Swirled with fog and beating with far-out liberal vibes, loveable San Fran has long been a beacon of culture on the West Coast. For travelers, heading here means glimpsing the red-hued spires of the Golden Gate Bridge, getting lost in one of the world's largest Chinatown districts, and slurping salty clam chowders from sourdoughs on Fisherman's Wharf. But the joys don't end there. Cheap flights to San Francisco from New Zealand can also put you right on the cusp of the wave-bashed Big Sur and the iconic drives of the Pacific Coast Highway in as little as 12 hours. In the other direction are the soaring Sierra Nevada, home to ski fields and Lake Tahoe, while northwards are redwood forests and the mighty Cascades!
The Golden Gate Bridge is a symbol of California and the West Coast. Find it plumed in ocean mists on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Visit Alcatraz to see one of the most famous prison islands on the globe. Tours take you across the waters of the Bay Area and even into the old cells.
Taste the seafood and hop the souvenir shops during your obligatory stopover in San Fran's Fisherman's Wharf.
United and Interjet fly direct between New Zealand and San Francisco.
The best airline to fly to San Francisco from New Zealand is Singapore Airlines. If you want non-stop flights then United is best. The best budget airline is Interjet.