Embrace New Zealand's Summer Magic December Delights Await

In the southern hemisphere, December heralds the arrival of summer, painting New Zealand in hues of warmth and festivity. Kiwis, as New Zealanders are affectionately known, step into the holiday season with an air of anticipation. The weather graces the land with balmy temperatures, azure skies, and an infectious sense of celebration.

The Ideal Season: December to March

For travelers seeking the quintessential New Zealand experience, the months from December to March offer a canvas of endless possibilities. Days stretch long and bright, with temperatures ranging from a comfortable 61°F to 75°F. It's the perfect time to embrace the outdoors, whether lounging on pristine beaches or embarking on adventures like hiking and mountain biking.

A Season of Vibrance, Yet Considerations to Keep in Mind

As the summer crescendo approaches, it's important to note that this is also the peak season for tourism. With demand soaring, car rentals and flight prices may reflect the surge. However, with prudent planning and early bookings, savvy travelers can still secure great deals on accommodations.

Expect bustling beachfronts, lively lakeshores, flourishing forests, and well-trodden walkways. The charm of New Zealand's natural wonders intertwines seamlessly with the festive spirit of Christmas. While it may be a lively time, the crowds are still more manageable compared to the height of the summer tourist rush.

Crafting Your Journey: Tailored Itineraries for Every Explorer

Whether your sojourn in New Zealand spans a few days or a few months, the possibilities are boundless. Here are some tailored ideas to inspire your travel plans:

*Where to Venture in New Zealand*

North Island Sojourns:

Dive into a world of volcanoes, bubbling mud pools, and erupting geysers. Bask on idyllic islands and explore vibrant urban landscapes.

South Island Expeditions:

Home to ten of New Zealand's awe-inspiring national parks, the South Island invites you to marvel at alpine grandeur, icy glaciers, and delightful wildlife encounters.

The Time Frame for Your Journey

New Zealand's compact size means you can savor the nation's highlights in a mere two weeks. For those with an appetite for exploration off the beaten track, consider extending your adventure to three weeks or more.

A Road Trip Odyssey: Unveiling New Zealand's Scenic Drives

Embark on a journey along some of the world's most breathtaking routes. Picture yourself cruising down the West Coast of the South Island, pausing to admire the Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier. Or trace the path from Christchurch to Queenstown, weaving through wonders like Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Seek out the untamed beauty of the North Island's tip along the Twin Coast Discovery highway.

Uncover New Zealand's Splendors: Coach Tours and Experiences

When it comes to exploring the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand, a coach tour offers an ideal blend of convenience and customization. Extensive range of independent tours caters to every traveler's unique preferences and interests. Departing daily, these tours can be tailored to suit your exact specifications, ensuring you experience the best of New Zealand on your terms.

Discover the Length and Breadth of New Zealand

From the northernmost tip at Cape Reinga to the captivating Bay of Islands, and from the enchanting Hobbiton movie set to the mesmerizing Waitomo Caves, your journey unfolds amidst an array of iconic destinations. Traverse the diverse landscapes, encompassing Rotorua's geothermal wonders, the coastal beauty of Kaikoura, the majesty of Mt. Cook, the serenity of Lake Tekapo, and the enchanting Fiordland National Park.

Embrace Middle Earth: A Journey of Fantasy and Reality

For fans of Middle Earth, embark on an extraordinary voyage that combines the allure of New Zealand's natural wonders with the magic of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Visit official filming sites, be enchanted by glowworm-lit caves, witness geysers in action, and be captivated by the dramatic mountain ranges and serene fiords that served as the backdrop for these cinematic masterpieces.

Train Journeys: A Window to New Zealand's Majesty

Immerse yourself in the scenic splendor of New Zealand with a selection of unforgettable train journeys. Traverse the awe-inspiring TranzAlpine route from Arthur's Pass to Greymouth, meander along the picturesque Coastal Pacific from Picton to Christchurch, or embark on the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington. These journeys promise not just transportation, but an intimate connection with the country's diverse landscapes.

Tailored Experiences for Every Adventurer

With an array of specialized itineraries, tailored to fit various timeframes and interests, there's something for everyone:

1. Glacier, Queenstown, and Milford Sound Highlights (4 days): An adventure that promises luxury and exploration in equal measure, featuring iconic destinations and 4-star accommodations.

