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Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 1/2: AKL-ZQN-AKL  
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
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Grabbing A Seat With Air New Zealand Part 1/2: AKL-ZQN-AKL

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my first TR. If there is anything I can do to improve it for next time, don’t hesitate to let me know! I endeavour to take the best pictures I can so I borrowed my friend’s DSLR so I could take good pictures. Unfortunately, the forecast showed that it was the worst day of the week to be flying – if I went on any other day, there would have been clear skies and great visibility. Just my luck!

Air New Zealand is my hometown airline and a few years ago they started these cheap flights under the name of “grabaseat” – offering a handful of flights daily for a cheaper price than usual. Some of their best deals include NZ$500 for return flights from AKL-LAX and SFO which is such a bargain even if you are restricted to fly at a certain date. This year, on the 13th of October, they sold 13,000 seats each for $13 one way, including all taxes, surcharges and levies, and I was lucky enough to grab a couple of these deals and head to Queenstown (and later to Napier) but just missed out on getting an AKL-OOL return ticket for the same price. This flight had the best domestic value: offering just under 4 hours of flying for a mere NZ$26! Opportunities like these are few and far between but I’d pay that any day for the scenery alone. I’ve flown into Queenstown once before and took this photo en-route from Christchurch but this time was my first direct flight to Queenstown from Auckland.


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Auckland is the home of Air New Zealand and it sees various planes ranging from Britten-Norman Islanders to the 747-400 on scheduled services.

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A 30 odd minute drive from my house to the airport by my chauffeur (dad) gave me plenty of time at the airport to do what I wanted while Airside as I don’t fly that often.

Air New Zealand is changing the way we fly and along with that comes a new check-in area with self-service booths and a drop-off conveyer belt for checked in luggage instead of the usual check-in counters. This was introduced at the beginning of the month. I’ll give you a tour of what it’s like checking in for an Air New Zealand domestic flight at Auckland Airport.

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  • Go to the self-service check-in counter



  • Get your e-ticket out, scan the barcode/insert credit card/insert NZ or Star Alliance FF card/scan your RFID tag (only for high tiered NZ FF members)/”other”
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  • Confirm your flight details
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  • Choose your seat and number of bags you may have to check in
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  • Out comes your baggage tags
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  • There’s your boarding pass (this is however unneeded as your barcode or RFID tag is sufficient to board)
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  • Put your bags onto the conveyer belt to be taken around and sorted (I totally forgot about taking a pic of this step as I thought I was in a hurry)



All of this was done in a rush and then after I passed through security, I realised that the plane was delayed due to the late arrival of the aircraft (arrived 9 minutes before scheduled takeoff) so I wandered around the domestic terminal. Here are some pictures of AKL domestic, both land and airside.

The Air NZ Arrivals Board
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Shops In The Domestic Terminal
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The Qantas/Pacific Blue Check In Area
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It took a long time for the plane to come so I took these other photos of planes while waiting and listening on my scanner for any sign of an NZ 733 approaching Auckland.

Aerolineas Argentinas A340-200 Off To Sydney
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Cathay Pacific A340-300 as CX118 Back To HKG
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Air New Zealand 777-200ER Taxiing To Depart As NZ135 To BNE
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Pacific Blue 737-800
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Air New Zealand 737-300
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Auckland’s Domestic Koru Club Lounge
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Air NZ’s Domestic Jet Apron
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Air New Zealand Departure Lounge
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I finally saw one taxiing off the runway towards gate 30.

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The new boarding system seems as though you are at an MTR station but without the barriers. All that needs to be done here is scan the barcode on the area which will then light up green when it knows a correct ticket has been placed on. Once it has lit up, you’re free to walk onboard!

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The Boarding Pass
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The Boarding Machine

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Scanning Barcode On The Machine
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Flight Information

25 Nov 2008
Routing: Auckland - Queenstown
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight: NZ 639
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1000hrs
Actual Departure: 1032hrs (pushback), 1043hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1150hrs
Touchdown: 1208hrs
Flight time: 1hr 25 min
Aircraft: Boeing 737-3U3
Registration: ZK-NGD
Seat: 17A

NZ possesses one of the, if not, youngest 737-300 fleets in the world. ZK-NGD was delivered to NZ on 19-3-1999 after serving for Winair, but went straight to LOT Polish Airlines on lease.


