Air New Zealand has direct flights from Auckland to Buenos Aires. Internal flights are available with Aerolineas Argentinas from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. See airnz.co.nz. For those up for a long bus ride, numerous companies make the 36-hour journey from Buenos Aires to Rio Gallegos with onward connection to El Calafate.
Walking on ice:
Hielo y Aventura runs two treks on Perito Moreno Glacier between September and April. It’s Mini Trekking option ($215) spends 1.5 hours on the ice and recommends a moderate level of fitness. Big Ice ($350) takes groups to the centre of the glacier with a high level of fitness recommended. For more information visit hieloyaventura.com
El Calafate is geared for visitors to Perito Moreno Glacier. Accommodation ranges from 5-star luxury to backpacker digs.