2. North Island Waitomo, Rotorua, and Napier Experience: A journey through the heart of the North Island, showcasing the unique Maori culture, Waitomo Caves, and the art deco charm of Napier.

3. Bay of Islands 3-Day Tour: Explore the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock, and experience the awe-inspiring Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach.

4. Southern Highlights with Milford Sound (5 days): A comprehensive exploration of New Zealand's South Island, including a cruise through the majestic Milford Sound.

5. Southern Icons (10 days): A grand tour that spans from the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tekapo to the untamed wilderness of Milford Sound, with a host of iconic stops in between.

Embrace the adventure and let New Zealand's enchanting landscapes captivate your senses. With every tour, you'll uncover the heart and soul of this remarkable country, forging memories that will last a lifetime. Trust our experts to curate an itinerary that perfectly aligns with your budget and desires, ensuring your journey through New Zealand is nothing short of extraordinary.

New Zealand Weather and Climate Change impact

New Zealand is known for its unique climate, which is generally mild and temperate. Being located in the Southern Hemisphere, the country experiences warm summers and cooler winters. The weather in New Zealand is quite unpredictable and can change quickly, with the temperature ranging from hot and sunny one day to cold and wet the next. Overall, the country enjoys a pleasant climate year-round, with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures.

The northernmost region of New Zealand is the warmest, with temperatures ranging from 12-25°C (53-77°F) in the summer and 7-20°C (44-68°F) in the winter. The southern regions of the country are cooler, with temperatures ranging from 10-22°C (50-72°F) in the summer and 4-14°C (39-57°F) in the winter. Snowfall is common in the mountainous areas of the South Island, and the highlands of the North Island.

The weather in New Zealand can be unpredictable, and you can experience all four seasons in one day. The country is known for its high levels of rainfall, especially in the West Coast and the mountainous regions. The East Coast of the North Island is generally drier and receives less rainfall.

New Zealand is also prone to extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, and cyclones. These events can cause serious damage to infrastructure, crops, and livestock. Climate change is having an increasing impact on the weather in New Zealand, with temperatures already rising and sea levels rising. The effects of climate change on the country’s weather include an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, as well as more frequent and severe droughts.

Climate change is also having an impact on New Zealand’s flora and fauna. The country’s ecosystems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with species becoming threatened as temperatures rise. The effects of climate change on New Zealand’s marine life are also becoming increasingly serious, with ocean temperatures rising and ocean acidification increasing.

Overall, New Zealand has a pleasant climate year-round, with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures. However, the country is increasingly facing the impacts of climate change, with temperatures rising and extreme weather events becoming more frequent. The effects of climate change on the country’s flora and fauna are also becoming increasingly serious, and the country’s ecosystems are becoming increasingly vulnerable. It is important that New Zealanders take action to reduce their carbon footprint and work towards mitigating the effects of climate change.

Rocket Reusability Program

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a leading launch and space systems company, is preparing to launch a mix of satellites for NASA and commercial satellite constellation operators in the coming days. The mission, named Baby Come Back, is scheduled for lift-off between 11:30–13:30 NZST on July 18th from Pad B at Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. Rocket Lab will be attempting to recover Electron’s first stage from the ocean following the launch in the next major step in the Company’s program to make Electron a reusable rocket.

NASA: NASA’s Starling mission is a four CubeSat mission designed to advance technologies for cooperative groups of spacecraft – also known as swarms. Spacecraft swarms refer to multiple spacecraft autonomously coordinating their activities on orbit. Once positioned in orbit around Earth and spaced about 40 miles / 64 km apart, Starling’s spacecraft will demonstrate the ability to autonomously fly together while keeping track of each other’s relative positions and trajectories. They also will demonstrate the ability to plan and execute activities as a group, without guidance from mission controllers, including responding to new information from onboard sensors. Starling’s spacecraft will also demonstrate creating and maintaining an inter-spacecraft communications network that automatically adjusts to changing conditions.. The Starling mission will test whether the technologies work as expected, what their limitations are, and what developments are still needed for CubeSat swarms to be successful.

