Air fares to Auck­land slashed

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Kerik­eri to Auck­land is one of 41 do­mes­tic routes that will soon be­come a great deal cheaper to fly via Air New Zealand.

The air­line’s over­haul of its do­mes­tic pric­ing struc­ture will see fares from Kerik­eri and Whanga¯rei to Auck­land start at $39, head of re­gional af­fairs Reuben Lev­er­more say­ing lead-in fares would fall by an av­er­age of $26.

“Not only is it now more af­ford­able for lo­cals to ex­plore the rest of New Zealand, but th­ese fares will help dis­perse more of the ben­e­fits of tourism across North­land by en­cour­ag­ing even more do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors to ex­plore ev­ery­thing the area has to of­fer,” he said.

Last month the air­line an­nounced a part­ner­ship with the Bay of Is­lands Mar­ket­ing Group and North­land Inc in a cam­paign aimed at at­tract­ing to the re­gion be­yond the peak sum­mer months.

That cam­paign brought back Sum­mer of Safety video stars Joe Na­u­fahu (Game of Thrones) and Jay­den Daniels (Short­land Street) to show­case North­land high­lights such as mountain bik­ing around Wai­tangi, kayak­ing around Haruru Falls, ex­plor­ing the caves of Mo­tu­aro­hia Is­land and sam­pling fish and chips and a beer at Rus­sell’s Duke of Marl­bor­ough Ho­tel.

■ The new fares went on sale yes­ter­day at www.airnz.co.nz for travel from March 25.

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