Snap up Air New Zealand bargain fares to the other side of the world.

September and October might be all about the All Blacks tossing around the rugby ball, and chasing glory. Even if you missed out on travelling to the Antipodes for the World Cup, some Air New Zealand fares might tempt you down there in time for the height of the southern hemisphere summer.

Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.co.uk) is the national carrier for New Zealand, and flies from London Heathrow, heading east or west (take your pick), via Los Angeles or Hong Kong.

Their regular offers feature some tempting deals on return fares from London. They advertise return flights to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch from London Heathrow, with fares starting from £939 via Hong Kong or £964 via Los Angeles.

Air New Zealand guarantee that their website offers the lowest fares for their flights online. If you can find a lower fare than the one you have purchased, they will refund you the difference plus a further £20.

On the Los Angeles routing you have the option of upgrading to a Skycouch for £169 extra. The Skycouch is a row of 3 Economy seats that together create the space to relax and stretch out in, or for kids to use as a play area. It's an ideal solution for families who dread the long haul.

In New Zealand, if you are travelling around the country a lot, it can be easiest to use the domestic air routes. Air New Zealand serves 27 domestic destinations, from the major cities to the back of beyond.

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