The time it will take you to travel to Madison, United States, is going to be somewhat different depending on your departure city in New Zealand. One example of this is that it will take you about 28h 30min to fly from Wellington (WLG) to Madison Dane County Regional Airport Truax Field (MSN), Madison, but it will take you about 43h to travel from Christchurch (CHC). If you're flying from Auckland International (AKL), your travel time will be about 19h 30min.
It is a little bit disappointing to find out that there are no direct flights from cities in New Zealand to Madison, Wisconsin; but even with that, there are still some really nice Madison flight deals that you can find to make this trip. There is a two-stop flight from Auckland International that has layovers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Denver International (DEN), and there is a three-stop flight from Wellington that has layovers at Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). If you travel from Christchurch, you can find a three-stop flight with layovers at Auckland International, Los Angeles International Airport and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).
Even though the airport in Madison is not all that large compared to some of the larger cities in the United States, there are still a couple of good options to get you from the airport to the centre of the city. You can take a combination of the city's bus lines Number 20 and Number Two to get you to the centre of town in around 41min for a cost of about $ 4 (NZ$ 5.75). If you prefer to take a taxi, there are quite a few available at the airport that can make the trip to the centre of town in roughly 12min for an approximate fare of $ 25 (NZ$ 36).
A very popular spot in this area for people that love to spend some time outdoors is Olbrich Botanical Gardens, where you cannot only see an abundance of plant species but you can also witness blooming butterflies every summer. Henry Vilas Zoo offers quite a wealth of animal species to view, plus there's even a carousel that kids can ride inside the zoo. If you have brought kids along on your trip to Madison, one place that you will definitely want to visit is Madison Children's Museum, which offers kids three floors of highly interactive exhibits. If getting out on the water and partaking in some great water sports is more your thing, then a really nice location is Lake Mendota.
For those travellers that are heading from New Zealand to Madison, Wisconsin, in the United States, you will need a valid passport to visit. While you will not need a visa to go, you will need to obtain a travel authorisation from the website of the government of the United States before your travels. This authorisation costs about $ 14 (NZ$ 20).
Booking a flight to Madison Truax Field (MSN) is your only option if you intend on flying to Madison. It is only a 8.7 km journey from Truax Field to Madison’s city centre.