Auckland is the next suburb from Los Angeles when you head West.
It’s not that hard. Yes, it is two islands at the end of the Earth, but really when you look at it, Auckland is the next suburb to Los Angeles when you head West by plane. If you travel from the West Coast of the United States to go to Europe, you have to spend at least as long on a plane, and you travel into time zones that inevitably lead to the dreaded “jet lag”. New Zealand is just across the date line and when you get here, yes you lose a day. Yet, when you go back, you get it all back and then some. Depending on the time of year (daylight savings time is observed on both continents) you are either 3 or 5 hours difference from the West Coast of the United States. During our high season, it is 3 hours.
All flights coming and going New Zealand leave at night, so sleep and arrive refreshed and ready to explore the beauty awaiting you
Direct flights occur at least twice an evening from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland and are roughly the same length of time. Depending on the headwinds, they can last from 12 to 13 hours long. Sit back and relax. You can expect the very best service from Air New Zealand, our preferred airline we travel on. Their direct flights to Auckland from these two cities are as painless as you can expect for modern-day travel. We then fly a brief 1 hour and 20 minute flight to beautiful and sunny Nelson. If you wish us to help you arrange private transport, we are happy to assist.