After our week in Marlborough in december 2010 i have decided it is about time to forgive New Zealanders but not forget their dastardly deeds of 2001.This trip had a history nearly as chequered as my proposed knee surgery.Originally it was going to be an upmarket mattress run by staying at the Westin AKL.Well that fell through though I did get a nice compensation of SPG points for the closing.
Our son had been seconded to the NZ government.Well we thought we will motor on down to the home of the Beehive and catch up.Of course things changed and his secondment was then to end with the NZ election-a month before we were there.So Plan C was hatched-a night at the Hilton Taupo to keep our HH points active until we are back in the states in November 2012.
So now to the organising.To make any sense this had to be award travel.First tried QFF via mrsdrron's account.Didn't mind if it was classic awards or JASAs.However all they could come up with was 1 BNE-SYD-AKL-SYD award.So I rang AA-again the BNE office-and they came through for us with 2 Aawards BNE-AKL-SYD in J.70000 miles for the 2.Had a bit of a scare when the E-ticket arrived with class-economy.However seats were 2A,C and checking with AA revealed no problems.
So the day comes and once again we set off with Tony in his limousine.Now we had allowed for the traffic which is heavy on the Bruce highway from ~ 0500-2400.Naturally there was hardly another car on the road so we had to wait 30 minutes for checkin to open.We lined up at the J checkin about 5 minutes before it was scheduled to open.As soon as we did pax came from everywhere to line up behind us much to the consternation of the lone agent at checkin.took a while to convince others that this was the business class queue.No problems for us.given priority access passes but that line was closed.actually because there was no one else there when we arrived at Immigration.
So on to security.Again BNE didn't let us down.Had to take my kindle out-now we had just finished a Circle Pacific trip with 4 LOTFAP airports + BNE domestic and had not had to do this as well as not having to do it since.Of to the lounge and we were the first into the F section.This meant no food was out.Obviously the woman out the back hears us and soon makes an appearance with the food.Then fell victim to the cr*p QF wifi which slowed to a crawl when another couple came in and logged on.Went to my Telstra modem and much better.
Next-up,up and away.