Travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch is certainly a journey but flying Air New Zealand makes the trip go by in a breeze
Even though there's no direct flight from Malaysia, flying Air New Zealand via Singapore is so comfortable that you won't even stress the hours.
The journey to Christchurch includes two transits, the first in Changi Airport, then another in Auckland. The total travel time from check-in at KLIA 'til touchdown in Christchurch is approximately 20 hours.
It's long but soooooo worth it!
One of the perks of flying Air New Zealand is that you get Changi Transit Privileges when you land in Singapore
Just show your flight and passport, and you'll receive a S$20 transit reward to spend in Changi Airport!
With over 400 stores to shop from, you'll definitely be spoilt for choice. Whether you want luxury goods, fashion and retail, the latest tech devices, duty-free goods, Singapore souvenirs or snacks, you're guaranteed to find it here.
The great thing about the complimentary S$20 shopping voucher is that it expires the next year. So I decided to use it on my return journey to pick up a few boxes of chocolate to bring back to Malaysia.
Time passes really fast in Changi Airport. Before you know it, your gate is open and New Zealand is calling.
It's a 9hr 35min flight from Singapore to Auckland. But with Air New Zealand's Economy Skycouch, you will legit be comfy and well-rested the whole time.
The Economy Skycouch is an innovative product of Air New Zealand and basically turns three seats into a bed. It's great for families with a young kid and couples.
For a solo traveller like me, it was an absolute dream y'all! There's bedding, blankets, and pillows. I could lie flat, totally stretch out, and sleep comfortably.
They serve two in-flight meals with different options to suit your tastebuds
Once you land in Auckland, you'll have to make your way to the domestic terminal. There are free shuttle buses or you can enjoy some fresh air and a short walk. Just follow the green line.
It's a short flight to Christchurch and you'll be absolutely captivated by the view from your window (check out the snow-capped mountains in the distance!)
After an amazing holiday, flying home couldn't be any easier. There are self-check-in kiosks set up so you can get your flight tickets.
Just follow the instructions on the screen, and within a matter of minutes you'll be checked-in all the way back to KL.
If you need help, there are always super friendly Air New Zealand staff around to lend a hand.
Your flight tickets and check-in luggage tags will be printed for you. Put the tags on your bag, self-check them, and you're good to go!
Honestly, it's the most efficient and convenient check-in process I've ever witnessed. :O
Once in Auckland, I got to hang out at the Air New Zealand Lounge until my next flight to Singapore and it was the best
The food is yummy and replenished consistently
You can relax in the TV room, freshen up and take a shower, and even kids have their own play area
You'll wish you had a longer transit to enjoy all the perks of the lounge!
Flying home on Air New Zealand's Premium Economy is dope AF
It's easy to see why Air New Zealand's Premium Economy is award-winning. You're in a separate cabin with dedicated crew. There's loads of personal space with extra leg room.
And you get two pieces of checked luggage (up to 23kg each), which is great because you'll probably be bringing home loads of goodies from your holiday in New Zealand!
All the little extra touches, like the complimentary amenity kit, really makes the journey home so much more enjoyable
The menu includes really delicious meals such as New Zealand beef cheek with glazed sweet potatoes in a dark soy jus
Thank you Air New Zealand for the best flight experience ever! I miss it already.
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