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Topic: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-03-31 20:02:55 and read 8426 times.

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Domestic Joyriding with Globetraveller; Golf at FL390?


Introduction

It all started earlier this year with some amazing deals on Emirates Business from Athens to New Zealand return (for as cheap as I could get a return ticket to Europe for in Economy) and a bit of talking about it between myself and Globetraveller while watching planes land at LHR. I suggested to him that we may as well go on some domestic flights around New Zealand for the sake of it seeing that he’d come half the way around the world. There were a few options open to us but in the end, we made a plan to head to Queenstown for a quick visit and included a few types of aircraft into the mix. A tight connection in Wellington didn’t faze me as I knew what flying around New Zealand was like. So we booked our itinerary for AKL-WLG-CHC-ZQN and then the direct ZQN-AKL flight the following day.


Welcome to my 21st trip report. This report is a combined effort with Globetraveller. It will cover the entire domestic joyriding over the 2 days. Photos he took are credited to him and all photos are copyright of their respective owners.


A few days out from our travels, Air New Zealand had announced that they were grounding their fleet of 11 ATR 72s as they had found some hairline cracks around the cockpit windows. It was inevitable that we would have a cancellation and a subsequent aircraft change for at least one of our flights seeing we specifically booked WLG-CHC-ZQN on the ATR 72 to enjoy the scenery from a lower altitude. A few of them were cleared to fly again but a handful of them were still grounded. I rang up the Air New Zealand call centre the afternoon before our flights to see if they knew of any changes to our itinerary. I had been monitoring the flight numbers over the week and the flight number from WLG to CHC had been cancelled for all the days in which the planes were grounded so I had an impression that either we’d have to take a direct flight to Queenstown; or something else would happen. That something else did happen and so we were put on a 733 to CHC which gave us a longer layover in WLG. They also pushed back the time of the next flight to ZQN so we were definitely going to make the connection. Seeing that was all sorted out, I could sleep easily knowing that we’d get to Queenstown the next day.

To add to this, the weather over the country had been horrible the day before our departure. I was watching Flightradar24 and saw 2 diversions from AKL which went to WLG due to a 30kt crosswind. I can’t ever recall such weather causing that to happen at AKL apart from times of fog. But the forecast seemed ok for the upcoming days of flying and we were excited to be heading to Queenstown.

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-03-31 20:04:31 and read 8481 times.

21 March 2012

Just a usual day with a usual trip to the airport. Nothing to report here. If you’ve read my earlier reports, there’s nothing to add for a trip to the airport!

Every Air NZ domestic flight begins here
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Air New Zealand launched this new concept loyalty card called OneSmart at the end of 2011. Included in it was the Airpoints part of the card, a Mastercard Debit card with a multi currency wallet and a Flybuys (retail loyalty card) card. As part of the Airpoints card, it also contains a RFID chip Air New Zealand likes to call the “M Pass” in which you can tap on the self check in machines as if you were going through the London Underground turnstiles with an Oyster Card. No checks, no nothing and we had our boarding passes to WLG. But the machines couldn’t print out our next itinerary’s tickets from WLG-CHC-ZQN (they were booked on a separate ticket). We headed to a help desk and the man kindly printed out our boarding passes for us but we were told we could only change our seats (to two windows) in Wellington. Anyway through security we went and off to the boarding lounge. The boarding lounge was packed by the time we got there but thankfully it wasn’t long before boarding. Auckland Airport really needs a new domestic terminal! Boarding in Auckland is done by what type of seat you have so all those with window seats and their accomplices (plus Star Gold, Koru etc) are invited to board first. This meant we were first down the air bridge and first onto the plane.

Air NZ’s newest A320, ZK-OJS, pushing back for WLG
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Flight Information

21 March 2012
Routing: Auckland - Wellington (AKL-WLG)
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight: NZ 417
Scheduled Time of Departure: 0930hrs
Actual Departure: 0930hrs (pushback), 0941hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1030hrs
Touchdown: 1027hrs
Flight time: 46min
Aircraft: Boeing 737-300
Registration: ZK-NGI
Seat: 15F


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ZK-NGI was registered new to Air New Zealand on 20 November 1999. I’ve flown on it before, as you might be able to tell from the pictures above. It’s the second youngest 737-300 in Air NZ’s fleet.

A GPS tracking of AKL-WLG:

AKL:
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Route
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WLG:
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First to board the plane
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My view
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Seats
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Photo by Globetraveller

We pushed back on time and headed out to 05R for takeoff in rather gloomy weather. But the crosswind factor was much less significant as the day before.

A version of the safety video currently in use can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgpYtJMQQjc
Although this one’s obviously been made for the 77W.


Rainy and gloomy!
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Passing the International terminal
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Lining up 05R
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The usual 733 takeoff run had us in the air in no time and we turned south nearly immediately after takeoff.

Looking back at Auckland Airport
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The weather’s always nice above the clouds!
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After encountering some rather rough weather during our climb, we felt the aircraft descend. The pilot came on over the PA and notified us that we’d be flying at a lower altitude of 22,000-23,000ft due to the strong winds higher up and because of this, there would be no service on the flight. Ok, it didn’t matter too much because the snack received is so insubstantial. But I’m sure that there were some people who wouldn’t have minded a tea or coffee. The usual cruising altitude for these domestic flights is between 34,000 and 40,000 ft. Mind you, the flight wasn’t that bumpy and they could have done a service. I suppose they were just not sure if they’d hit any bad patches or not.

If there weren’t any clouds, the low altitude flying would have been spectacular – similar to when the volcanic ash cloud passed over the country last year from the Chilean Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano.

Interesting cloud formations on our way south
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The weather wasn’t too bad towards the south of the North Island...

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Until we started to descend into Wellington where a white out prevented us from seeing any of the city.

Short final to WLG
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And just like that, we were in WLG – the first of our legs completed.

Slowing down
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As we were taxiing into the gate, we saw something rather peculiar in the distance – foam on the ground with fire trucks and ambulances around. I haven’t found out what this was all about yet.

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Photo by Globetraveller

Not realising I already had a picture of this cockpit in the A.Net database already, I took another opportunity to take a picture of it upon disembarking the plane.



Wellington

We were only going to be in Wellington for 40 minutes and this was extended to 1.5 hours – still not enough time to do anything, especially in the horrible weather we were given. There were a few movements while we were there.

Our first mission, however, was to make sure we both had window seats; especially for the CHC-ZQN leg. We headed to the self check in booths and repeated the process. We were lucky and found some window seats on both planes but not only that, we picked some Space+ seats in the 737 which meant extra legroom.

Wellington check in area
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Photo by Globetraveller

1 of 3 All Black Beech 1900Ds
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Cessna Grand Caravan operating flights across the Cook Strait
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One I’ve been on – Air Chathams Convair 580
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And finally our plane to CHC
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Taxiing in
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The arrival of the aircraft at the gate we were to be departing prompted us to head through security and to the gate.

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-03-31 20:07:06 and read 8464 times.

Flight Information

21 March 2012
Routing: Wellington - Christchurch (WLG-CHC)
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight: NZ 343
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1215hrs
Actual Departure: 1222hrs (pushback), 1231hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1300hrs
Touchdown: 1304hrs
Flight time: 33min
Aircraft: Boeing 737-300
Registration: ZK-NGR
Seat: 8F


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ZK-NGR is the newest addition to the Air NZ fleet, obtained from Air Malta on 1 May 2008. In saying that, it’s not the newest 733 in Air NZ’s fleet – that goes to ZK-NGJ.

GPS for the second leg:

WLG
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Route
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CHC
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Space+ is great. The extra 3-5 inches makes a huge difference in comfort. Settled into our seats, we were ready for the short hop to Christchurch.

Legroom


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The completely deserted International terminal
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Turning around at the end
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Climbing with a nice view of Lyall Bay
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We knew there was something to look forward to as we could see clear weather further south as we descended into Wellington. We weren’t disappointed either- as we made our way towards Christchurch, the cloud started to become broken.

Wouldn’t it be great to have an office permanently above the weather on the ground!
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Weather wasn’t bad this far south and they managed to do a service run with the usual small snack (cassava crisps, a biscuit or chocolate accompanied with water and tea/coffee). I think the biscuit is the most substantial but not by much.