Space Flight Laboratory (SFL): Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) selected Rocket Lab to launch Telesat’s LEO 3 demonstration satellite that will provide continuity for customer and ecosystem vendor testing campaigns following the decommissioning of Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite. LEO 3 will serve an important role for low-latency customer applications testing, and for supporting LEO antenna and modem development efforts in advance of the Telesat Lightspeed network deployment.

Spire Global: Spire will launch two 3U satellites carrying Global Navigation Satellite System Radio Occultation (GNSS-RO) payloads to replenish its fully deployed constellation of more than 100 multipurpose satellites. Spire’s satellites observe the Earth in real time using radio frequency technology. The data acquired by Spire’s GNSS-RO payloads provide global weather intelligence that can be assimilated into weather models to improve the accuracy of forecasts.

Baby Come Back will be Rocket Lab’s seventh Electron launch of 2023, 39th Electron launch overall, and the Company’s second recovery mission this year. After launch, Electron’s first stage will return to Earth under a parachute and complete a soft splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Rocket Lab’s marine recovery vessel will then move into position to extract the stage from the ocean and transport it back to Rocket Lab’s production complex for analysis. This Electron first stage features new recovery upgrades including waterproofing systems to protect key engine and avionics components. Rocket Lab’s transition to marine recovery away from mid-air capture has been informed by previous recovery missions that showed Electron components and engines passed requalification testing following ocean splashdowns, so this next mission represents near final maturation of the marine recovery system in preparation for reflight of a booster.

Rocket Lab will host a live webcast available at www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream from around T-20 minutes on launch day.

+ ABOUT Rocket Lab

Founded in 2006, Rocket Lab is an end-to-end space company with an established track record of mission success. We deliver reliable launch services, satellite manufacture, spacecraft components, and on-orbit management solutions that make it faster, easier and more affordable to access space. Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Rocket Lab designs and manufactures the Electron small orbital launch vehicle, the Photon satellite platform and the Company is developing the large Neutron launch vehicle for constellation deployment. Since its first orbital launch in January 2018, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle has become the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket annually and has delivered 163 satellites to orbit for private and public sector organizations, enabling operations in national security, scientific research, space debris mitigation, Earth observation, climate monitoring, and communications. Rocket Lab’s Photon spacecraft platform has been selected to support NASA missions to the Moon and Mars, as well as the first private commercial mission to Venus. Rocket Lab has three launch pads at two launch sites, including two launch pads at a private orbital launch site located in New Zealand and a third pad in Virginia. To learn more, visit www.rocketlabusa.com.

+ Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are based on Rocket Lab’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (many of which are beyond Rocket Lab’s control), or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release, including risks related to our dependence on a limited number of customers; the harsh and unpredictable environment of space in which our products operate which could adversely affect our launch vehicle and spacecraft; increased congestion from the proliferation of low Earth orbit constellations which could materially increase the risk of potential collision with space debris or another spacecraft and limit or impair our launch flexibility and/or access to our own orbital slots; increased competition in our industry due in part to rapid technological development and decreasing costs; technological change in our industry which we may not be able to keep up with or which may render our services uncompetitive; average selling price trends; failure of our launch vehicles, spacecraft and components to operate as intended either due to our error in design in production or through no fault of our own; launch schedule disruptions; supply chain disruptions, product delays or failures; design and engineering flaws; launch failures; natural disasters and epidemics or pandemics, including the global COVID-19 pandemic; changes in governmental regulations including with respect to trade and export restrictions, or in the status of our regulatory approvals or applications; or other events that force us to cancel or reschedule launches, including customer contractual rescheduling and termination rights; risks that acquisitions may not be completed on the anticipated time frame or at all or do not achieve the anticipated benefits and results; and the other risks detailed from time to time in Rocket Lab’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rocket Lab’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, which was filed with the SEC on March 7, 2023, and elsewhere. There can be no assurance that the future developments affecting Rocket Lab will be those that we have anticipated. Except as required by law, Rocket Lab is not undertaking any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

LanzaJet selected by Air New Zealand and MBIE

LanzaJet, a leading sustainable fuels technology company and sustainable fuels producer, LanzaTech Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNZA), an innovative carbon capture and utilization ("CCU") company that transforms waste carbon into materials such as sustainable fuels, fabrics, packaging, and other products that people use in their daily lives, today announced they have been selected by Air New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) to support the second stage of a study to determine commercial viability and sustainability of domestic sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production in New Zealand.

