Air New Zealand has a fairly standard baggage policy, with reasonable charges for extra checked luggage booked online up to 90 minutes before departure for international flights.
It’s worth planning ahead, as excess baggage charges at check-in are more than double the cost of adding a bag in advance — so be sure to take advantage of this!
Air New Zealand Carry-on Allowance
1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE for economy passengers
2 standard carry-on bags: Premium Economy, Business Premier, connecting Business Premier, and Airpoints Gold, Elite, and Star Alliance Gold members
Size and Weight Restrictions
- Personal: Undisclosed
- Standard: Total size of 46.5 inches (118 cm) weighing 15 pounds (7 kg) for economy passengers
- All other cabin classes: 30 pounds (14 kg) total, with 1 item weighing up to 22 pounds (10 kg)
Lap Infant Carry-on Policy
- Car seats can be taken as a carry-on, and a single stroller can usually be taken on board. It’s best to confirm at the check-in desk, as some aircraft have different storage facilities.
Stroller Gate Check Policy
- A stroller and/or car seat can be transported as checked luggage and will not count towards the checked luggage allowance.
Air New Zealand Checked Baggage Allowance
All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50 pounds (23 kg) and max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).
seat+bag Fare: 1 piece
flexichange Fare: 1 piece
flexirefund Fare: 2 pieces
seat+bag Fare: 1 piece
theworks Fare: 1 piece*
Economy Fare: 1 piece**
worksdeluxe Fare: 2 pieces
Premium Economy Fare: 2 pieces
Business Premier Fare: 3 pieces
* For flights to Honolulu, the baggage allowance is 2 checked pieces.
** For flights to Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei, the baggage allowance is 2 checked bags. For flights departing Australia to Canada and the U.S. (excluding New York and Honolulu), the baggage allowance is 2 checked bags. Flights from Australia to New York have a baggage allowance of 1 checked bag.
Additional/Excess Baggage Fees
Additional baggage can be added to a booking online up to 3 hours before an international flight and 30 minutes before a domestic flight.
|Domestic New Zealand flights||$30 per bag|
|Flights between New Zealand and Australia/Pacific Islands (except Perth and Tahiti)||$55 per bag|
|Long-haul flights (including between New Zealand and Perth or Tahiti)||$90 per bag|
Excess Baggage Fees From New Zealand, Australia, and North America
|Departing From||Destination||Extra Bag||Over 23 KG but Under 32 KG or Oversize|
|New Zealand||Domestic New Zealand||NZ$45 per bag||NZ$20|
|To Australia and the Pacific Islands, excluding Perth, Honolulu, and Bali (Denpasar)||NZ$90 per bag||NZ$40|
|To Rest of the World||NZ$150 per bag||NZ$60|
|Australia||To New Zealand and the Pacific Islands (except from Perth)||AU$85 per bag||AU$40|
|From Perth to New Zealand||AU$140 per bag||AU$55|
|All other international destinations||AU$140 per bag||AU$55|
|Canada||All international destinations from Vancouver||CA$135 per bag||CA$55|
|U.S.||All international destinations||$110 per bag||$40|
Excess baggage charges are dependent on the exiting country.
Most sporting equipment counts as checked luggage with standard weight allowances.
Exclusions and Waivers
Koru members receive 1 additional piece of checked luggage (50 pounds/23 kg) up to a maximum of 3 pieces.
Can I Prepay for Baggage?
Air New Zealand does allow passengers the ability to prepay for luggage online or via their contact center up to 90 minutes before an international flight and up to 30 minutes before a domestic flight.
Here are the ways you can prepay:
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