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Find cheap flights from San Francisco to New Zealand from $634

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Auckland
Auckland1 stop$1,338
Christchurch
Christchurch1 stop$1,426
Wellington
Wellington2 stops$1,869
Queenstown
Queenstown2 stops$1,726
Nelson
Nelson3 stops$1,925
Dunedin
Dunedin2 stops$2,082
Invercargill
Invercargill2 stops$2,885
Tauranga
Tauranga1 stop$2,112
Hamilton
Hamilton2 stops$3,248
Blenheim
Blenheim2 stops$2,218

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Flight from San Francisco to Auckland

FAQs - booking New Zealand flights

  • How do I get from Auckland International Airport to the city center?

    The public bus and train offer transportation from the airport to the heart of the city. Catch the Airport Link shuttle to the train station to take the rail anywhere in Auckland. It picks up passengers outside of the international terminal. The bus also goes from the airport to Auckland. It picks up at the same spot as the Airport Link Shuttle.

  • Can I exchange currency at the New Zealand airports?

    At many of the New Zealand airports, including Auckland and Wellington Airport, you can exchange your US dollars for the NZ dollar and vice versa. The easiest way to do it is at one of the Travelex (or currency exchange) stores. At Wellington, the Travelex is by the food court, and in Auckland, you'll find this service on the ground floor by the check-in area. There are also self-service ATM machines around both airports.

  • What airport in New Zealand should I fly into?

    There are numerous beautiful islands that you can visit during your vacation to New Zealand. If you're visiting the South Island or Glacier Country, you should fly to Hokitika Airport (HKK). The North Island, home to many seaside resorts, is closest to Auckland Airport. If you're visiting the Bay of Islands, you should fly to Kerikeri Airport (KKE).

  • Where is long-term parking at the San Francisco Airport?

    You'll have the option of parking your vehicle in either the long-term parking garage or the outdoor lot. If you are driving yourself to the airport, be sure to allow for time to take the shuttle from the parking structure to the airport. Parking can be reached via Highway 101 and South Bruno Avenue.

  • Can I rent a car at the airport in New Zealand?

    Car rental agencies have offices at the largest airports in New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington Airport (WLG), Queenstown Airport (ZQN) and Christchurch Airport (CHC). Smaller airports, such as Hokitika, Dunedin, and Nelson Airport, also have car rental suppliers at the facilities. You'll recognize many of the car rental brands as most have subsidiaries in the United States.

  • How does KAYAK find such low prices on flights from San Francisco to New Zealand?

    KAYAK is a travel search engine. That means we look across the web to find the best prices we can find for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights from San Francisco to New Zealand.

  • How does KAYAK's flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy my flight ticket from San Francisco to New Zealand?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a flight to New Zealand from San Francisco is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.

  • What is the Hacker Fare option on flights from San Francisco to New Zealand?

    Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional return ticket. You could then fly to New Zealand with an airline and back to San Francisco with another airline.

  • What is KAYAK's "flexible dates" feature and why should I care when looking for a flight from San Francisco to New Zealand?

    Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to New Zealand from San Francisco up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to New Zealand

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found tickets from San Francisco to the following destinations at these prices or less: Auckland $882 one-way - $1,793 round-trip
  • On average*, there is no price difference when choosing to fly in the morning or the evening on this flight route.
  • There are several airports in New Zealand. The largest of these is Auckland International Airport (AKL) on the North Island of New Zealand.
  • While you're waiting on your flight to leave San Francisco Airport (SFO), you can visit the SFO Museum where you can watch videos or look at artwork and photography.
  • The San Francisco Airport has numerous lounges where you can relax or grab a bite to eat before your departure. This includes airlines that fly to New Zealand, such as Alaska and United Airlines.
  • Flights from San Francisco (SFO) to anywhere in New Zealand will require at least one plane change. Your layover could be in the United States at Los Angeles Airport or in another country, such as Sydney, Australia or Nadi, Fiji.
  • Most travelers prefer using SFO to other airports in the area due to its accessibility. A one-way train ride to SFO should cost approximately $9.
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*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

Top 4 airlines serving from San Francisco to New Zealand

 
Need help choosing which airline to fly with from San Francisco to New Zealand? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to verified KAYAK customer reviews.
8.2
Air New ZealandOverall score based on 617 reviews
7.9Entertainment
7.6Food
8.4Boarding
8.8Crew
8.1Comfort
Airline reviews

Short flight so no entertainment, turbulence so no food service - overall flight as expected

8.0 ExcellentMichelle, Apr 2024NPL - AKL
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Short flight so no entertainment, turbulence so no food service - overall flight as expected

Great meal. Best seats ever! They need to teach other airlines how to do that.

Overall excellent but the Captain kept the seat belt sign on for far too long, especially at the beginning and end of the flight. It was 2 hours after take-off before the crew were able to start the service (on an 11 hour night flight, reducing our sleeping time) and the seat belt sign on went on during breakfast (90 mins before landing) and was not turned off again until we landed. This made for an uncomfortable journey of trying to limit fluid intake because it was unclear when the toilets would be available for use.

Food was not good. We asked for Muslim food and it was weird tasteless type of boiled veges.

Crew were pleasant, happy to be there and were a joy to be around. Entire operation was professional, well thought out and ran like a Swiss clock.