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Better weather!!
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And just like that, we began our descent into Christchurch.

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Base turn to final, Runway 02
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Looking back towards Christchurch City where we had just flown over
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Touchdown
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Vacating the active
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We disembarked and headed to find something to eat.

Final look at the aircraft
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Christchurch Airport has changed a lot since I had last been there. Unfortunately, they had to get rid of the viewing terrace situated on top of the domestic terminal to make way for the new terminal’s construction. The interior looks much nicer than it did and it’ll look better once it’s completed.

Construction going on in the area which once had a handful of ATR 72 hard stands
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Food court in the domestic terminal
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Check in area on the ground floor
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CHC Control Tower


After lunch, we didn’t have much longer before boarding started for our final flight of the day to Queenstown. As I had mentioned earlier, the old turboprop gate area had been consumed by construction work. What replaced that small area was an amazingly designed area which even included a “Koru Club Express” lounge.

New regional departures area
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The Koru Club Express
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And then boarding commenced.


Flight Information

21 March 2012
Routing: Christchurch - Queenstown (CHC-ZQN)
Airline: Air New Zealand Link (Operated by Mount Cook Airline)
Flight: NZ 5373
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1400hrs
Actual Departure: 1401hrs (pushback), 1404hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1505hrs
Touchdown: 1452hrs
Flight time:48min
Aircraft: ATR 72-500
Registration: ZK-MCY
Seat: 15D


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ZK-MCY is one of 11 ATR 72-500s in the fleet operated by Mount Cook Airline on behalf of Air New Zealand Link. It is the second newest AT7 in the fleet, delivered new to NZ in February 2003. Air New Zealand have ordered the ATR 72-600 to add to the fleet and these are being delivered from the end of the year.

This flight was pushed back by 45 minutes, presumably to cater for other flights connecting to ZQN and also to fit more flights into its schedule to cater for the loss of capacity.

GPS tracking:

CHC
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Route
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ZQN
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Leaving the nice departure lounge behind, we were off down a corrugated iron walkway to the plane.

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Dash 8 turning around
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Our AT7
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View from 15D
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I was worried about one aspect of sitting behind the wing and that was the exhaust haze being created. That was all proven correct once the engines were turned on. It basically nullifies the advantage of having a high wing when there’s a great view out the window. Nevertheless, the front seemed rather packed so we remained at the back of the plane. It only took 3 minutes between engine start up and rotation – the good thing about smaller airports is that you can start up and go!

Lining up Runway 02

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Up and away with a view of the international terminal
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Over the Canterbury Plains
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My seat mate moved to a vacant spot on the left hand side of the plane which gave me freedom to move about.

Cabin shot
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Heading for the foothills and the Southern Alps


Lakes Pukaki (L) and Tekapo (R)
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Lake Tekapo
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It was very interesting flying in a turboprop over the highlands. All previous trips were in either 737s or A320s at a much higher altitude. You can compare the level between the above shot and my first accepted A.Net shot:


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The wonderful Lake Pukaki and its mineral rich water
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Lake Hawea
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Lake Wanaka and Wanaka Township
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The landscape is stunning. The flight from Christchurch to Queenstown captures a whole range of different terrains from nearly the coast, over the plains, into the foothills and then the rugged high country, lakes and the odd snow-capped mountains (I suppose more in winter) of Central Otago. A flight I recommend to everyone because pictures don’t give it enough justice!

Flying over Wanaka basically means that you’re pretty close to Queenstown. Descent started not long after and took us on a course over the Crown Range, directly over Cardrona ski field and then somehow around to landing at ZQN. You can see the GPS map above of the route to get into ZQN. I believe jets use a more direct approach.

Heading over the Crown Range
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Cardrona Ski Field directly below. No snow at this time of the year as you can see!
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It seems as though you can almost touch the faces of the mountains
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Dropping into the more fertile basin around Arrowtown
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Nearly there
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Short final over the river
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Touchdown
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Taxiing in with a marvellous view
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And that concluded our hopping joyride down to Queenstown!

Disembarking in wonderful sunshine
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Inside the terminal
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Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-03-31 20:08:16 and read 8443 times.

Beautiful day and a picturesque view as you step out of the terminal
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We decided to do a bit of spotting before heading into town. Queenstown is wonderful for picture taking as the rugged mountainside provides a rather unique backdrop to many pictures. I’d love to go back there in winter when there’s snow on the side of the mountain!

The road out of the airport
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Helicopters and small planes doing scenic flights to/from Milford Sound
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And finally some bigger things

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And then we headed to our hotel (Copthorne Lakeview) for check in. The bus to this hotel from the airport is $5, $1 less than the fare into Queenstown. We found this really good deal on wotif.com which provided 2 Queen sized beds for NZ$92. Not bad, especially when the cost is split in half! It was the “4* Wotif Mystery Hotel” and if you check out all the hotels within that star range, you can generally pick out which hotel it is. Off-peak travelling is great!

Hotel room
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Bathroom
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The beds were really comfortable and it was a great bargain. Obviously it was only going to be used for sleeping in and it wasn’t long before we headed into town.

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We decided not to waste the beautiful day and we took a ride up the gondola. At a rather tourist premium figure of $25 per person, it was by no means cheap but we decided we weren’t going to be back there for a while and forked out for it. We were rewarded with stunning views.

TSS Earnslaw has been serving Lake Wakatipu for many decades
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Queenstown is so picturesque
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Even paragliders enjoy themselves
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And there are always opportunities to do some off-airport spotting!
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Back lakeside
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We decided to go to Pier 19 for dinner. It sits on the waterfront, right where the Earnslaw docks. I was keen for some Bluff Oysters, a delicacy from the south while Globetraveller was after a nice steak. The restaurant had everything we wanted!

Bluff Oysters
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Main course – I had venison
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On our way home, we looked up at the clear sky to admire the many thousands of stars we could see. Next time, we’ll head out into the countryside to repeat that!

Spot the Southern Cross and the Pointers!

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
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22 March 2012

0500 hrs

*siren sounds* “There’s a fire in the building. Please make your way to the nearest exit”


Yeah.. We couldn’t believe what was happening. We were still half asleep as we tried to find our way out of the building and onto the street. Of course, things like that at 5am are likely to be something petty such as burnt toast or maybe one of the kitchen staff having a cigarette. When we got outside, there was no smoke to be seen or to be smelt. There were many grumpy guests as you could imagine and some Chinese tourists didn’t even know what to do. They were peering out from their rooms wondering what on earth had gone on. They didn’t realise that they were to evacuate, especially when another man was telling them that they had to get out of the building. What an event! We watched one woman nearly run us and a few others over while exiting the building with haste. We do suspect she had something to do with the fire alarm. The building was eventually cleared for everyone to return to their rooms but for another few minutes, they had problems turning the fire alarm off. Obviously it spoilt the night and probably everyone’s sleeping patterns too.

Fire trucks arrived a couple of minutes after we had vacated the building
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Our hotel with the fire truck outside
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Our room is in the centre of the frame
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Well, we deserved a little longer sleep after that mishap. We had an afternoon flight out so we were in no rush to go anywhere that morning. It did start to shower too but luckily it dried up; although remaining overcast for the rest of the day. We checked out and received no apology or anything about what happened earlier in the morning which was a shame. In hindsight, we should have taken our time to fill in the survey!

Queenstown, being a tourist town, brings in hefty tourist premiums on prices. We saw astronomical breakfast prices such as NZ$10.50 for a bowl of muesli. I mean seriously, you could walk into a supermarket and buy a whole box plus more for that much. So we settled for a bakery where the combined price of our meal was far less than the amount for that one bowl of muesli. Picture taking of the wonderful scenery had already been ticked off the list so we headed back to the airport to check in and then for more spotting before our flight later that afternoon. Of course when you’re at the airport 4 hours before departure, you nearly have free reign on seating so we happily chose our seats in the Space+ section. The boarding passes were spat out and we headed around the perimeter and back to the nice spot on the opposite side of the runway.

