A collection of questions we get asked.
From the West Coast of the USA it takes a little longer to fly to Auckland than it takes to fly to Europe. For example, takes 11-12 hours to fly to London and 12-13 hours to fly to Auckland.
The flying time for the non-stop Air New Zealand flight from Houston to Auckland is 14-15 hours.
In order to complicate our lives a little, there is also the matter of the International Dateline to contend with.
99% of the time, flights to New Zealand depart the US late in the day and after an overnight flight, arrive in Auckland early the next morning.
However the day and date when you arrive will have moved forward 2 days because you have crossed the International Dateline; so if you leave the US on a Thursday, your arrival will be Saturday morning.
On the flight home the date you leave New Zealand will be the date you arrive home. If you depart Sunday, then you will arrive Sunday, in other words that day you 'lost' on the way to New Zealand is now reclaimed and order has been restored.