On the surface shamelessly pretentious, loud and glitzy, take cheap flights to Los Angeles and you’ll discover a fascinating cosmopolitan metropolis beneath the city’s veneer. Los Angeles has a plethora of iconic sights up its sleeve, including the neighbourhoods of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Not surprisingly nightlife, restaurants, shopping, sunbathing and celebrity spotting are high on the list for first time visitors. Los Angeles’ Mediterranean climate offers abundant sunshine and mild weather year round. Peak season is summer with temperatures averaging 24C to 29C. Head to the coastal towns of Santa Monica and Venice Beach to cool off if the city gets too hot and smoggy. You’re unlikely to save money on flight tickets and accommodation at this time. February is also best to avoid for the annual Academy Awards, unless you’re a die hard celebrity watcher.
Los Angeles doesn’t really have an off season, the city is always busy and lively but if you had to choose one it would be January as it’s typically rainy. December to February, excepting Christmas and New Years’, should produce good deals on flight tickets and hotels if you do your research and book early.
Flights from Auckland to Los Angeles – 12 hrs 5 mins
Flights from Wellington to Los Angeles – 14 hrs 25 mins
Flights from Christchurch to Los Angeles – 14 hrs 40 mins
Flights from Dunedin to Los Angeles – 16 hrs 35 mins
Air New Zealand has a well established flight route to Los Angeles from Auckland with two flights a day. American Airlines also flies the route on a daily basis. Keep an eye out for cheap flights to Los Angeles for less than $1,000 return from March to May and October / November. Easter and school holidays excluded.
Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is 30 km from downtown Los Angeles and is a large busy airport. However, ground transport is well organised with shuttles between terminals, several bus and limousine services plus a metro connector to access the light rail. Taxis are also prevalent and you can take your pick from hundreds that line up in the central terminal area.