While a stunning coastline and 300 days of sunshine will draw you here, the chance to experience amazing adventures in the hinterland will have you lingering longer.
Just a few movie-filled hours from Auckland, the Sunshine Coast delivers wave after wave of holiday happiness. Having fun and enjoying the sunshine might be your top priorities, however amazing food experiences and the glorious hinterland scenery will make you want to stretch your stay.
The Glass House Mountains
In 2018, you can fly non-stop from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) from 6 July to 28 October with Air New Zealand and land right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. At other times of the year, you can fly non-stop to Brisbane and enjoy a leisurely one-hour drive north to Caloundra or around 90 minutes to Noosa Heads. The average Auckland to Sunshine Coast flight is just under four hours, while the Auckland to Brisbane flight is about three hours and 45 minutes.
For many New Zealanders, the Sunshine Coast is now a ‘second home’ because our warm climate and laid-back beach culture makes it a very attractive alternative to their chilly winters. A rich calendar of events and a wide range of attractions means the Sunshine Coast offers plenty of reasons for New Zealanders to visit the Sunshine Coast at any time of the year.
Where to stay:
The Sunshine Coast boasts a wide choice of accommodation options with everything from 4.5 star resorts perfectly located close to some of Australia’s best beaches, to luxury hinterland cottages where you can relax and listen to native Australian birds and enjoy fresh paddock-to-plate meals from award-winning restaurants. Check out these amazing accommodation options.
What to do:
Beaches, hiking, surfing, fresh local food and world-class events, the Sunshine Coast has it all! The only thing more refreshing than the water is the lifestyle. With its sunshine, endless coastline, lush rainforests and easy smiles - it’s a place where you’ll feel like a local from the moment you arrive. Find out more about our exciting experiences and encounters.
Places to see:
From stunning beaches to iconic mountain landscapes, the Sunshine Coast is a region rich in diversity. Experience our friendly, laid-back beachside culture, taste fresh local produce and explore some of the most beautiful regions of Australia. Discover the best places to see on the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast delivers a vibrant calendar of world class events combining the best of the destination's relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty. There's something for everyone! World class sporting events, food festivals, gardening expos, arts and crafts fairs, classical and popular music concerts, and even craft beer festival! Take a look at our amazing calendar of events.
Looking for information about the weather, car hire or local transport? Check out our handy Visitor Information Guide.
Flights with Air New Zealand:
For more information about flights, visit the Air New Zealand website.