Starting December 2015 Air New Zealand will fly directly between Auckland and Buenos Aires about three times a week. This will be the first time the airline has touched down in South America.

“South America was once the domain of the intrepid explorer, but the direct service to Buenos Aires, with a flight time of around 12 hours, means a quick and action packed getaway is now a reality.” said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Luxon.

“Buenos Aires is the most popular tourist city in South America and is a perfect stepping stone for those who then want to explore the country, or continent, further.”

Air New Zealand will be code-sharing the route with Aerolíneas Argentinas, subject to obtaining regulatory approvals. Flights for the new route will go on sale from March 2015.

So, bags packed? Ready to fly? South America, here we come!