The study will explore the use of domestic New Zealand waste products to produce SAF, primarily focusing on forestry residue. LanzaTech will transform the waste raw materials into low-carbon ethanol through its commercially deployed gas fermentation technology, and LanzaJet will convert ethanol into SAF with its proven and scaled-up Alcohol-to-Jet technology.

"A sustainable fuels industry enables countries to gain energy independence with domestic production of fuels alongside infrastructure and economic development, while having a positive benefit on climate change – and that's what we're looking to enable in New Zealand," said Jimmy Samartzis, Founding CEO of LanzaJet. "We are eager to begin working with Air New Zealand and the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation, and Employment to demonstrate the feasibility of SAF production in New Zealand."

LanzaTech, which was founded in Auckland, New Zealand, will be responsible for conducting a supply chain risk assessment while also evaluating the potential for using domestic waste to produce ethanol through gasification.

LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren said, "We must accelerate deployment of SAF facilities globally to create new jobs and deliver much needed volumes of sustainable fuels to a sector that has limited options today. We appreciate the leadership shown by Air New Zealand and the New Zealand government in enabling a future where domestic wastes and residues can be meaningfully repurposed, enabling energy security and regional growth opportunities."

LanzaTech and LanzaJet have selected Z Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ampol Group and New Zealand's largest fuel retailer, to support the study's second stage by evaluating the end-to-end supply chain, including feedstock options and the economic impact to the regions.

Z Energy's CEO Lindis Jones said, "While there is no silver bullet in this energy transition, it's clear SAF will play a critical role in reducing the aviation sector's emissions. Z is looking forward to being a valuable partner alongside LanzaJet and LanzaTech by leveraging its local supply chain expertise, its previous experience supplying biofuels to customers including Air New Zealand, and the expertise of the wider Ampol Group."

Air New Zealand, the nation's national carrier, and the New Zealand Government are investing to support this study, following a yearlong request for proposal (RFP) process to understand which technologies are available globally and evaluate how they can be tailored to the New Zealand context.

The study supports Air New Zealand's broader ambitions to decarbonize and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. In order to prove viability for a commercial-level SAF production facility, partners must demonstrate technical, economic, supply chain, and environmental solutions.

After completion of this study, which is expected by midyear of 2024, a decision will be made on proceeding with the next stages of the project, including further development and engineering work.


LanzaJet is a leading sustainable fuels technology company dedicated to accelerating the energy transition by embracing the circular economy. As a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technology provider and producer with patented alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) technology, LanzaJet is creating an opportunity for future generations by accelerating the deployment of SAF and other clean technologies critical to addressing the climate crisis and transforming the global economy. Further information is available at https://www.lanzajet.com/.


Headquartered in Skokie, IL, LanzaTech Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNZA) captures waste carbon and transforms it into materials such as sustainable fuels, fabrics, packaging, and other products. Using a variety of waste feedstocks, LanzaTech's technology platform is contributing to a future where consumers are not dependent on virgin fossil feedstocks for everything in their daily lives. LanzaTech's goal is to challenge and change the way the world uses carbon, enabling a new circular carbon economy where carbon is reused rather than wasted, skies and oceans are kept clean, and pollution becomes a thing of the past. For more information about LanzaTech visit https://lanzatech.com.

Matahio Energy completes acquisition of onshore assets

Matahio Energy has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of six onshore oil and gas licenses in the Taranaki Basin, North Island, New Zealand.

Matahio will be the operator of these licenses, holding 100% participating interest in four licenses, and 70% interest in the remaining two licenses. Of the six licenses, three are currently producing. The sale and purchase agreement between the parties was signed in March 2022. All required approvals for the relevant New Zealand regulatory authorities have been obtained to complete this transaction

Key highlights of the transaction:

- Operatorship of two fields, namely Cheal and Sidewinder, which are currently producing a total of 1.4 Kboepd (thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day), net to Matahio. Cheal and Sidewinder are well-established, prolific fields, which have produced over 5 MM bbls (million barrels of oil) to date, since the first oil in 2008.

