Across the Ditch! Air New Zealand resumes Sunshine Coast flights

An Air New Zealand Airbus on the runway.
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Air New Zealand is set to resume its popular seasonal direct services between Auckland and the Sunshine Coast of Australia from 25 June 2023.

Flying three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and departing Auckland at 9:10am, the New Zealand flag carrier says that “customers can be kicking back on the beach by lunchtime.” 

Across the Ditch


Air New Zealand General Manager Short Haul Airline Jeremy O’Brien says the Australian route is always popular for Kiwis looking for a winter getaway to the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

“We’ve always seen great success on this route, and we expect this season to be no different.  Running from 25 June 2023 to 15 October 2023, the flights will be operated on our A320/A321 aircraft and are on sale now,” says O’Brien.

“The incredible beaches, rich food culture and laid-back nature is the perfect place for Kiwis to unwind. Couples, families or even solo travelers are guaranteed to have a great time – there’s something to do for everyone.”

Likewise, it also makes reciprocal travel for those visiting New Zealand from the Australian Sunshine Coast much easier.

“With more than 360,000 people residing on the Sunshine Coast, a holiday to New Zealand to enjoy our ski season or to visit whānau and friends is much more accessible now we have the direct services back in the skies,” he added.

The NZ flag carrier Air New Zealand flies to nine destinations around Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. 

“Australia is an important market for Air New Zealand, we’re thrilled to be able to restart these seasonal services.”

“The Aussie region makes up more than 20% of our network with over 2.6 million customers flying across the ditch pre-Covid. We look forward to continuing to offer them multiple gateways into and out of the country,” says Mr O’Brien.

About the Sunshine Coast


The Sunshine Coast is the colloquial name for the beautiful coastal region located in the south-eastern part of the state of Queensland in Australia.

It stretches for about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Caloundra in the south to Noosa in the north. The region is known for its sunny climate, stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant cultural scene.

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Some of the most popular attractions on the Sunshine Coast include the Australia Zoo, which is home to a wide variety of animals, including crocodiles, tigers, and koalas, and the Eumundi Markets, which are held twice a week and feature local food, crafts, and art.

The region is also home to several national parks, including the Glass House Mountains National Park, which offers scenic hiking trails and stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

There is also the Noosa National Park, which is home to a variety of wildlife, including koalas, echidnas, and black cockatoos.

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In addition to its natural attractions, the Sunshine Coast also boasts a thriving cultural scene, with numerous art galleries, museums, and performing arts venues.

The region is also known for its excellent dining options, with a wide variety of restaurants serving everything from fresh seafood to international cuisine.

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