Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.
From 1 October 2019, visitors from visa-waiver countries this includes France, Spain and Italy must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to coming to New Zealand.
For details please review the below website.
Caroline and Johan Herault at your request are able to help with your travel formalites.
Airports to Fly Into
Your arrival destination in New Zealand, South Island will be Christchurch airport.
Herault Safaris strongly recommends that visitors to NZ have current medical and travel insurance.
Flights from France
It's not possible to take direct flights from France to New Zealand, but you can get to Paris with just 1 stop when you fly with:
• Air New Zealand (connecting with other airlines) • Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong) • Emirates (via Dubai) • Qatar Airways (via Doha) • Thai Airways (via Bangkok)
Fastest one-stop flight between Christchurch and Paris takes close to 31 hours. Waiting time at intermediate airports could be anywhere between 1 hour to 22 hours.
Flights from USA
Air New Zealand has direct flights from San Francisco, LA, and Houston into Auckland which is an overnight 12-hour flight. They also have direct flights from Chicago to Auckland which is an overnight 16-hour flight. Flight time from Auckland to Christchurch is 1 hour 25 minutes. Distance from Auckland to Christchurch is approximately 740 kilometers.
Airlines to book flight’s
Air New Zealand is NZ leading aviation company which is party of the Star Alliance members airlines. We recommend flying with any of the 26-star alliance airlines when travelling to New Zealand. Star Alliance connecting partners allows you to fly in and out of 1,300 airports around the world that can carry you to NZ, Christchurch airport.
To plan your journey please visit
Upon request Herault Safaris will collect and drop you off at Christchurch International Airport and drive you to the lodge, in comfortable 4WD vehicle. We will also drive you into the estate and around the estate and upon request arrange a helicopter flight.
Next you will be driven 1 hour 45 minutes to your chosen accommodation, which is located a 45-minute drive from the Safari Park or a 15-minute helicopter flight.
Christchurch International Airport to Peel Forrest:
1 h 44 min (133 km) via SH 1 – state highway one Christchurch International Airport 30 Durey Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
Take Durey Rd to SH 1 in Burnside 5 min (1.4 km)
Follow SH 1 to Delamaine St in Hinds 1 h 19 min (100 km)
Take Hinds Arundel Rd to Peel Forest Rd in Peel Forest 23 min (31.0 km) Peel Forest New Zealand