- Matahio is adding 2 MM boe (million barrels of oil equivalent) 2P reserves (Net, effective date 1st January 2023). At prevailing oil prices and contemporary OPEX rates, the Cheal and Sidewinder fields are expected to generate positive cash flow until 2030. The New Zealand business's EBITDA for the calendar year 2022 was NZD$29 MM

- The transaction also includes full technical and operational teams, based in New Plymouth, who have a track record in delivering strong health, safety & environment (HSE) and production performance. Most notably, recent production optimisation efforts have resulted in production rates returning to 2015 levels without drilling any new wells.

- Matahio has crafted a multi-year development programme consisting of infill and step-out drilling as well as the appraisal of newer fields in the Puka license (which was 100% acquired by Matahio) to be tied back to existing operated infrastructure. This organic growth programme targets an additional 3.8 MM boe and, if successful, will ensure more than 100% replacement of reserves across Matahio's portfolio. Coincident with this transaction, the first Cheal infill well as part of this programme is currently being completed.

- Matahio has constructed a bottom-up greenhouse gas reduction plan that projects the New Zealand business to be "net-zero" by 2030. A significant component of this plan is a deep decarbonization of the operation, for which a number of projects have been initiated in 2023, targeting an immediate impact on Matahio New Zealand's carbon footprint.

- Under Matahio ownership, cash contributions will continue to be made to an escrow fund that ultimately covers future abandonment liabilities.

- Matahio Energy New Zealand has already committed to several Taranaki partnerships and sponsorships. This transaction now opens the door to other opportunities to collaborate with the Taranaki community.

Dr Wai-Lid Wong, CEO of Matahio Energy, says, "We are excited to progress the multi-dimensional plans we have laid out for this portfolio of assets in New Zealand.

"First and foremost, the execution of an expansive production optimisation and development programme, which has already borne fruit, will continue to exhibit Matahio's mature field management credentials. This includes maintaining the portfolio's OPEX per barrel at levels lower than 40 USD/bbl. Second, the proving-up of prospects in the Puka license area, and utilising existing infrastructure for its development, will enhance the longevity of our New Zealand business. And finally, to undertake a complex decarbonisation plan, which underpins our New Zealand net zero strategy and aims to demonstrate that this growth does not need to be at the expense of the environment."

He added, "We are also keen to continue discussions with our industry peers, investors, government, and other key stakeholders to ensure that the oil and gas industry is effectively participating in an orderly energy transition in New Zealand, which supports the country achieving its overall net zero ambitions."

Energy Corp Announces Results

New Zealand Energy Corp. (TSXV: NZ) ("NZEC" or the "Company") announced today it has filed with Canadian regulatory authorities its Q4 2022 consolidated financial results and an accompanying management discussion and analysis report, which documents are available on the Company's website at www.newzealandenergy.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Commenting on the Company's 2022 end of year results, Chairman James Willis said, "The results saw a profit of $1,840,340 (compared to the 2020 loss of $993,008) which included an impairment reversal of $1,915,902 and significant non-cash expenses including depreciation and depletion. Overall, there was a $57,952 increase in cash at year end and $527,611 was held as at 31 December 2022. Cash provided by operating activities was $720,088, compared to 2021 when ($198,130) of cash was used by operations."

The Company achieved average net daily production of 81 boe/d (88% oil) through 2022 compared to 99 boe/d (88% oil) during 2021.

With respect to development operations, Mr Willis commented: "Tariki is a focus. The Company is progressing discussions to enable gas storage at the Tariki field."

Regarding Waihapa/Ngaere, gas lifting with the compressor will re-commence after a plant refurbishment, to be followed by tie-in of the Northern Ngaere wells. The Company is investigating the utilization of these licences for carbon sequestration.

Regarding the CAD$2,000,000 Convertible Loan Agreement with Arizona Finance Limited, the term of this Agreement has been extended to July 20, 2024.

On behalf of the Board of Directors "James Willis" Chairman.

