Bali

Just eight hours from New Zealand lies a tropical island of 4 million people that’s unlike anywhere else on earth.

Bali is the spiritual heart of Indonesia, with a culture based on Hindu philosophy. With its bright green rice terraces, 10,000 temples and towering volcanoes, just gazing at its scenery is a holiday in itself. Add beautiful beaches and some of the world’s top resorts, and you know you’re in for a good time.

Bali from Auckland

per person one way from

19 January 2018
21 Apr - 20 Oct 2018
Closeouts apply: Auckland to Bali: 4 - 14 Jul, 28 Sep - 6 Oct 2018; Bali to Auckland: 21 Apr - 1 May, 13 - 25 Jul, 8 - 13 Oct 2018
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Terms and conditions: For credit or other card payments, a fee of $6 per person per one way Pacific Island journey, $12 per person per one way Bali and $17.50 per person per one way Honolulu journey applies. A booking is not completed until a booking reference number has been allocated and advised. Payment is required at the time of booking. Fares are shown in New Zealand dollars unless otherwise specified. Prices correct as at 13 Dec 2017. Offer is valid for new bookings only. New deals may be released at any time. Fares from or via Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch include airport and government costs, for travel from points other than these, New Zealand airport departure fees are payable at the airport. Customers who purchase fares using Airpoints Dollars™ online will be required to pay the government and airport charges which are included in this fare by internet banking or credit card. Fares displayed at the beginning of the booking process exclude applicable airport and government costs which will be displayed separately once an itinerary is selected. Where travel is operated by a code partner only "The Works" product will be available, please note capacity is limited and will not be available on all flights. Direct flights only, unless otherwise specified. Child discounts not applicable. The airfare content is non‐refundable, and non‐transferable. Taxes on return sector will vary from those on the outbound journey. Date or flight changes to your booking are permitted at any time prior to departure by paying a $100 change penalty (plus a $35 service fee where that change is made through a contact centre or at the Airport) and any difference in fare if a fare upgrade is required. Cancellation/changes: Air New Zealand's Conditions of Carriage, Smart Saver terms and conditions and Airpoints™ terms and conditions apply. Connections from provincial New Zealand points requiring an overnight break in the journey will be at passengers' own expense. All promotional offers advertised on this website are correct at time of publishing, however Air New Zealand reserves all rights to modify, amend or withdraw any promotion offer advertised at any time, without further notice. TTY assistance is available for deaf and hearing impaired via NZ Relay on 0800 4 711 711.

Rice crops grow abundantly in the rich soil allowing Bali’s people ample time to devote to art and performance. Carvings decorate many buildings and children grow up learning the graceful gestures of Balinese dance. While there’s a commercial aspect to the performances, they’re not doing it just for the money. The friendly and openhearted attitude of the Balinese is a big part of Bali’s appeal.

You’ll touch down in the southern part of the island and it’s here you’ll find the biggest crowds and the most popular beaches. The resorts of Nusa Dua offer world-class luxury and the ultimate in relaxation. Buzzing Kuta is famous for its shops, bars and surf beach, but many people prefer the strip at Legian and Seminyak a few kilometres north. Make sure you head to the coast at sundown, and chill out to live music while sipping a cocktail.

With its bright green rice terraces, 10,000 temples and towering volcanoes, just gazing at its scenery is a holiday in itself.

Ubud is an hour or so inland, revealing a different side of Bali. You’ll find numerous palaces and yoga retreats, this is ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ territory, so don’t be surprised if you bump into European or American tourists on their journeys of spiritual discovery. The north coast is quieter than the south but just as beautiful, with jungle walks to remote waterfalls and boutique beachside resorts.

Many people are happy to base themselves at one of the postcard perfect resorts that dot the island but others prefer to go exploring. We suggest you hire a driver and car, negotiate a price and agree an itinerary.

Essential information

Best time to go

Tropically warm all year round, Bali is at its best during the southern hemisphere winter, with temperatures around 30 degrees and mostly clear skies. July and August is the high season, when prices are hiked, with another peak around Christmas.

How much will it cost

The upscale resorts attract affluent tourists and charge accordingly. Stay at a smaller, locally owned resort or villa and you can enjoy luxury at a modest price. You can dine out for the equivalent of NZD $15 per person including drinks.

Health

No vaccinations are required. Beware of exclusions in your travel insurance, such as moped riding – you don’t want to pay for an expensive air ambulance back home.

Visas

New Zealanders receive a 30-day visa on arrival in Bali. For longer stays you’ll need to apply for an Indonesian visa before leaving home.