Flights to San Francisco

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

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.

San Francisco highlights

Top 5 San Fran crew tips from Teio

Teio's been crewing for Air New Zealand for many years. Of all the wonderful places he flies, San Francisco is high on his list of favourites.

Man in front of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA.

Take a boat trip on San Francisco Bay

"A San Francisco Bay cruise lets you see this intriguing city from a different perspective, plus you get a fascinating underside look at the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The one-hour boat trip also loops around Alcatraz, once the world's most famous prison."

Feel the vibe of the Mission District

"A century ago the Mission District was a little piece of Latin America in San Francisco. Now it's happily hipster, with interesting bars, music shops, boutiques and excellent taquerias, which is the fancy way of saying 'taco shops'."

Find the ultimate food market at Ferry Plaza

"San Fran's ferry building is a fantastic chunk of historic architecture, plus it's where you'll find an indoor marketplace full of artisan food vendors, unique shops, restaurants and cafes. It's a supreme San Francisco experience."

Get a big view at The View

"Dress up and catch the elevator to the top floor of the San Francisco Marriott to check out The View. Possibly the best rooftop bar in San Francisco, this high spot serves wicked cocktails and tasty bar bites - but the biggest attraction is the 180° panorama."

See the sea lions at Pier 39

"If you do the Golden Gate Bridge cruise, you'll meet the famous California sea lions of Pier 39. These intelligent and playful pinnipeds first arrived here in 1989, after an earthquake, and now there are hundreds of them using the marina as a haul out area."

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 snickernoodle pieces, shrimp and grits, grilled albondigas (meatballs), salumi misti, yakitori, cioppino…you name it, San Francisco serves it.


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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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There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to the United States.

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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.

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