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We stayed right up to the arrival of our aircraft. We were really curious to know which one we’d end up getting. 50% chance of getting one of the All Blacks A320s, 25% chance of getting Air NZ’s newest A320 and 25% of getting one of the other boring white A320. We saw a speck in the hills and as it came closer, its distinct black fuselage confirmed that we’d be taking one of the 2 All Blacks A320s back to Auckland. As it landed, the registration ended up being ZK-OJR – the second A320 to be painted into the All Blacks colour scheme. They look amazing up close!

Touchdown of OJR
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And just like that, our time in beautiful Queenstown was drawing to a close. We walked back to the airport and through security, ready for this flight north.

From the terminal
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Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-03-31 20:11:20 and read 8442 times.

Flight Information

22 March 2012
Routing: Queenstown - Auckland (ZQN-AKL)
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight: NZ 644
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1430hrs
Actual Departure: 1438hrs (pushback), 1451hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1615hrs
Touchdown: 1627hrs
Flight time: 1hr 36min
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Registration: ZK-OJR
Seat: 3A


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As mentioned earlier, ZK-OJR is the second A320 painted in the All Blacks colour scheme. It was delivered new from Airbus on the 10th November 2011. I managed to catch it on its first day of commercial service on 20 Nov; meaning it had been flying for 4 months and 2 days with Air New Zealand. Currently, it’s one of 4 domestically configured A320s which don’t have ETOPS which means they can’t fly them to Australia. The A320s which currently fly the Pacific and Australia routes will eventually replace the 733s when the sharkletted A320s get delivered.

This flight also marked my 100th flight so it’ll remain a memorable flight for quite some time!

GPS data:

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You can clearly see the famous 270 degree turn to depart Queenstown Airport. It’s one fantastic experience. The left hand side is better for the departure itself but you’ll have a view of the ocean for the rest of the flight.

We made our way to the front of the queue to be among the first to board the shiny black plane. With our boarding passes scanned, we were on our way onto the apron to take a much closer look at the shiny new A320.

Looking so good!
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Up the covered stairs to the black door!
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Seats in Space+
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Legroom in forward left Space+


Legroom in forward right Space+
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Interestingly enough, the DEF side in Space+ has more legroom – 35 inches. Not like I need all of that but it’s so good to be able to stretch out!

The engine is still behind Row 5
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Overhead panel
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Note the Electronic Devices sign where the no smoking sign used to be
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View out the left hand side


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Airstairs pulled back, time for pushback
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A plane from Christchurch arrives just before we push back
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Pushback
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Jetstar flight arriving
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Taxiing onto 2305 for back track
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The small cross runway used by things up to the Cessna Grand Caravan/Britten Norman Islander
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Turning around at the end
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Other side view looking down the runway
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Completing the turn
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Rotate!
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Looking southeast down Lake Wakatipu after taking off
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Queenstown on initial climb out prior to the turn. Note the gondola path up the hill
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About 90 degrees around the 270 degree turn; circling Kelvin Heights


Around the same time looking west down Lake Wakatipu
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Queenstown
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View out the right hand side
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Tracking over the airport with a nice view of Queenstown


Above the clouds


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I had no view to the left but Globetraveller was lucky to have a few holes in the clouds for one last look at Central Otago.

Passing by Lake Hawea on the way north
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Service was commenced and completed with the same offerings as usual. After that, I was free to do a little roaming.

Lavatory


Cabin shot
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Ok so by now, you must be wondering why I added golf to the title but haven’t mentioned anything about it. A couple of days out from the flights, it was announced somewhere that Air New Zealand was going to host an in-flight putting tournament at “30,000ft”. This was to promote their sponsorship of the NZ Pro-Am tournament held the following week and was open to people on the selected Air NZ flights between Auckland and Queenstown. If you wished to enter the draw (to win flights to Queenstown, accommodation at the Hilton and VIP passes to the golf), you had to fill in an entry form and then be one of 3 people selected to putt the ball down the aisle and into the hole. It was run in a fashion like how high jump is run but you only have 2 strokes. It was highly amusing and got quite a lot of passengers’ attention! First of all, they rolled the synthetic grass down the aisle and then got the selected people (Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them) to come up one by one and have a go. Air NZ claim that this is a world first so it was great to be able to witness it!

The view down the synthetic grass


One of the many attempts
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As you could see, Globetraveller was in a great position to take photos. His kind seat mates moved over so that he could sit on the aisle and watch the golf putting. We were already over New Plymouth by the time the fun had come to an end and we were just about at the top of descent.

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The funny approach path was made due to the pilots dodging some clouds on the way into the airport.

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The entrance to Manukau Harbour
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LA A343 holding short, heading back to SCL
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Spot the Emirates planes!
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Pulling into the gate
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One last look at the seats
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Cockpit
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And just like that, the joyrides were over. What a great couple of days we had.

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Conclusion

Air New Zealand failed to disappoint once again for domestic flights. They will remain my preferred domestic airline just because they are so reliable and their many frequencies means that you’re unlikely to get stuck somewhere where you don’t necessarily want to be. I reiterate time and time again – if you do come to New Zealand, make sure you book flights into/out of Queenstown! It’s such a great place to fly in and out of.

Stay tuned – over the next few months I hope to get a few more TRs up.


Cheers,
Nicholas



Acknowledgements
Thanks Globetraveller for the awesome trip. Do visit again!


Camera Equipment:
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Previous Trip Reports:
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 1/2: AKL-ZQN-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 1 2008 in Trip Reports)
Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 2/2: AKL-NPE-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 22 2008 in Trip Reports)
Air New Zealand: NZ105 AKL-SYD Economy (by NZ107 Feb 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
A Whale Of A Time: Emirates A380 Inaugural SYD-AKL (by NZ107 Feb 15 2009 in Trip Reports)
NZ Domestic Competition: Part 1 Air NZ AKL-WLG-AKL (by NZ107 Jun 24 2009 in Trip Reports)
NZ Domestic Competition: Part 2 JQ/DJ AKL (by NZ107 Jul 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 1: Air NZ AKL-CHC-AKL (by NZ107 Dec 23 2009 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 2: EK A380 Revisited (by NZ107 Jan 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 3: East Coast Adventure (by NZ107 Feb 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 4: Int'l On Domestic (by NZ107 Feb 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 5: Capital Stopover (by NZ107 Apr 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 6: Homebound On EK A380 (by NZ107 Jun 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Joyrides Down Under Part 7: The DUD Diversion (by NZ107 Jul 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Touch Of Nostalgia - Jumpseating The CV580 (by NZ107 Aug 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
Mission A340: Aerolineas Argentinas A342 AKL-SYD (by NZ107 Sep 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
Mission A340: Emirates A340-500 MEL-AKL (by NZ107 Nov 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
Grabbing A Seat Long Haul: NZ2- The Flagship Route (by NZ107 Dec 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
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Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: jrfspa320
Posted 2012-03-31 20:33:44 and read 8370 times.

Great Pictures, the scenery looks great, i really want to visit the south island now!!
ANZ do seem very innovative with the sky couch and putting down the isle!!!

I love the black livery too, looks great on the B1900s and the A320s
Id have thought the A319s would be more suitable for domestic ops....

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: Quokkas
Posted 2012-03-31 21:10:17 and read 8324 times.

Hi Nicholas,

Fantastic trip report with excellent photography. There is no doubt that New Zealand has some of the world's best scenery ans very different moods depending on the time of year.

The new regional departures area at CHC reminds me of T4 at MAD.

Thanks for sharing a very beautiful journey.

Roy / Quokkas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: ba724
Posted 2012-03-31 23:06:25 and read 8194 times.

Unbelievable scenery around and at Queenstown,I was just blown away with those fantastic photos! Great work! What a superb spotting site you found also at Queenstown.I am booked on a joyride to your country end of May,flying over with Jetstar (cheap fare,and I like flying with them )and returning with Lan Chile.Won't get to Queenstown this time around but believe me its a cert for the next one!That All Black scheme is great!,glad you enjoyed your trip !! Dave

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-04-01 00:10:25 and read 8134 times.

Hi Nicholas (and Globetraveller),

what a stunning comeback! That report is amazing, full of great high-quality pictures! That's definitely one of the best reports here in the last few months. You are a good team!   

