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New Zealand set to be winter hotspot for British travellers

NewZealandEmirates has reported a huge rise in the amount of travel bookings from the UK to New Zealand this winter, with trips from Auckland a particularly popular route.

The airline has recently introduced a one-stop A380 service from Auckland to both Manchester and London, with each trip covering a whopping 12,000 miles in total.

Emirates has reported figures that show an annual 10% increase on the amount of activity between the UK and Christchurch too.

Flights to Auckland, travelling during October-March, have seen an annual increase of 113% from Gatwick, 109% from Heathrow, 65% from Manchester, 59% Birmingham, 35% from Newcastle and 34% from Glasgow.

Alongside the one-stop flight, Emirates also operates three other daily A380 services between Dubai and Auckland via Australia – either Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

The airline is the first to offer regular A380 services to and from Christchurch, which coincides with the removal of an en-route stop in Bangkok – allowing passengers to travel from Dubai and Christchurch via Sydney without an additional stop.

Christchurch is the main gateway to the South Island and is set on the Canterbury Plains, offering visitors the chance to experience the International Antarctic Centre, the Christchurch Art Gallery and the starting point for scenic journeys on the Trans Alpine passenger train.

British travellers are becoming more and more eager to sample the picturesque scenery, climate and culture of New Zealand, which is highlighted in the latest travel figures.

Emirates is the only airline offering year-round scheduled A380 services to and from New Zealand and is set to increase capacity to 2,500 seats a day.

Since the airline – which is the largest in the Middle East – first begun operating in 2003, 5.86 million passengers have been carried to and from New Zealand.

If you are thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your long-haul travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 03 November 2016

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