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TOP STOPOVER DESTINATIONS ON THE WAY TO EUROPE.

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A stopover is a fantastic way to sample a new destination — and break up a long trip! But which one's right for you? We asked our air travel experts to break down the best options for flying to Europe.


1  | DUBAI UAE

AIRLINE: EMIRATES        
FLIGHT PATH: Transfer after a 16-hour flight from Auckland. Total air time about 27 hours.


A place where everything is a superlative: Take in the view from the world’s tallest building, shop the world’s second largest mall, hit the slopes on the world’s largest indoor skifield or take a four-wheeler tour over the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert.

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Don’t miss: Massive and iconic Dubai Fountain.  

Travel notes: Transferring requires only a security check.  
Or New Zealand passport holders can stopover up to 30 days on an instant visa without any fare charges.

2  |  SINGAPORE

AIRLINE: EMIRATES
FLIGHT PATH: Transfer after a 12-hour flight from Auckland. Total air time about 26 hours.


Singapore is a fascinating melting pot of cultures: Little India is easily the most atmospheric of the city’s historic quarters, while Chinatown is unmissable for its delicious food. Orchard Road has top brands enough to impress even the most jaded shopaholic.

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Don’t miss: Boat Quay is alfresco dining at its best.  

Travel notes: Changi Airport is consistently voted among the best in the world: Transferring is a breeze thanks to efficient staff, short queues, easy terminal transfers and amazing facilities.

3  | LOS ANGELES USA

AIRLINE: AIR NEW ZEALAND
FLIGHT PATH: Transfer after a 12.5-hour flight from Auckland. Total air time about 25 hours. 

This sunny, hip city has mass appeal: Fashionistas will love the shopping while culture vultures can trace movie history. Hit Disneyland or explore Santa Monica and the Pacific Coast. Even consider a short cruise to western Mexico — It’s easy as!

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Don’t miss: Mexican food! Leo’s Tacos trucks especially.  

Travel notes: Transferring or stopping in the USA requires a pre-approved ESTA, immigration processing, claiming and rechecking bags, a security check and at least one Aspirin.

Air New Zealand offers its own service the entire way only to London. To go elsewhere in Europe, you’ll connect to a Star Alliance partners’ flights. You'll fly Air New Zealand to the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore or Shanghai to meet onward flights to other destinations in Europe with partnered airlines, not Air New Zealand.

4  | SHANGHAI CHINA

AIRLINE: CHINA EASTERN
FLIGHT PATH: Transfer after a 12.5-hour flight from Auckland. Total air time about 25 hours.


Shanghai is a fascinatingly futuristic city, but it can be challenging for foreigners. We recommend city tours, which will include highlights like the famous Bund waterfront, the Oriental Pearl Tower and plenty of delicious noodle dishes.

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Don’t miss: The French Concession, a slice of Paris in city centre.  

Travel notes: Transferring requires only a security check but dining options are limited. New Zealand passport holders can stopover for up to 72 hours on the Transit Without Visa programme. 

5  | DOHA QATAR

AIRLINE: QATAR
FLIGHT PATH: Transfer after a 16.5-hour flight from Auckland. Total air time about 27 hours.
 

Hop on a city tour for insight into highlights like Doha Harbor, Katara Cultural Village, an artificial island called The Pearl and the Souq Waqif Market, where you can buy the sort of stunning, exotic home goods that say, “I’m quite a traveller.”

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Don’t miss: Machboos, a traditional spicy stew.

Travel notes: Transferring requires only a security check. Or New Zealand passport holders can stopover up to  96 hours on a free Transit Visa without any fare charges.

6  | HONG KONG

AIRLINE: CATHAY PACIFIC
FLIGHT PATH: Transfer after a 12-hour flight from Auckland. Total air time about 27 hours.
 

There’s enough here to keep you busy for weeks: Do a city tour of highlights like the towering Tian Tan Buddha, visit the iconic Chungking Mansions and grab a meal at Jumbo Kingdom, a floating restaurant built to look like an ancient imperial palace. 

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Don’t miss: Dragon’s Beard, a confection of wispy sugar strands.  

Travel notes: Transferring in this top-rated airport only requires a security check. If you’ve got enough time between flights, the airport rather unbelievably offers an IMAX theatre in Terminal 2. 

And that's by no means an exhaustive list. Come chat to us today. We'll find your best route to Europe at a great value — and with a fantastic stopover!


Europe calling? Incredible holidays are just a click away. Better yet, come in-store and chat with one of our friendly travel experts. We love pairing Kiwis with their perfect holiday!


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ABOUT BETH ALLISON

Beth Allison is an American import from New Jersey and House of Travel’s in-house sentence writer. When she’s not thumbing a thesaurus, she’s probably dreaming of her next meal. Beth is a herbivore, coffee addict, tramper, bookworm, theatre lover and cat lady. Her favourite places are Strandhill, Ireland, and New York City. If you find a real bagel shop in New Zealand, please let her know.

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TIP SHEET


BOOKING

Book flights well ahead of time. Arranging early gives you more options so you can avoid unneccessarily long routes or inconvenient layovers.

UPGRADES

You can book upgrades for individual flights en route. Consider splurging on extra legroom or premium seating for the lengthiest flights on your itinerary.

AIRLINES

Book on quality airlines. Long-haul price quotes can seem a bit scary. However, consider flights as by-the-hour experiences. Suddenly an extra, say, $150 becomes an extra $6 per hour for a more comfortable plane with stellar entertainment and nicer food — That can really be worth it.

ALTERNATIVES

Ask your consultant about alternative transfer points. You needn’t transfer in the same airport departing as you do returning. Emirates, for example, offers transfers in Bali as well as their hub in Dubai — sneak in some cheeky sunshine on the way home!

CONSULTANTS

Consultants can save you heaps. Our experts know which European airports charge higher taxes (hidden bundled in your ticket price) and can select the best routes to avoid them.


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