Discover San Francisco

The city by the bay is ready to charm you with antique trams, flower-child neighborhoods and enthralling fresh-air adventures.

Air New Zealand flies non-stop from Auckland to San Francisco. Domestic connections are available from Air New Zealand serviced airports. For the most up to date information on the schedule please view via the book your trip functionality.

San Francisco delivers a double whammy - a city full of character and a bay full of scenery. On any day you can mix urban art and culture experiences with harbour-scented adventures, like a boat trip to Alcatraz or a bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. In around your exploits, revel in San Fran's fantastic food scene – taquerias, food markets, seafood bistros, organic cafes, find dining and much more.

You'll also love how San Francisco is on the doorstep of Northern California - Sonoma Valley, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz are all potential add-ons to your remarkable 'Frisco adventure.

Where to go and what to see in San Francisco

A guy called Joe Flower said "Money lives in New York, power sits in Washington, freedom sips cappuccino in a sidewalk café in San Francisco". In this city you can follow your passions and chase experiences that you'll find nowhere else. Become an urban hiker or explore the waterfront by kayak, bike over the Golden Gate Bridge or count sea lions at Pier 39. San Francisco's a metropolis packed with surprises.

Napa Valley, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz are all potential add-ons to your remarkable 'Frisco adventure.

San Francisco has one of the most exciting food and wine scenes in the USA. Fresh ingredients grow year-round in the counties surrounding the city, wine flows in from the 400+ wineries to the north and recipe inspiration comes from the super-diversity of cultures that have made San Fran home. Soft garlic pretzels with French onion soup, ice cream with snickerdoodle pieces, shrimp and grits, grilled albondigas (meatballs), salumi misti, yakitori, cioppino…you name it, San Francisco serves it.


Essential information

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Best time to go

Any time is a good time to visit San Francisco, but the best weather happens during spring and autumn.

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How much will it cost?

Not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about USD $150 to $200 a day per person for food and entertainment.

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