The sucker rises almost 30-feet into the air, as it gives some real perspective to the size of the international departures terminal. At the top there’s a canopy that allows some nice imagery to be projected right onto it, as traditional Maori designs and pictures are displayed. Everything moves and shakes across the top thanks to a little music as well, and all the sounds come straight from local musicians—like Rewi Spraggon.
The thing has been kicking around for a few years now, and is certainly the center point of the terminal. It is surrounded by the usual duty free and news outlets, but if you find yourself beside it, take in the continuously rotating images depicting carvings, birds, and sea life. It’s supposed to represent and symbolize stuff like flight, voyaging, and movement, and we have to agree—especially with wide body aircraft right outside the window.
We’ll try not to get too sappy, but it’s awfully kind of the airport—and in some ways the entire country—to wish us a fond farewell. Until next time New Zealand, thanks again!