If you want to fly to Palm Springs from New Zealand, then there are plenty of flight options that you can find through Cheapflights. The flight duration can vary depending on where you fly from and the stopovers that are included in the route. From Auckland International Airport (AKL), flights range from 20h 29min to 41h 17min, whereas from Christchurch Airport (CHC), you can arrive at Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) on a flight taking between 23h 59min and 47h 3min. When flying from Wellington International Airport (WLG), you can generally find that the fastest flights take around 21h 19min to 23h 44min, but with some taking as long as 47h.
Unfortunately, there are currently no direct flights available from New Zealand to Palm Springs, USA. However, you can find several Palm Springs flight deals that include various stopovers—check out these options through Cheapflights. If you want to fly from Auckland, you can catch a service to Palm Springs International Airport with United Airlines, changing to Alaska Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after a stopover of 2h 35min. You’ll then connect to San Francisco Airport (SFO) with a 2h 55min stopover and overall flight time of 20h 29min. You can also grab a cheaper flight that takes 21h 19min with Air New Zealand and Alaska Airlines via stopovers in Los Angeles (2h 15min) and Seattle / Tacoma International Airport (1h 19min). From Christchurch, you can fly via short stopovers in Auckland, Los Angeles and Seattle with Air New Zealand and Alaska Airlines, arriving in Palm Springs in 23h 59min. You can take the same route from Wellington Airport with a flight duration of 23h 44min, which is also the cheapest flight from this airport.
To get from Palm Springs Airport to the city centre, there are a few options available for the 2-mile journey, including buses, taxis, and rental cars. Typically, a taxi costs around $ 12- to $ 15 (NZ$ 17- to NZ$ 21.25) and the drive takes around 5-10min. You can find taxis outside the arrival terminal. You can also grab a MBTA bus—numbers 12 and 15 go to the Palm Springs city centre; however, one-way tickets can vary between $ 5-$ 15 (NZ$ 7.10- to NZ$ 21.25) depending on which bus you take.
Palm Springs is famous for its national parks and for being surrounded by four different mountain ranges, so there is plenty to do. You can enjoy the amazing views of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mount Jacinto or discover the tranquil settings of the Indian Canyon on the southside of the city, a popular protected nature sanctuary. The Coachella Valley Preserve is a great place for a guided trek, with many hiking trails in the area. Palm Springs is also well known for its golf courses and you’ll find many great options in and around the city.
If you’re travelling to Palm Springs International Airport, Palm Springs, from New Zealand, then you will require a valid passport to be allowed entry into the United States. Furthermore, if you’re a New Zealand citizen, you will need to apply online for the Visa Waiver program, known as the ESTA, which allows travellers to stay within the United States for up to 90 days.
Booking a flight to Palm Springs (PSP) is your only option if you intend on flying to Palm Springs. It is only a 3.5 km journey from Palm Springs to Palm Springs’s city centre.