The South's got Soul
Access to the Southern States
Houston is the perfect gateway into the heart of the American South.
Delight in the culture of Tennessee by experiencing the distinctive country-music melodies of Nashville, or cross the state and take a pilgrimage to Memphis to visit Elvis Presley’s celebrated Graceland home.
Further south, New Orleans is a jazz lovers mecca, known for its live music and spicy cuisine - it’s a melting pot of American, French and African influence which is sure to delight visitors of all ages.
Florida – the Sunshine State
If a relaxed vibe is more your style, head to Florida and check out the hundreds of kilometres of beaches, which will leave you in no doubt why Florida has earned its “Sunshine State” nickname.
Orlando is home to more than a dozen theme parks including Walt Disney World, Seaworld, Magic Kingdom and Universal Orlando which includes the unique Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is easily enough fun to keep the whole family entertained.
For couples and explorers The Orlando Eye complex is an exciting new dining, and shopping mecca. There are plenty of live shows on in Orlando and a visit to SAK Comedy Lab is a must see for a great night of entertainment. Music lovers can treat themselves to the distinct sounds at BB King’s Blues Club in the International Drive district.
Miami is a popular holiday spot, known for its famous beaches, shopping, architecture and nightlife.
Soak up the sun and sand in South Beach, America’s renowned party beach. While there, sample some culture by taking a stroll through the historic Art Deco district.
Another must see is Little Havana where you'll experience the region's distinct Cuban influence. From cigar shops to restaurants, this vibrant neighbourhood introduces you to Miami's multicultural side. If you happen to be visiting on the last Friday of the month, Little Havana hosts Vernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays, a visual showcase of the cultural arts scene of the area.
Miami is also a popular base to set off on a rejuvenating Caribbean cruise.
East Coast, City Life
With our new service to Houston, you can now fly the shortest route from New Zealand to the dazzling East Coast metropolises of New York and Chicago.
America's celebrated “Big Apple” delivers so many iconic landmarks, it may seem daunting knowing just where to begin.
No visit to New York is complete without boarding the Staten Island ferry to behold The Statue of Liberty, a striking sight looking out across New York Harbour from her stately home on Liberty Island. Next up, take a stroll through Central Park, visit icons from Sex and the City filming locations or simply take time to stand in historical spots such as Wall St, Broadway, Times Square and the sombre site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum will be a treat for culture lovers while the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building are a must see on any architecture buffs’ itinerary.
There’s something for everyone with the best in sporting events, fashion, entertainment and food also on call.
Chicago, the third largest City in the United States is a hotspot for design, architecture and history as well as comedy, jazz and blues. A vibrant city atmosphere showcases a wealth of iconic building, best in class museums and galleries.
Sitting alongside Lake Michigan, Chicago is a picturesque city, offering expansive water views from many lakefront locations. Navy Pier is Chicago’s most visited attraction and, like many famous American piers it sports an impressive Ferris wheel from which to gaze over the city as well as several restaurants, a beer garden and an IMAX theatre.
No visit to Chicago will be complete without a visit to Millenium Park to see ‘the bean’. Formally named Cloud Gate, this gigantic silver curved sculpture is a photographer's dream as the many mirrored sides reflect the city skyline.
Houston Texas, America’s fourth-largest city - offers world-class southern dining, vibrant nightlife, a broad range of accommodation options and the best of American shopping making it a fantastic holiday choice for those looking to discover authentic American culture and hospitality.
Enjoy visiting a diverse range of local attractions including the Lyndon. B Johnson NASA Space Centre, the Houston Zoo, Downtown Aquarium as well as the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Shopping aficionados will find all the major American department stores and chains, including Macy’s, Saks, mega outlet malls and the finest of Texas western wear at Cavender’s Boot City, the Texas Junk Company and Pinto Ranch.
Air New Zealand flights arrive and depart from Terminal D at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). All five airport terminals are connected by an automated people-mover and underground train system, making transiting to connecting flights easy.
With Downtown Houston 32 kilometres away, there are several transport options to get between the airport and city including the public metro bus system, taxis and shuttles. Some accommodation providers provide courtesy vans so check when booking.
With average temperatures of 30°C - 34°C in the summer and 17°C - 22°C in winter, Houston offers a temperate climate with plenty of sunshine hours for visitors.
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Major Houston events include the renowned Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March, the Houston International Festival each April and their signature annual Independence Day celebration, Freedom Over Texas in July.