After spending a couple days in Wellington it was time to move on. Wellington is a beautiful city with great views, restaurants and places to visit. At the end of this report are some photos of the Wellington area. As part of the Emirates flight to Brisbane I took an EK codeshare on Jetstar to Auckland. It was interested to see the differences between the two carriers that fly between Auckland and Wellington.
Take a holiday down to Wellington? Unbelievable fares. Yes, this fare may be a little lower than most, but typically the going rate is about $50. Air New Zealand pretty much has hourly flights back and forth. Go for dinner!
The Wellington airport entrance.
Enter and turn left for Air New Zealand.
Or turn right for Virgin Australia, Jetstar and some other niche players.
You can't go to the gate until your flight is about to begin boarding. This is the airside terminal area which has plenty of places to eat, shop and watch the tarmac.
Or check out cool cars.
Soon enough Jetstar's newer A320 arrived from Auckland.
Once passengers were unloaded the announcement was made to proceed to security. Pass security (you can bring water through security domestically in New Zealand) and immediately enter the aircraft.
Overhead bins are narrow and Jetstar has strict weight rules for carryons. I believe 7kg is the limit otherwise it goes downstairs in cargo. While I was on an EK business class ticket there was no charge, but the $50 Y fares surely have a bag fee.
Row one on the right side has a bulkhead wall with plenty of legroom for an economy seat. Of course this is a premium seat so you can pay up for it. But for an hour flight is it necessary?
The left side doesn't have a bulkhead wall.
An orange flag hung from the overhead bin so passengers didn't get a rude awakening.
The seats are a typical economy slimline seat but these were in excellent condition.
And away we go.
And to my surprise a decent sandwich was served along with choice of beverage.
53 minutes after wheels up it was wheels down.
Date: August 2017
Route: Wellington - Auckland
Flight #: JQ258
Aircraft: Airbus A320 #VH-VFT (Delivered October 2013)
On Time: Yes
Reward Flying Rating: 5.5 out of 10 ✈ The value in this flight is the cost.
✔︎Very clean and well kept
✔︎I really didn't notice, the views were too good outside
Cabin/Seats Rating: 5 out of 10 ✈
✔︎I was surprised to even have one
Amenity/Food rating: 5 out of 10 ✈
IFE rating: X out of 10 ✈
✔︎The crew did their job, nothing special, nothing bad.
Flight Attendant rating: 5 out of 10 ✈
✔︎A320 - this was a 4 year A320 that looked brand new
Aircraft rating: 7 out of 10 ✈
I stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington. It's downtown next to the pier. Walking distance to many places. Recommend.
From the dock next to the hotel.
The cable car up to the the town of Kelburn where there is an observatory and the Cable Car Museum. It's only a 5 minute ride.
The views from Mount Victoria lookout.