Tourism between North America and New Zealand is rapidly growing, but until now the only nonstop flights from North America have been to Auckland, on New Zealand’s more populated North Island.
Air New Zealand has been adding coverage from most US cities, including Newark starting next October, to Auckland.
However New Zealand’s rugged South Island is far more beautiful with majestic mountains, glaciers, and fjords like Milford and Doubtful Sound.
American will add 3 weekly 787-8 nonstop flights from Los Angeles to the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch. It will operate on a seasonal basis between 10/25/20-3/24/21 for New Zealand’s summer season.
American is adding seasonal 787-9 service between Dallas and Auckland starting next October as well.
You can read more in the DDF New Zealand Master Thread.
Hopefully we’ll see Air New Zealand add some of their own direct service to New Zealand’s South Island!
Is New Zealand on your bucket list?