Flights to Houston

Watch Jess's crew tips for a happy Houston holiday - from sticky ribs to the best place to catch a sunset, she knows this Texan city inside out.

There's a lot to see, do and eat in Houston, but where do you start? Get straight to the good stuff with tips from a member of our air crew who visits the city often. Watch our video, then find our cheapest flights to Houston from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Your next holiday could be a Texan-size adventure.

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per person one way from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch

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NZL-Houston: 16 Aug - 18 Sep & 8 Oct - 12 Dec 2018, Houston-NZL: 4 Aug - 18 Sep, 23 - 30 Oct & 10 Nov - 12 Dec 2018.

^based on non-stop service ex Auckland
+$75 one way from all other Air New Zealand serviced New Zealand airports
Card payment fee may apply Fare conditions

Terms and conditions: Advertised fares are based on travel originating in New Zealand. Flight and routing restrictions may apply. Advertised Economy fares apply to Monday-Thursday departures only. Surcharges of NZ$30.00 will apply for departures on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. For airfare only bookings paid with credit, debit or charge card, a fee of $17.50 per person per one way long-haul journey applies. For airfare only bookings made through our Contact Centre a non-refundable service fee of $60.00 per person, per one way long-haul journey applies. Customers who purchase fares using Airpoints Dollars™ online will be required to pay the government and airport charges which are included in this fare by internet banking or credit card. Airport and government costs will vary and are subject to currency fluctuations. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or on all dates. Taxes on return sector will vary from those on the outbound journey. Unless otherwise stated, travel is via Air New Zealand non-stop services from Auckland to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Chicago and beyond on partner airlines.

Travel from all Air New Zealand serviced domestic airports is via Auckland. Connections from provincial New Zealand points requiring an overnight break in the journey will be at the passenger's own expense. Advertised fares to Houston and Chicago^ are based on Air New Zealand non-stop services ex Auckland, connections via Los Angeles or San Francisco available with additional costs. Advertised fares to Las Vegas, New York and Washington are based on travel via Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Premium Economy: Air New Zealand domestic flights and connecting flights will be in Economy class. Business Premier: Air New Zealand domestic flights and connecting flights may be in Economy class. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or on all dates. Prices correct as at 03 May 2018. New deals may be released at any time. All promotional offers advertised on this website are correct at time of publishing, however Air New Zealand reserves all rights to modify, amend or withdraw any promotion offer advertised at any time, without further notice. The baggage limit is 1 piece for Economy fares, 2 pieces for Premium Economy, and 3 pieces for Business Premier; not exceeding a maximum weight of 23kg (50lbs) per piece. Airpoints™ terms and conditions, General terms and conditions, Global Saver, Premium Economy, and Business Premier terms and conditions apply TTY assistance is available for deaf and hearing impaired via NZ Relay on 0800 4 711 711.

Houston highlights

Top 5 Houston crew tips from Jess

While she's been working the skies between New Zealand and the USA, Jess has developed a real passion for Houston. Here are some of her ideas for a terrific time in Texas.

Food tray, Houston, USA.

Load up with Texan BBQ!

"The only thing better than the aroma of beef brisket slow-cooking in a smoker oven is sitting down to eat it. Houston is famous for its barbecue joints and Goode Co. is one of the best examples in the city - simply line up with your tray and serve yourself some Southern goodness."

See what you can find at Discovery Green

"Discovery Green is a park with a difference. The whole idea with this huge central-city green space is to provide visitors with a glimpse of the cultural and creative things that make life in Houston unique and fun. Everything's free!"

Find a cool garden bar

"Houston's warm climate has hatched a great selection of outdoor bars. There are plenty to choose from, but my favourite is the Axelrad beer garden. It has hammocks and live music, and at night the place lights up with LEDs - like a bar in an urban fairytale."

Catch an unforgettable sunset

"Called 'Twilight Epiphany Skyspace', this phenomenal piece of art uses light, space and the sky to wow audiences seated beneath it. It's installed at Rice University in the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion and the best time to watch is at dusk. Sometimes there's music with it."

Visit when the Carnival's in town

"Houston's Carnival season starts around the end of February and runs for three weeks. There's music, livestock and all kinds of western-style events, including a BBQ contest. A massive ferris wheel called La Grande XL pops up as part of the fun."

Find the perfect place to stay

Hotel Derek Houston Galleria
Hotel Derek Houston Galleria
2525 West Loop S
fromNZD164.96
per night
Holiday Inn Houston SW - Sugar Land Area
Holiday Inn Houston SW - Sugar Land Area
11160 Southwest Freeway
fromNZD90.12
per night

More about Houston

As America's fourth largest urban centre, Houston has always been a big deal. It's widely regarded as the most restaurant-oriented city in the USA. This reputation draws in crowds of both up-and-coming and established chefs, so exceptional food comes with the territory. Between meals, you can discover American Civil War heritage, space technology, theatre, dance and a fizzing live music scene. 