And yes, this report reminds me that it's essential to visit Queenstown.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):

A few days out from our travels, Air New Zealand had announced that they were grounding their fleet of 11 ATR 72s as they had found some hairline cracks around the cockpit windows.

What a bad start. At least you could get the problem solved rather quickly.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
To add to this, the weather over the country had been horrible the day before our departure.

Ah, the wind. Sounds somehow familiar...

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Beautiful day and a picturesque view as you step out of the terminal
Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Queenstown is so picturesque

Absolutely fantastic!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
*siren sounds* “There’s a fire in the building. Please make your way to the nearest exit”

You didn't leave anything out, did you?

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
This flight also marked my 100th flight so it’ll remain a memorable flight for quite some time!

Congratulations! Great to see you got one of the All Blacks planes. It looks so new and shiny!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Ok so by now, you must be wondering why I added golf to the title but haven’t mentioned anything about it. A couple of days out from the flights, it was announced somewhere that Air New Zealand was going to host an in-flight putting tournament at “30,000ft”.

Amazing! NZ is such an impressive airline.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Stay tuned – over the next few months I hope to get a few more TRs up.

That's what I hope, too! We need more NZ107 reports here again!


PH

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-01 01:48:23 and read 8027 times.

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 6):
Great Pictures, the scenery looks great, i really want to visit the south island now!!

Thanks, I've been known to do that 
Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 6):
I love the black livery too, looks great on the B1900s and the A320s
Id have thought the A319s would be more suitable for domestic ops....

The black livery looks so good. Especially when you're sitting at the airport having tonnes of boring white planes fly past. I thought that they might have ordered a mixture of the A32X family but I suppose their fleet is quite small and seeing that CASM is generally better on the bigger aircraft, the decision was made only between the A320 and the 738 (and not the A319/737-700 either).

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
Fantastic trip report with excellent photography. There is no doubt that New Zealand has some of the world's best scenery ans very different moods depending on the time of year.

Hi Roy,

Thanks for your comments! Very true - Wanaka is particularly known for wonderful autumn colours. Then you add a dusting of snow onto the mountains to change the look quite drastically. I'm sure some trees would be similar around Queenstown too.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 7):
The new regional departures area at CHC reminds me of T4 at MAD.

Interesting - I wonder if that was where they got their ideas from!

Quoting ba724 (Reply 8):
Unbelievable scenery around and at Queenstown,I was just blown away with those fantastic photos! Great work! What a superb spotting site you found also at Queenstown.

Thanks Dave!

Quoting ba724 (Reply 8):
I am booked on a joyride to your country end of May,flying over with Jetstar (cheap fare,and I like flying with them )and returning with Lan Chile.Won't get to Queenstown this time around but believe me its a cert for the next one!

Nice, have a great trip! JQ fly nonstop to ZQN from Australia too, you know  
If you need some ideas, don't hesitate to ask.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
what a stunning comeback! That report is amazing, full of great high-quality pictures! That's definitely one of the best reports here in the last few months. You are a good team!

Hi Udo,

Thanks a lot for your compliments! I'm sure you get that feeling when you're writing it and looking at all the HTML/BB code thinking how boring it is... It all comes together when it gets published here! It was great having some kind of company on this trip.. Made it far more enjoyable than solo travelling.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
And yes, this report reminds me that it's essential to visit Queenstown.

I might have another one to write at the end of the year!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
What a bad start. At least you could get the problem solved rather quickly.

In the end, it didn't really matter seeing that the majority of the WLG-CHC flight would have been cloudy anyway. But yes, great work by NZ to reschedule everything accordingly!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):

You didn't leave anything out, did you?

I don't think so! But it did add something to the trip! Such a shame though as it ruined a perfectly good night's sleep (and hence my thoughts of the hotel, especially after that person nearly ran us over).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Congratulations! Great to see you got one of the All Blacks planes. It looks so new and shiny!

Thanks! Only time would tell before I got on one of them I suppose.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):

That's what I hope, too! We need more NZ107 reports here again!

Haha. You're someone who would be well aware of the effort that goes into making these! And the time consumed in doing so. But I do hope to get more up soon.


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-04-01 06:07:38 and read 7822 times.

A great trip report, thanks for posting!
Some amazing scenery along the way, New Zealand sure is an impressive country.

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-04-01 08:28:23 and read 7710 times.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 10):
Thanks a lot for your compliments!

You're welcome!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 10):
I'm sure you get that feeling when you're writing it and looking at all the HTML/BB code thinking how boring it is...

Oh yes...

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 10):
Made it far more enjoyable than solo travelling.

No doubt about that. I'm looking forward to two special flights together with an A.netter in May.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 10):
You're someone who would be well aware of the effort that goes into making these! And the time consumed in doing so.

Yep, horribly time consuming...


PH

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-04-01 11:06:47 and read 7587 times.

Nicholas,

Many thanks for coming back, after 14 months! I did not even realise it was this long!  

What an amazing journey you and Globetraveller had! There is no better feeling than combining that 'picturesque' part with aviation   The photos are absolutely stunning, and so is New Zealand! I really need to go beyond Auckland!

I suppose it didn't turn out too bad in the end, as you at least got one ATR journey! And i totally agree in that they are perfect for scenic flights, as they proved so whilst i was in Tahiti.

A very nice hotel you guys stayed in, and definitely a type of hotel i would pick to add more flavor to the theme   Scenes at Queenstown were absolutely breathtaking, from the spotting, to the lakes, the landscape, and gosh, even the terrain to and from in-flight! WOW!

I also liked CHC's terminal, check-in area, and especially the regional portion. Wouldn't mind arriving there on an EK flight from DXB (and of course giving NZ a try from there too)  

Thanks for sharing this with us, and when are we to expect your new series of long-haul TRs?  


Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-04-01 13:48:13 and read 7494 times.

Hi Nicholas !

Thanks for amazing report with amazing pictures !

Queenstown looks very scenic and I need to visit some day. Looks like a lot of great flights and extra bonus to get ZK-OJR on the return. I saw it here at LAX on delivery in November. Looks great but too bad with the smaller Koru logo.

Looking forward to your adventures to/from/in Europe!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-01 17:46:57 and read 7356 times.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
A great trip report, thanks for posting!
Some amazing scenery along the way, New Zealand sure is an impressive country.

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your comments! It's always my pleasure to share my backyard with the rest of the world!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 13):
Many thanks for coming back, after 14 months! I did not even realise it was this long!

Hey Roni,

Haha I never left   But now I have no excuse to sit around doing nothing! It was a long time.. I had planned doing one mid last year of a charter flight but just never got around to it. I'll start/finish the semi-planned ones first.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 13):
What an amazing journey you and Globetraveller had! There is no better feeling than combining that 'picturesque' part with aviation The photos are absolutely stunning, and so is New Zealand! I really need to go beyond Auckland!

Short and sweet! Haha. You know why I return time and time again to ZQN. Indeed, you do need to travel beyond Auckland but now you've explored it, you're free to explore other parts of the country!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 13):
I suppose it didn't turn out too bad in the end, as you at least got one ATR journey! And i totally agree in that they are perfect for scenic flights, as they proved so whilst i was in Tahiti.

Yeah, Globetraveller was initially keen on getting an ATR so thankfully it worked out and we didn't get jets subbed for everything! The one horrible aspect of sitting behind the wing is the amount of exhaust haze you get in your photos. I've deliberately chosen a seat at the front for my next ATR flight because of this. But you can still see out the window and get a feel for the surrounds.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 13):
A very nice hotel you guys stayed in, and definitely a type of hotel i would pick to add more flavor to the theme

Haha, included in the package is the chance of a fire alarm wake up call   I would say that most of the hotels are rather standard around Queenstown. I've stayed in 2 and they seem fine. But all you're really doing is sleeping!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 13):
Scenes at Queenstown were absolutely breathtaking, from the spotting, to the lakes, the landscape, and gosh, even the terrain to and from in-flight! WOW!

