If traveling from LAX to MEL via AKL, is it required to go through customs and immigration? I was just wondering becase as I look at flight options from LAX-MEL, I see that NZ01 arrives into AKL from LAX at 6:15 am, and NZ07 departs at 7:40 am to MEL. I was wondering, is 1 hr 25. min sufficient time? Thank you.
No immigration or customs unless your bags are tagged through only as far as AKL. If on a single ticket they should be through checked. If on 2 tickets then show the onward ticket at check in to get them through checked.
You will need to clear security at AKL though - so no liquids more than 100ml. Get your duty free drinks upstairs in Auckland (after security) or on arrival in Melbourne.
If you want to further reduce the risk of misconnecting, fly from SFO instead of LAX. It is the same aircraft that does SFO-AKL-MEL.