My wife and I just non-revved on this route....3/24 LAX
(correct code for Auckland) and then AKL
on 3/31, on Air New Zealand. The flights going over were wide open. Air NZ
runs either one or two flights a day. They aircraft are either 772 or 744.
Coming back, the flights were packed. We got bumped off the first flight coming back because it was weight restricted, and we got the last 2 seats on the second flt. If we had received seats for the second flight, it could have been days getting out.
Three quick notes....
1) The Air NZ
staff (especially those in AKL
) were very helpful.
2) For more info....you might want to sign up at nonrev.net where there are forums specifically for this kind of question.
3) I pay a small fee at idtraveller.com and that gives you access to international airline flight loads. They are not always completely accurate, but they give you a good idea of what your chances are.
Good luck.....New Zealand is a specticular destination. I recommend horseback riding on Pikari Beach.