Short Break 2007 – Day 1: Auckland, New Zealand

The trip is about two things, helping out for my next world trip and seeing Lord of the Rings sets.   Today is about checking out QANTAS facilitates. Getting to the airport just before 9 am (for my 10.55 am flight) I head straight for the new first class checkin.   As a Platinum member I can use this even though I only a very cheap economy ticket.   They have porters and very comfortable chairs.   Confirm my exit wing seat has been confirmed (more room), the checkin lady is a little surprised I have no bags for checkin. The new QANTAS first lounge is very nice.   I went to the dining room are request an omelette and freshly squeezed orange juice.   Service was great and the view of the airport is very good as well.   I sat down to workout how I was getting from the airport to my hotel that night. Boarding was delayed by about 30 minutes due to another airline having to cancel their flight (Emirates I believe).

I get my special pre-allocated seat but it’s not that great as one side is a little squeeze by the exit door (the other leg has heaps of room however).   Just before we depart I’m ask if I might moving so a family can stay together… to business class!! As a gentleman I say yes that would be okay.   My first international flight in business class (even if only 3.5 hours).   The seat was great, and the meal selection large (ice cream was just right).   Watched the movie Amazing Grace.   I could get use to this service. Found the Airbus easily enough and the drop off turned out to be about 10 minute walk from my hotel.

I’m staying at the Grand Chancellor which is very good (not the 4 star they self rate) but very good for the deal I got.   Since it was already 7 pm (and raining) I stayed in to watch some cable movies.   Looking forward to tomorrow’s tour, just have to adjust to the 2 hour time difference (i.e. getting up early).

About Nathan

An Australian World traveler who has been fortunate enough to experience 56 countries so far.
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