Yep.. It has that certain wow factor to it, especially if you're an adrenalin junkie! If we hired a car, we could have seen much more. I suppose that's saved for next time!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 13):
I also liked CHC's terminal, check-in area, and especially the regional portion. Wouldn't mind arriving there on an EK flight from DXB (and of course giving NZ a try from there too)

Hopefully it'll be complete in a couple of years.. The domestic side at least. That'd be great to get away for a couple of days! Just a milk mileage run away, you know  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 13):
Thanks for sharing this with us, and when are we to expect your new series of long-haul TRs?

You're welcome; and thank Globetraveller for making it all the way down here!
Don't ask haha  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Thanks for amazing report with amazing pictures !

Thanks Lars!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Queenstown looks very scenic and I need to visit some day. Looks like a lot of great flights and extra bonus to get ZK-OJR on the return. I saw it here at LAX on delivery in November. Looks great but too bad with the smaller Koru logo.

Indeed, it's a must do if you make it all the way down here! OJR was a nice treat. I see so many korus so I'm not too fussed - if you're spotting down here, I'm sure you'd get bored of seeing so many white 733s and A320s that anything of any other colour (especially the black ones) would be very appealing!


Thanks again everyone!

Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-04-01 18:39:23 and read 7332 times.

Another great report about domestic flying with Air NZ! The photograph quality is amazing - very impressive. The A320 in that livery looks really cool - Air NZ is definitely a very stylish airline, and has become even more so over the past few years.

What a fun 2 days of travel!

Best,

Matthew

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-04-02 00:25:02 and read 7214 times.

Hi Nicholas,

A truly stunning report, which features it all: superb pics of stunning scenery, a kinda special flight on that awesome All Black plane, rain and sunshine, a fire alert in the middle of the night. Talking about entertainment and for all of us to enjoy at a fraction of a cost in comparison to what you’ve spent on that trip  I’m glad to see you had some nice company, both in terms of having a travel mate as in having a picture taking mate. Kudos to you both for the amazing job.
And I’m happy to see that on the other side of the globe it’s also possible to do some great joyride flights. Bring it on!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
First to board the plane

That looks like a completely refurbished 733: good looking two tone seats and even drop down monitors.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
I haven’t found out what this was all about yet.

Perhaps some fire drill exercise?

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
1 of 3 All Black Beech 1900Ds

That’s a cute little bugger, but the A320 in the same livery impresses me more  

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The landscape is stunning. The flight from Christchurch to Queenstown captures a whole range of different terrains from nearly the coast, over the plains, into the foothills and then the rugged high country, lakes and the odd snow-capped mountains (I suppose more in winter) of Central Otago.

Wow, I’m in awe...

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Looking so good!

No doubt about that and it’s all in the details, like the white border on the door, the black seats and the green carpet (for a while  )

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Air NZ claim that this is a world first so it was great to be able to witness it!

Yes, they most probably have a premiere with that!

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: buck3y3nut
Posted 2012-04-02 07:34:13 and read 7092 times.

Fantastic report and really great pictures. The golf thing was amusing  
Thanks a lot for this report...
Cheers

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: signol
Posted 2012-04-02 11:52:13 and read 7009 times.

Hi Nicholas,

excellent, thanks! Some fantastic pictures there. Southern NZ is for sure one of the most scenic places on earth.

Did you have to pay extra for the Space + seats, or just make sure you check in early?

The gold was amusing too, did the pilots try to "affect" things by banking at all?  

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-04-02 12:26:05 and read 6989 times.

Nicholas,

What a way to whet my appetite. I am now more more excited than ever! Thank you so much for the copius scenic photos and all the shots of Queenstown, we have 4 nights there and I cannot wait. Also the views of lakes Pukaki & Tekapo are simply stunning.

Is the NZ weather always that unpredictable?! It’s a bit like the North/South divide here in the Alps. What a contrast.

That new regional departure area in CHC looks very smart. And the golf idea on ANZ is also rather amusing. I'm really looking forward to trying ANZ out, most likely a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
1 of 3 All Black Beech 1900Ds

So cute, where do they fly to?

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Cardrona Ski Field directly below. No snow at this time of the year as you can see!

Incredible to see the mountains so close, just breathtaking.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
At a rather tourist premium figure of $25 per person, it was by no means cheap but we decided we weren’t going to be back there for a while and forked out for it. We were rewarded with stunning views.

Sounds like Swiss prices! Perhaps we’ll walk up!!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
TSS Earnslaw has been serving Lake Wakatipu for many decades

Must take a ride on her when we’re there.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Queenstown, being a tourist town, brings in hefty tourist premiums on prices. We saw astronomical breakfast prices such as NZ$10.50 for a bowl of muesli. I mean seriously, you could walk into a supermarket and buy a whole box plus more for that much. So we settled for a bakery where the combined price of our meal was far less than the amount for that one bowl of muesli.

So, any good tips for breakfast ? We’re on a room only basis.

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Currently, it’s one of 4 domestically configured A320s which don’t have ETOPS which means they can’t fly them to Australia

Damn, you shouldn’t have told me that!! I was hoping to catch it on the CHC-SYD leg 
Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
if you do come to New Zealand, make sure you book flights into/out of Queenstown! It’s such a great place to fly in and out of.

I’d love to, just have to see if we can fit it into the schedule……

Happy joyrides!
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-02 15:48:58 and read 6920 times.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 16):
Another great report about domestic flying with Air NZ! The photograph quality is amazing - very impressive. The A320 in that livery looks really cool - Air NZ is definitely a very stylish airline, and has become even more so over the past few years.

What a fun 2 days of travel!

Thanks Matthew! Glad you enjoyed.

Yeah, they are a rather stylish airline - something helped along a lot by their CEO, Rob Fyfe.

It was extremely fun!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

A truly stunning report, which features it all: superb pics of stunning scenery, a kinda special flight on that awesome All Black plane, rain and sunshine, a fire alert in the middle of the night. Talking about entertainment and for all of us to enjoy at a fraction of a cost in comparison to what you’ve spent on that trip I’m glad to see you had some nice company, both in terms of having a travel mate as in having a picture taking mate. Kudos to you both for the amazing job.
And I’m happy to see that on the other side of the globe it’s also possible to do some great joyride flights. Bring it on!

Hi Nils,

Thanks for your comments! Indeed, quite a lot happened in a couple of days! I'm glad all of you have enjoyed it.. But as I say time and time again, photos don't show the entire picture! You have to come and experience it for yourself!  
It's great having a fellow aviation enthusiast come along - if it was any other friend, we'd probably be separated at the airport!

Haha of course. I have hardly explored Australia as well.. Let this be the invitation for you to come down!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
That looks like a completely refurbished 733: good looking two tone seats and even drop down monitors.

Air NZ have had drop down monitors on their 733s for a while now. I think they refitted them in maybe around 2008 (not too sure about the exact date).

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Perhaps some fire drill exercise?

Hahahaha. I'm not quite sure whether waking up all the guests and making them grumpy/mad at 5am is quite the way to perform a fire drill! It wasn't a good look. And it'd probably cast a doubt over some guests who will probably choose a different hotel for their next visit to Queenstown.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
That’s a cute little bugger, but the A320 in the same livery impresses me more

Yeah, I like the A320 best, though the 77W is impressive due to the size. The only thing the 77W lacks is black engine cowlings - which would ultimately make that one far more impressive.

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 18):
Fantastic report and really great pictures. The golf thing was amusing
Thanks a lot for this report...

Thanks Buck3y3nut! The golf was amusing from our perspective too!
A pleasure bringing it to you all.

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
excellent, thanks! Some fantastic pictures there. Southern NZ is for sure one of the most scenic places on earth.

You're welcome, signol! It is a wonderful place.

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
Did you have to pay extra for the Space + seats, or just make sure you check in early?

Space+ is prioritised for *G and Koru Club members. However if they don't preselect their seats/not enough of them are on the flight, those empty seats become available for anyone to select when they check in using the kiosks. So depending on who you are/what sort of status you have, it varies. But it does pay off to select those forward seats!

Quoting signol (Reply 19):
The gold was amusing too, did the pilots try to "affect" things by banking at all?

Haha. I was wondering if they would but they remained on course and flew straight  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
What a way to whet my appetite. I am now more more excited than ever! Thank you so much for the copius scenic photos and all the shots of Queenstown, we have 4 nights there and I cannot wait. Also the views of lakes Pukaki & Tekapo are simply stunning.

