Perth

Sapphire blue ocean, porcelain white sand beaches, a picturesque wine region, rapidly developing entertainment hubs and one of the most spectacularly unspoilt coastlines in the world, Perth has it all.

Air New Zealand offers daily non-stop flights between Auckland and Perth year round, and seasonally between Christchurch and Perth operated by our 787-9 Dreamliner. The seasonal service operates twice weekly between December and April.

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A walk around Kings Park is a perfect introduction to Perth’s natural beauty. From its elevated vantage point you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the central city, colourful gardens featuring native wildflowers and the sparkling landmark that is the Swan River.

A key to Perth’s identity is the unique personalities of its various entertainment hubs.

Northbridge is a place where the arts, culture, community and knowledge come together. Showcasing local, national and international art, fashion and history, it's also a multicultural melting pot blended together with a lively mix of bars and nightclubs.

When you’re ready for a quenching beverage or ice cream, accompanied by a spectacular ocean view, Cottesloe beach is a must.

In the city, you’ll find the State Buildings - a wining, dining and retail precinct housed in 140-year old heritage buildings. The precinct is also home to COMO The Treasury; regarded one of the best new ‘city hotels’ in Australia. A short walk from here will lead you to a billion dollar waterfront development, Elizabeth Quay.

For a taste of bohemia check out Perth’s colourful port city, Fremantle. The historic Italian migrant flavour is unmissable on ‘Cappuccino strip,’ Freo’s main street. Closer to the harbour, you’ll find a number of boutique breweries and excellent seafood restaurants with soothing harbour views. It also boasts a vibrant social scene with highly popular bars, pubs, nightclubs and an arts centre that doubles as a live music venue.

When you’re ready for a quenching beverage or ice cream, accompanied by a spectacular ocean view, Cottesloe beach is a must. Kick up your heels at one of the ‘hotel’ pubs and settle in for a stunning Indian Ocean sunset.  

Scarborough is the city’s very accessible and laidback surfer haven. You’ll be treated to a quintessentially postcard perfect WA white sand beach, dotted with sunbathers, kite surfers and wave riders alike.

Outside the city, you’ll find the Margaret River wine region, located a three hour drive south of Perth. Wine lovers must sample some of the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Semillon available at the numerous winery cellar doors here. You’ll also find this area is the perfect introduction to the rest of the coastline’s numerous sheltered coves and long fine white sand beaches.

Best time to go

Perth is the sunniest state capital in a sunny country, with an average of 8.8 hours sunshine per day. December to late March is generally hot and dry but the winter months often bring rain and thunderstorms. Many people love late winter and spring in Perth when the city is green and the weather is fine.

How much will it cost

While it’s true that the mining boom drove up prices in Perth and reduced the number of low-end accommodation options, large scale investments in the Airport and the Elizabeth Quay tourism precinct are now providing much improved options and pricing for visitors. It’s expected that 2000 new hotel rooms will be available by 2018. Perth’s dining scene is exploding as well, with the city now boasting more restaurants per capita than any other Australian city.

Health

New Zealand has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia, meaning New Zealanders are entitled to some subsidised health services. This covers free treatment as a public in-patient or out-patient in a public hospital. Regardless of this, comprehensive travel insurance cover is a good idea. Vaccinations are not generally required for travel to Perth.

Visas

New Zealand citizens can enter Australia without needing to apply for a visa. When you arrive in Australia you will be issued with a Special Category Visa (SCV), which is electronically assigned to your New Zealand passport. This entitles you to stay in Australia for as long as you need to. Note that foreign citizens who are New Zealand permanent residents cannot get an SCV – they may need to apply for a visa applicable to the passport they are travelling on.