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Photo © Colin Hunter



The Air New Zealand 737 seating configuration is split into 2 areas: the Space+ zone covering the first 12 rows, and Economy which are rows 13-23. Space+ gives an extra few inches of legroom but for me, normal economy at around 30 inches is fine.

We were also delayed as there were some passengers who never boarded the plane but had luggage onboard.

Space+ Seats



Leg Shot



Once the bags of the absentees were removed, we were on our way. Pushback didn’t seem to take too long and before we knew it, we were taxiing onto the runway.

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The captain told us we would be flying at 36,000 feet on our flight down south with an expected flight time of 1 hr 25 which turned out to be dead accurate. We didn’t use up too much of runway 23L and were soon winging our way to Queenstown with a load factor of around 85%. The seatbelt sign was shortly switched off as usual after a bank towards the south. On offer on Air New Zealand domestic jet flights between around 10 to 5 is a choice of a few sweets (pineapple lumps and jet planes) or a small packet of cassava vege chips accompanied by tea, coffee or water. I can still remember my last full meal on a domestic flight back in April 2001. Those were the days... The snacks were far from filling but the coffee wasn’t too bad. Air New Zealand has put a nice touch on the tea/coffee cups. They include the available domestic routes from a selected destination in New Zealand with an example below of where you can fly direct from Hamilton.

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After the snack, I plugged my iPod into my Bose noise cancelling headset and sat back to enjoy the view, albeit quite a cloudy one. There is a reason why the Maori word for this country is Aotearoa – the land of the long white cloud; and this is shown in some of the pictures below.

Cabin Shot, Also Showing In-flight Entertainment On The TVs: Kiwi Quiz
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Mt Taranaki Somewhere Below That Cloud
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Farewell Spit, North-Western Point Of The South Island
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Abel Tasman National Park, And Wellington Below The Furthest Cloud In The Background
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Motueka, And Some Orchards Under The Red Shade Cloth
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Blanket Of Cloud
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Just before we started our descent, the captain announced that there were some weather problems in Queenstown and telling people to stay calm if they had to perform a go-around. It was quite a turbulent descent after turning onto final and the entire cabin was unaware of the 30 to 40 knot crosswind and windshear the pilots were facing: I only figured out once we landed when I listened to ATIS on the scanner and watched a couple of planes land facing about 15 degrees away from the runway.

The Remarkables Ski Area Where You Can See Snow
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Spoilers Deployed Upon Landing
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Cabin Shot Of An Air New Zealand 737-300
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Some shots of the little but warm Queenstown airport below.

Outside ZQN
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Baggage Carousels
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Gulfstream V, Possibly Here For A Golfing Excursion: B-KID
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Flight Information Screens
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Scenery I Was Hoping To Encounter
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Having lunch in front of an ATR 72 not too far away from you from a landside cafe is quite nice. On a better day you’d have breathtaking scenery as a backdrop to this plane too! The smoked chicken sandwich was extremely nice. There wasn’t much excitement at the airport as Qantas failed to make an appearance due to the weather but I listened to ATC as the ATR departed. It was quite interesting as they were all wondering whether the conditions were good enough to depart and once they confirmed the visibility was good enough, they were cleared to take off.

My Lunch Of A Smoked Chicken Sandwich
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My 3 hours was soon up in the chilly Queenstown and it was time to head back home. I thought that, due to me only forking out a puny amount of money for the flight, I should really help out the local economy so I bought a bottle of Central Otago Pinot Noir which cost more than the flight to Queenstown and hopefully it’ll be good! Checking in was a breeze. The automated check in (if you have bags) is only currently available in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; whereas in all the other airports, you have the conventional check in booths. Due to all the Qantas flights being cancelled, passengers were forced to find another method of getting out of Queenstown. The crowd of people in one of the pictures below shows the line of people either getting refunds, rebookings or even a 5 hour bus to Christchurch and then connect to a flight up to Auckland. I do feel sorry for those booking on Qantas but hopefully the introduction of their RNP enabled 737-800s sometime next year will boost their reliability in and out of this amazing airport. Until then, make sure you fly Air NZ (preferably their jets) to be able to get in and out more easily!

