For vast, unspoilt landscapes dotted with spectacular mountain ranges and lush forests, it is hard to beat New Zealand. The busiest airport in the country is in the city of Auckland and this is where the majority of flights from the UK go. Departing from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, all flights to New Zealand have at least one stop due to the distance, with Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines two of the main providers. The average flight time from the UK is roughly 24 hours. While Auckland and the capital of Wellington are home to the major airports on the country's North Island, the South Island is represented by Christchurch International Airport, the second busiest in the country. As Christchurch is situated in the south, flight times are longer, often around the thirty hour mark with stops usually in Singapore or Melbourne, Australia. There are no nonstop flights available simply because of the vast distance between there and the UK. Adding stopovers to your flight often reduces prices, so keep that in mind when searching for your New Zealand flights.
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6th February: Waitangi Day - Celebrating the signing of the nation's founding document in 1840, Waitangi Day is a public holiday celebrated across the country with concerts, festivals and a day at the beach. February: Auckland Lantern Festival - Usually taking place in the middle of February each year, this four day festival celebrates the very best of Chinese culture in a spectacularly colourful way. February: Marlborough Wine and Food Festival - Hosted by the largest wine-producing region in the country, this is the original and most popular wine festival in the country, taking place on the second Saturday of every February. 25th April: ANZAC Day - Held both here and in Australia, ANZAC honours those who have served and died in conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world. This annual commemoration has been held since 1915. June/July: Matakiri - a month-long celebration of the Maori New Year sees towns and cities across the nation come alive with music and colour. A time for giving thanks to the land, sea and sky, Matakiri is celebrated with carnivals, concerts, parades and art festivals.