Shandelle Battersby flies Air New Zealand NZ646 from Queenstown to Auckland.

The plane:

An Airbus A320.

My seat: 17E, the uncomfortable middle seat on the right.

Cost: One way starts at $83.


How full: Chocka, with only a couple of empty seats. Maybe people getting away early for Easter Weekend.

Fellow passengers: More locals than tourists. And an annoying pashing couple in the seats in front of me.

Flight time: An hour and 40 minutes. Things were pretty bumpy up above, with turbulence nearly the whole way; the seatbelt sign stayed on. Happily it wasn't bumpy enough to upset the cabin service.

Food and drink: Hooray, it was Koru Hour - cheese and crackers, pretzels or a cookie, with wine (Vidal and Leftfield), beer, soft drinks or tea, coffee or water.

Entertainment: Not even the quiz! I made do with an OK magazine I found in the departure lounge.

Would I fly this again: I love Koru Hour.

And it's also a great way to get the most out of your last day in this beautiful part of New Zealand.