Air New Zealand has a fairly standard baggage policy, with reasonable charges for extra checked luggage booked online up to 3 hours 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 10 kg (22 lb).
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
flexitime Fare: 1 piece
Smart Saver Fare: 1 piece
flexidate 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
Business Fare: 3 pieces
*For flights to Honolulu, the baggage allowance is two checked pieces.
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.
|Flights||1st extra bag ||2nd extra bag |
|Domestic New Zealand Flights||$54||$45|
|Flights to/from Australia and the Pacific, except Perth, Honolulu, and Bali (Denpasar)||$113||$80|
Excess baggage fees from the Americas and Europe
|Departing from||Destination||1st extra bag ||2nd extra bag ||3+ extra bags||Overweight (23 – 32 kg)|
|Argentina||All international destinations||$180||$400||$660||$180|
|Canada||All international destinations from Vancouver||CAD $240||CAD $520||CAD $850||CAD $240|
|United States||All international destinations||$180||$400||$660||$180|
|United Kingdom||All international destinations from Heathrow||£130||£290||£470||£130|
Excess baggage charges are dependent on the exiting country. View the full list of charges here.
Most sporting equipment counts as checked luggage with standard weight allowances. Check excess baggage charges for more details.
Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?
Air New Zealand does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or via their contact center up to 3 hours before an international flight and up to 30 minutes before a domestic flight.
Here are the ways you can pre-pay:
Recommended Cards That Reimburse Your Baggage Fees:
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Exclusions & Waivers
Koru members receive 1 additional piece of checked luggage (50 pounds / 23 kg) up to a maximum of 3 pieces.
To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.
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