Flights to Tonga

Find our cheapest flights to Tonga from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown.

This South Pacific nation certainly boasts fine hotels, professional tour operators and all the trappings of the modern tourist industry. But what sets it apart is the sense of authenticity you'll encounter in this far-flung archipelago of 176 islands.

Tonga from Auckland

per person one way

6 August 2019
Travel is 27 Jan - 11 Mar 2020 (Valid on Tues and Thurs departures in each direction)

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Terms and conditions: For airfare only bookings paid with credit, debit or charge card, a fee of $6 per person per one way Pacific Island journey applies. Prices correct as at 2 July 2019. 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. Offer is valid for new bookings only. New deals may be released at any time. Fares from or via Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Queenstown include airport and government costs, for travel from points other than these, New Zealand airport departure fees are payable at the airport. Some services may be operated by Air New Zealand using a dry lease aircraft. 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. Capacity is limited and will not be available on all flights. 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.

This South Pacific nation certainly boasts fine hotels, professional tour operators and all the trappings of the modern tourist industry. But what sets it apart is the sense of authenticity you’ll encounter in this far-flung archipelago of 176 islands.

The country's history stretches back 3,000 years, with ancient monuments still standing and time-honoured traditions maintained. Tonga’s monarchy is over 1,000 years old and heads up the last remaining kingdom in the South Pacific. Outsiders have been visiting since Captain Cook first dropped anchor but the country has never fallen under the rule of a colonial power.

Tongan culture is centred on its reverence for the monarchy and the family. It's known for its friendly hospitality and the rich cultural inheritance showcased through Tongan dance, music, art and food passed down through many generations.

However Tonga's attractions aren't limited to the cultural sphere. You can slake your thirst for adventure with a guided fishing expedition, go sea kayaking, or swim with whales and turtles. Visit the local markets to see fine weaving and bone or woodcarving. Relax on the beach while your younger family members discover the hidden treasures of the coral reefs. There’s something to suit every member of the family, every day of your stay.

The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of different island groups, each quite distinct. After landing in Nuku'alofa on the main island of Tongatapu, you might want to travel onwards to the northern islands of Vava'u for whale watching and sun-lazing, or to unspoilt 'Eua with its rugged cliffs, caves and waterfalls.

You can slake your thirst for adventure with a guided fishing expedition, go sea kayaking, or swim with whales and turtles.

Alternatively, you could head to the Ha'apai group for untouched, palm-fringed beaches. Try kiteboarding across a blissfully uncrowded lagoon, or hire a charter vessel to take you to some of the Pacific’s best surfing spots.

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Essential information

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Best time to go

Tonga's wet season runs from November to April and any cyclones will most likely occur between January and March. May through October is the best time to visit. The average temperature is between 25 and 29 degrees.

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How much will it cost

The need to import just about everything means you'll pay more for goods apart from locally grown produce. Self-catering from the local markets can be a real money-saver. There is a range of accommodation options, from resorts to more basic budget accommodation.

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Up-to-date vaccinations against typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and B are a good idea. The Zika virus has been reported in Tonga, so pregnant women should seek up-to-date advice on their travel.

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A visa is not required to enter Tonga for stays of up to one month, providing you hold a valid passport and an onward air or sea ticket.

Cheap flights to Tonga
Auckland (AKL) to Tonga (TBU)

2h 50m


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Wellington (WLG) to Tonga (TBU)

5h 15m

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Christchurch (CHC) to Tonga (TBU)

5h 30m

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Queenstown (ZQN) to Tonga (TBU)

6h 45m

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