Review of Air New Zealand flight Wellington Queenstown in Economy

Airline Air New Zealand
Flight NZ 605
Class Economy
Seat 21F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:00
Take-off 21 Aug 18, 12:22
Arrival at 21 Aug 18, 13:22
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TerryYong
By GOLD 543
Published on 14th September 2018
After 2 nights in Wellington, we again took the airport shuttle back to Wellington airport.

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What greeted us as we stepped into the check-in hall were SQ's check-in counters for the SQ flight to MEL/SIN.

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However we would not be flying SQ today and instead proceeded to the NZ self-check-in kiosks and bag-drop. There is also a premium check-in area.

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After checking in, we proceeded into the modern departure hall. Non-travellers were also free to come into this part of the terminal as well.

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Apart from the usual NZ A320s, JetStar's rare Dash-8 and A320s were spotted.

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NZ's Dash-8s on the remote stands.

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Our aircraft operating the flight to Queenstown. NZ and JetStar each has a daily flight from Wellington to Queenstown.

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21 August 2018
Air New Zealand
NZ 605
Wellington (WLG) - Queenstown (ZQN)
A320
ZK-OXM
Economy Class
Flight Time: 1H01M



Boarding to commence shortly.

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Boarding the aircraft. Similar domestic cabin configuration as the previous flight.

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Decent legroom.

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View out the window.

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Boarding in progress. The flight was about 70% full. Most visitors to Queenstown would have flown from Auckland.

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Boarding completed, doors closed and we pushed back.

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SQ's B772 has arrived from Melbourne.

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Taxi to the runway.

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Holding for another A320 to land.

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Followed by our turn for departure from Rwy34.

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Leaving North Island and my first glimpse of South Island.

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IFE consisted of inflight trivia shown on the dropdown screens.

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Flying along the coast of South Island.

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Refreshment service commenced, where we were offered a choice of cassava chips or chocolate chip cookie. The crew were kind enough to offer me one of each when I requested, all washed down with a cup of tea.

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View of the cabin.

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A look at the half-galley of the domestic-configured A320.

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Same amenities in the single rear lavatory.

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Crew clearing the trash.

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The first snow-capped mountains spotted.

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Just prior to descend, crew came around with baskets of lollies.

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Rest of the flight was spent just admiring the scenery down there.

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The approach and landing into Queenstown was amazing as we flew in between mountains into a valley. This certainly ranks as one of the most challenging and beautiful landing in the world!

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Final approach to Rwy23 as we exited the valley.

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Touchdown in one of the most beautiful airport in the world, Queenstown Airport.

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Video of the landing.




Parked at the stand. There are no aerobridges at Queenstown and hence disembarking is via the traditional stairs. It was amazing as we disembarked to snow-capped mountains in the distance!

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View of the aircraft as we walked on the tarmac towards the terminal building.

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Queenstown airport only has a small terminal with both domestic and international (from Australia) flights, and during the peak seasons, I suspect the terminal may be straining from the additional flights and travellers.

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From Queenstown Airport, it was only a 15min and NZ$2 bus ride to the hotel. We stayed at Heartland Hotel, which was built chalet-style. Rooms, though not the most modern, were comfortable enough for the stay.

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The best thing about the room though was the incredible view of the mountains and lake from my room at the 3rd (and topmost) floor!

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Verdict

Air New Zealand

7.6/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment7.0
Meal/catering8.0

Wellington - WLG

8.4/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness9.0

Queenstown - ZQN

8.3/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

It was another standard Air New Zealand domestic sector, again with friendly and efficient service, and an awesome landing to boost!

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