Hey, I didn't take any pictures, and there wasn't anything remarkable about this trip, but I did learn a few things, and it may be usefl for people traveling on the trans tasman alliance.
For some background, I'm a business student living in auckland, with a girlfriend living in tasmania, so I like to visit her when I can. I had purchased a koru Club membership in advance of this trip and so this was my first time travelling with it, but I have travelled with my dad when he was Gold and Gold elite.
It was a 7 am flight so I was up at 4:45. rocked up to the Premium checkin, where I used one of the machines, and it was nice to have someone helping me, as it was my first time, and I'm not at my peak at 5 in the morning. The lounge was nice, althnot remarkable. I was a little bit dissapointed with the food selection, but I may have just had expectations set too high.
The flight left on time, and was fairly uneventful, apart from someone mistaking row 3 for row 27 and trying to take my seat. I was sitting in 3C, which is in the space plus zone, which is useful for me at 185cm. The middle seat was also free, so I got 2 armrests. I asked for an express pass, which Koru members don't normally get, but thought since it was an elite light load I might get lucky. The CSM came over and apologised and said they were only allowed to give them to Gold elites, which I wasn't too fussed about as I usually use smart gate. On landing in sydney (15 minutes early), we were told we would couldn't get to our airgate, as the aircraft currently in it was still waiting for six passengers, due to the customs computers crashing. This meant we were about 15-30 minutes late getting off the plane, and when we got to immigration it was a nightmare... This wasn't helped by the fact that Smartgate was out of order. (bare in mind I usually get through immigration in about 2 minutes, so I have high expectations). Once I got through to the baggage claim, I went looking for my bag, expecting it to be out. I couldn't see it so went to stand by the ramp. After waiting for over 30 minutes, I started to get a bit worried... so eventually I headed down to baggage services, and they discovered my bag had been sent to the wrong carousel, so had to go and find it. I was a little bit stressed as I had a connection, but in the end it turned out I had pleanty of time.
The gate for transfers is a little hard to spot if you're a first timer, but I asked someone and they pointed it out for me, which was a great help. Basically, It;s just on your left as you clear customs (food etc) and before you go through the doors. I got my boarding pass, and headed outside to the bus. We had to wait for the second bus to come along due to traffic, and apart from the fact that I was worried about time it was fine. In the domestic terminal I wnet and found the lounge, and was quite impressed with the size, but dissappointed with the view.