09 September 2013

Night Rider Fares between Christchurch and Auckland

Air New Zealand’s popular Night Rider™ service which offers every seat on the last flight of the day between Auckland and Wellington at a ludicrously low price is extending to include Christchurch.

From 7 November 2013 every seat on the 9.30pm flights between Auckland and Christchurch in both directions (Thursday – Monday) will be just $39 (or $49 for a ‘Seat + Bag’). The service will be operated by a combination of A320 and B737 aircraft. Air New Zealand Group General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands Cam Wallace says the airline is pleased to extend the service to Christchurch and hopes it will stimulate travel demand and tourism activity for both cities. “Night Rider™ has proven extremely popular with customers since it was introduced between Auckland and Wellington last year and we expect seats will sell out just as fast on the new Christchurch service,” says Mr Wallace. “The Christchurch Night Rider™ will launch in time for the peak summer holiday season and will allow Aucklanders and Cantabrians to take advantage of cheap airfares to key upcoming events such as Canterbury Cup and Show Week and the Wellington Phoenix A-League match in Christchurch and the Big Day Out in Auckland.” Mr Wallace says with such ludicrously low fares there are a few restrictions passengers need to know about. “In line with the existing Night Rider™ service, these flights will skip our usual in-flight refreshments and passengers will not be eligible to use our Koru Lounges. Night Rider™ is not available to unaccompanied minors and can’t be booked as part of a through fare domestically or internationally. Passengers will still be offered a lolly at the end of the flight though!” Night Rider™ fares between Auckland and Christchurch are on sale now at www.airnewzealand.co.nz for travel between 7 November 2013 and 31 January 2014.


  1. Wonder how much money the Nighrider flights lose? I highly doubt they make a profit! I reckon they are better off spending the money they lose on Nightrider, into developing reliable, cheaper regional routes

  2. Doubt they lose any money with the amount of freight carried on the late flights