The Check-In Area And The Thermometer Showing 9 Degrees At 1:35PM
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After a brief chat to the agent wondering why I was only there for such a short period of time, I had my bag weighing 4.5kg (I only took it to try out the new system) checked in and my normal boarding pass back to Auckland. This boarding pass is quite redundant if you have the barcode on your e-ticket because you can just use that to board the plane.

Picture Of Boarding Pass
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After waltzing through security, it was about 20 mins before boarding started. Here are some pictures of the departure lounge in Queenstown and some of the plane I’d soon board to return to Auckland.

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Flight Information

25 Nov 2008
Routing: Queenstown - Auckland
Airline: Air New Zealand
Flight: NZ 644
Scheduled Time of Departure: 1515hrs
Actual Departure: 1510hrs (pushback), 1522hrs (rotate)
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 1700hrs
Touchdown: 1700hrs
Flight time: 1hr 38 min
Aircraft: Boeing 737-319
Registration: ZK-NGH
Seat: 17F

This 737-300 was bought new by Air New Zealand and it is shown by the 2 digits following the series type: 19. It was initiated on 27-10-1999.


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Photo © Quinn Savit



Boarding was simple and I once again braved the southern chill to board the plane. Before we knew it, we were taxiing out onto the runway. Queenstown airport doesn’t have a taxiway so the runway is used to get into position. Both of the flights I’ve been on out of Queenstown have required a taxi down to the other end of the runway in order to take off. It’s quite fun getting in and out of Queenstown as you have mountains on each side of you and a lake to one end of the runway. Last time, brakes were applied until we reached about 50-75% thrust in able to take off but this time it was less noticeable, possibly due to the stronger winds on the day. It’s a real thrill having the brakes on and the engines firing away!



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Normal Economy Seats



I finally got my first glimpse of Queenstown, the township, after a year’s absence but the picture wasn’t very clear. The climb out of Queenstown took us over Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the only patch of clear sky over nearly the entire South Island. Cruising altitude on this flight was to be 32,000 feet. It was less eventful than the outbound flight but still enjoyable. Following pictures are of the flight back home, including the snack of chips (note the size.. My hand isn’t that big) and another of Air New Zealand’s designs on their tea/coffee cups – this time with a pohutakawa (native New Zealand tree, otherwise known as the New Zealand Christmas tree) flower on it. I was amazed by the wonderful cloud formations visible from the plane and also a halo created around the aircraft, making a rainbow effect on the clouds below.

Queenstown Somewhere Down There
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Wanaka
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Lake Hawea
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Packet Of Cassava Chips
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Cabin Shot
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Abel Tasman National Park Closer Up And Also Nelson And In The Background The Kaikoura Ranges, Possibly Mistaken For Cloud
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Interesting Cloud Formations
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A Halo Created Around The Plane Creating A Rainbow Effect
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Descent into Auckland happened somewhere over Waikato but it was too cloudy to name any of the townships below. The weather back in Auckland seemed just as dreary as the weather I had encountered in Queenstown not so long ago. Flaps were extended for the approach and before I knew it, I was back where I started from earlier in the morning. We used up a lot of runway to stop and exited the runway down by the international terminal and it gave me a chance to take a few pictures of the airport from the runway.

Auckland’s Southern Motorway
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A Miserable Auckland Day
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One Of My Favourite Spotting Points At AKL
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Touchdown, With The NZ Maintenance Hangar, 772, 744 And 722
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Auckland’s International Terminal
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Emirates 77W (EK419) Back To DXB via SYD And BKK
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Just Landed: NZ744 From Melbourne As NZ124
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NZ Propeller Apron
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Once we landed, I picked up my bag and headed home after a very enjoyable daytrip. The service was great, the flights were great and the delay didn’t eventuate in a lot of time cut off my time in Queenstown. It’s hard to compare NZ to QF on domestic flights due to the fact basically no meals are given out and ground staff for NZ could also do QF queues.. Although one airline is much more reliable than the other.

I hope you all enjoyed this trip report!

My next trip report will be on Air NZ’s ATR 72 and Dash 8-Q300 to Napier, coming over the next few weeks.


Acknowledgements
Air NZ for their wonderful deals with grabaseat and service on board
Michael for letting me borrow his camera while mine was in Sydney


It's all about the destination AND the journey.
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User currently offlineManekS From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Amazing pictures. Very clear and crisp. Keep it up  bigthumbsup 

User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent preport NZ107!