James Willis is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and has an extensive background in the oil and gas exploration and production industry particularly focused on commercial and contractual issues affecting industry participants. He was a partner at the New Zealand law firm of Bell Gully for 25 years specializing in oil and gas matters. When he retired from Bell Gully he took up a position as managing director of an Australian oil and gas exploration group which had a large portfolio of offshore permits around Australia and New Zealand. Since returning to New Zealand in 2011 he has held governance positions with and consulted to various participants in the oil and gas exploration sector.

NZEC is led by an experienced senior management team with a strong track record of success in oil and natural gas exploration and development. The team has individually and collectively added corporate value in a number of oil and gas ventures over the past several decades. All NZEC's employees live and work in New Zealand, with an accounting and administration team, a team providing corporate oversight and investor relations, an operations team, a geotechnical team, and also a team operating the Waihapa Production Station.

United Announces Largest South Pacific Expansion in Aviation History

United adds 40% more flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand next northern winter, including new non-stop service to Christchurch, new routes from L.A. to Brisbane and Auckland, and more flights from San Francisco to Brisbane and Sydney. United serves more destinations in Australia and New Zealand than all U.S. carriers combined. Next winter, United will have more flights and serve more destinations between the U.S. and Australia and the U.S. and New Zealand than any other carrier in the world.

United Airlines today announces the largest South Pacific network expansion ever to and from the continental U.S., including the first non-stop flight between San Francisco and Christchurch set to commence on December 1. United will be the only carrier to directly connect the U.S. and the South Island of New Zealand. With 66 flights between the US and Australia/New Zealand every week, United will operate nearly 40% more flights from the U.S. to Australia and New Zealand next northern winter versus last year.

The carrier is adding new direct flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane and Auckland and increasing service to the region from its San Francisco hub with daily flights to Brisbane, twice daily flights to Sydney and flying larger aircraft to Melbourne. And thanks to United's relationships with Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia, travelers can enjoy easy one-stop connections from these cities to more than 50 destinations in the region.

United already flies to more destinations in Australia and New Zealand than all other U.S. carriers combined, and now will have more flights and serve more destinations in the region from the U.S. than any other carrier in the world. Tickets are now on sale on the airline's mobile app and on United.com – just in time for customers to plan their trips for the region's peak winter season.

"This past winter, United enhanced our network and became the largest carrier to the South Pacific region. Now, this upcoming winter, we will expand even further," said Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances. "Our strong partnerships with Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia provide unparalleled connectivity, and with our historic expansion across five destinations in New Zealand and Australia, United is the clear choice for customers' travel to the region."

San Francisco – Christchurch, NZ*

Starting December 1, United will be the only airline to offer direct flights between the U.S. and New Zealand's South Island, with the first direct San Francisco-Christchurch service. United will fly this route three times weekly on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. United's new flight to Christchurch is part of the airline's broader expansion efforts in New Zealand and next winter, the airline will be nearly 70% larger in New Zealand than in 2019.

Los Angeles – Auckland*

Next winter, United will build on its position as the largest U.S. airline to Auckland, adding four weekly flights from Los Angeles. United is the only U.S. carrier to serve Auckland year-round with its existing service from San Francisco. United will fly its Los Angeles-Auckland route on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, starting October 28.

Los Angeles – Brisbane*

In winter 2022, United became the only airline to offer direct flights between Brisbane and San Francisco. On November 29, United will add to this service by adding three weekly Los Angles-Brisbane flights on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – becoming the largest carrier between the U.S. and Brisbane.

More Flights to Sydney and Brisbane

In addition to adding new flights to its schedule, United will also increase its flying from San Francisco to Brisbane and Sydney. Starting October 28, United will offer daily flights between San Francisco and Brisbane on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and will be able to fly nearly triple the number of customers to Brisbane from the US next winter than it did in 2022. The airline will also fly twice daily between San Francisco and Sydney on Boeing 777-300ERs starting October 28, offering more flights to Sydney from the U.S. than any other carrier.

More Seats to Melbourne

This past winter, United became the largest airline from the U.S. to Melbourne, increasing from ten to fourteen weekly roundtrip flights, with one daily flight from both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Starting October 28, United will deploy its largest airplane on flights between San Francisco-Melbourne. The 777-300ER will add nearly 100 daily seats to each departure. Compared to winter 2019, United will offer 65% more seats to Melbourne.