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It’s only been a couple of years since the Christchurch earthquake down in New Zealand, but the city and its residents have been working hard to bring things back to normal. Now one piece of the city’s new landscape is complete, as a new—and unique—cathedral has been constructed to replace the ChristChurch Cathedral that was pretty much damaged beyond repair.
The new place was designed by Shigeru Ban and was created for around $6 million. The cathedral is constructed—at least in part—from cardboard, and is expected to stick around for quite some time until a true replacement can be constructed.
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The creative minds behind some of Air New Zealand's most entertaining in-flight videos have struck again. This time there are no Hobbits or flight attendants in merely body-paint or disco dancing Richard Simmons for that matter. This video features the (very touching) 'love story' of a Chinese couple and cleverly compares the act of falling in love with staying safe between take off and landing.
Starring Weibo, Chinese Twitter, icons, Molly Wang and Solo Zhuang, the video documents the pair going through a proper courtship that will not only ensure safety at 36,000 feet, but prevent some bumps and bruises along the rocky road of love. From helping each other with their seatbelts and an oxygen-depleting first kiss, the couple navigates around pitfalls of a mile-high romance.
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The island nation of New Zealand Travel may have become one of the newest countries to extend marriages to same-sex couples and now the national airline has gotten in on the fun. The creative Kiwis at Air New Zealand have come up with a fabulous new way to celebrate the passing of the country's marriage equality law allowing same-sex couples to say their "I dos" in a memorable way.
Last week, the airline announced they will host a contest for gay couples to vie for the chance to wed at 30,000 feet onboard a flight from Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island to the North Island's Auckland.
Similar to contest run by SAS a few years ago, the lucky couple will get to tie the knot in the air and, just like the Scandinavian equivalent, Air NZ will set aside some seats for the winner's families to witness the nuptials. Along with memorable matrimony, the winners will also jet off to Palm Springs for a honeymoon to escape the Southern Hemisphere winter.
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Recently, we found ourselves in New Zealand and, of course, we were overwhelmed and pretty much mesmerized by the scenery and surroundings as we put plenty of kilometers on the rental car. However, that didn’t mean we weren’t on the lookout for the (calorie-laden) comforts of home now and then. Thankfully, it’s always easy to spot a McDonald’s and that’s certainly the case when there’s an airplane pretty much sticking out the side of the place.
This McDonald’s — which is now one of our faves — is complete with all the usual offerings as well as a pretty decent McCafé, too. Which is a good thing as you’ll certainly need a flat white or something similar to enjoy while taking in the scenery.
After showing off some of the raddest retro travel ads from the South Pacific, it's an absolute pleasure to see that Air New Zealand is making it a whole lot more affordable to wander around the islands of the region. The airline's new Explorer Pass is the best way to add on a few new destinations to your itinerary.
Exclusively for flights originating from North America, the pass allows travelers to island hop all around the South Pacific with a pricing structure similar to that of a taxi cab. Based on zones, adventurers can explore 27 destinations in domestic New Zealand, Australia, and nine South Pacific islands including Tahiti, The Cook Islands and Fiji with easy add-on fares.
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Well, the mega-creative folks behind the quirkiest airline safety videos have struck again. Air New Zealand has put up a brand new, themed video and this one is an excursion you won't forget. Bear Grylls climbs mountains and floats down raging rivers all the while showing us how to have a safe flight.
We would agree that flying can be an adventure and with Bear walking across our person television screen, we would be able to relax a bit more knowing he is looking out for us. Taking in-flight safety out of the cabin and into the rough world, the Man vs. Wild star gets his hands dirty and gallivants all over the South Island's Routeburn Track, hunting for the ancient Moa.
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At some point in your travel life, you're going to want to visit Tahiti. It's inevitable and, duh, you should give in to the desire, but the only huge obstacle is typically price for such a trip.
Luckily for a period, Air Tahiti Nui is giving flyers free 3-night vacations in Tahiti if you book a roundtrip flight on them from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, with optional continuing service on to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.
The price for the whole shindig, flights and 3-night Tahiti stopover at either the Le Meridien or Manava resorts included, is $1,298, which is really awesome if you can keep to the cheapest option of LA-Auckland.
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Maybe a former airline CEO can wash your car?
There's no doubt that Air New Zealand is always trying to think outside the box when it comes to keeping loyal customers and creating raving fans. Now, the Kiwi airline has added even more perks for hopping on one of their planes. Something called the "Koru Valet" hit the scene several months ago and we find the benefits pretty compelling.
The Koru Valet service isn't just your traditional, "we'll park your car and take you to the terminal" kind of deal. It's a bit more and, had we a car in New Zealand and an upcoming flight, we wouldn't hesitate to use it. It goes like this: an Air New Zealand staff member parks your car super close to the terminal and then you fly off, return, and get that car back washed, serviced and with a full tank of gas. Yep, all that in one valet parking lot.
It's a good day for fans of The Hobbit as the movie finally hits U.S. theaters today, but they aren't the only ones with a reason to celebrate.
Yesterday we showcased the vintage travel ads of Australia and now we will jump across the 'ditch' and show you five of our favorite ads from the golden years of travel in New Zealand. Just like Australia, New Zealand is far away from many things and it takes a good amount of travel and time to get anywhere. Wanderlust may even run more rampant on the small islands of NZ, as the constant dreaming of far off lands is pretty common.
Before Air New Zealand went super creative with their marketing, most of their ads were all about showing the pristine beauty of the virtually untouched nature and its native Maori heritage. Keeping true to the South Pacific location, while offering passengers lamb for dinner and sheepskin covered first class seats.
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With all the anticipation and drama of a movie premiere, Air New Zealand unveiled their newest livery and this time it's not all-black. In fact, this one is quite the opposite as it's mostly white with "middle-"earthtones and Hobbits all over it.
In short, the Kiwi carrier has painted a scene from the movie The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey on one of the Boeing 777s that flies between New Zealand and LA, eventually continuing on to London. The grand reveal of the aircraft's new paint job happened in a hangar tarted up to look like a "hobbit-hole."
Wellington Airport isn't the only landmark in New Zealand being taken over by giant characters from The Hobbit.
In anticipation of the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, huge silhouettes of 14 characters from the movie have been installed on the fifth story of the New Zealand Post House, a 12-story office tower at 7 Waterloo Quay, Wellington, New Zealand.