Gold Coast Holiday Packages - Cheap Travel Deals to the Gold Coast
Discover cheap holiday packages to the Gold Coast from New Zealand. Home to 52km of pristine sand, epic surf breaks and 300 sunny days a year, this part of the Australian coastline is one its most popular destinations. With a non-stop flight time of 3 to 4 hours from New Zealand, it's perfect for weekend trips or longer holiday breaks.
Gold Coast Holiday Package Deals
Don't spend hours researching flights and hotels. Take the stress out of planning your next trip by purchasing a flight and hotel combo deal. Browse Webjet's exclusive holiday package deals that include affordable flights to the Gold Coast and accommodation for the duration of your trip. All you need to do is select the best holiday package deal that suits your budget and needs.
Why The Gold Coast Is A Top Holiday Destination for Kiwis
With its family-friendly attractions, pristine beaches and wealth of natural attractions, this south-east Queensland destination is a holiday hot spot. One of the biggest draw cards for New Zealanders to the Gold Coast is the sunshine. If you need a break from the rain, clear blue skies and warm weather are only a short flight away. Another reason so many Kiwis flock here is the direct flights. With airlines offering non-stop flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown, it's possible to catch a flight in the morning and be working on your tan by the afternoon. The city's most famous area is Surfer's Paradise. Students flock here for freshers week to enjoy the beach, go surfing and party it up at at the stylish pubs, clubs and lounge bars. While the Gold Coast is known as a party destination, it's also a family favourite thanks to its Movieworld and Wet 'n Wild theme parks. While it's not the cheapest activity, if you plan ahead you can pick up special passes and deals for unlimited visits to the parks. The only downside to the Gold Coast is the cost of accommodation. If you don't want to stay too far away from all the action, pick up a Gold Coast holiday package deal and save more by combining your flight and hotel together.
What are the best places to stay in Gold Coast?
Surfers Paradise is the city's beating heart and the most popular area to stay while holidaying on Gold Coast packages. Skyscrapers line Surfers Paradise Beach, making up that quintessential Gold Coast image. Surfers Paradise is also where you’ll find the hottest nightlife and some of the best shopping and dining options. Other attractions to enjoy away from the beach are Infinity and SkyPoint Observation Deck. Look into Surfers Paradise hotels when booking your Gold Coast holiday packages if you’re looking to stay somewhere central and fast-paced with an urban atmosphere.
Are you interested in staying central but don’t want to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise? Broadbeach, which is located just south of its lively neighbour, could be your perfect base while holidaying on Gold Coast packages. There’s plenty to do around Broadbeach, including a long stretch of beach, Kurrawa Surf Club, and Royal Queensland Art Society. The selection of restaurants, cafes, and outdoor markets has a more laid-back feel than the ones you’ll find in Surfers Paradise. However, there’s still a glamorous side to the neighbourhood at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
Consider reserving a hotel in Currumbin while booking Gold Coast holiday packages if you’re interested in outdoor activities and nature. Currumbin has the same calmness as the Gold Coast Hinterland while still being located on the coast. Currumbin Beach is a fantastic surf spot, and the calmer water on Currumbin Creek is perfect for paddle boarding and kayaking. Visitors can take in the sights of Currumbin by hiking its nature trails, and the neighbourhood is also home to the popular Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
When is the best time to visit Gold Coast?
Autumn and spring are often considered the best times to book Gold Coast accommodation and flight packages in terms of weather. Temperatures range from about 24° to 27°C during the day with low levels of rainfall. The combination of warm weather, little rain, and low humidity mean they’re the perfect time to book Gold Coast holiday packages for a beach getaway, but they’re also popular seasons to visit. Get the best deal by booking your hotel and accommodation in Gold Coast early.
Winter is another excellent time to visit Queensland on Gold Coast accommodation and flight packages. Temperatures reach about 21°C during the day and drop to a brisk 10°C at night. The ocean may be too chilly for swimming, but winter is ideal for visiting nearby national parks. You can also enjoy whale watching by timing your Gold Coast packages for travel between June and August. Note that you’ll want to book your hotel and accommodation in Gold Coast well in advance – winter is the high season.
Save some cash and avoid the large crowds by planning your Gold Coast holiday packages for travel during the summer months. Hotels and accommodation in Gold Coast are at their most affordable in the summer period following Christmas and New Year’s. You’ll see plenty of sunshine, but come prepared for high humidity, temperatures around 29°C, and some rain, particularly in the later half of summer.
What is the cost of visiting Gold Coast?
Webjet’s Gold Coast holiday packages help you save by bundling together flights and accommodation. A hotel often ranges between $150 and $200 NZD per night, but you’ll also find budget-friendly options for about $50 NZD.
Public transport is available, but having a rental car offers you extra freedom to explore while holidaying on Gold Coast packages. Hire a car through Webjet for rates starting at about $30 NZD per day. Buses are the most extensive form of public transport around the Gold Coast, and you can even catch buses 760 and 777 from Gold Coast Airport. Single ride bus tickets cost $1.50 AUD ($1.60 NZD) and day passes are $4 AUD ($4.20 NZD). The G:link tram is another option. Paper tickets cost $4.60 AUD ($4.85 NZD) and tram fare with a go transport card is $3.20 AUD ($3.40 NZD).
Heading out on the waves is a can’t miss opportunity for many travellers who book Gold Coast accommodation and flight packages. Small group surfing lessons cost around $70 AUD ($73.90 NZD), and a one-on-one lesson will set you back about $200 AUD ($211 NZD).
Gold Coast amusement parks are a favourite among travellers, especially if you book Gold Coast packages with kids. Entry prices start at $90 AUD ($95 NZD) for Movie World and $80 AUD ($84.40 NZD) for Wet n Wild. Planning to head to a few parks? You can save by purchasing a bundle ticket to Movie World, Wet n Wild, and SeaWorld for $140 AUD ($147.75 NZD).
What to know before you go to the Gold Coast
1. Money: The official currency is the Australian Dollar. There are plenty of ATMs located around the city, and you'll get a better exchange rate by withdrawing cash once you arrive.
2. Electricity: Australia and New Zealand both run their electricity at 230 volts and use the same two or three pin plugs.
3. Entry Requirements: Thanks to the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, New Zealanders don't need a visa to visit Australia. The freedom of movement policy means you'll get a free unlimited stay stamp in your passport on arrival.
4. Language: The majority of locals in Australia speak English. However, there are several other dialects spoken in the different communities.
5. Weather: The best time to visit the Gold Coast for a tranquil getaway is from April to May. There is little chance of rain, comfortable temperatures and no school holidays. But if you're wanting more action during your stay, the party months are September to November, when the new grads arrive for Schoolies Week.
6. Getting Around: If you want to hire a car while in the Gold Coast, all you'll need is your current New Zealand driver's licence.
7. Drinking Water: The tap water in the Gold Coast is safe to drink.
8. Safety: If you plan on going swimming in the ocean, make sure you stay safe. Always swim where there are lifeguards and stay between the red and yellow flags.