South Australia boasts an extraordinary variety of places to see and experiences to enjoy. Just a four-and-a-half hour direct flight from Auckland, they are all easily accessible from Adelaide.
Air New Zealand offers four inflight product choices when flying nonstop almost daily between Auckland and Adelaide including; Seat, Seat + Bag, The Works and Works Deluxe. Connections are available from all around New Zealand and with partner airline Virgin Australia via Sydney and Melbourne.
Adelaide city is the gateway to South Australia and is best enjoyed over 2 - 3 days before heading out into the regions. Known as the '20-minute city', it is both cultural and cool, and its superb shopping, beaches, history and ‘Eat Streets’ are not to be missed.
Adelaide’s cobblestone laneways are a hive of activity with funky bars and eateries popping up to showcase the regions spectacular produce and character. Check out the new Peel Street Laneway, Ebenezer Place or Flinders Street Project on your next visit to Adelaide!
Foodies shouldn’t miss sights, tastes and smells of the Adelaide Central Market, where gourmet cheeses, meats, breads, dips and more can be sampled and purchased from Tuesday - Saturday.
All Roads Lead to Wine
If you know wine, then you’ll know South Australia. Barossa, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Coonawarra are just a sampling of the great wine regions in South Australia and many are found right on Adelaide’s doorstep.
Whether you want to meet the growers, taste wines with the winemaker or simply relax on the veranda at a cellar door for the day, you’ll find that you’re spoilt for choice in South Australia.
Why not hire a bike and cycle through the vines in the Barossa or Clare Valley, or for something really different book a gourmet food and wine adventure through McLaren Vale with Off-Piste 4WD Tours.
The Festival State
Adelaide loves to party and throughout the year visitors can choose from a stellar line up of theatre, music, food and wine events and world-class sporting events.
Known as the Festival State, no matter what time of year you visit Adelaide you’re bound to find something exciting going on!
Here are some of our favourite annual events:
- Adelaide Cabaret Festival: 10 - 25 June 2016
- Kangaroo Island Marathon: 27 August 2016
- Barossa Gourmet Weekend: 2 - 4 September 2016
- Tour Down Under: January 2017
- Crush Food & Wine Festival: January 2017
- Adelaide Fringe Festival: February - March 2017
- Clipsal 500 Adelaide: March 2017
Cruise the Murray River
Just an hour from Adelaide is the majestic Murray River. Take an escorted river cruise or, if you feel like creating your own adventure, get a group of friends together and captain your own houseboat.
Captain Cook Cruises offer a unique historic and nature-based adventure past ancient red gum forests and towering limestone cliffs. On their three, four and seven-night cruises you'll visit historic ports and lush vineyards as the captain navigates the Murray's locks and big river bends.
Unforgettable Houseboats are a popular option for Kiwis looking to drive their own luxury houseboat along the river. Whether cooking a meal on the BBQ or in the gourmet kitchen (complete with dishwasher, freezer and microwave) relaxing in the Jacuzzi, or watching the stars from the top deck, these "floating baches" exceed all expectations.
Whether you’re here to relax and unwind or live it up at one of Adelaide’s events, you can’t miss the shopping! Pedestrian only, Rundle Mall is the heart of Adelaide’s shopping district and is home to over 600 retail stores. Extending to the boutique Rundle Street East, you’ll find not only local and international labels but also a lively dining strip to enjoy a wine and a bite to eat in the sun.
Burnside Village is Adelaide’s premium shopping destination with local and international labels including Zara. King William Road at Hyde Park is home to the big name boutiques and smaller fashion houses and Harbour Town offers great Outlet shopping for the bargain hunters.
If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, South Australia offers just the ticket! From cage-diving with Great White Sharks or swimming with sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula, to Outback adventures in the Flinders Ranges & Outback. Epic train journeys across fast landscapes or scenic flights over spectacular Lake Eyre, South Australia is the perfect option.
If nature and wildlife are what you’re looking for then Kangaroo Island is regarded as one of the best places in Australia to see it. Nowhere else on the continent features such a concentration of pristine beaches and abundant flora and fauna, mixed with fabulous wine and food experiences - you are in South Australia after all!
Valid for travel: 16-29 May valid on outbound flights ex NZ only, 30 May - 6 Jul, 26 Jul – 22 Sep & 11 Oct - 10 Dec 2016. For airfare only bookings paid with credit, debit or charge card, a fee of $6 per person per one-way Tasman journey applies. For airfare only bookings made through our Contact Centre a non-refundable service fee of $35 per person, per one-way Tasman journey applies. Taxes on return sector will vary from those on the outbound journey. Flight and routing restrictions may apply. Seats are limited and will not be available on all flights or on all dates. Prices correct as at 21 April 2016. Seat available via airnewzealand.co.nz only. New deals may be released at any time. For Australia domestic flight connections on a Virgin Australia aircraft please note: “The Works” service will be available on connecting Virgin Australia Flights where “Works Deluxe” has been purchased for the Air New Zealand operated Trans-Tasman flight. Unaccompanied minors are unable to be booked on a flight operated by Virgin Australia. For Business Premier flights operated by Virgin Australia, product will vary.