Add New Zealand to your travel list for 2020.
Starting next October, American Airlines will be the only airline to offer nonstop flights three times a week from Los Angeles to Christchurch Airport. The comfortable 13-hour flight will be available October 2020 through March 2021 using its Boeing 787-8 planes.
Not in Los Angeles? The airline also plans to offer a new direct service from Dallas to Auckland Airport, which according to the press release will “enable new one-stop connections to New Zealand from more than 70 cities across the United States.”
Planning Your New Zealand 2020 Trip
Once in Christchurch, you can visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the Cardboard Cathedral. You can also take scenic TranzAlpine Train rides to Greymouth and Picton.
More attractions are on the north island, so plan a shorter flight to Auckland from Christchurch. These flights usually cost less than $200 and take less than two hours. From there, you will have many of New Zealand’s attractions to check out, like the infamous Shire from The Lord of the Rings series.
You definitely don’t want to miss the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where the cave’s walls are gloriously illuminated by New Zealand’s unique glowworms. Technically, Hamilton Airport is closer to these two attractions, but flights can be more costly than a connection to Auckland.
And how often are you going to be on this side of the world? You might as well extend your trip to include a few days in Sydney, Australia.
As Bilbo Baggins said, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door… there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” But you have to take that first step to experience the worthwhile adventures of your life.
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