Flight Review – Singapore Airlines SQ291/292 from Wellington(WLG) to Canberra (CBR)

A few weeks ago I made an impulse decision to fly to Canberra for the weekend on Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines began flying from Wellington to Singapore via Canberra in September 2016 in what marked the first direct longhaul service connecting Asia and...

Flight disruptions as fuel pipeline cut to Auckland Airport

Please see our community forums for the current list of known impacted services. Dozens of flights departing from Auckland Airport (AKL) have been impacted by a damaged fuel pipeline that supplies jet and other fuel from the Marsden Point refinery to tanks in South...

Saving money buying flexitime flights on Air New Zealand

Imagine it's now 11am and you've found out you have to be in Auckland later in the afternoon for an early morning meeting the following day. Chances are you'll probably look at the Air New Zealand website and book the flight most suitable for the time you want to get...

Hotel Review – Crowne Plaza Christchurch

On a couple of recent trips to Christchurch I opted to try out the brand new Crowne Plaza in the Christchurch CBD. The hotel opened at the start of July and relaunched the IHG and Crowne Plaza brands back into Christchurch after the demolition of the former Crowne...

Air NZ enforces requirement to check in before flights

Air New Zealand has recently begun enforcing the requirement to check in before flying. Since 2008 customers flying with carry on luggage have been able to simply turn up at the gate and scan the 2D barcode on their mobile app or e-ticket to board their flight without...

United Airlines upgrades AKL to SFO to 777-300ER

United Airlines has announced a change of aircraft type when it recommences it's seasonal route between Auckland (AKL) and San Fracncisco (SFO) at the end of October. When the route originally launched in July 2016 it was operated by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft and later...

Air New Zealand scraps paper gate passes

Using your phone to board an Air New Zealand flight is now incredibly common. In my experience it's not uncommon to find well over 50% of passengers on peak time main trunk jet services using the feature. If you don't have checked bags there is no need to visit an...

Flight Review – Air New Zealand NZ2 Business Premier from Auckland (AKL) to London Heathrow (LHR)

Flight: NZ2 Route: AKL (Auckland) -> LHR (London) via LAX (Los Angeles) Flight Departure: 10:00pm Flight Duration: 12h 00m AKL to LAX and 10hr 30m from LAX to LHR Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER Seat: 3K Business Premier July is normally a month of cold and wet winter...

Lounge Review – Air NZ Melbourne

If you've visited Air New Zealand's international lounges in Auckland, Brisbane or Sydney recently the new Air New Zealand lounge at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport will feel very familiar. A welcome upgrade to the former NZ lounge that once occupied the same space,...

Vodafone New Zealand expands its $5 roaming footprint

Vodafone New Zealand have announced a significant increase in the overseas coverage footprint of its $5 daily roaming offering. Vodafone's $5 offering now allows you to use your mobile phone in 72 countries and pay only $5 per day for all usage - all inbound and...