For information on the airlines that offer cheap flights to Chile, have a look at our international airline page.
Flights from New Zealand to Chile will disembark at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL).
Chile is a long snippet (4,300 kilometres) of South America wedged between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Before the Spanish landed in the 16th century, the Incas (whose archaeological relics can be found today) ruled the north and the indigenous Araucanians made their home in Chile's central and southern regions.
Given Chile's ribbon-like shape, you'll find deserts, forests and fjords all in the one country. The Atacama, touted as the world's driest dessert, is tucked in the north, along with archealogical ruins and Andean highlands. Central Chile enjoys a Mediterranean climate; here you'll find Santiago, top ski resorts and vineyards. The far south has Western Patagonian lakes, forests and ice caps. Also in Chilean territory is the far-flung, mysterious Easter Island.
Wondering where to go once you step off the plane? Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when narrowing your itinerary not your fun:
- Take a walking tour of Santiago to get the real local flavour of the city from a guide
- Savour a savignon or shiraz on a wine country tour
- Hike the icy reaches of Western Patagonia
- Surf up a storm at Pichilemu
- Who could visit Argentina and not contemplate a trek through the Andes?
Book a flight to Chile if your travel bug just slipped into overdrive, or give Flight Centre a call on 0800 24 35 44 to talk holidays.