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Queenstown Airport, New Zealand

By on September 9, 2009 in New Zealand

Well, back to Queenstown Airport as this was the end of my ski trip to the South Island of New Zealand, time to head north.

Next stop will be Christchurch (to catch up with an old friend), which means a flight from Queenstown to Christchurch.

Queenstown Airport is very small – one terminal building and seven gates.

Interestingly, for internal flights no photo ID is required and there is no concern about 100 ml liquids. As I approached security with my belt off, my laptop out of the bag, my liquids, and my passport in-hand, I was told: “It is all right sir, we don’t need to do that here”. (This may explain why I was given a relatively hard time by immigration when I entered the country.)

One strange thing that happened was I was bumped off the Qantas flight to earlier Air New Zealand flight due to the plane “being downgraded” – what does that mean? I got a call on this while driving around to kill time, and I was in the middle of nowhere when this happened. One problem with this change was that the Air New Zealand flight had a different baggage allowance to the Qantas. However, they let on my extra bag as it was sports gear, i.e. ski clothing.

While at the airport there was a media scrum (film cameras, press, etc.) – I thought it was for someone famous, but turned out to be for some arrivals taking part in an international cocktail competition www.cocktailworldcup.com… Who knew?

By the way, you do have to pay $25 NZ departure tax for International flights (payable at the Travelex currency exchange counter at Queenstown Airport).

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