I was insanely impressed with the 'steps' listed at the self-service check in at Auckland (1 Start here, 2 Bag Drop). That is such a fantastic idea!


Thanks a lot for sharing!

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1720 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Nicholas,

Congrats on scoring your first trip report here on a.net!
And what should we comment you about improvements.....It's already superb!
I just love the pictures you have made, and I fall in love with NZ more and more.
I really must go there!!!

Thanks for sharing, and keep those report coming!!! Big grin
Joost (D-ALCE)



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User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What a great TR. Its a shame it was cloudy on your flight to ZQN as the scenery is stunning.
Glad to see the winds at ZQN havnt changed as it always seems to be blowing a gale there.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your comments!

Quoting ManekS (Reply 1):
Amazing pictures. Very clear and crisp. Keep it up

Hi ManekS,

I sure will! I hope to deliver clearer pictures on my trip to Napier and also hope to give you more scenic shots than just cloud.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 2):

Hi Roni,

I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm just "paying" you back for your effort put into the great TRs you create by posting these trip reports  Smile It's just a shame that I won't be able to deliver you any F/J TRs for some time to make up for those airlines that you aren't able to go on! Some day..

It was quite interesting looking at it for the first time a few weeks back because it was completely different and much more chaotic than what it is now.

I'll continue sharing as long as you do  Silly

Quoting DALCE (Reply 3):
Congrats on scoring your first trip report here on a.net!
And what should we comment you about improvements.....It's already superb!
I just love the pictures you have made, and I fall in love with NZ more and more.
I really must go there!!!

Hi Joost,

Thanks! I've set a standard for myself now and hopefully it will just keep on getting better from here. Keep an eye out for my next trip to Napier which, fingers crossed, will give me a chance to take photos of the lovely North Island. You definitely need to come down here! Just pick a good season and a day to fly where the cloud doesn't cover the entire country  Smile

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 4):
What a great TR. Its a shame it was cloudy on your flight to ZQN as the scenery is stunning.

Hi Sketty222,

Thanks for reading! Indeed the scenery is stunning and I really really really wanted to share that breathtaking scenery with everyone on here but the weather gods disagreed and covered the land with cloud. If there weren't any clouds, I swear that there'd be another 50 or so pics of just the scenery added to my TR! And the winds.. I've actually been in Queenstown when there has been little/no wind believe it or not  Silly

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm just "paying" you back for your effort put into the great TRs you create by posting these trip reports It's just a shame that I won't be able to deliver you any F/J TRs for some time to make up for those airlines that you aren't able to go on! Some day..

Thanks Nicholas  Smile

Y Trip Reports are just as fantastic as F or J ones! hehe

I'll definitely be looking out for from TR's from you!

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4865 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey thanks for the TR.... excellent, very thorough! Great pics! I haven't flown domestically out of AKL since they redeveloped the domestic terminal...it looks very nice... I almost take back previous comments about how they should have demolished it and built a new terminal beside the Intl one... (they still should but perhaps they made the right call to get the most out of the existing terminal first... it was an embarrassment before the redevelopment though).

Those were pretty insane airfares! well done on securing those!
QF can't get those 738 on the NZL domestic runs soon enough! I just talked to a Jetconnect pilot who was getting his certs on the 738... they are looking forward to having new aircraft although they love the performance the older smaller 733/734s had.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Hi Nicholas,

Great 1st report, well done!

Seems like NZ have a pretty nice domestic service, getting a free drink and snack on short flights is almost a thing of the past these days!

Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
This flight had the best domestic value: offering just under 4 hours of flying for a mere NZ$26!

- A real steal, well done on bagging these cheap flights.

Look forward to the next TR.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 6):
Y Trip Reports are just as fantastic as F or J ones! hehe

I'll bear that in mind! But for someone like me who doesn't get to travel on F or J often, it's a great chance to see what it's like up there!

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 7):
thanks for the TR.... excellent, very thorough! Great pics! I

Hi Zkpilot,

Thanks for those comments! I definitely hope to maintain some standard in my trip reports so that people such as yourself can continue to enjoy these TRs.

