The maximum connection time for unaccompanied minors is two hours between domestic flights and three hours between flights involving an international sector. Children travelling without an adult 15 years or older must meet the unaccompanied minor requirements outlined below.

Under 5 years 5 to 7 years 8 to 11 years 12 to 16 years
Same day Domestic
New Zealand journey
,
e.g. Invercargill - Christchurch - Auckland
Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor Permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor May travel alone or as an Unaccompanied Minor at parent/guardian request
One single sector international flight,
e.g. London - Los Angeles
Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor Permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor May travel alone or as an Unaccompanied Minor at parent/guardian request
One single sector international flight within the South West Pacific plus one same day Domestic New Zealand journey, e.g. Rarotonga - Auckland - Gisborne Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Must travel with an adult 15 years or older

Refer to note 1 below
Permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor May travel alone or as an Unaccompanied Minor at parent/guardian request
One single sector international flight to/from the South West Pacific plus one same day Domestic New Zealand journey, e.g. Nelson - Auckland - Hong Kong Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Must travel with an adult 15 years or older

Refer to note 1 below
Permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor May travel alone or as an Unaccompanied Minor at parent/guardian request
One single sector international flight to/from the South West Pacific plus one same day single sector international flight within the South West Pacific, e.g. Los Angeles - Auckland - Sydney Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Must travel with an adult 15 years or older

Refer to note 1 below
Permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor May travel alone or as an Unaccompanied Minor at parent/guardian request
Two single sector international flights within the South West Pacific, e.g. Sydney - Auckland - Rarotonga Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Must travel with an adult 15 years or older

Refer to note 1 below
Permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor May travel alone or as an Unaccompanied Minor at parent/guardian request
Two or more single sector international flights other than above, e.g. NZ001 London - Los Angeles connecting to NZ005 Los Angeles - Auckland or Los Angeles - Auckland - Tokyo Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Must travel with an adult 15 years or older

Refer to note 1 below
Must travel with an adult 15 years or older

Refer to note 1 below
May travel alone. Cannot travel as an Unaccompanied Minor

Refer to note 1 below
Auckland London and / or London Auckland flights travelled continuously on the same flight, e.g. NZ002  Auckland - London or NZ001 London - Auckland Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Must travel with an adult 15 years or older Must travel with an adult 15 years or older May travel alone. Cannot travel as an Unaccompanied Minor

Notes:

1. Where specified above, travel is permitted as an Unaccompanied Minor if a parent/guardian meets the child on arrival at any intermediate point(s). The child must be checked in only as far as the intermediary point, claim baggage and clear Customs (if applicable) and be handed over to the parent/guardian to check in for the next flight. The parent/guardian will need to remain in the intermediary airport until after the aircraft departs. In the case of delays or flight cancellations, the parent/guardian is responsible for the Unaccompanied Minor's care.

2. Where transits are permitted the maximum connection time for unaccompanied minors is two hours between domestic flights and three hours between flights involving an international sector.

3. The above table is for Air New Zealand operated services only.

4. Tasman and Pacific flights are services between New Zealand and Australia, Norfolk Island, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji and include the same fare rules as adult fares - see our comparison table for more information.

5. If your child is connecting to or from another carrier they will only be accepted if a parent or guardian is available to deliver and receive the child at both ends of the Air New Zealand flight. The child must be checked in for only the Air New Zealand flight, claim baggage and clear Customs (if applicable) and be handed over to the parent/guardian to check in for the next flight. The parent/guardian will need to remain in the intermediary airport until after the aircraft departs. In the case of delays or flight cancellations, the parent/guardian is responsible for the Unaccompanied Minor's care.

6. Travel as an unaccompanied minor requires additional check in procedures. To ensure you are able to complete all check in procedures prior to the final bag drop/check-in time shown on your electronic ticket we recommend you allow an additional 30mins to do so. Failure to have completed check in prior to the final bag drop/check-in time stated may result in you being unable to travel as planned. Remember to carry proof of identity (passport for international travel, please check that your passport and any visas are valid) and your e-ticket with you as Aviation Security may require you to present this when in a security area. If travelling without checked baggage you are still required to complete the additional check in procedures for travel as an unaccompanied minorTravel

Definitions:

South West Pacific - for this rule the following countries are considered part of the South West Pacific: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands.

Journey - is a Flight or a series of Flights from a point of origin to a point of destination, including Transits and Stopovers.

Sector - means an aircraft's single scheduled Flight between two different points.

Flight - means any One Way travel (without a Stopover) on an airline's scheduled air service that keeps the same flight number even if there is a change of aircraft. Travel on the same aircraft but with a Flight number change qualifies as two Flights.

See more information on children and young people travelling alone.