Cheap flights to New York

What's New York like?

New York is one of the world's most famous cities. It's the one that never sleeps, the one so good they named it twice and, perhaps, it's the capital of the world.

The hub of New York is Manhattan, an area of land once traded for a spice island in Indonesia. While the Dutch thought they were getting a good deal at the time, history may judge differently.

Many of New York's attractions are those we all know through film and TV. The gargantuan Central Park, the chic Fifth Avenue, Broadway and its magical shows – the list goes on and on. Food is another big part of American life, and New York has plenty of places to try its iconic pizza slices, bagels, hot dogs and cheesecake.

Which airlines fly to New York?

Because of the large distance, there are no direct flights from New Zealand to New York. From Auckland, you can get to JFK Airport with one stop at other US airports, via either Los Angeles, Honolulu or San Francisco. It's also possible to have your layover in Asia or South America – for example in Hong Kong, Santiago or Tokyo – depending on your choice of airline.

While most flights to New York include a change of airline, there are some companies that will take you all the way to the Big Apple. Among these are:

How long is the flight to New York?

Auckland to New York

19 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to New York

22 hours 30 minutes (2 stops)

Queenstown to New York

24 hours 25 minutes (3 stops)

Wellington to New York

22 hours 30 minutes (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit New York?

New York has much more variable weather than most cities in New Zealand. Its summer, which runs from June to August, tends to be 5°C warmer than Auckland's, while its winters are 10°C colder. This can lead to sweltering summer days and snowy winter nights. Spring and autumn are the mildest times, and they also tend not to coincide with local holidays, giving travellers favourable deals on accommodation and flights.

Do I need a visa for New York?

Yes. All New Zealand visitors need a visa or visa waiver, such as an ESTA, to visit the United States. You can apply for an ESTA online. This costs US$14 and is good for 2 years.

How expensive is New York?

New York is very expensive in some regards – such as accommodation and fine dining – but very cheap in others. A plethora of fast food options makes it easier to get a cheap meal, while alcohol and public transport are also cheaper than in most NZ cities.

Arriving in New York

New York is served by 3 airports:

The majority of flights from New Zealand land at JFK Airport. This is 25km south-east of Manhattan's Midtown. You can get there by bus, train or subway, but perhaps the easiest option is to hail a taxi. From the airport this costs a flat fee of US$52, but this doesn't include tips or tolls.

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Please note: all information is correct as of April, 2018.

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Frequently asked questions

There are 4 airports in New York: New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, New York LaGuardia, and Stewart International.
Gulf Air, Oman Air, Air Belgium, Norwegian, GOL Linhas Aéreas, GoJet Airlines, Azul Airlines and Azerbaijan Airlines all fly direct to New York.
The cheapest month to fly to New York is March.

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