We flew nine hours from Honolulu to Auckland, and it seemed like much less time. The amenities on this airline surpass any I have enjoyed on flights to more than thirty countries. Certainly Air NZ puts US airlines to shame in terms of comfort and service. The food is tasty and (almost too) plentiful, and the choices of entertainment on your personal screen are amazing. We had to cut our vacation short due to a family emergency, so we had to change a number of flights and fly directly from Auckland to Chicago. Because of the long flight (15 hours) and the stress of a critical family illness, we booked an air bed, which was surprisingly comfortable for two average sized adults. More importantly, the staff of Air NZ was compassionate and patient in rebooking our flights. The agent spent over an hour on the phone to find the shortest and most economical way to get home. Air New Zealand harkens back to a time when the flight itself was actually part of the enjoyment of a trip. We hope to return some day and finish our exploration of that beautiful country.