Date: 13 April 2013
Flight time: 2 hrs 55 mins
Flight rating: 5 planes out of 5
|Air New Zealand's uniforms designed by Trelise Cooper.|
e-Travel Blackboard was invited to experience the delights of Niue island courtesy of Air New Zealand and Niue Tourism. This is part two of four flight reviews travelling Sydney-Auckland-Niue-Auckland-Sydney.
Auckland airport was surprisingly busy at 6.30 a.m. The check-in area was a hive of activity and there was a small wait for an available check-in terminal. Having experienced Air New Zealand’s kiosk system in Sydney I had my boarding pass in-hand, my bag dropped with plenty of time for coffee before departure.
At passport control I used Auckland's SmartGate technology for the first time. Australian and New Zealand e-Passport holders can now clear immigation very quickly. It's a simple process. Using the kiosk scan your passport, answer the security questions and your issued with a SmartGate ticket. Move to the exit, insert your ticket, looked towards the camera then when approved the gate opens and you're off to the departure lounge.
I loved Air New Zealand's funky uniforms designed by New Zealand's Trelise Cooper. The uniforms are vibrant and colourful; pink for the female cabin crew, green for the men and sky blue for the in-flight managers. The fabric's boldly patterned in black versions of the Air New Zealand Koro motif and matched with a black and white pinstripe suit.
I was greeted by the welcoming smiles of the friendly cabin crew. The interior of the one class A320 looked clean and fresh. I thought the all-black carpet and seating looked stylish with plenty of legroom, a seat pitch of 30” and each was equipped with Air New Zealand’s 'KiaOra' in-seat entertainment system showing current movies, televisions, music and games.
Meal and beverage options
Being an early morning flight breakfast was served for ‘The Works’ and “Works Deluxe’ passengers. The choice was a continental with muffin, yoghurt, nuts and fruit or the cooked breakfast was Frittata and sausage served with fresh fruit. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and liquor were available.
e-Travel Blackboard Tip
Air New Zealand's fare inclusions do vary. ‘Grabaseat™ and ‘Grabaseat and bag’ don’t include meals or entertainment. For long haul flights and the easily board I’d recommend ‘The Works” or ‘Works Deluxe’ fare types.
How to book
Book Air New Zealand flights online Australia, New Zealand or contact your local travel agent.
For information about Niue visit the Niue Tourism website.
Allways Dive Expeditions, Adventure World, Omniche Holidays or booking.com.
About Niue Flights
Air New Zealand operates a weekly Saturday service Auckland to Niue crossing the dateline arriving Niue Friday. An additional fortnightly service was introduced on the 16th April 2013 ex Auckland on a Wednesday arriving Niue Tuesday. With the introduction of this second flight travellers can now visit Niue for 4, 7, 10 or 14 days compared to 7 or 14 in the past.
Return flights depart Niue Friday each week arriving Auckland Saturday or fortnightly on a Tuesday arriving Wednesday.
Connection times may require Australian passengers to overnight in Auckland outbound to Niue. Same day connections may be available for some cities on the return journey.
Air New Zealand operates an A320 service with approx 170 all-economy seats for the 3 hour journey.