• InterContinental Wellington hotel completes comprehensive revamp

    Guests visiting the InterContinental Wellington hotel will now enjoy a like-new experience in its guestrooms, restaurants and conference facilities following the completion of a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation project. The works began by introducing a new ‘Deluxe’ type to...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2015 2 Comments

  • Pay your way into Air New Zealand's Australian, NZ airport lounges

    Flying in economy or premium economy with Air New Zealand (or one of the many that use its lounges), but still want to use the Koru or international business class lounges in NZ, Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane? Hand over some cash and the answer will be "right this way, please", under a new schem...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2012 10 Comments

  • New Air NZ late-night flights between Auckland & Wellington

    Business travellers flying between New Zealand's capital Wellington and the Kiwi economic hub Auckland on a trans-Tasman trip have a new evening flight option -- Air New Zealand's 10pm flights in each direction between the two cities, starting 5 November. The new "Night Rider" flights mean you c...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2012 5 Comments

  • Wellington Airport international departure tax axed from April

    Wellington Airport's international departure tax is being removed from 1 April, removing an irritating hurdle to leaving New Zealand's capital city. Removing the tax means you'll no longer need to faff around at the currency exchange window to get a little sticker on your boarding pass before yo...

    POSTED 2 Mar, 2012 4 Comments

  • Air New Zealand adds new ATR planes for regional NZ flights

    Business travellers in regional New Zealand can look forward to a smoother ride as Air New Zealand beefs up its regional Air New Zealand Link fleet with new ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. The Kiwi flag-carrier has placed an initial order of seven ATR 72-600s with an option to buy five ...

    POSTED 20 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • Jetstar adds Queenstown flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington

    Jetstar is offering more flights to Queenstown in New Zealand, with new flights from Sydney and Wellington, plus additional flights from Melbourne. Queenstown is a major conference and meeting destination, especially with many of the larger business hotels in earthquake-hit Christchurch out of c...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Jetstar, Air New Zealand flights last week exposed to measles

    New Zealand public health authorities are notifying passengers who travelled on Jetstar and Air New Zealand flights between Auckland and Wellington that they may have been exposed to measles. A passenger on two flights was infectious with the disease, which authorities are calling "widespread in...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas extends Next-Generation Checkin to New Zealand

    Qantas will introduce Next-generation Checkin to New Zealand airports by year's end, and is also looking to extend the service to the USA, beginning with the mega-hub of Los Angeles. The award-winning self-service checkin system will go live at Sydney and Melbourne international airports, along ...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2011 1 Comment

  • NZ: Free Wi-Fi wireless Internet now available in Wellington CBD

    Travellers to the New Zealand capital have free wi-fi available across the centre of Wellington from this week, with the cbdfree network stretching across almost the entire area where business travellers are most likely to be working and staying. It's great news for travellers who need to get on...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • NZ SNOW: Air New Zealand, Jetstar waive ticket change fees

    With further snow and ice in New Zealand -- especially at airports that don't usually expect it like Auckland and Wellington -- there are flights cancelled, delays and disruption. Air New Zealand and Jetstar are both waiving fees to rebook tickets for passengers who have experienced cancellation...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Jetstar adds New Zealand flights in September and October

    Business travellers jetting around New Zealand this spring will have the option of extra Jetstar flights as the low-cost carrier puts on extra services before, during and after the Rugby World Cup. The flights will run between 15 September and 9 October. That's good news for passengers heading t...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand announce trans-Tasman relaunch details

    Virgin Australia's joint venture partnership agreement with Air New Zealand will take full flight from November, with the first changes being seen by passengers in just over a month -- and some aren't improvements from the traveller's perspective. The changes are, in brief: a new frequent fly...

