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Baggage tracking in Air NZ app – now live!

From the 27 September 2023, all customers travelling on Air New Zealand will be able to keep tabs on their bag’s journey through the Air NZ app.   Customers are now able to view the latest status of their bags throughout their journey in the Air NZ app – from check… Learn more

New Zealand Traveller Declaration now live at all airports

Travelers arriving into all New Zealand international airports now have the option to complete a digital declaration instead of a paper arrival card, before travelling to New Zealand. This is not mandatory, you can still complete the paper form on arrival, but it will in time become mandatory so it’s… Learn more

Beware offshore airlines overbooking flights

Overbooking flights is a small but growing issue as airlines struggle to meet demand due to huge demand and limited supply. Discover Travel has recently heard stories from Kiwi travellers in Europe and Asia being told at check-in that their travel agent had sold them a “standby” seat, and being… Learn more


All New Zealand passport holders need an “ESTA” when entering the USA by air, even if they are only in transit enroute to another country. You do not need an ESTA if entering the USA overland from Canada or Mexico. You need to apply for an ESTA if…  You are… Learn more

China Southern Airlines return to Christchurch Nov ’23

Discover Travel welcomes China Southern Airlines’ return. Direct flights between Christchurch and Guangzhou are about to resume, with connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide!   SEATS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO BOOK for this Summer! There are excellent Business Class fares on offer for departures in November from Christchurch to London and… Learn more

Discovering the World once again

Just like many of our clients, the Discover Travel team have been exploring the world again during the winter. Ian and Janine have now returned from hosting successful escorted journeys to Svalbard and Southern Africa respectively, with plenty of great photographs, stories and happy memories. Peter has been enjoying the… Learn more

Travel – it pays to be organised!

Welcome to winter. It’s been a very busy few months for the team at Discover Travel as we’ve been making your travel arrangements in the Northern Hemisphere so you can avoid some of it! We were delighted to welcome Linda Weiss back to our team full time in May, so… Learn more

It’s time to get your 2023 travel booked

With summer now just around the corner, we’re delighted to see that travel restrictions have largely disappeared for the vast majority of destinations including New Zealand so the travelling experience is in most cases now very similar to pre-pandemic. So, with restrictions gone and demand off the scale, we’ve been… Learn more

Spring is here – time to get travel-ready

As Spring arrives, it continues to be a busy time for the Discover Travel team with demand now similar if not higher for travel than it was before the pandemic. It’s been lovely to hear from so many of our loyal customers keen to make up for lost time but… Learn more

Discover Travel is on the move

It’s business as usual for Discover Travel via remote working during our current office hours of 9am-4pm Monday – Friday, so please just email us at [email protected] or call us on 03 364 3400 as usual. During this period of remote working we’ll always be available for Zoom calls if… Learn more

Do Something New, New Zealand

Tourism NZ has launched today their ‘Do Something New, New Zealand,’ campaign.   “Now is the perfect time for Kiwis to make their ‘NZ must do’ bucket list item a reality. We’ve all got things we’ve always wanted to see and do. This campaign shares those moments and gets people… Learn more

Introducing China Southern Airlines’ newer, larger Dreamliner (B787-900)

Discover Travel staff were excited to be hosted by Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines recently, to inspect China Southern Airlines’ newer, larger Dreamliner (B787-900). This new aircraft started flying daily from Christchurch to Guangzhou (and beyond) on 29 October.  The evening was an opportunity to celebrate China Southern Airlines’… Learn more