Flights to San Francisco

Find our cheapest flights to San Francisco from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown.

The Golden Gates welcome you to the city that's 'a little bit of everything'.

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19 January 2018
Economy: 2 Mar - 23 Mar, 25 Apr - 20 Jun, 17 Jul - 21 Sep & 9 Oct - 30 Nov 2018.
Premium Economy: 8 Mar - 30 Nov 2018. Business Premier™: 15 Mar - 30 Nov 2018.
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Terms and conditions: Advertised fares are based on travel originating in New Zealand. 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 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 Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Vancouver and Buenos Aires and beyond on partner airlines. Travel ex Wellington or Christchurch is via Auckland on Air New Zealand domestic flights. Travel from provincial points in New Zealand to international flights ex Auckland on the Air New Zealand network available with additional costs. 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 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, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Washington DC and New York are based on travel via Los Angeles. Advertised fares to Fort Lauderdale, Boston, New Orleans are based on travel via San Francisco. Advertised fares to Calgary, Edmonton, Kamloops, Montreal and Toronto are based on travel via Vancouver. Advertised fares to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are based on travel via Buenos Aires. Flight and routing restrictions may apply. Advertised Economy fares apply to Monday-Thursday departures only. A surcharge of NZ$25 will apply to Economy fares for departures on Friday or Sunday and NZ$50 for Saturday. Premium Economy: Fares are based on Air New Zealand operated flights offering Premium Economy fares. 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 15 December 2017. Offer is valid for new bookings only. New deals may be released at any time.

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It's a bit boho, it's a bit historic, it's bit romantic and it's more than a bit colourful. San Francisco is so many things all at once, which is why it makes an amazing holiday destination. Plus it's on the doorstep of Northern California - Napa Valley, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz are all potential add-ons to your remarkable 'Frisco adventure.

Things to do 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.  

The flowers-in-your-hair vibe that was planted in the late 1960s is still flourishing.

The Summer of Love was in 1967, and 50 years later San Francisco is doing it again. Museums and galleries will be showcasing the art, photography, posters and fashion of the flower child era. There will be festivals, music and dance performances that celebrate the Beat Generation. You could even take a ‘love tour' in an authentic VW hippie bus. Summer of Love events run throughout the year, so put a flower in your hair and be there.

Another signature 2017 event is the 39th Anniversary of Pier 39. This famous waterfront restaurant and entertainment hub will be kicking up its heels with a different celebration every Friday, right until the end of October.

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.

Cheap flights to San Francisco
Auckland (AKL) to San Francisco (SFO)

12h 5m



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Wellington (WLG) to San Francisco (SFO)

14h 35m

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Christchurch (CHC) to San Francisco (SFO)

14h 50m

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Queenstown (ZQN) to San Francisco (SFO)

17h 20m

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