Surfboards fly for free on new Emirates Bali service

Surfer and airplane.
Bali is a popular destination for surfers. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Surfers will be able to take their surfboards to Bali for free on Emirates' new daily flight from Auckland to Bali, which launches next month.

There will be some restrictions on the size of the surfboard, and it will need to be bubble wrapped or neoprene-protected nose and tail, with cardboard protection down its sides.

It must be kept within a properly padded surfboard bag. Fins will need to be removed,  but if they can't be, they will need to be protected with polystyrene foam.

Boards can be no than three metres in length. 

The new Emirates service will fly daily from Auckland to Bali, before continuing on to Dubai.

The airline will use Boeing 777-300ERs with First, Business and Economy Class seats available.

It will be the only year-round direct service between New Zealand and Bali.