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 7):
I almost take back previous comments about how they should have demolished it and built a new terminal beside the Intl one

Same here. My dad told me a few years back how the domestic terminal once stood as a cargo terminal. Once the new runway is built, I expect there to be a new terminal built within another 10 or so years. But yes, the domestic terminal looked quite shabby. The 3 islands have freed up so much more space from where the queues and other self service check in booths used to be.

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 7):
QF can't get those 738 on the NZL domestic runs soon enough! I just talked to a Jetconnect pilot who was getting his certs on the 738... they are looking forward to having new aircraft although they love the performance the older smaller 733/734s had.

I'd think that the performance of the 738 would be similar of the 733/4? I'd bet on the fact that performance into ZQN will be so much greater with the 738  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
Great 1st report, well done!

Seems like NZ have a pretty nice domestic service, getting a free drink and snack on short flights is almost a thing of the past these days!

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your comments! Yes, NZ do have quite a nice domestic service. I'll show you what 2 of the 3 propeller planes are like in a couple of weeks, if I'm able to get it done. After I post that report, it should give you a rounded view of the domestic service! The 32 inches of legroom is great.

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 7):
Those were pretty insane airfares! well done on securing those!



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
- A real steal, well done on bagging these cheap flights.

Haha thanks! It's all about having a computer at uni to grab those deals when sitting in really boring lectures  Silly Also exploiting kinda fast internet in order to get them!


Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 45
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Well done Nicholas. Look forward to seeing more TR.

Grabaseat certainly have some very good deals.

Colin  old 



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User currently offlineZkojh From China, joined Sep 2004, 1724 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

this has got to be one of the best tr's on nz , and its so well done, looking forward to being their next year to try it out.


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User currently offlineLu From China, joined Aug 1999, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

extremely fabulous TR, enjoying it.

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Kereru (Reply 10):
Well done Nicholas. Look forward to seeing more TR.

Grabaseat certainly have some very good deals.

Hi Colin,

Thanks! I do hope to finish my Napier one by the end of next week so there'll be something else to read!

I'm so glad grabaseat exists or I would still be waiting to fly to NPE and on a Q300!

Quoting Zkojh (Reply 11):
this has got to be one of the best tr's on nz , and its so well done, looking forward to being their next year to try it out.

Hi Zkojh,

Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Such a big compliment for my first ever TR and I really hope my standards don't slip for the sequel to this.. In total I have 2 more TRs on NZ over the next month and a bit.

Quoting Lu (Reply 12):
extremely fabulous TR, enjoying it.

Hi Lu,

Thanks for your comment!


Much appreciated!


Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlinePumaknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent TR and a great selection of picture. Thanks and keep them coming!

User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32647 times:
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Wow! ZQN has changed a lot since I've been there back in 1989. There was no jet traffic into ZQN at that time; it was either Mount Cook Airline's HS748 or Ansett New Zealand's Dash 8-100. I had the priviledge to fly in the Hawkers.

Very nice trip report!


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32619 times:

If I am correct it's summer in NZ. The weather looks nasty in Queenstown. When is a good time to visit? I would like to go to NZ one day. Thank you.

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 17, posted (6 years 21 hours ago) and read 32493 times:



Quoting Pumaknight (Reply 14):
Excellent TR and a great selection of picture. Thanks and keep them coming!

Hi Pumaknight,

Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it! I really hope to finish my sequel in a couple of days time.

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 15):
Wow! ZQN has changed a lot since I've been there back in 1989

Hi Wedgetail737,

Thanks for your comment! Queenstown has changed a lot over the years. I've only been on this planet since you went down there last! It was redeveloped again somewhere between 2002 and 2006 to give a really nice regional airport, I'd say the best in the country. Only until I searched photos on here a few years ago, I had no idea they had HS-748s operating! I've only ever known Mt Cook Airline as an ATR 72 operator. And Ansett NZ's long gone. I can just imagine one of those smaller props make their way into ZQN!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 16):
If I am correct it's summer in NZ. The weather looks nasty in Queenstown. When is a good time to visit? I would like to go to NZ one day. Thank you.

