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Has New Zealand's winter weather got you down? Book return flights from Auckland to Papeete! Tahiti's capital city is a colourful, cultural hub and is the perfect spot to base yourself as you explore this piece of French Polynesian paradise. With a non-stop flight time of only 4 hours 50 minutes’ from Auckland, a trip to Papeete makes an easy getaway. Work on your tan, catch a traditional dance performance, swim with tropical fish and fly back home feeling refreshed and restored.
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The best time to visit Papeete
The best time to visit Papeete is between May and October. It's winter on the island, and you'll enjoy perfect island weather without the high humidity. The only downside to visiting Tahiti during this period is that it’s high season. Prices for hotels are high, and you'll need to book in advance to avoid disappointment. If you're okay with the occasional thunderstorm, plan your trip to Papeete during the summer months. From November to April, cheap flights from Auckland to Papeete are easier to find, but you’ll have to deal with high humidity and frequent rainfall. Despite the weather being less predictable, you'll be in time for major cultural events such as Chinese New Year.
Departing From Auckland
Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the busiest airport in New Zealand. It operates flights to 26 domestic and 48 international destinations. There are five direct flights per week from AKL to PPT with Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui. Connecting flights via Rarotonga are also available with a flight time of 8 hours 30 minutes.
Getting to Auckland Airport
The cheapest way to get to Auckland International Airport is with the 380 Airporter bus. It operates seven days a week and a single trip costs $11NZD with an AT HOP card. If you miss the Airporter, you can take bus route 31 from the CBD to the departure terminals. If you've got an early morning or red-eye flight, take the Skybus to the airport. It runs from Auckland's CBD 24 hours a day, and a one-way trip costs $18NZD per person. Other options include taking a metered taxi or an Uber to the airport. A one-way trip should cost up to $75NZD.
Parking at Auckland Airport
There are a variety of parking options available at Auckland Airport. Whether you're going away for the weekend or a month, there is an option that will suit your needs and budget.
Where to Park at Auckland Airport
- Economy: With day rates starting at $40NZD, it's the best option for budget travellers that want convenience at an affordable price.
- Standard: Choose from covered and uncovered parking options within walking distance of the terminal building. A weekend trip away will only set you back $100NZD.
- Executive: You'll start and finish your trip to Auckland Airport in comfort. Choose this option if you want access to valet parking, grooming services and extra wide parking bays. Covered parking rates start at $57NZD.
Arriving in Papeete
Faa'a International Airport (PPT) is located 5 kilometres from the centre of Papeete. It's a hub for Air Tahiti and operates daily flights to international destinations such as New Zealand, Japan and the United States.
How to Get from Faa'a International Airport to Your Papeete Hotel or Accommodation
If you're on a tight budget, the best way to get from the airport to your hotel is with the Le Truck bus. You'll find the bus stop outside of the arrivals terminal. It runs every 15 minutes and costs 120 CFP (less than $2NZD) during the day and 200 CFP at night. The Le Truck will have its destination painted on the side, but if you're unsure which one to take ask the driver or a local. If you have a lot of luggage or don't want to use public transportation, you can take a metered taxi into the city. The 10-minute trip will cost 1,500 CFP (about $23NZD) during the day and 2,500 CFP ($37NZD) at night. Avoid any hassles with the driver by agreeing on the fare to your hotel before getting into the car.
Things to do in Papeete
Get a traditional massage
There's nothing better than a soothing Taurumi massage on your holiday. The technique is inherited from Polynesian ancestors and aims to treat physical and spiritual pains.
Shop for black pearls
Tahiti's waters are home to some of the world's most beautiful pearls. Visit the markets in Papeete and add one of the island's treasures to your souvenir collection.
Book a snorkelling day trip
Some of Tahiti's best scenery lies beneath its surface. Slip on your snorkel masks and fins and spend the day exploring the Moorea Lagoonarium. Keep an eye out for butterfly fish, stingrays and even blacktip sharks.