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|Average price||$1,621||Average for return flights in May 2022|
Anchorage flight deals can be found from New Zealand airports including Auckland International Airport (AKL) and Christchurch Airport (CHC) to Alaska. Flights from Auckland Airport to Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC), Anchorage, can have journey durations from 50h up to 78h. From Christchurch Airport, flights are available with durations of about 39h 45min.
Unfortunately, direct flights from New Zealand to Anchorage are not available. However, you can find flight routes to Anchorage, USA, with either two or three layovers from Christchurch and Auckland. From Christchurch Airport, a flight route is available with a journey time of approximately 39h 30min, including two layovers, one at Sydney Airport (SYD) for about 3h 30min and another at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) for about 13h. If you choose to fly from Auckland International Airport, you can find routes with two or three layovers. A route via Sydney and Los Angeles will take you close to 59h, with transfer times of around 23h and 13h 30min respectively. Alternatively, you can fly a two-layover route from Auckland to Anchorage, via Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) and Los Angeles Airport with transfer times of roughly 23h each and a total journey time of about 78h. A three layover route would take you via Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL), Dubai (DXB) and Los Angeles for roughly 1h 35min, 4h 25min and 5h 20min respectively, with a complete journey duration of approximately 51h.
Anchorage Airport is just under 6 miles (10 km) from the city centre. A quick and affordable way to reach the centre from the airport is by bus, which generally takes just under 30min. You can take a number 40 bus from the south terminal of the airport every 15min or so, which will take you to the transit centre in downtown Anchorage for around $ 2 (NZ$ 3). A taxi is another option, which will get you there quicker in around 10min; although, it’s a little more expensive, costing around $ 20 (NZ$ 29).
Anchorage and Alaska state are perhaps best known for their dramatic glacial landscapes, icy wilderness and diverse wildlife. Take a trip to Turnagain Arm with a local guide, within easy distance of Anchorage town, to learn about local ecosystems and spot native wild animals in their natural habitats. You can also visit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center here. You could take a helicopter tour, which includes a glacier landing, or take the Anchorage to Seward Round-Trip on Alaskan Railroad to view the coastal landscape from a classic train. Boat cruises are also popular, and if you are lucky, you may spot whales in the bay.
As Alaska is a territory of the United States, citizens of New Zealand will have the same entry rules to fly to Anchorage as they would to enter any other part of the United States. A visa is not a requirement due to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which permits entry for tourism purposes for a maximum of 90 days. An electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) is required, however, and this can be obtained online with a full biometric valid passport. The fee is approximately $ 14 (NZ$ 20).
If you book a flight to Anchorage, you will be flying into Anchorage, which is the city’s only airport. Anchorage (ANC) is located 7.2 km from the centre of Anchorage.