Hi Hannah,

Thanks for your comments! Not a problem. But you'll come to appreciate that what you see in real life beats that of pictures   I'm sure you'll have a whole lot of fun! Views are just as good from ground level of places such as lakes Pukaki and Tekapo.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Is the NZ weather always that unpredictable?! It’s a bit like the North/South divide here in the Alps. What a contrast.

Some say that NZ weather is the most unpredictable in the world. The sea temperature has a huge influence and so does Australia. Not only that but the Southern Alps runs the length of the South Island so you might have torrential rain on the West Coast but it could be hot on the East (or vice versa). Hopefully the weather will be ok for when you're here. There's currently a tropical cyclone (rather unusual for April I must say!) which will be passing about 1500km east of the North Island in a day or so.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
So cute, where do they fly to?

They serve nearly all the regional ports in New Zealand bar ZQN, IVC, DUD, NPL, NPE and PPQ I think. The ports mentioned here either have less frequencies with bigger planes or just have much higher demand requiring the Dash 8 or AT7.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Sounds like Swiss prices! Perhaps we’ll walk up!!

You wouldn't be wrong there! When you get to the base of the hill, you'll see it's quite an ascent plus it's a downhill mountain bike track. There could be a separate walking path - probably best to ask somewhere first. I'm sure it'd be worth it if you had the whole day to do it!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):

Must take a ride on her when we’re there.

It's a pleasant journey, a stark contrast to the jetboat thrill rides which ply the rivers around Lake Wakatipu!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
So, any good tips for breakfast ? We’re on a room only basis.

There are supermarkets around so if you wanted, you could just buy some cereal. That bakery we went to was rather decent (Queenstown Bakery, 15 Shotover St) and there are fast food options if you are so inclined  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 20):
Damn, you shouldn’t have told me that!! I was hoping to catch it on the CHC-SYD leg

Haha, sorry!

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-04-02 16:03:04 and read 6912 times.

HI Nicholas,

You are doing your country proud, well you and Globetraveller between you, with those staggering photos. Really great stuff.

And congratulations as you develop your passion for photography too.. Just don't turn your back on the excellent TR's you do please.

Really glad to see AirNZ's light-hearted, good-humoured, quality approach to airtravel continues. Between the golf putting and that April Fools.

I also liked your GPS tracking of approaches into the airport. Suppose this might get a little more dynamic for flights into LHR etc...

Rgds

Luke!

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-03 03:08:10 and read 6738 times.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
You are doing your country proud, well you and Globetraveller between you, with those staggering photos. Really great stuff.

Hey Luke!

Cheers mate, always willing to help this country of mine out   Glad you enjoyed!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
And congratulations as you develop your passion for photography too.. Just don't turn your back on the excellent TR's you do please.

As long as there's something interesting to write.. Then, well... Hopefully I can squeeze something in! Once you get the bug, it's hard to shake off! But yeah, I suppose time will be the only factor against me in the coming years.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
Really glad to see AirNZ's light-hearted, good-humoured, quality approach to airtravel continues. Between the golf putting and that April Fools.

Indeed, I hope it stays that way. It's always a pleasure to fly with them and I've always had great experiences. Then you add in the fun stuff like playing a bit of golf on a plane which makes it much more friendly!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
I also liked your GPS tracking of approaches into the airport. Suppose this might get a little more dynamic for flights into LHR etc...

Yeah too bad the battery doesn't last for a long haul flight (though with a USB cable, anything's possible). I took my watch with me but either never remembered to fetch it out of my suitcase or just couldn't be bothered. It would have been fun to see the numerous laps of a certain holding pattern that were completed! Then again, all the radars have LHR etc covered whereas ZQN is nestled in the mountains and no radar can actually track what the plane does near ground level; and I also wanted to see the path myself!

Any more trips planned?


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-04-03 10:37:25 and read 6589 times.

Hi Nicholas.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23):
As long as there's something interesting to write.

Ach, well, there is always something when it is aviation related. Sadly I don't seem to get onto some of the more exotic birds that members of this forum do. One day....

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23):
it's hard to shake off!

It is indeed. I enjoy the writing, but it is prohibitively time-consuming.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23):
It would have been fun to see the numerous laps of a certain holding pattern that were completed!

I should think. ATC around the London area is fascinating. Overflew it an 39,000 ft last week on a clear day and was staggered!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23):
Any more trips planned?

Yeah, always. Aviationwise, it will be quiet. But I think off to teach English somewhere within the next month, to make a few pennies to keep up the travelling. Also, I suspect Airtravel will really go up in price in the next 10 years, so making the most of that.

What about yourself? Head down to study now?

L!

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-04-03 13:31:58 and read 6526 times.

Hi Nicolas

Great trip report, nice to see some NZ domestic flying. Great quality pictures and maps.
Interesting to see different interiors going around. Especially the rugby plane.


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: okapi
Posted 2012-04-03 14:31:48 and read 6519 times.

What a great report! Among my favourites, definitely. I'm such a fan of the NZ Rugby Livery and that A320 looks just gorgeous. Stunning pictures and a great story to read.

Thanks for sharing.
oKp

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: aerorobnz
Posted 2012-04-04 03:28:07 and read 6421 times.

I sat in 3A aboard ZK-OJR WLG-AKL earlier this week... agreed, very comfortable. Have now flown 3 out of 6 of the Black planes. I did a very similar type of jaunt myself last year AKL-WLG-NSN-WLG-CHC-IVC-CHC-WLG-CHC-IVC-CHC-AKL when the $1 seats came up. NZ is a great country to fly over. A nice read.

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-04 22:01:45 and read 6304 times.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
Ach, well, there is always something when it is aviation related. Sadly I don't seem to get onto some of the more exotic birds that members of this forum do. One day....

To some extent.. But from my BA short haul experiences in Jan, it seems rather boring to be doing anything on that!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
I enjoy the writing, but it is prohibitively time-consuming.

Indeed, one thing which will affect future reports.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
I should think. ATC around the London area is fascinating. Overflew it an 39,000 ft last week on a clear day and was staggered!

It was even super interesting from ground level on a fine day! You could actually see the holding patterns in various parts and also watch them exit the pattern and head for the runway! Amazing.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
But I think off to teach English somewhere within the next month, to make a few pennies to keep up the travelling

Oh awesome! Have fun!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):

What about yourself? Head down to study now?

Job hunting.. Haha. Graduating at the end of this month.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 25):

Great trip report, nice to see some NZ domestic flying. Great quality pictures and maps.
Interesting to see different interiors going around. Especially the rugby plane.

Thanks Marc! NZ domestic flying is getting a little boring I must admit.. But then when you do some long hauls, it makes things interesting! An old 733's interior is never going to outdo a brand new A320. But I would have loved to see a 738 in NZ colours with the Boeing Sky Interior.

Quoting okapi (Reply 26):
What a great report! Among my favourites, definitely. I'm such a fan of the NZ Rugby Livery and that A320 looks just gorgeous. Stunning pictures and a great story to read.

Thanks Okapi! That A320 looks amazing and even better in real life!

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 27):
I sat in 3A aboard ZK-OJR WLG-AKL earlier this week... agreed, very comfortable. Have now flown 3 out of 6 of the Black planes. I did a very similar type of jaunt myself last year AKL-WLG-NSN-WLG-CHC-IVC-CHC-WLG-CHC-IVC-CHC-AKL when the $1 seats came up. NZ is a great country to fly over. A nice read.

Thanks Rob! Haha nice seat selection   It was good to be able to book a seat fare but still have the whole plane available to select from. Is your aim to get on all 6? I suppose having timetables etc helps your cause a little when trying to find them if you were inclined in doing so! Wow, what a journey.. Yours would have cost so much less than my one!


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: N178UA
Posted 2012-04-05 07:11:37 and read 6193 times.

Hi Nicholas

Great to read your Trip Report again!  

Both Gloetraveller and your pictures are beautiful and I can tell how much you guys enjoyed NZ trip.

