The flight to Melbourne was a fast one - we left late to arrive early but the pilot kept us informed of what was happening at all times. Same with a strong tail wind and a few bumps on the way back. The flight Manager Michael on the flight back was probably one of Air NZ's best - extremely helpful and personable. The whole crew seemed to really love their jobs.
The one downside to Air NZ's morning flights is the dreadful breakfast - how they expect a hash brown to survive under a sea of baked beans is beyond me ( tip...it doesnt!).
No matter how many times I fly this route, I never tire of the Southern Alps scenery.