Flights to Houston

From every angle, the south’s got soul. You can taste it in the food, hear it in the music and feel it in the history.

A Houston holiday is larger than life and more soulful than a Willie Nelson ballad. It goes straight for your tastebuds, with BBQ food that knocks your socks off. It gives your mind something to chew on at Discovery Green and Space Center. And it lets you relax and unwind in twinkly night-time beer gardens, where the soundtrack is as chilled as the pilsner. 

Houston’s also handy to some of the south’s other big drawcards, like San Antonio, Austin and New Orleans. You can even use Houston as the launch pad for a road trip that goes all the way to Chicago.

Houston

per person one way from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

1 July 2019
Economy: 12 Aug - 19 Sep, (9 - 20 Oct valid on outbound flights from NZ only) & 21 Oct - 27 Nov 2019.
Premium Economy: 15 Jul - 2 Aug valid on outbound flights from NZ only & 3 Aug - 19 Sep 2019. Add +$200 one way for travel on 26 Sep - 7 Oct, (8 - 19 Oct valid on outbound flights from NZ only) & 20 Oct - 9 Dec 2019.
Business Premier™ : 22 Jul - 23 Sep, (24 Sep - 26 Oct valid on outbound flights from NZ only) & 11 Nov - 1 Dec 2019.
An additional $30 one way applies for Economy travel from NZ on a Fri - Sun and to NZ on a Thu - Sat. Add +$75 each way to connect from your nearest Air NZ serviced domestic airport.
Card payment fee may apply Fare conditions

Terms and conditions: *$75 domestic connections are not available for travel Singapore in Premium Economy & Business Premier and travel to Australia. Advertised fares are based on travel originating in New Zealand. For airfare only bookings paid with credit, debit or charge card, a fee of $6 per person per one way Australia and Pacific Island journey, $12 per person per one way Bali journey and $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 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. Taxes on return sector will vary from those on the outbound journey. Travel is via Air New Zealand operated non-stop services ex Auckland to Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Buenos Aires & Vancouver. Flights to New Caledonia, Tahiti, Singapore, San Francisco or Hong Kong may be operated by partner airlines. Non-stop flights to Seoul commence on 23 November 2019, travel prior to this is via Taipei and beyond on partner airlines. Fares to beyond USA, South America and Canada destinations are available at an additional cost. Travel ex Wellington or Christchurch is via Auckland on Air New Zealand domestic flights. Connections from provincial New Zealand points requiring an overnight break in the journey will be at the passenger's own expense. Flight and routing restrictions may apply. For travel to Australia, an additional $10 per one-way journey will apply for Economy class travel from NZ-AU on Thursday-Friday and from AU-NZ on Sunday-Monday with the exception of Auckland-Cairns, Auckland-Sunshine Coast, Christchurch-Gold Coast, Wellington-Melbourne and any routes which include these non-stop services. For travel to the Islands: an additional $10 per person per one way journey will apply for travel on Friday-Sunday in both directions. For travel to Asia, Vancouver & The UK & Europe, an additional $30 per one-way journey will apply for Economy class travel Friday-Sunday in both directions. For travel to the USA, an additional $30 per one-way journey will apply for Economy class travel from NZ to USA: Friday-Sunday and from USA-NZ: Thursday-Saturday. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or on all dates. Prices correct as at 20 June 2019. Offer is valid for new bookings only. New deals may be released at any time.

Cancellation/changes: Air New Zealand's conditions of carriage, general terms and conditions, long haul fare rules, Aussie Smart Saver fare rules, Islands Smart Saver fare rules and Airpoints™ terms & conditions apply. See further baggage information. 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. 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."

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Where to go and what to see in Houston

While it looks glittery and contemporary, 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.

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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Wellington (WLG) to Houston (IAH)

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: 16h

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Christchurch (CHC) to Houston (IAH)

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: 16h 45m

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Queenstown (ZQN) to Houston (IAH)

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: 17h 35m

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*Flight times are based on the fastest route available.
**Indirect flights may also be available for this route.

Redefining the long haul experience

Houston

per person one way from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

1 July 2019
Economy: 12 Aug - 19 Sep, (9 - 20 Oct valid on outbound flights from NZ only) & 21 Oct - 27 Nov 2019.
Premium Economy: 15 Jul - 2 Aug valid on outbound flights from NZ only & 3 Aug - 19 Sep 2019. Add +$200 one way for travel on 26 Sep - 7 Oct, (8 - 19 Oct valid on outbound flights from NZ only) & 20 Oct - 9 Dec 2019.
Business Premier™ : 22 Jul - 23 Sep, (24 Sep - 26 Oct valid on outbound flights from NZ only) & 11 Nov - 1 Dec 2019.
An additional $30 one way applies for Economy travel from NZ on a Fri - Sun and to NZ on a Thu - Sat. Add +$75 each way to connect from your nearest Air NZ serviced domestic airport.
Card payment fee may apply Fare conditions

Terms and conditions: *$75 domestic connections are not available for travel Singapore in Premium Economy & Business Premier and travel to Australia. Advertised fares are based on travel originating in New Zealand. For airfare only bookings paid with credit, debit or charge card, a fee of $6 per person per one way Australia and Pacific Island journey, $12 per person per one way Bali journey and $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 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. Taxes on return sector will vary from those on the outbound journey. Travel is via Air New Zealand operated non-stop services ex Auckland to Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Buenos Aires & Vancouver. Flights to New Caledonia, Tahiti, Singapore, San Francisco or Hong Kong may be operated by partner airlines. Non-stop flights to Seoul commence on 23 November 2019, travel prior to this is via Taipei and beyond on partner airlines. Fares to beyond USA, South America and Canada destinations are available at an additional cost. Travel ex Wellington or Christchurch is via Auckland on Air New Zealand domestic flights. Connections from provincial New Zealand points requiring an overnight break in the journey will be at the passenger's own expense. Flight and routing restrictions may apply. For travel to Australia, an additional $10 per one-way journey will apply for Economy class travel from NZ-AU on Thursday-Friday and from AU-NZ on Sunday-Monday with the exception of Auckland-Cairns, Auckland-Sunshine Coast, Christchurch-Gold Coast, Wellington-Melbourne and any routes which include these non-stop services. For travel to the Islands: an additional $10 per person per one way journey will apply for travel on Friday-Sunday in both directions. For travel to Asia, Vancouver & The UK & Europe, an additional $30 per one-way journey will apply for Economy class travel Friday-Sunday in both directions. For travel to the USA, an additional $30 per one-way journey will apply for Economy class travel from NZ to USA: Friday-Sunday and from USA-NZ: Thursday-Saturday. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or on all dates. Prices correct as at 20 June 2019. Offer is valid for new bookings only. New deals may be released at any time.

Cancellation/changes: Air New Zealand's conditions of carriage, general terms and conditions, long haul fare rules, Aussie Smart Saver fare rules, Islands Smart Saver fare rules and Airpoints™ terms & conditions apply. See further baggage information. 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. TTY assistance is available for deaf and hearing impaired via NZ Relay on 0800 4 711 711.

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