Maureen Marriner flies from Auckland to Napier aboard NZ5005.

The plane:

Air NZ's regional operator Mt Cook with an ATR72 turbo prop. Disconcerting to see a piece of overhead trim connected by hanging strip of Sellotape.

Class: One class.

Price: $59.


Flight time: 1 hour.

My seat: 9C on the aisle but the seat beside me is empty so I have plenty of room and views. Good leg room.

Fellow passengers: Mixed bag of young and old, business and pleasure.

How full: 90 per cent.

Entertainment: KiaOra in-flight magazine and watching the stewardess mime the safety instruction card, words all but obliterated by the screaming turboprop.

The service: Efficient, but distant.

Food and drink: Mineral water, tea or coffee and a chocolate chip cookie. And the Kiwi classic: boiled lollies on descent.

The toilets: Clean but it's a shallow cubicle - could be tricky for the long of limb.

Luggage: Carry-on 7kg and a raincoat.

The airport experience: Smooth and pleasant.

The bottomline: A couple of quirks but a smooth-as-silk flight.