What to do and where to go in Houston

As modern as it's become, Houston is a city that's steeped in history. The state of Texas has changed hands a number of times in its past and during the American Civil War it featured on both sides of the argument. History buffs will find fascinating war memorials, the most impressive of which is undoubtedly the San Jacinto Battle Monument and Museum.

The city's packed with nature, art and unforgettable food - and you can't go past NASA.

As far as entertainment's concerned, there's everything from balloon rides, kayak trips and bike trails to exploring the famous Houston Space Centre, plus some relaxed options if you prefer taking things a little slower. Get out to the beach or discover some of the huge city parks, then duck inside one of many local galleries to cool off and take in the stunning artworks.

Wherever you go in Houston, an exceptional food experience is just a tummy rumble away. While famous for its Tex-Mex flavours, this city has been expanding its culinary repertoire in recent years. You can chow down on a bao, dip into Deep South cuisine or follow your nose to an authentic barbecue restaurant where meltingly tender smokehouse meats take 24 hours to cook. Wherever your appetite leads you, you'll find that Houston's food has a lot of soul.

 

Keep exploring Houston

Essential information

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Best time to go

The most popular times to visit Houston are late winter/early spring (February through to May) and late autumn/early winter (October-November).

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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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Health

Houston is in the Zika virus zone, so take or buy mosquito repellent.

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Visas

If you're travelling on a New Zealand passport you won't need a visa, but you will need an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). More about USA entry requirements.

Cheap flights to Houston
 

Auckland (AKL) to Houston (IAH)

Flight time*

: 13h 25m

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: Non-stop

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Wellington (WLG) to Houston (IAH)

Flight time*

: 16h

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Christchurch (CHC) to Houston (IAH)

Flight time*

: 16h 45m

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Queenstown (ZQN) to Houston (IAH)

Flight time*

: 17h 35m

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*Flight times are based on the fastest route available.
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Redefining the long haul experience

Houston^

per person one way from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch

Ends midnight tonight!
Deal ends midnight tomorrow!
Deal ends midnight Sunday!
Deal ends midnight Monday!
Deal ends midnight Tuesday!
Deal ends midnight Wednesday!
Deal ends midnight Thursday!
Deal ends midnight Friday!
Deal ends midnight Saturday!
28 May 2018
NZL-Houston: 16 Aug - 18 Sep & 8 Oct - 12 Dec 2018, Houston-NZL: 4 Aug - 18 Sep, 23 - 30 Oct & 10 Nov - 12 Dec 2018.

^based on non-stop service ex Auckland
+$75 one way from all other Air New Zealand serviced New Zealand airports
Card payment fee may apply Fare conditions

Terms and conditions: Advertised fares are based on travel originating in New Zealand. Flight and routing restrictions may apply. Advertised Economy fares apply to Monday-Thursday departures only. Surcharges of NZ$30.00 will apply for departures on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. For airfare only bookings paid with credit, debit or charge card, a fee of $17.50 per person per one way long-haul journey applies. For airfare only bookings made through our Contact Centre a non-refundable service fee of $60.00 per person, per one way long-haul journey applies. Customers who purchase fares using Airpoints Dollars™ online will be required to pay the government and airport charges which are included in this fare by internet banking or credit card. Airport and government costs will vary and are subject to currency fluctuations. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or on all dates. Taxes on return sector will vary from those on the outbound journey. Unless otherwise stated, travel is via Air New Zealand non-stop services from Auckland to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Chicago and beyond on partner airlines.

Travel from all Air New Zealand serviced domestic airports is via Auckland. Connections from provincial New Zealand points requiring an overnight break in the journey will be at the passenger's own expense. Advertised fares to Houston and Chicago^ are based on Air New Zealand non-stop services ex Auckland, connections via Los Angeles or San Francisco available with additional costs. Advertised fares to Las Vegas, New York and Washington are based on travel via Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Premium Economy: Air New Zealand domestic flights and connecting flights will be in Economy class. Business Premier: Air New Zealand domestic flights and connecting flights may be in Economy class. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or on all dates. Prices correct as at 03 May 2018. New deals may be released at any time. All promotional offers advertised on this website are correct at time of publishing, however Air New Zealand reserves all rights to modify, amend or withdraw any promotion offer advertised at any time, without further notice. The baggage limit is 1 piece for Economy fares, 2 pieces for Premium Economy, and 3 pieces for Business Premier; not exceeding a maximum weight of 23kg (50lbs) per piece. Airpoints™ terms and conditions, General terms and conditions, Global Saver, Premium Economy, and Business Premier terms and conditions apply TTY assistance is available for deaf and hearing impaired via NZ Relay on 0800 4 711 711.

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