Hi Semsem,

Yes it is summer down here in New Zealand. The weather in Queenstown can be very unpredictable: if I had chosen to fly the next day or the previous day it would have been in the mid 20's celsius but I booked due to availability and unluckily got atrocious weather. A good time to visit is whenever! It depends on what you want to see. In winter, the surrounding hills are coated with snow and it can be spectacular. If you want to stay out of the cold, January to April is also very nice. Autumn is also a very nice time to go to Central Otago although I have never been there during that time. But the weather pattern determines everything. It could one day throw up something evil from the Antarctic waters and you could see snow falling, albeit briefly, in February. I really wish I had a nice day to show you and many more how spectacular the South Island (and Queenstown) is!


Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 hours ago) and read 32351 times:

Great first report, Nicholas - clear pictures and many details, you didn't miss out anything. I also want to fly some domestic sectors when I visit New Zealand (probably next year) - I'll keep ZQN in mind.


PH



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 19, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32322 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
clear pictures and many details, you didn't miss out anything. I also want to fly some domestic sectors when I visit New Zealand (probably next year) - I'll keep ZQN in mind.

Hi PlaneHunter,

Thanks for your comments! I'm glad that the pictures turned out quite well and I also hope that my followng TR photos are just as good, if not better! Do try out our national airline! And no visit to New Zealand is complete without a trip to Queenstown! Flying into ZQN is absolutely amazing, even on a bad day! Such a thrill. If you're coming when the weather is a bit unpredictable (more so during winter), Qantas will hopefully have their 738s operating domestically in NZ so they'll be relatively safe for ZQN operations. It's best to get a jet into ZQN.

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32136 times:

Hi Nicholas,

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
Do try out our national airline!

I have already done so recently - not to/from/in New Zealand, but on the HKG-LHR route. Catering, IFE, seating and crews were really good, NZ is one of my favorite long-haul airlines now. I will post a report in a few weeks (it's the last part of my China trip report series).

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
And no visit to New Zealand is complete without a trip to Queenstown! Flying into ZQN is absolutely amazing, even on a bad day! Such a thrill. If you're coming when the weather is a bit unpredictable (more so during winter), Qantas will hopefully have their 738s operating domestically in NZ so they'll be relatively safe for ZQN operations. It's best to get a jet into ZQN.

Sounds interesting, I will see whether I can include ZQN in a NZ trip.


PH



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 21, posted (5 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 31923 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):

I'll be keen to read that one! And any report you may do if and when you do come down here!




Also, my second TR of this series has finally been completed: Grabbing A Seat With Air NZ Part 2/2: AKL-NPE-AKL

[Edited 2008-12-22 19:36:53]


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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12333 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 31639 times:
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Quoting NZ107 (Thread starter):
This flight had the best domestic value: offering just under 4 hours of flying for a mere NZ$26!

Those cheap grab a seat fares are even better now that you can earn status points with NZ airpoints. I better start doing some cheap grab a seat flying to maintain my gold status!

Does ZQN have an outdoor seating area directly in front of the aircrafts, as it looked like it from 2-3 of your pics?


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 31461 times:

Hi Jase,

Go get some grabaseats! Unfortunately they're "on holiday" still.. Waiting for some more $13 or so fares! Maybe I should get an Air NZ airpoints card.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 22):
Does ZQN have an outdoor seating area directly in front of the aircrafts, as it looked like it from 2-3 of your pics?

Unfortunately not. But I probably wouldn't want one because it gets cold down there probably more than half the days of the year. The ground staff there don't really like people taking photos on the apron well one of them didn't last year when I went down. There is a walkway alongside the terminal to get to stands 1 and 2 - the propeller area without the security screening. But then in saying that, having the entire wall looking over the apron is really nice.

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12333 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 31384 times:
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Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23):
Waiting for some more $13

I'm waiting for the $1 fares, but will happily settle for $13

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 23):
Maybe I should get an Air NZ airpoints card.

You should seriously consider one. I've now got enough for a return trip to PER or Tahiti.


25 NZ107 : You'd better be quick on the computer! I do hope they have some more of these soon.. Maybe when Kiwijet start up ops, we could see all airlines do so
26 777ER : Or when Pacific Blue further expands here, hopefully shortly with Ejets I don't fly much either. I only fly long haul once per year and only in Y+. T
27 NZ107 : At the moment I'm served by my UA Mileage Plus Card as I can get points on both EK and NZ and other *A airlines, which I haven't flown on. I'd be luc
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