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When it comes to in-flight safety, the last thing that probably comes to mind is a bevy of bronzed swimsuit babes frolicking on the beach. If you're Air New Zealand, however, that combination makes perfect sense. And, seeing as how the airline has a strong history of creative safety videos, it makes even more sense.
Using swimsuit models can be considered gratuitous, but this time there's pretty good reason for the exposed skin. The Kiwi airline has partnered with both Sports Illustrated and the Cook Islands to bring us this season's newest pre-take-off demonstration, Safety in Paradise.
Air New Zealand actually celebrates 40 years of flying to the Cook Islands, while SI celebrates its 50th year of showcasing the newest bikini fashion in tropical locations.
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We've come to that special time again when a new Hobbit movie is released and entire nation of New Zealand goes gaga for all things Gandolf and Bilbo. In the air, the giant Smaug took to the skies with Air New Zealand and now the folks at Wellington International Airport have, again, gotten into the fun.
In 2012, the airport installed a giant (not to mention so realistic it was creepy) Golum above its food court to share in the excitement of the newest movie. Now, airport visitors are greeted by two Great Eagles suspended from the ceiling and Gandolf perched on top of one of the 2,000lb sculptures.
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Yet another new Hobbit movie has the folks down at Air New Zealand all excited to launch their latest homage to Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf. The Kiwi airline has given fans of the movie a sneak peak of the latest release's namesake character by emblazoning a plane with Smaug, a mythical dragon of The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug.
There's no doubt that Air NZ loves anything and everything Hobbit, as this is actually the second Boeing 777-300 to be wrapped with a Hobbit scene. Both colorful Boeings regularly fly between New Zealand and the US, which makes Los Angeles the best place to spot the new dragon.
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All good things must come to an end and, sadly, our quickie Auckland Field Trip has closed, but not without a nice goodbye. Although it's difficult to see another vacation conclude, our time at Auckland International Airport couldn't have more civilized.
Passengers flying Qantas in business, or high flyers with gold or platinum status or the OneWorld equivalent, can reap the benefits of a special check-in process. The ease of it evokes the golden age of travel, as premium guests pass through glass doors into a private room to handle ticketing and baggage check.
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The next stop on our Auckland Field Trip is a little shopfront on the city's main strip, Queen Street. Amongst bustling cafes, shopping arcades and fast-food outlets sits a gem of a gelateria called Giapo.
Walk through the doors under a sign that reads, "Pure Aotearoa Organic Goodness and Creativity" (for the uninitiated, Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand) and you enter the holy grail for ice cream and gelato in Kiwi-land.
Spending a few days in a new city can be a whirlwind experience jam-packed with sights and delights. Our recent trip to Auckland was no different, running from here and there to see as much as we could in a short period of time. A brief visit to learn about a new city is as close to a school field trip as you can get, thus we bring you Auckland Field Trip.
The Kiwi financial capital is situated directly on the Pacific waters of the Hauraki Gulf, and Auckland most certainly utilizes its coastal location to its fullest. Just steps from the city center, the landscape trades high-rises for yacht masts to rightfully claim the name, City of Sails.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted in: the Ponsonby neighborhood of Auckland, New Zealand.
This black and white bucket of fuzz was just hanging out on the stoop of one of the Victorian villas of the Ponsonby suburb of Auckland. We hesitate to call Ponsonby a suburb, however, since almost all of downtown is a measly 20-30 minute walk away. This cat is one well-located feline.
It seems performing to sell out crowds isn't enough to give Beyonce the adrenaline rush she craves. So, she did what any legendary pop diva looking for adventure would do - she jumped off a building.
Earlier this week, Beyonce posted pics of herself about to freefall off of Auckland's Sky Tower in New Zealand, the birthplace of extreme adventure.
Just in time for the southern summer, there's an ultimate travel contest for anyone with more stamps in their passport than Facebook friends. Since the Antarctic is no ordinary place, it calls for no ordinary assignment. Air New Zealand and National Geographic have teamed up to find the world's most adventurous traveler to call the South Pole home for a little while, with the goal of bringing environmentalism to the forefront for rest of the world.
As one of the most fragile places on earth, Antarctica is home to not only a lot of ice and penguins, but a handful of research stations to expand knowledge of the frozen continent. The lucky winner of the Air NZ contest will work side-by-side with a few scientists and National Geographic photographer, Jason Edwards at one of these stations. The winner will learn about environmental issues hurting our planet's southern most ice mass and, ultimately, the rest of earth.
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We already told you how we scored a $600 last-minute upgrade on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland, so of course we want to share. Along with our super cushy mattress-covered lie-flat seat, we weren't left hungry on the 13-hour flight over the Pacific.
If you've been lucky enough to visit the island nation of New Zealand, you know they take their food (and wine) very serious. It's no different at altitude, as Air NZ have tapped celebrity chef Peter Gordon to design their in-flight menu for business class passengers.
We heard Qantas was doing something like this, and now Air New Zealand is joining in on the fun. The carrier is getting ready to start some new flights over to Antarctica, but these planes will actually be landing on the snow and ice. These flights won’t just be for sightseeing, as Air New Zealand wants to determine how feasible it is to run flights to and from Antarctica.
The thought is that scientists and researchers need to get to Antarctica, so it makes sense for Air New Zealand to get them there. Usually the Air Force takes care of these flights, but soon you might just be ordering a nice refreshing selection from the beverage cart before coming in for a landing.
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The masters of creative and humorous in-flight safety videos have struck again with another brilliant take on maintaining well-being during flight and in the event of an emergency. We've seen Air New Zealand use nude cabin crew, cartoons, and even hobbits, but this time they've recruited Betty White to help us remember to fasten our seatbelts and point out the emergency exits.
The Golden Girl is featured in the airline's latest vid, titled "Safety Old School Style," as some Air NZ cabin crew help passengers with all the basics. Betty gets a little backup from some other "folks that have been there and done that," including The Love Boat's most famous cruise ship captain, Gavin McCloud.