If you’ve already booked your flight directly with Air New Zealand, your baggage allowance is on your e-ticket.
Below you can find the number, weight, and size of bags that are included in each type of Air New Zealand fare and easy ways to pay for more. We also offer generous allowances for personal equipment related to infants, children, sports, medical and mobility needs.
If your journey includes flights with other airlines, the Air New Zealand baggage allowance may not apply. To learn more, check the section below about baggage allowances for journeys with more than one carrier.
Each of our fares, apart from Seat, includes a checked-in baggage allowance. If you want to take more, you can purchase a Prepaid Extra Bag as part of your booking or any time before your day of travel. The maximum number is three bags per person, including any Prepaid Extra Bags or Frequent Flyer membership extras.
The maximum weight of any checked-in bag included in your fare is 23kg (50lb). By paying an excess baggage charge at the airport you can extend this to 32kg (70lb) if there is space on the aircraft, but it’s usually cheaper and more certain to purchase a Prepaid Extra Bag. Bags over 32kg cannot be accepted and will need to be repacked.
The size of a bag is calculated by measuring its length, width and height, then adding the three measurements together. The total for each checked-in bag allowance is up to 158cm (62 inches). You may be able to check in a larger bag by paying an oversize charge at the airport, if it’s within oversized limits and there is space on the aircraft. Your other option is to repack into two bags that are within the size limits and purchase a Prepaid Extra Bag. To learn more see overweight, oversized and sporting items.
Most sporting equipment counts as a bag and the same weight allowances apply. To find out more, including length allowances and packing requirements see overweight, oversized and sporting items.
Our child fares include the same baggage allowance as adult fares for each fare type. Our infant fares don’t come with a checked-in baggage allowance, but do include one piece of carry-on baggage.
Both our child and infant fares also include an allowance for up to two pieces of equipment from the following list; strollers (including buggies), portacots and car seats (including booster seats). Read more about travelling with children.
For safety reasons, some items are restricted or prohibited under international aviation laws. To learn more see prohibited and restricted items.
Also, the following valuable, fragile and unsuitable items must not be included in your checked-in baggage:
If your Air New Zealand flight connects with another Air New Zealand flight on the same ticket or we have a baggage transfer agreement with the other airline, your baggage may be checked in to your final destination. This combines the flights into a single checked-in baggage journey.
However when entering a country and then connecting to another flight you may still be required to collect your baggage at the first port of entry and once you have cleared customs recheck your baggage at a transfer or check-in desk, even if your bag has already been checked through to your final destination.
When connecting between one checked-in journey and the next, you will need to collect your baggage and check it in for the next flight. The baggage allowances for that part of your journey will then apply.
Carrier is another word for airline. The operating carrier is the airline that is operating the flight. The marketing carrier is the airline that marketed or sold the flight and whose flight number is on the ticket. For codeshare flights your marketing carrier may not be the operating carrier.
If you have already booked your flights directly with Air New Zealand, your electronic ticket will show your checked baggage allowance and which carrier’s allowances and charges apply.
If your journey includes more than one ticket, the baggage rules for each ticket will apply separately and they may be different. In this case, you may want to consider packing to the lowest allowance to avoid excess baggage charges.
If you are travelling on a single ticket that includes more than one carrier for a checked-in baggage journey, the allowance rules and any excess baggage charges of the most significant carrier (MSC) will apply.
There are two exceptions to the MSC rule: