Why I absolutely love Air New Zealand short-haul flights!

Why I absolutely love Air New Zealand short-haul flights!

I recently came back from my second trip to marvelous Middle Earth, and I just wanted to comment on how much I loved not only the great drives through it, but also the flights over it. I’ll have a full trip report out soon about my trip, but I just wanted to comment on how I have a rather irrational affinity for Air New Zealand’s domestic flights:

Here’s why:

It’s not just because they have cookie time cookies on board (fyi: you should save and heat it up later before eating it)


a package of cookies on a person's lap


They have some of the most unique inflight safety videos of any airline:

I guess they couldn’t get Morgan Freeman to do it 🙂 

They have lovely trivia questions playing on the overhead screens whereas other airlines just bore you with ads or some movie you’ve already watched (photo credit:CHRONICLE KAI):


a sign on a plane


The above average seat pitch (JetStar has only 29 inches), non-slimline seating, and snack service even on 1.5 hour flights across this not so large nation:

a screenshot of a plane


And of course there is absolutely gorgeous scenery you can see out the window:

Out of Queenstown (going to Auckland):

the wing of an airplane flying over mountains

a plane wing and mountains

Out of Christchurch (going to Melbourne) not specific to Air New Zealand, but you are more likely to see it on one of their flights. 

Arriving in Christchurch (from Auckland):

a view of mountains from an airplane

I’ve never tried Air New Zealand’s long haul flights, but I absolutely love their domestic and even Trans-Tasmanian services.
How do you guys feel about Air New Zealand?



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