United flight from SFO to PDX was cancelled. I will ask for a refund. Had to book on Alaska

They announced food service but then never came around. We also couldn’t land so kept trying to get to runway and then had to come up and go around happened like 3 times and cause the child next to me to start throwing up

There was a snafu with confirming seats at check which left us in limbo for the second leg of our trip. I believe the ANZ app is not well integrated with the systems at the terminal resulting in this disconcerting error.

The pilot tried to make up for lost time due to delays that were out of her control. She communicated the issues openly and clearly and made every effort to do what she could to alleviate issues.

Flight attendants are always pleasant and helpful. Pilot kept us updated.

We had an awesome flight attendant who came by and made sure we were okay. Checked on us often and even shared some snacks that she had brought on, like edamame with chili and garlic seasoning. Yummy!

Overall good experience. I'm just over 6ft with long legs and legroom could be better, but is on par with other airlines. Only real negative was turbulence but that's not the airlines fault.

We were not given the seats we reserved. But helpful attendant at gate gave us very nice seats.

Having movies helps past time I wish going Vegas had something

First flight got cancelled. Got booked for another flight departing 3.5 hours later which ended up being 1hr delayed... The flight was good when we finally ended up flying.

Very friendly und helpful crew. Looking forward for some more flights in

My husband and I had to split seats and I did not like to seat at the window.

The flight was very smooth and comfortable. The entire flight crew was very professional and provided excellent service. Thank you.

Very smooth flight, great landing- entertainment didn’t work so well

Pilot and first officer did really an amazing job. I can best discribe their flying as finesse. Inital service with food/beverages was great, however after that the crew just kind of packed it in and were sitting in the galleys chatting for the remainder of the flight. I wanted a bottle of water, went to the mid plane galley, was told they were only available in the back, so had to walk the length of the plane just to get a bottle of water. That was a new experience on an airplane for me. Pretty sure evem Spirit will bring you the bottle of water you are paying for. Seat was comfy, magazine worth the read. Entertainment nonexistant unless you want to pop for the $4 headphones.

Business class Seats on the A350 from Nan to YVR were wonderful. The flight crew was okay but could do with better training. Toilets were clean but ran out of paper towels towards the end of the flight. The food/menu and the wine offered really needs considerable improvement. Dinner options were either Bolani, a beef sandwich (even this could be made much better), or paneer butter masala. Unfortunately, if you are not a fan of Fijian food, there isn’t much choice. Dessert was either turmeric ice cream or fruits but unfortunately, they were out of fruit! So the only option was turmeric ice cream. I’m not certain how many passengers like turmeric but I am not one of them. They need to cater to a more diverse group of people. Perhaps they need a new chef? The movies& tv shows were mostly older so I didn’t find that interesting either. It was however, fun to view the plane’s exterior cameras as we take off and land. The best thing about this flight are the business class seats.

Comfortable as one can get in Economy, food was very good, staff were super friendly & efficient.

Really liked the plane and business class seat. Food was ok but could be better. Service was very good.

Better connections, much better cabin crew, much cleaner cabin that Qantas, American and probably other carriers.

Better connections, much better cabin crews, much cleaner aircraft than Qantas, American and probably others.

Fiji left without me because American Airlines was too stupid to get to LAX on time. Fiji should have offered a standby on another flight but they told me tough luck. I will never fly with this company again.

The A350 aircraft business class experience was very good. Comfortable and well appointed pod, and supplemental bed pad available for sleeping. Food was very good.

Business class seats and amenities were excellent, crew very attentive. Slept well. Food good, lounge experience nice. Would fly them again. A350 aircraft excellent, very quiet.

The flight attendants were extremely friendly and helpful. Everything ran on time. I highly recommend Fiji Airways.

The experience was lovely in every respect. The crews were delightful.

Hated every minute of it. This flight should have only taken 1.5hrs but was delayed over 10hours. Now I am being told I cannot be compensated or refunded my ticket price or extra leg room, which I purchased but did not receive, because the airline is throwing the blame on the 3rd party I purchased tickets through and 3rd party putting the blame on airline. No one wants to help. They received their money and that's all they care about. Im going on 3 days of still trying to get to my final destination, had to cancel car rental, car insurance and hotel. Currently staying in airport until hotels open up. Thank you Lufthansa, Kayak, Underpricer and United for making this trip the worst ever.

Crew was great and did their best to make us comfortable and captain came out at the beginning to announce why the flight was delayed, weather situation up ahead, and kept us updated throughout the flight.

United WiFi is consistently unusable (it can take 10 mins to load a single web page). If you need Wifi to do work, be prepared to lose half a day of productivity.

Awful. I got stuck next to a person carrying a dog and behind someone with a dog. People need to board these dogs downstairs. The cabin is crowded enough with your pets

Packed in like sardines, very uncomfortable. Sitting the aisle my shoulder was rammed into numerous times by rushing flight attendants. Also flight was very cold.

Beverage and food services are excellent. We enjoy paying the extra for economy plus for the 3 inches more leg room to be exact.

Flight was delayed by 3 hours. The pilot made up 1 hour during the flight, but that made the wait at the airport 5 hours once you factor getting there 2 hours early.

Airline did not explain reasons why flight was delayed two hours. Explanations were badly needed and rarely provided. Problem seemed to clearly be the airline’s fault and not the fault of the weather or airport.

Very uncomfortable seats and seat backs, and I am only 5’9”. Delayed due to crew issues, spent a long time with no ventilation. Teeny overhead bins. Wifi worked well. Arrived safely.

I was delighted that we were able to get on the 4:40 pm flight rather than our original booking at 6:55 pm!! Other than that, the flight was comfortable and landed early😊

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