With my experiences as an Airpoints Elite a decade ago, if the lounge was open (Domestic or international), booze was available. 8am would seem a restriction on that.I’m in the AKL domestic lounge for the next hour.
There is a very impressive buffet breakfast selection available, and beer & wine is available from 8am!
When we drove from Te Anau to Dunedin I decided that we did not have time to drop 'down' to Invercargill. I have always wondered if I missed much?
Well the article below , towards the end, sort of says that a CL type lounge does exist. To quote - "If your passport wallet packs Air New Zealand's by-invitation Elite Priority One card, your private lounge-within-a-lounge is hidden here at Auckland Airport. Tucked away behind a blackened glass door labelled "by invitation only" lies the AirNZ equivalent of the Qantas Chairman's Lounge – but it's not a lounge ordinarily open to Chairman's Lounge members."
Hope no one fetches her passport info from her BP ... I remember this happened to Tony Abbott, a couple of years ago.The NZ PM frequently posts her boarding pass on social media when traveling