And one photo of very significance to my life :

http://www.nickyoungphotos.com/photos/i-G986rCw/0/L/i-G986rCw-L.jpg

I got engaged at this very spot.   Actually in the cable car but we celebrated there. On that morning Vicki (my fault) smashed her car in Sydney and in the afternoon, we got engaged in Queenstown under the best Autumn weather , what a day!

I enjoy looking at the fantastic scenery of NZ. Always make us want to go back again. Wonder why NZ have so much better scenery and food than Australia, which is a lot more overpriced!

Sam

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: palmjet
Posted 2012-04-05 07:32:26 and read 6184 times.

Hi Nicholas

I really enjoyed your report - pics are, as always, fantastic. Thanks for taking us all on this trip down to Queenstown. It looks so incredibly pretty. I've only ever been to the North Island and everyone always says - you should have gone to the South Island, but alas, I was on a school trip to NZ and that was back in 1987. I remember being in WLG and seeing how close the airport is to the surrounding suburbs - in fact, I was staying in Lyall Bay, so your pics brought back some nice memories.

Thanks again - Palmjet

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-06 10:26:27 and read 6057 times.

Welcome back Nicholas,

Good to know you’re safe and sound in New Zealand. It has been a long time that I read a report of yours because I know it will be a great treat of massive beautiful photo collection.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
Every Air NZ domestic flight begins here

Cool start! I love the spirit!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
Boarding in Auckland is done by what type of seat you have so all those with window seats and their accomplices (plus Star Gold, Koru etc) are invited to board first. This meant we were first down the air bridge and first onto the plane.

What if your travel companion happens to be assigned on a middle seat?

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
we picked some Space+ seats in the 737 which meant extra legroom.

Did it come at additional cost?

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
Wouldn’t it be great to have an office permanently above the weather on the ground!

Definitely! Along with a gym!  


Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
New regional departures area

Wow, I love the cozy furniture all over the place!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
A flight I recommend to everyone because pictures don’t give it enough justice!

Hannah will be doing it very soon. I can hardly wait to hear about her experience.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
Bathroom

I see you!  


Quoting NZ107 (Reply 3):
Queenstown is so picturesque

Breathtaking!  Wow!


Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Up the covered stairs to the black door!

Gorgeous!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
(Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them)

That ‘s not fair! How I wish you to win the game and get the VIP treatment. 


Thanks for sharing.

Happy Easter,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-04-06 13:43:24 and read 6027 times.

Hi, Nicholas,

great pictures from the other end of the world. At least from my actual point of view.
Looks like you had good company around with also nice planes to fly on, well done.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-04-06 14:32:34 and read 5999 times.

Hey Nicholas,

fantastic report, wonderful photos from both of you!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
Every Air NZ domestic flight begins here

Looks good for such an area

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
The pilot came on over the PA and notified us that we’d be flying at a lower altitude of 22,000-23,000ft due to the strong winds higher up and because of this, there would be no service on the flight.

Nonsense of course. They stay at FL230 to have a smooth ride...

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
Mind you, the flight wasn’t that bumpy and they could have done a service. I suppose they were just not sure if they’d hit any bad patches or not.

...and some turbulence can always happen. That's always a risk of flight. Quite easy to say 'no service'

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
we saw something rather peculiar in the distance – foam on the ground with fire trucks and ambulances around. I haven’t found out what this was all about yet.

A emergency test?

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Beech 1900Ds

Have to fly on this type soon... looks so cute!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
New regional departures area

Another great design here. Well done!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
Stay tuned – over the next few months I hope to get a few more TRs up.

I bet you do!

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-06 17:56:46 and read 5969 times.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 29):
Great to read your Trip Report again!

Hi Sam, Thanks for your comments! It felt good to get another up after a while.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 29):
Both Gloetraveller and your pictures are beautiful and I can tell how much you guys enjoyed NZ trip.

Thanks! It was a fantastic trip.

Quoting N178UA (Reply 29):
I got engaged at this very spot. Actually in the cable car but we celebrated there. On that morning Vicki (my fault) smashed her car in Sydney and in the afternoon, we got engaged in Queenstown under the best Autumn weather , what a day!

Oh wow! Didn't realise it was in the gondola but I suppose why not seeing you have this little capsule to yourselves and a great view to add to it! Indeed, what a day - you're lucky she made it through all those events that day!  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 30):
I really enjoyed your report - pics are, as always, fantastic. Thanks for taking us all on this trip down to Queenstown. It looks so incredibly pretty.

Thanks Palmjet! It was my pleasure. It is such a wonderful place to visit.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 30):
I've only ever been to the North Island and everyone always says - you should have gone to the South Island, but alas, I was on a school trip to NZ and that was back in 1987. I remember being in WLG and seeing how close the airport is to the surrounding suburbs - in fact, I was staying in Lyall Bay, so your pics brought back some nice memories.

Haha. Everyone's right with that one I think! As nice as the North Island can be, it'll always be trumped by the South Island. Time to explore it sometime, I suppose!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Good to know you’re safe and sound in New Zealand. It has been a long time that I read a report of yours because I know it will be a great treat of massive beautiful photo collection.

Thanks Suryo! Maybe it wasn't quite the photo collection you were looking out for!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
What if your travel companion happens to be assigned on a middle seat?

That's the definition of 'accomplices' - anyone who is travelling with those in window seats are welcomed to board at that time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Did it come at additional cost?

No - you're free to select the seats if they're available. When pre-selecting your seat before your flight (if your booking fare allows that), only Star Gold and Koru Club members are entitled to select these seats. So if you wanted these seats all the time, you'd need to be a member of either/or. Otherwise, you have to be lucky.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Wow, I love the cozy furniture all over the place!

It's very interesting but unfortunately, the seats are a bit hard.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Hannah will be doing it very soon. I can hardly wait to hear about her experience.

Nor can I!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 32):

great pictures from the other end of the world. At least from my actual point of view.
Looks like you had good company around with also nice planes to fly on, well done.

Thanks Markus! Good company is always appreciated!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
fantastic report, wonderful photos from both of you!

Thanks Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
They stay at FL230 to have a smooth ride...

Indeed, which was implied as we had encountered a bit of a rough climb towards the normal cruising altitude.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
...and some turbulence can always happen. That's always a risk of flight. Quite easy to say 'no service'

Indeed, however knowing that the high winds going across the aircraft weren't affecting us at the lower altitude, it seemed as though the rest of the flight would proceed without too many bumps.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
A emergency test?

Surely no hotel performs a test at 5am! It was so disorganised on behalf of the staff that we didn't even see anyone directing anyone to get outside or anything like that.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
Have to fly on this type soon... looks so cute!

I flew on one in 2005 - a 20 minute flight. You can do domestic flights in NZ which are about 1 hr 20 in one of these.


Happy Easter!

Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-04-12 15:08:19 and read 5710 times.

Hi there,
very nice trip report with high quality pictures!
Stunning scenery of New Zeeland!
Very nice domestic terminal at christchurch and sure love the NZ all black livery!

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-15 03:34:15 and read 5591 times.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 35):
very nice trip report with high quality pictures!
Stunning scenery of New Zeeland!
Very nice domestic terminal at christchurch and sure love the NZ all black livery!

Thanks Brendan! With such good scenery, you can't go wrong with the pictures  

Indeed, wish Auckland's terminal inside looked a bit more like that one. And that black plane is a crowd pleaser!


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: initious
Posted 2012-04-25 03:51:52 and read 5289 times.

G'day Nicholas!

Nice to see you back on a.net again! AKL looks nice a nice airport, I should visit there someday!

Nice 733 on a short domestic hop, although I'd prefer the A320 (ZK-OJS) that pushed back earlier on also to WLG. Despite being more than 10 years old, the plane looks pretty new inside. The wing of the 733 looks beautiful too! There's sort of some rustic charm in the 737 classic's wings for me.

Flying at FL220-FL230 is pretty low for your flight, like you mentioned. However, I guess it allows you to have a nicer view of things on the ground. What kind of snacks do they usually serve on this sector anyway?

Wing views on the WLG-CHC flight looks great as per the previous flight. I guess they serve the biscuits and water for AKL-WLG normally too? Wonder what they would serve if it is a AKL-CHC flight instead?

