentage of your “air fare” which is a actually government taxes. You will still have to pay the $25 departure fee ex-New Zealand though it sounds like.

All in all its a long over-due move which will make it easier for the many holidaymakers and immigrants who live on both sides of the Tasman! Hopefully it will start off another round of airfare wars as well!

Cheaper to Fly to Bali then Holiday in Western Australia

I have often found living in New Zealand and Australia that its cheaper to fly for hours to get Asia than holiday at home. Its a tough call for the local operators but at the end of the day some of the locals need to get a little more price focussed.

The lcoal newspaper has been running the story – that travelling to that most local of  “overseas island” – Rottnest Island some 20km off Perth’s shoreline is now more expensive than flying to Bali.

Nope its not a con – its true. Looking at dates in May 2010 you can get an Air Asia  flight for $99 one way Perth-Bali and a room in a 3-star hotel for around A$80/night for four people.

In contrast the ferry to Rotto will cost of $211 for four people and then you will b e paying $952 to stay in motel accommodation.

The 7 days in Bali comes in at around A$1200 for a family of four and hundred dollars less for airfare and accommodation in Bali.

In reality the costs in Bali would be even less. Even if you ate out everynight – and who wouldn’t you will pay less for food in Bali than if you do your own catering in Rotto.  On Rotto there is no transport so you will be paying bus fares or hiring bikes to get around. Laundry will of course be self-serve while in Bali you will find someone to do it for you for very little.

In addition you will have the chance of cheap shopping, duty free allowances each way and winter sun – yup I think Bali is the best option for next winter for Perthites looking for a winter break.

Rottnest Ferry at Hilary's Perth
Rottnest Ferry at Hilary's Perth