When planning your trip to New Zealand, you’ll find many choices – different airlines, travel times, flight routes and of course, prices. While all the choices may quickly become quite confusing, you can cut through the clutter with our guide to flights to New Zealand from US to pick the best airline and flight route for your trip.
Non-stop flights to New Zealand
Only Air New Zealand offers non-stop flights to New Zealand from the continental US. United Airlines is Air New Zealand’s Star Alliance partner for flights throughout the US to connect to Air New Zealand’s west coast departures. The non-stop flights depart from both Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) International Airports.
With increasing infrequency, United offers code-share flights – flights with a United flight number that are operated by Air New Zealand – to Auckland. Flights to New Zealand operated by United connect in Australia.
Flying to Australia to get to New Zealand
United, Virgin Australia, Delta and Qantas operate 1-stop flights to New Zealand from the continental US. These flights arrive in Australia – Sydney, Brisbane or sometimes Melbourne – where you’ll connect to a shorter flight to Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown.
All these airlines operate their non-stop flights to Australia from LAX. Qantas also has a non-stop flight to Sydney from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW).
United’s flights from Australia to New Zealand are code-share flights operated by Air New Zealand. United is the only airline to use a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the flight to Australia. If jet-lag is a concern, United’s flight to Melbourne to get to New Zealand may be your best choice.
Delta’s flights to New Zealand from Australia are also code-share flights, operated by either Virgin Australia or Air New Zealand. Many of Virgin Australia’s flights from Australia to New Zealand are also operated by Air New Zealand.
American Airlines offers flights to New Zealand only as a code-share with the flights operated by Qantas. American does not operate its own flights to either New Zealand or Australia.
Qantas’ onward flights to New Zealand are operated by its New Zealand subsidiary, Jetconnect; its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar; or by its partner airline, Emirates.
Important to note: US and Canadian passport holders must have a visa to enter Australia. If your flight schedule includes a layover in Australia of more than 8 hours – or extends over 1 calendar day – you must have obtain an Australian visa before departing from home.
Stop off in Fiji to reach New Zealand
Fiji Airways flies non-stop from Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji. The airline offers connecting daily flights to Auckland and 1 flight each week, on Saturday, to Christchurch.
Flights to New Zealand connecting in Tahiti
Air Tahiti Nui flies to Auckland from LAX with a 1-stop flight, connecting in Papeete, Tahiti. While flights to Papeete operate at least once per day, the flight to Auckland currently operates only on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. This route is perfect if you’d like to combine a relaxing stay in Tahiti with your trip to New Zealand.
Fly to Hawaii for your New Zealand flight
Hawaiian Airlines began flights to Auckland from Honolulu in March 2013. The airline has non-stop flights to Honolulu from many US cities, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. You’ll be able to break-up the flight time with a tropical stop-over on your way to New Zealand if you’d like.
You can also fly by way of Honolulu with Air New Zealand. Your fight to Honolulu on will be on United connecting to a flight to Auckland on Air New Zealand.
Flying East to New Zealand
Both Etihad and Emirates offer flights to New Zealand from US cities. While this route is longer and requires more travel time, both airlines are renowned for their superb service and are consistently among the top rated airlines in the world. For an experience that is beyond the ordinary, fly east and stop-over in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia on your way to New Zealand.
Etihad flies non-stop from an increasing number of US cities to its hub in Abu Dhabi. You’ll connect there to a non-stop flight to Perth, Australia. Your journey continues with a non-stop flight from Perth to either Auckland or Christchurch on Virgin Australia.
Emirates flies non-stop from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Chicago, Toronto, Washington DC, New York and Boston to Dubai. From there, you can connect to a non-stop flight to Australia, and on to Auckland or Christchurch. Emirates also offers a code-share flight to Wellington from both Melbourne and Sydney.
Even more choices for your flights
Several Asian airlines offer non-stop flights from the US West Coast to their hubs in South Korea or China, connecting to flights to New Zealand. These flight routes require more than double the time to travel compared to either the non-stop or 1-stop flights connecting in Australia, Fiji, Tahiti or Hawaii.
Which is Best?
If you your time to enjoy New Zealand is quite limited, Air New Zealand’s non-stop flights to Auckland offer the shortest travel time. Plus, you’ll eliminate the possibility of missing a connecting flight or losing your luggage along the way. Depending on where you’d like to visit, Air New Zealand also offers the most comprehensive schedule for flights to other destinations within New Zealand.
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