Flights to Houston
Experience the full-on flavours of Texan hospitality in the home of space travel.
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.
Things to do in Houston
As modern as it's become, Houston is a city that's steeped in heritage. 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 Center, 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
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).
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.
Houston is in the Zika virus zone, so take or buy mosquito repellent.
Auckland (AKL) to Houston (IAH)
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**Indirect flights may also be available for this route.
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