Review: Air New Zealand Q300, Auckland – Blenheim
Our efforts to taste some New Zealand wines in the Marlborough Wine Region had us requiring a short internal flight from the Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand to Blenheim in the South Island of New Zealand. We went with flag carrier Air New Zealand for this flight, which provided straightforward service on a new Q300 trubo prop aircraft.
This post is one chapter on our trip to Fiji, New Zealand and French Polynesia. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan and AAdvantage frequent flier programs and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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Read More from This Trip
- Trip Introduction: Fiji, New Zealand & French Polynesia via Fiji Airways and Air Tahiti Nui Business Class
- Alaska Airlines First Class: Vancouver – Seattle
- Alaska Airlines Board Room – North Satellite – Seattle – Tacoma, USA
- Alaska Airlines: Seattle – Los Angeles
- The Los Angeles International Lounge, Tom Bradley International Terminal, USA
- Fiji Airways Business Class: Los Angeles – Nadi
- The Sheraton Resort and Spa Tokoriki Island, Fiji
- The Westin Denaru Island Resort and Spa, Fiji
- Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge, Nadi International Airport, Fiji
- Fiji Airways Business Class: Nadi – Auckland
- Air New Zealand – Auckland Domestic Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand – Auckland Regional Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand: Auckland – Blenheim
- The Marlborough Vintners Hotel, Blenheim, New Zealand
- Four Sauvingon Blanc Wineries and One Lunch, Blenheim, New Zealand
- Four Pinot Noir Wineries and One Lunch, Blenheim, New Zealand
- A Circle Driving Day: Blenheim – Nelson – Picton – Blenheim, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand Blenheim – Auckland
- Air New Zealand – Auckland International Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand Economy Sky Couch: Auckland – Papeete
- Le Meridien Tahiti, Papeete, French Polynesia
- Visiting the Papeete Market and Taking the Ferry: Papeete – Moorea, French Polynesia
- The Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort, French Polynesia
- Cycling in Teavaro and Snorkelling in Moorea, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti: Moorea – Bora Bora
- Le Meridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti: Bora Bora – Papeete
- Air Tahiti Nui Salon Manuhiri Business Lounge, Papeete, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti Nui Poerava Business Class: Papeete – Los Angeles
- The United Club, Los Angeles Terminal Seven
- American Airlines First Class: Los Angeles – Vancouver
Review: Air New Zealand Q300, Auckland – Blenheim
We left the compact Air New Zealand Auckland Regional Lounge at about fifteen minutes before our flight. We boarded our flight through an outdoor walkway. As with other regional Air New Zealand flights, there was no formal security check or screening. There was also a posted ban on photography so there are no airside photographs.
Air New Zealand
Operated by Air Nelson / New Zealand Link
Economy Class (L) – single class of service
AKL-BHE (Auckland – Blenheim)
June 8, 2017
Booked: Bombardier Q300
Flown: Bombardier Q300
Departure: 3:30 PM
Arrival: 5:00 PM
On Board Air New Zealand:
Our rollies fit underneath the cabin seat and we settled into Seat 2A and 2B. Surprisingly the gate check feature for your cabin rolling suitcase that is common everywhere else in the world is signed as being limited to Top Tier Air New Zealand Koru Club members.
We had a quick departure from Auckland Airport and a flight straight south towards Blenheim, passing along the western coast line of the North Island of New Zealand.
Food and Beverage:
We were quite full from our earlier lounge visit. Fortunately, there was still more to come. On this short ninety minute flight, there was a water service, followed by a cookie service, followed by a coffee and tea service.
We had a beautiful descent into Blenheim Woodbourne Airport. The Woodbourne Airport is shared with rhe Royal Air Force New Zealand Woodbourne Base. The civilian side of the Woodbourne airport is a double gate building with landings to the apron.
We deplaned from our Air New Zealand Q300 aircraft into crisp and fresh New Zealand air. It was a very short walk into the terminal building at Woodbourne, Blenheim.
I went to get the rental car and MrsWT73 had a chuckle when they loaded the checked bags onto a tractor, then promptly drove the tractor right into the terminal for people to collect their bags from.
My Thoughts on Air New Zealand Regional Service:
It was a pretty straight forward uneventful Air New Zealand flight without any form of meal service available, punctuated with a luggage tractor ride at the end. We had a comfortable ride and Air New Zealand offered us both a water service, a cookie and a coffee and tea service; something more than reasonable for a regional flight.