I flew the 77L on DL
in this layout to SYD
last year. You do have to twist to your left or right to look more over your shoulder than a normal straight-on view out a window. I did spend more time looking out on the return as it was daylight for several hours whereas LAX
was all evening/dark until landing in SYD
at sunrise. That said, I did not get a stiff neck but it does take a bit of adjustment to adapt to the "away" view when seated at a window. Although I was in row 7 on the DL
layout, I was not fond of looking more "on to" other seats and occupants...particularly their feet...than a conventional layout. My seat was quiet and private which was not the case with other seats so select wisely. Also if traveling with someone it is not easy to conduct a conversation, but traveling alone is a more private and quiet experience as the layout does not invite casual conversation with anyone seated around you.
I would pick this A/C and layout again as long as I get good choice of seat because it is important to consider such on a long haul 15+ hour flight. I've not flown the "reverse" herringbone as yet, but have read of complaints because crew and other passengers "look down" onto you seated so no happy compromise there either.
I am sure you know NZ
service is awesome, so pick a window seat in lieu of center aisle and "look over and out" as you need to. Consider aisle traffic to/from galley's and lav's for long late evening/nighttime flying when you pick a seat as you don't want high traffic areas with crew or passengers talking or bumping your seat area as they move about the cabin.
On a recent DL
flight to LHR
, I heard a lot more conversation than I wanted to (at 1AM) from the seated F/A's eating their dinner and chatting about bids, hot pilots, a bitchy F/A with too much botox and the merits of British men with a big penis........
Enjoy your ride on NZ
watch what you want. you may get it.