The best way to get to New Zealand is by flying Air New Zealand’s business premier class (www.airnewzealand.com). I actually looked forward to getting aboard the plane. The experience begins with a visit to Air New Zealand’s Business Class Lounge at LAX, which features good food and wine. On board the new 777, you have a number of movies to choose from before you turn in on the sleeper bed. Outstanding service makes the entire experience memorable. You’ll arrive in Auckland feeling well rested and ready to take in New Zealand. Nonstop flights operate from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Once you arrive in Auckland, I suggest you acclimate yourself with a few days in the city. You can drive north to Whangaroa, where Cairns meets guests for the cruise up to the Kingfish Lodge. Although it takes slightly less than four hours, set aside the entire day and enjoy the ride. It’s awesome! Or, to make more of a statement, take the helicopter service that’s offered directly from Auckland to the lodge.