12 September, 2019
Houston doesn't do things in half measures. The most populous city in Texas, it's a sprawling megacity that ranges from the fun-loving pleasure pier of Galveston Bay to the lakes and forests of the pretty Piney Woods. Between those, everything from hickory-smoked BBQs to rocket-fueled NASA exhibits helps to send that vacation into the star-spangled stratosphere, while enthralling natural history museums and Texan rodeos bring up the rear. The colossal George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the place to land. Cheap flights to Houston from New Zealand can take you there in under 14 hours when going direct.
You can give that Texan trip a cosmic turn by visiting the Space Center Houston. It's a place to learn all about daring NASA missions and explorations throughout the solar system.
Walking, biking and picnicking all take center stage in Buffalo Bayou Park, where you'll also get great views across to the high-rises of central Houston.
Come the summer, Houston locals move to Galveston Island. Its beige beaches are bolstered by a vintage pleasure pier and districts filled with handsome Victorian architecture.
Air New Zealand fly non-stop between New Zealand and Houston.
Qatar Airways is the best airline to fly from New Zealand to Houston. For direct flights then Air New Zealand is the best.