Travelers going from the USA to New Zealand can choose from several airports, both in the US and in New Zealand, though most flights end up passing through California. The cheapest flights from the USA to New Zealand tend to land in Auckland, though you can also fly into Wellington and Christchurch. If your final destination is another area in New Zealand, it is generally cheaper to fly into Auckland and then catch an internal flight to your city.

Airport choices

Flights from the West Coast of the US to New Zealand will be cheaper than those from the South or East. You’ll also have the option of a direct flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco.

The main international airport in New Zealand is the Auckland Airport, though international flights also arrive at Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, and Rotorua. Flying into Auckland tends to be cheaper than flying into a smaller airport and several low-cost carriers make it easy to make the connection to your final destination.

When flying out of USA there are also  plenty of airports to choose from, though only Los Angeles and San Francisco offer direct flights. Connecting flights are available from many other major American cities, though flights that originate in smaller airports may be more expensive than those that start from a larger hub.

Best airline choices

Direct flights to New Zealand from LAX and SFO are offered by:

  • Air New Zealand
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Australia
  • Quantas

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights to New Zealand vary slightly according to the season, with the highest prices being offered around the holidays, when tickets can range from $1000-$1500 or more per person. During off-peak times, you can find cheap tickets from USA to New Zealand for as little as $650-$900 per person.

Money saving tips

Check websites like Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but remember that not all of them list the low-cost carriers and it may be cheaper for you to fly into a major hub like Auckland and then take an internal flight on a low-cost carrier to your final destination. Compare the prices you find on these sites to prices available on the websites of individual budget carriers – sometimes the prices are a bit lower when you book directly with the airlines. For flying within the country, Air New Zealand covers the country from Auckland at reasonable prices.