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Located about 160 km north of Sydney, Newcastle is the second largest city in the Australian state of New South Wales. Known for its incredible beaches, Newcastle has long been a favourite destination among surfers and ocean-lovers. Outside of its beaches, Newcastle offers an exciting culture full of history and a great food and drink scene. Head just outside Newcastle and there are several other areas to explore, including Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley wine region. With its close proximity to Auckland, Newcastle makes for a great international beach holiday without having to go too far.
With close to 200 cheap flights from Auckland to Newcastle each week, you have lots of opportunities for a quick international getaway. Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, and Emirates all offer cheap airfares from Auckland to Newcastle. While direct flights are not available all year long, Virgin Australia offers direct flights from AKL to NTL in the summer months. Between 22 November 2018 and 17 February 2019, VA will operate direct flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays that will get you into Newcastle Airport (NTL) in 3 hours 30 minutes. Return flights from Auckland to Newcastle outside of these days will include a stopover in Melbourne, Brisbane, or Sydney, but will still get you to Newcastle quickly and easily.
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When should you book cheap airfares from Auckland to Newcastle?
It’s never a bad time to book cheap airfares from Auckland to Newcastle. Newcastle is in the temperate climate zone, meaning it experiences nice weather throughout the year. Newcastle has a laid-back atmosphere and doesn’t get too overcrowded. Its busiest times are are around Christmas, Easter, and school holidays, so if you’re looking for a quiet getaway, you may not want to book cheap flights from Auckland to Newcastle during those times.
Many people consider spring to be the best season to visit Newcastle. The weather is warm, the sun is out, flowers are in bloom, and the city is not crowded. Summer experiences more heat and humidity, but the nice breeze off the ocean keeps Newcastle from getting too hot.
Autumn and winter see more rain than the other seasons, but are still nice times to book AKL to NTL flights. Autumn has comfortable temperatures, and winters are moderate with temperatures rarely dropping below 8 degrees.
Departing from Auckland
Auckland is home to one major airport that offers international flights to Australia. Several airlines offer cheap airfares from Auckland to Newcastle Airport (NTL), including Virgin Australia, Qantas, and Air New Zealand. Each day there are about 20-30 return flights from Auckland to Newcastle. During the summer months, you can fly direct between AKL to NTL in just 3 hours 30 minutes.
Getting to Auckland Airport (AKL)
The most affordable way to get from Auckland’s CBD to the airport is on the city’s SkyBus. The SkyBus runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Buses depart every 10 minutes from stops along Queen Street, Dominion Road, Symonds Street, and Mount Eden Road. One-way tickets are $18, and if you plan to take the SkyBus on your way back home from Auckland Airport at the end of your trip, return tickets are $32. Tickets can either be purchased in advance or right on the bus for the same price. The SkyBus has complimentary Wifi and will get you to the airport in 40-60 minutes, depending on traffic.
A taxi to the airport from the city centre takes less than a half hour. Several taxi companies as well as Uber can pick you up from around the Auckland area and drop you off at Auckland Airport. A taxi to the airport costs about $60 from the CBD and central suburbs of Auckland.
Parking at Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport has several car parks that are close to the International Terminal. Car Park A offers the cheapest rates, and you can park here for $75 a week. The car park is uncovered and is just a 2-3 minute walk from the International Terminal. For the ultimate convenience, you can also opt for valet parking. Simply pull up to the terminal and pass on your keys to one of the parking attendants. This option will have you into the airport in less than a minute. The valet parking option offers both covered and uncovered parking spots. A covered spot costs $139 for a week, while an uncovered spot costs $130 for a week.
Arriving in Newcastle
Newcastle Airport (NTL) is located about 25 km north of the city centre. The airport is small with only one runway and receives short-haul flights from Auckland and several Australian cities.
Getting to the CBD from Newcastle Airport (NTL)
Once your AKL to NTL flight has landed, head outside the terminal for transport into Newcastle. From Newcastle Airport (NTL), you can catch the number 130 bus, which is operated by Port Stephens Coaches. The southbound bus will take you right into Newcastle’s CBD in about 40 minutes. The bus stops at the airport every hour. You can purchase an individual ticket for the bus or use an Opal transport card, which you can also use for visits to Sydney.
For a direct ride into the city, you can catch both taxis and Ubers just outside the terminal. The ride takes about 25 minutes, and taxi fare between the airport and CBD costs about $75. Driving yourself is also an option, since there are several rental car companies at the airport. You can rent a car for as low as $67 a day.
If you’re heading to the Hunter Valley or Port Stephens from Newcastle Airport (NTL), there are buses available. The Hunter Valley bus has a route between the airport and Maitland that makes several stops throughout the Hunter Valley. Port Stephens Coaches also pick up from the airport. Route 130 travels into the city, but if you catch it in the other direction, it will get you to Port Stephens as well as Anna Bay, Nelson Bay, and Fingal Bay. Both of these bus companies accept Opal transport cards.
Things to do in Newcastle
Located at the top of a hill, Fort Scratchley offers amazing panoramic views of Newcastle’s beaches, harbour, and CBD. It was built as a defence fort in 1882 and played an active role in World War II. Today, Fort Scratchley is a museum where you can tour the fort and learn about Newcastle’s role in past wars.
ANZAC Memorial Walk
This is a short coastal walk built on the edge of a cliff. The walkway was built to commemorate the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand who fought in World War I. The boardwalk is only 450 metres long and has steps connecting it down to Bar Beach. The views along the walk are incredible, with the coastline on one side and the city on the other.
Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is one of the most popular wine regions in Australia. You can’t book cheap airfares from Auckland to Newcastle and not visit the Hunter Valley. Located just west of Newcastle, it makes for a great day trip. The Hunter Valley is widely considered to have the best semillon wine in the world. It also has some great varieties of chardonnay, shiraz, and verdelho. There are several organised wine tours you can take from Newcastle. Or if you’d prefer to rent a car for the day and do a self-driving tour, there are 150 different vineyards that open up their cellar doors for tastings.
Go to the Beach
Newcastle and its surrounding region are known for their beautiful beaches and coastline. Newcastle is an especially great spot for surfers. All beaches around Newcastle are nice, but some of the most incredible ones to add to your list are Bar Beach, Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle Beach, and Cave Beach.
Just north of Newcastle is another beautiful coastal area called Port Stephens. This area is full of beaches and is a popular spot for water sports, such as sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. From Port Stephens, you can regularly spot the resident pod of dolphins, and at certain times of the year, you can see whales making their migration along “Humpback Highway.”
One of the greatest things you can do in Newcastle is go for a relaxing bath in the ocean. Located right on the ocean, the pools fill with ocean water as waves crash over the sides. The most popular ocean baths to visit in Newcastle are the Newcastle Ocean Baths and Mereweather Ocean Baths. They are great, but for the most natural experience, head to Bogey Hole. It is located among cliffs and, rather than seeming like a pool, Bogey Hole feels like swimming in a naturally-made pond by the ocean.