November 28, 2012 |
Those who showed Wednesday for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” premiere in Wellington, New Zealand, were not to be disappointed by the scope of the film's premiere. Tens of thousands of fans, some in elf ears and wizard hats, were witness to a red carpet a third of a mile long and a flyover by a “Hobbit”-themed Air New Zealand 777 jet as director Peter Jackson's latest J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired effort was revealed down under. Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, bubbled with praise for his director.
November 4, 2012 |
Those Kiwis at Air New Zealand are at it again. In the past, they have produced airplane safety videos featuring nude flight attendants, fitness guru Richard Simmons and a plane full of rugby players. Air New Zealand unveiled last week a new video staring the characters - hobbits, wizards, elves, dwarfs and orcs - from "The Lord of the Rings" movies, which relied on New Zealand for most of the outdoor scenery. The video even includes a quick appearance by the films' director, Peter Jackson.
April 17, 2012 |
Air New Zealand has launched a fall sale on airfares from L.A. to London in its roomier, premium economy seats. The British capital likely will be packed this summer with travelers lured by the 2012 Olympic Games , which begin in late July, and Queen Elizabeth 's Diamond Jubilee in early June, to say nothing of the ever-popular Wimbledon. So fall may be a better time to go -- and save on premium economy class when prices start at $1,698 round-trip per person. The deal: The airline's Premium Economy Special Offer features the Spaceseat, as the airline calls it. Its notch-above-coach class features that seats with a 41-inch seat pitch (the distance from the spot on one seat to the same spot on the other)
April 15, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Belfast is available on Air New Zealand, British and United. Restricted round-trip airfares range from $1,019 to $1,139, including taxes and fees. Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, 163 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood; 011-44-28-9042-8428, http://www.nmni.com/uftm, http://www.nmni.com/titanic/Home/Titanica.aspx#story. Same-day admission to both museums is about $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-18.
February 26, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Napier is offered on Air New Zealand. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,118, excluding taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 64 (the country code for New Zealand) and the local number. WHERE TO GO Art Deco Shop & Visitor Centre, 163 Tennyson St., Napier; 6-835-0022, http://www.artdeconapier.com . Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
January 15, 2012
The Cook Islands, named for Capt. James Cook, invite you to explore with a $938 round trip from LAX to Rarotonga on Air New Zealand. It is subject to availability. You can depart any Sunday between Feb. 5 and May 27 and return any Saturday from April 7 on. There's a one-year maximum stay. The ticket must be purchased by Jan 30. Info: Air New Zealand , (800) 262-1234 Source: Airfarewatchdog.com