Flying with children
Infant and child fares
An infant under the age of 2 years travels for free on domestic flights within New Zealand and pays 10% of the adult fare on international flights. In both cases the infant is not allocated a seat and must be held by an accompanying adult who is 15 years or older. Only one infant per adult is allowed to be held. On Air New Zealand operated flights a second infant can travel in a seat, paying the fare a child would pay on that flight, if you provide an approved car seat or CARES child restraint system.
Child fares are for people aged 2 to 11 years inclusive. There are no child fares on NZ domestic or Tasman and Pacific flights. On our long haul flights, except for Business class, child fares are available at 75% of the adult fare. For children travelling by themselves refer to our Children travelling alone page.
On international flights our Boeing 777-200, 777-300, and 787-9 aircraft may offer seats with bassinets that are:
- Designed for infants up to 8 months old and 11.8kg (26lb)
- Made up with sheets, a pillow and blankets
- 73.66cm (29in) long and 34.29cm (13.5in) wide
If you’re booking online, just select a seat with a bassinet icon from the bassinet row. Not all seats in this row have bassinets, so please select carefully. You’ll be asked to confirm the infant will meet the age and weight limits when they fly. If it turns out they don’t, you may be asked to move and will not receive a refund on any seat select fee.
If you are travelling with an infant aged between 8 and 15 months who does not weigh more than 11.8kg (26lb), we may be able to allocate you a bassinet seat when you check in.
This information is for flights operated by Air New Zealand only. For our codeshare and partner flights, including Air New Zealand 7000 fights operated by Virgin Australia, please check with the operating airline.
Forward or rear-facing car seats can be used to restrain children up to 7 years provided the seat is:
- Designed for the child’s weight
- Equipped with a built-in restraint system
- Approved for use in a motor vehicle
- In good, safe working condition
- Not wider than 43cm (17in)
- Not higher than 48cm (19in) for rear facing or 65cm (25.5in for forward facing)