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Retroactive! New Zealand 2007 On QF & NZ Part 2  
User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5467 times:

PART II: Goodbye, New Zealand

We toured the Northern Island for the next seven days, taking in the sights, sounds and food. We visited places like Lake Taupo, Te Papa Museum in Wellington and even Lord of The Rings filming locations! Just some pictures..

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Location where Frodo and Sam was paddling away

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A field in Lower Hutt

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Huka Falls in Taupo

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Craters of the Moon in Taupo, it really smells like rotten eggs with all that hissing stuff floating up

Sunset over Lake Taupo

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Overview of Wellington

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This bird was asking for food

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The best hot chocolate I’ve ever had – at the Botanical Gardens

29th December 2007, Saturday

WLG-SYD
Carrier: Qantas Airways (QF) operated by JetConnect
Flight: QF 118
Aircraft: Boeing 737-476 (ZK-JTR)
Seat: 9C
Terminal: North West Pier
Gate: 28
Estimated Departure: 06??hrs
Estimated Arrival: 09??hrs

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Check-ins for that morning

Pacific Blue self check-in terminals

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Dawn breaking over Wellington

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Boarding pass for QF 118 WLG-SYD

Please keep clear

QF 118 ZK-JTR TAKEOFF VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GFnNXU_CVM

Goodbye, Wellington

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The breakfast spread

There was no IFE, nor were there interesting sights outside as we fly over the Tasman Sea. I had my own form of IFE.. watch episodes of Spongebob Squarepants on my MacBook!

I really lose all sense of time on planes, I do not know why. Eventually bits of Sydney came into view at some point of our descent.

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Land ahoy

QF 118 ZK-JTR LANDING VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hln3Cku5Wwk

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Ooh look, my home carrier

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Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-412 9V-SPL, this used to be in the Tropical Megatop livery

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Fellow One World colleague, British Airways Boeing 777-236/ER G-YMMI

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ZK-JTR, our plane for QF 118 WLG-SYD

As we had already obtained the boarding pass for the connecting flight back in WLG, all that’s left to do is to just saunter around and wait for our flight to begin its boarding procedures. SYD sure is crowded, both passengers and planes. Time for a bit of spotting!

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Emirates Airbus A340-541 A6-ERF

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Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-642X

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKA

Emirates A345 meets a Virgin A346

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Japan Air Lines Boeing 747-446 JA8910

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Boarding pass for QF 81

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Our plane, an Airbus A330-303 VH-QPE “Port Lincoln”

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Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340-343X F-OJTN

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Taxiing out to the active

QF 81 VH-QPE TAKEOFF VIDEO (SYD):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOVtqjfZk1c

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The iconic Sydney Opera House

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Snacks served on this short hop to ADL

QF 81 VH-QPE LANDING VIDEO (ADL):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_u70ZOuZ_o

SYD-ADL-WLG
Carrier: Qantas Airways (QF)
Flight: QF 81
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A330-303 (VH-QPE “Port Lincoln”)
Seat: 37J
Terminal: 1
Gate: 33
Estimated Departure: 11??hrs
Estimated Arrival: 18??hrs

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Our flight being restocked while we wait out at the Terminal

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Parked next to us, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6/ER 9M-MRD in special livery

Calls for boarding were made. Time for the last leg of the flight!

QF 81 VH-QPE TAKEOFF VIDEO (ADL):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTlujZbbLG0

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YCL cabin shortly after takeoff

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Overview of ADL/YPAD

The plane leveled off and cruised above the clouds. Suddenly the pilot made an announcement, saying that he’ll be descending for a while so that we can enjoy some spectacular views below us. I thought it was very nice of him, any other Airlines out there that practices this?

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Australian A.netters, where’s this?

Show’s over and it’s time to climb back up to cruising altitude, meal service is starting!

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Above the clouds again

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Pasta with Gruyere cheese

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Followed by ice-cream

For the next four hours or so, I busied myself with the IFE because it was getting really boring and I do not sleep during the day, ack! The monotony was interrupted when I decide to buzz for the kind FA for some hot chocolate. But as usual, time somehow zipped past and the pilot announced the start of our descent into Singapore

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The last picture

Apparently it had been raining earlier on in the day. Very typical of Singapore!

QF 81 VH-QPE LANDING VIDEO (SIN):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWzUlPjnzYU

CONCLUSION

Would I recommend New Zealand as a travel destination? A 110%! How about QF? They’re alright, props to them for managing to do a last minute rebooking for us to that NZ 822 flight to AKL or else we would have never made it.

Regards,
Hafiz

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My other trip reports:

Yokoso! Japan 2012: 3K/D7/NH/SQ & Shinkansens
A Weekend Trip: SIN-KUL-SIN On Jetstar Asia (3K)
Retroactive! New Zealand 2007 On QF & NZ Part 1

4 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineRussianGirl From Russia, joined Jan 2011, 107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

Hi Hafiz!
Thanks for nice TR with very nice pics!

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
Just some pictures..

These pictures are brilliant!!!
Videos are also good.

Vsego dobrogo  
Anastasia


User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4808 times:

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 1):
These pictures are brilliant!!!
Videos are also good.

Hello, Anastasia!

Thank you very much for enjoying the TR! I hope to use a better camera next time though!

Regards,
Hafiz


User currently offlinethemit9 From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4581 times:

Thanks for your report, looks like back in the day there was some great service on Qantas Economy. Why was the return flight routed SYD-ADL-WLG?

User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4447 times:

Quoting themit9 (Reply 3):
Thanks for your report, looks like back in the day there was some great service on Qantas Economy. Why was the return flight routed SYD-ADL-WLG?

Hey hey,

Yeah that one was my mistake! I realized it after the one hour editing window had passed :| much much much much apologies!! Should be SYD-ADL-SIN

Regards,
Hafiz


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