Air New Zealand to restart direct flights to Bali in March 2023

Air New Zealand to restart direct flights from Auckland to Bali in March 2023, four years after they were axed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The route will offer Kiwis a tropical holiday escape next winter. Photo credit: Getty Images

Air New Zealand will relaunch its Auckland-Bali service in 2023 after it ceased due to COVID-19.

It's the latest resumption of a route as the air travel industry recovers from the pandemic, announced shortly before Air Canada resumes its thrice-weekly Vancouver-Auckland service on November 10.

Air NZ's direct flights to the popular Indonesian island will resume on March 29, using a Boeing a 787-9 Dreamliner.

The seasonal service will run through until October 27, leaving Auckland on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11am, before departing Bali at 5:50pm on the same days.

Flight NZ64 Auckland-Bali is scheduled to take nine hours and 20 minutes, while NZ65 Bali-Auckland should take seven hours and 40 minutes.

As with other flights of a similar length, Air NZ has ditched its cheaper airfares that give customers the option of not getting a meal, inflight entertainment and a checked bag. Economy, premium economy and business class fares are available.

"Bali regularly features as one our topmost searched destinations - currently in the top five - and we're expecting interest to be hotter than the Balinese sunshine as Kiwis flock to book a winter getaway," said the airline's chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty.

"It's awesome to be back offering non-stop services and give Kiwis direct access to a tropical paradise that suits any type of travellers."

There are currently no airlines flying direct from Aotearoa to Bali, but New Zealanders have multiple options for getting there with a stopover along the way.

Tickets went on sale on Monday morning for early-bird Kiwis wanting to book a 2023 Bali getaway.