Date: 18 April 2013
Flight time: 3 hrs 07 mins
Flight rating: 4 planes out of 5
|Feeling peckish? You can purchase snacks onboard from the in-flight Bites Menu.|
e-Travel Blackboard was invited to experience the delights of Niue island courtesy of Air New Zealand and Niue Tourism. This is part four of four flight reviews travelling Sydney-Auckland-Niue-Auckland-Sydney.
Sometimes technology fails me or was it simply because it was a 5.00 a.m. check-in. Sleepy and tired the Air New Zealand self-service kiosk terminal just wouldn’t function. Thankfully a helpful attendant was on hand to save the day and found me a kiosk that was operating. Being my third time using these terminals I felt like an old hand and was quickly at the bag drop and away for the flight home.
I wasn’t sure how old this 777 aircraft was but it looked a bit tired and the interior had lost its sheen. Age aside the aircraft was very clean and the courteous Air New Zealand cabin attendant’s service and uniforms gave it a fresh lease on life.
I was "The Works’ passenger meaning I got the full breakfast service. The choice was a hot Frittata with sausage, fresh fruit or the continental breakfast including cereal with ice cold milk, a muffin, yoghurt and fruit. I chose the continental which was served with coffee, tea, soft drinks and liquor was available.
Intrigued by Air New Zealand’s fare options I enquired about the ‘Grabaseat™ and ‘Grabaseat and bag’ passengers who only get complimentary coffee, tea or water and a sweet on landing.
I got a moment with a flight attendant who explained the non-meal passengers can purchase snacks onboard from the in-flight Bites Menu. Meals are ordered using the entertainment screen paying by credit card or pre-paid vouchers bought at the airport. There is a small selection of sandwich-style items plus beer, wine and soft drinks. Meals are delivered directly to your seat.
Snack prices range from NZD$3-$8 including chocolates, Pringles, nuts, noodles, bagels, beef pies and chicken baps. Soft drinks range from NZD$3-$4 and from the bar spirits are NZD$5, wine NZD$7 and beer NZD$6-$7.
e-Travel Blackboard Tip
New Zealand aviation authorities regulate the carriage of liquids, gels and aerosols in aircraft cabins. Don’t carry your duty free as carry on. Pack them in your suit case or you’ll have them confiscated at boarder control.
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.