Moving on to your ZQN adventure, I remember how you mentioned that the ATR 72 is almost non existant in your area but now you've got it. Nice pictures of the helicopter. The Jetstar plane sorta reminds me of the flight tomorrow that'll bring me back to SIN. :P

Hotel in ZQN looks pretty nice and for the price I'd certainly look into that hotel next time I go to NZ.

YOU ARE MAKING ME JEALOUS WITH THE BLUFF OYSTERS!

They look wonderful! I notice they are "flatter" compared to those I had before which are "deeper". How much was it for that dozen?

Congrats for getting the All Blacks A320 back to AKL! What an interesting 270 degree turn out of ZQN. Guess the mountains to the north did not help much. :p I always thought NZ has PTVs on all their A320s but apparently I was wrong. Probably only on their A320s that ply the trans-Tasman routes?

It's so amazing that you can play golf at FL350 eh? NZ never fails to amuse us! I'm admiring them more and more.

Hope to see more TRs from you, especially the IVC one!

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-27 00:39:02 and read 4976 times.

Hi Daniel, thanks for your comments!

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
AKL looks nice a nice airport, I should visit there someday!

Yeah, it's pretty nice. I still prefer HKG but I'm sure most would.

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
Nice 733 on a short domestic hop, although I'd prefer the A320 (ZK-OJS) that pushed back earlier on also to WLG.

I suppose. But the difference in price was quite a bit for half an hour difference in departure. Not worth it for such a short flight. And the interior is exactly the same as what was in OJR - nice but something which will be around for at least the next 12-15 years.

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
However, I guess it allows you to have a nicer view of things on the ground

If it's not cloudy, of course  
Quoting initious (Reply 37):
What kind of snacks do they usually serve on this sector anyway?
Quoting initious (Reply 37):
I guess they serve the biscuits and water for AKL-WLG normally too? Wonder what they would serve if it is a AKL-CHC flight instead?

Bingo. Same snacks during 'normal times' on all jet flights. There's something else offered during 'dinner time' - 5:30-7:30. But this is peak time and fares are usually a bit more expensive.

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
I remember how you mentioned that the ATR 72 is almost non existant in your area but now you've got it

Really? When did I say that?   Air NZ has had a few for a while and now VA have a small fleet too. First logged it in 2002 haha.

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
The Jetstar plane sorta reminds me of the flight tomorrow that'll bring me back to SIN.

I wonder why  
Quoting initious (Reply 37):
Hotel in ZQN looks pretty nice and for the price I'd certainly look into that hotel next time I go to NZ.

Off peak travel usually means a lot of cheap hotel rooms. Just don't try getting a place during peak ski season!

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
YOU ARE MAKING ME JEALOUS WITH THE BLUFF OYSTERS!

Haha.

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
They look wonderful! I notice they are "flatter" compared to those I had before which are "deeper". How much was it for that dozen?

Normal oysters are deeper than Bluff ones. It's nearly like comparing a bowl with a plate. Quite a bit per dozen - NZ$50?

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
Congrats for getting the All Blacks A320 back to AKL! What an interesting 270 degree turn out of ZQN. Guess the mountains to the north did not help much. :p I always thought NZ has PTVs on all their A320s but apparently I was wrong. Probably only on their A320s that ply the trans-Tasman routes?

Haha thanks. It's a great turn after a short field takeoff. I think it just provides a safe climbout and enough distance to climb above mountains if something goes wrong. NZ has PTVs in all their International A320s but these ones (ZK-OAB,OJQ/R/S) are specifically for domestic flying and don't have PTVs. With the longest flight at around 1.5 hrs, there's no real need to PTVs as you can't watch a movie and the extra weight is probably undesirable.

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
It's so amazing that you can play golf at FL350 eh? NZ never fails to amuse us! I'm admiring them more and more.

It was only on for about a week but yeah, it did provide a but of fun on the flight. Everyone enjoyed it so I'd expect it to happen next year too.

Quoting initious (Reply 37):
Hope to see more TRs from you, especially the IVC one!

Haha, no idea if I'll ever be able to churn that one out!


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: 777ER
Posted 2012-04-27 10:23:29 and read 4865 times.

Excellent report. Always nice to read about Air NZ and or domestic NZL flights here.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
As we were taxiing into the gate, we saw something rather peculiar in the distance – foam on the ground with fire trucks and ambulances around. I haven’t found out what this was all about yet.

It was a joint Ambulance, Fire, Airport Fire and Police aircraft crash training exercise

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-05-03 05:23:05 and read 4605 times.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 39):
Excellent report. Always nice to read about Air NZ and or domestic NZL flights here.

Thanks Jase! One more on NZ to come from me at the end of the year.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 39):

It was a joint Ambulance, Fire, Airport Fire and Police aircraft crash training exercise

Right, thanks. It looked much bigger than a training exercise judging by the amount of foam used!


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: 777ER
Posted 2012-05-03 08:12:10 and read 4555 times.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 40):
Quoting 777ER (Reply 39):

It was a joint Ambulance, Fire, Airport Fire and Police aircraft crash training exercise

Right, thanks. It looked much bigger than a training exercise judging by the amount of foam used!

Heres the pictures from the exercise http://www.111emergency.co.nz/S-W/WgtnAirportEx2012.htm

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-05-10 13:01:41 and read 4323 times.

Hi Nicholas,

Finally found the time to enjoy the report and pictures.

I have so say the scenery is just stunning, I've always wanted to visit NZ, your pictures bring it home as a reminder as to why.

The flying looks good, especially on the last flight, love the shiny black fuselage on that A320 - seat's look great, very comfy looking and with the extra legroom, very nice!

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-05-15 03:54:15 and read 4158 times.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 41):

Wow, I'm impressed it's covered so extensively.


Hi Mark, thanks for finding the time and stopping by!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 42):
I have so say the scenery is just stunning, I've always wanted to visit NZ, your pictures bring it home as a reminder as to why.

It's all waiting! Each season brings a different flavour to things down in Central Otago.. Keep an eye out for Hannah's TR. Hope you can make it down here someday; it's a true RTW when you come down under!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 42):
The flying looks good, especially on the last flight, love the shiny black fuselage on that A320 - seat's look great, very comfy looking and with the extra legroom, very nice!

I've never really managed to secure the extra legroom Space+ seats and it's funny that I buy the cheapest fare to get there! Those new A320s are great - a step up from the 733s. Even friends of mine are disappoined if they get a 733 these days!


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-05-16 11:04:59 and read 3968 times.

Hi Nicholas,

Just had to re-read this one as it means so much more to me now I've visited the places. I'm so excited at the pictures of Wanaka and Queenstown and the TSS Earnslaw!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
We decided to go to Pier 19 for dinner. It sits on the waterfront, right where the Earnslaw docks. I was keen for some Bluff Oysters, a delicacy from the south while Globetraveller was after a nice steak. The restaurant had everything we wanted!

I saw that restaurant and the oysters they were advertising and guessed it might have been where you ate, turns out I was right!

Can you please do a flight from WLG-NSN when the sun is shining?! I think you'd have some rather nice views. The approach into NSN is right over Tahunanui beach where we went for a stroll......

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: Domestic Joyriding With Globetraveller; Sky Golf?
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-05-18 04:47:48 and read 3807 times.

Hi again Hannah,

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
Just had to re-read this one as it means so much more to me now I've visited the places. I'm so excited at the pictures of Wanaka and Queenstown and the TSS Earnslaw!

It's always the case that once you've been there and the place is familiar, it means so much more to you! I'm sure I'll be looking at your pictures saying things about my experiences around the country.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):
I saw that restaurant and the oysters they were advertising and guessed it might have been where you ate, turns out I was right!

It's unmissable - what a great place to have restaurant.. However much more enjoyable in summer!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 44):

Can you please do a flight from WLG-NSN when the sun is shining?! I think you'd have some rather nice views. The approach into NSN is right over Tahunanui beach where we went for a stroll......

I've always wanted to fly to Nelson.. But on a student's budget, it was always a seemingly far-fetched destination. Air NZ has s monopoly and frequencies aren't nearly as good as AKL-WLG or CHC. But who knows, maybe one day.. Or you could beat me to it!


Cheers,
Nicholas


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