New Xenaland
Getting to New Zealand

Don't bother, unless you are sailing your own boat from Fiji.


From the US, Australia, Asia and Britain

Air New Zealand
United Airlines
British Airways
Singapore Airlines


From Los Angeles
The flight is about 14 hours - so be prepared. Most flights leave late evening, so movie and a sleep make up the time. Do the usual anti-jetlag stuff - wear loose clothing, drink lots of water, take toothbrush and other essntial toiletries, include contact lens stuff or wear your glasses. 

Arrival time is usually first thing in the morning - around 7am. Make sure the hotel knows you are checking in early. Adjusting to major time differences takes a bit of conscious effort - I recommend taking a nap when you arrive, then be up and about by 2pm and try and stay awake until 9pm at least. You will be shagged for the first two days.

You cross both the international dateline and the equator. The dateline means that you lose a day eg leave Sunday night - arrive Tuesday morning. Don't worry - you get it back heading the other way.

Crossing the equator means you are now in the Southern Hemisphere and under southern stars - goodbye to the Big Dipper and Pole Star, hello to the Southern Cross.

Check out these maps of the Southern Skies

From Sydney
The flight is about three hours and there are many flights every week to major NZ airports - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton. Compared to the LA flight, this is a doddle. Just time to have a snack, flick through your book and watch the movie.

The time difference is usually (be aware of different daylight savings/summer times) two hours - Auckland is two hours ahead of Sydney (10am Sydney = 12noon Auckland). Auckland will almost always be cooler than Sydney.

When is the best time of year to come to New Zealand?

Remember that the seasons are the opposite down here from the northern hemisphere. Your winter = our summer etc. 

New Zealand weather is that of a maritime climate - we are a small bunch of islands in the Roaring 40s and that usually means more wind and rain than a continental climate like the US. No jet-stream down here. We sum up NZ weather in three simple words - temperate, temperate and temperate. So it is safe to come anytime - but here are some hints.


Warm, sunny, live at the beach. Temperatures are 22-30 Centigrade (74-90 Fahrenheit).
January - March


Windy, blustery, rainy. Temperatures are 16-24 Centigrade (62-78 Fahrenheit). April - May


Well who can bloody well tell? Two La Nina winters have been warm and very pleasant - with the occasional southerly storm to keep the farms watered and the ski-fields snowed. Frosts down south, snow in the mountains. Temperatures are 10-17 Centigrade (50-64 Fahrenheit).
June - September


Possibly our least pleasant season. Back to windy, blustery and rainy. But at least the days are getting longer again and that counts for a lot. Temperatures are 14-20 Centigrade (58-70 Fahrenheit).
October - December

We stretch quite a long way from south to north - over a thousand miles - in fact we're about the same size as California. The north of the north is distinctly sub-tropical and is warm all year round. Humid. The south is drier and colder - almost sub-arctic in places.

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