There are two basic ways of getting from Brisbane to Auckland: a quick flight or a long boat ride. Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland in Australia, is a popular hub for both travel around the state and for hitching rides to nearby countries, like New Zealand. Auckland, being the New Zealand capital, is on the North Island and makes for the perfect entry point into Australia’s sister country.
>> We’ve already covered the how to’s for getting to Auckland from Sydney.
Getting from Brisbane to Auckland via Plane
Direct flights to Auckland from Brisbane arrive in around 3 hours and 10 minutes depending on weather conditions. Direct flights operate 6 or 7 times per day and can be completed on Emirates, Qantas, Air New Zealand, China Airlines and Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia will generally provide one of the cheaper airline rates for this routing. If you’re interested in flying from Brisbane to Auckland, have a quick search for a cheap flight below.
Quick search flights to Auckland (AKL) from Brisbane (BNE), Melbourne (MEL) and Sydney (SYD):
Do remember that this is an international flight. Be sure to pack properly and have the proper visa regulations addressed in advance of your trip. It is especially important when returning to claim all plant and animal materials you may have picked up in New Zealand to present for inspection. Australia takes any threat to the ecosystem very seriously.
Getting from Brisbane to Auckland via Boat
Take the more scenic and long way to Auckland by setting off from Brisbane on a boat! A number of cruise operators visit the many ports of Australia before heading off to New Zealand. If this is route you are interested in taking, I suggest having a look at the cruising Australia page which mentions the tour companies like P&O or Princess. In order to head to Auckland via boat or cruise, one will need a significant amount of free time for the journey alone, but it is surely worthwhile.
For a more unique adventure, why not look into riding on a freighter boat? Surprisingly, the onboard facilities sometimes contain pools and gyms with studio apartment style accommodation. If you fear the cruise ship lifestyle, then a freighter ship could be a nice alternative.