    POSTED 16 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand plots new joint schedule with Virgin Blue, new destinations in Australia

    Air New Zealand will revise its schedule later this year to remove flight duplication with Virgin Blue by creating “complimentary schedules”, and is also eyeing new destinations rumoured to include Canberra and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The Kiwi flag-carrier’s new time...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • New Zealand flights delayed by air traffic control problem

    Flights into New Zealand's major airports at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have been delayed this afternoon following a problem with the national air traffic control system. Airport arrival and departure boards are showing numerous delays of between fifteen minutes and an hour across the...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Etihad and Air New Zealand begin codesharing this month, but without Beijing flights

    Air New Zealand and Etihad have just received approval to codeshare on flights within New Zealand, across the Tasman, between Australia and Abu Dhabi, and from Abu Dhabi to London.  The codeshare agreement -- which comes a month later than expected -- was previously to include Etihad's EY f...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • How to avoid Air New Zealand's Richard Simmons "Fit to Fly" disco safety video in flight

    Air New Zealand's new Richard Simmons safety video is ridiculously funny -- at least the first time you see it. Of course, if the airline carries through with it and actually installs it on their aircraft, frequent travellers with the airline will get heartily sick of spandex and disco lighting....

    POSTED 1 Apr, 2011 3 Comments

  • Christchurch Airport open for domestic, international and relief flights after earthquake

    Update: latest update at 1221 Thursday NZ time Christchurch Airport is receiving extra flights as earthquake assistance is delivered from around the world, though delays are widespread across the NZ air network.  A statement on the Christchurch Airport website says: "Passengers are urged t...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand offers booking and pre-payment for airport taxis and shuttles

    Travellers within New Zealand can now save money and simplify their journeys to and from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown Airports. Air New Zealand Taxis now offers a booking and pre-payment taxi comparison service, comparing standard cabs, executive cars, vans and shared ride s...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2011 1 Comment

  • Wellington Airport to lose online duty free pickup

    An online-only duty free store that delivers goods to passengers flying through Wellington Airport in New Zealand says it is being forced out of the market by a competitor, reducing travellers' options for duty free shopping. Duty Free Stores New Zealand's CEO told Australian Business Traveller ...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas upgrades flights to NZ with laptop power, USB ports and in-seat video

    Trans-Tasman travellers will enjoy laptop power sockets and and video screens at every seat as Qantas' three new Boeing 737-800 aircraft begin flying "across the ditch" between Australia and New Zealand this month. The new planes will start out on the high-traffic Sydney-Auckland, Sydney-Welling...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2011 4 Comments

  • Etihad and Air New Zealand to codeshare across the Tasman

    Etihad and Air New Zealand will start selling tickets and allowing frequent flyer ticket redemptions on each other's flights later in February under a new codeshare agreement. Codeshares are usually good news for frequent flyers who want to earn points or miles on partner airlines, but this this...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand to fly from Paraparaumu to Auckland

    Air New Zealand has announced flights from Auckland to Paraparaumu, 60 km north of Wellington Airport. Business travellers from the Kapiti Coast and Hutt Valley commuter belts will save considerable time and hassle at the upgraded Paraparaumu Airport compared with flying via Wellington Airport wh...

    POSTED 28 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Review: Wellington Airport's Corporate Box lounge

    Wellington Airport's Corporate Box (previously the Wild at Heart Lounge) is one of the latest additions to the worldwide Priority Pass network. It's also the airport's contract lounge for Pacific Blue and Velocity Rewards Gold members, as well as having casual 'walk-up' rates for any traveller. ...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Priority Pass lounges expand to Wellington, Vancouver & Toronto this month

    The Priority Pass network of airport lounges adds Wellington, Vancouver and Toronto to its international footprint this month, along with Switzerland's Lugano and Lebanon's Beirut Rafic Hariri airports. These follow December's addition of lounge-sharing arrangements at Las Vegas, Washington and N...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air NZ and Virgin Blue pledge more flights, not less

    Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand have promised to increase flights on a number of trans-Tasman routes as a sweetener to their proposed alliance. The courting couple also guarantee that services between the two countries won't be reduced below current levels. Extra seating will be added on six rou...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2010 1 Comment

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