Fua’amotu Airport (TBU) is located on Tongatapu, about 30 minutes from Nuku’alofa.
- Air New Zealand operates flights from Auckland five or six times each week, except Sundays.
- Virgin Australia operates twice-weekly flights between Sydney and Auckland.
- You may also fly into Fiji (Nadi and Suva) with Fiji Airways, which has flights from the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, and Samoa.
Each arriving aircraft is met by a swarm of local taxi drivers, who typically charge 50 pa’anga to Nuku’alofa. The Teta Tours mini-bus will also meet your aircraft and transport you to your hotel or guest home for a fee of ten pa’anga.
If you arrive on Saturday, be aware that there will be no stores open on Sunday, with the exception of one or two bakeries, and that your hotel may not serve meals until the evening (although some do offer a packed breakfast on Saturday evening!). So, if you don’t make meal arrangements with your accommodation for Sunday, you may go hungry!
By private boat
Because Tonga, especially Vava’u, is a popular stop on the around-the-world circuit, many visitors come by private boat.