I'm currently planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand with my fiancee, and specifically I'm trying to decide how much time to budget for the "airport stuff" before our flights. Specifically, we have...
- A flight from Cairns, AU to Christchurch, NZ (Qantas)
- A flight from Queenstown, NZ to Wellington, NZ (Air New Zealand)
- A flight from Auckland, NZ back to LA (by way of Hawaii) (Hawaiian Airlines)
Growing up in Dallas and Los Angeles, I was always taught to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight takes off. But this is my first international trip (as an adult at least), and it occurred to me that airports in Australia or New Zealand might have different policies/systems that take different amounts of time, or might simply be more or less efficient (like DFW vs LAX), or that international flights might take longer to check into. (For example, some of my non-American friends complain about American airports, implying that other countries' airports may be more efficient as a rule.)
Is the "2 hour" rule fairly applicable in these sorts of situations, or should I budget more (or less) time for international and domestic flights in Australia and New Zealand?