Happy New Year!
Well, it was a happy new year three months ago! 😉
On new year’s day, I flew from Christchurch to Auckland on Air New Zealand for the first time. I wrote about how easy it was to get from the airport to Doubletree Chateau on the Park, the hotel I stayed at. Similarly, the ride from the hotel to the airport was just as easy.
In this series:
- Introduction: New Year 2020 In The South Pacific
- Turkish Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Los Angeles to Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Istanbul to Manila
- Malaysia Airlines Business Class 737-800 Manila to Singapore via Kuala Lumpur
- Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Satellite Terminal – Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL)
- Jewel Changi Airport
- Qantas International First Lounge – Singapore Changi (SIN)
- Qantas First Class A380 Singapore to Melbourne
- Qantas International First Lounge – Melbourne (MEL)
- Qantas Business Class 737-800 Melbourne to Christchurch
- Doubletree Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, New Zealand
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Tour Around the City
- Getting Lost in the Countryside: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
- Air New Zealand Domestic Lounge – Christchurch (CHC)
- Air New Zealand (Premium) Economy 787-9 Christchurch to Auckland
- My First Impression of Auckland, New Zealand
- Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart, New Zealand
- The North Island Must Do: Hobbiton and Rotorua
- Fiji Airways Business Class A350-900XWB Auckland to Nadi
- Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa – Nadi, Fiji
- Fiji Airways Business Class A330-200 Nadi to Singapore
- Malaysia Airlines Business Class 737-800 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
- Malindo Air Business Class 737-900 Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu
- Shopping Spree in Thamel – Kathmandu, Nepal
- Cathay Dragon Business Class A330-300 Kathmandu to Hong Kong
- 16-Hour Delay on my American Airlines, with a Happy Ending
- Cathay Pacific First Class 777-300ER Hong Kong to Los Angeles
- Fin: Final Flights and My Closure with American Airlines – It was Good While It Lasted
Christchurch airport is relatively small, though it serves quite a few international flights. The layout was a bit strange, in my opinion, because the check-in area and arrival were both on the same level — maybe it’s something I’m not used to seeing.
There was a separate check=in counter for premium cabin passengers, as well as elite members. The lady at the counter was not particularly friendly. I had two cabin bags, and she insisted that it wouldn’t be allowed since I purchased a seat fare — the equivalent of basic economy, which only allowed one cabin bag weighing up to 7kg. I told her that Star Alliance Gold member is entitled to an additional cabin bag. At first, she persisted, but after going back and forth, she gave up and kind of shrugged her shoulders.
After I got my boarding pass, I headed to Air New Zealand Christchurch Domestic Lounge upstairs after security. As a reminder, the lounge can be accessed by Airpoints Elite, Gold, Elite Partner, and Koru members, as well as Star Alliance Gold members.
Upon entrance, I was greeted by a friendly agent who quickly scanned my boarding pass for admission.
I love how open the main area is.
There were a couple of large bistro tables with a few dozens of stools.
The food selections were excellent. There was a hot buffet station as well as choices of pastries and breakfast items. For a domestic lounge, it was actually quite impressive.
In the middle of the dining area, there was juice and coffee station. You can either order directly from the barista or use the tablet to order.
There were also a few bistro sets against the large windows overlooking the tarmac.
To the right, there were more sitting areas with dozens of chairs and sofas.
And finally, there was a couple sitting pods by the business center.
Air New Zealand Christchurch Domestic Lounge exceeded my expectations. When it comes to domestic lounges, I thought it would be something like the typical lounges operated by US airlines, but I was totally wrong.
The food selections were great – there were many options to choose from. As a coffee lover, I appreciate that there was a coffee station with a barista who made your coffee to your liking.
If you have an hour or so to spare, I would definitely visit the lounge before the flights to relax a bit and have some breakfast and coffee.