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Old 17.03.2010, 18:28
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Flying to New Zealand - Advice on connections

Hi,

I will need to go to New Zealand for work in September and was wondering on whether some of the experienced travelers to there could offer some advice on the best way to do such a long flight? For example, I am thinking on doing Geneva (my departure airport) - Singapore, stay there for one night, and then go Singapore - Christchurch the following day. Same for the return flights.
Any tips on the best itineraries, recommended airlines and shared experiences for these flights are much appreciated!
BTW chances are I will need to go in economy, but the stopover is fully covered and I will probably take the opportunity for visiting the "connecting" city.

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Re: Flying to New Zealand - Advice on connections

Suggest this site for finding the perfect seat: http://www.seatguru.com/

Suggest not planning to much in Singapore, you'll be beaten up from the flight so.. just relax around the hotel. Else.. if you want to travel to something and back, go get one of these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Sling at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel

The flight is.. about the longest you can get, I've done it a few times. Suggest you do not watch any new release movies for a while so that something on the plane is new to you. Perhaps a book?

Welcome to NZ, where and what will you be doing?

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Re: Flying to New Zealand - Advice on connections

Have done Switzerland to Australia too many time to remember. I would only fly with Singapore Airlines nowdays, prices are good, service is excellent. Check the layover time in Singapore, my rule, less than 4hrs pack your swimming togs and go for a swim inside the terminal (about 8SD with towel and shower), 6 to 10hrs book a room at the transit hotels inside the terminal (min 6hrs about 35 to 60SD by the hour), more than 10 hit the drinks early then get a good sleep - there are free buses and tours available with SAirlines stopovers. Check www.singaporeair.com , there is a tab on the site for things to do at Changi airport. Enjoy your trip, we leave tommorrow with a 6week old and 3 yo so should be interesting.........
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Have done Switzerland to Australia too many time to remember. I would only fly with Singapore Airlines nowdays, prices are good, service is excellent. Check the layover time in Singapore, my rule, less than 4hrs pack your swimming togs and go for a swim inside the terminal (about 8SD with towel and shower), 6 to 10hrs book a room at the transit hotels inside the terminal (min 6hrs about 35 to 60SD by the hour), more than 10 hit the drinks early then get a good sleep - there are free buses and tours available with SAirlines stopovers. Check www.singaporeair.com , there is a tab on the site for things to do at Changi airport. Enjoy your trip, we leave tommorrow with a 6week old and 3 yo so should be interesting.........
Me too, I love Singapore Airlines and always enjoy the stopover..
And it gets the longest flight out of the way first (I hate coming back, arriving in Singapore and knowing I'm not even halfway)

I also love Christchurch. Let me know if you get stuck and I'll hook you up with some very friendly locals (one or more of my 20 or so cousins living there)

I hope you enjoy it. I could think of worse places to go than Singapore to chch!
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Re: Flying to New Zealand - Advice on connections

I've done Zürich to Auckland many times. My favourite is Singapore airlines.

From Zürich there are two flights a day. I prefer the evening one as the connections mean that you get to Auckland in the middle of the day. I find that this helps me to get over the jet lag much more quickly. If I take the midday flight out of Zürich then I get to Auckland at midnight and it usually takes until 04:00 to get to sleep on that first night.

Unfortunately, they will be replacing the two flights a day with a single A380 out of Zürich later this month. Can't wait to fly on the thing but the flight time will be the midday option. So it looks as though the jet lag will take longer to get over the next time I fly out there.

Enjoy the trip, it's a great place.
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Re: Flying to New Zealand - Advice on connections

Definitely Singapore Airlines!

They are operating the new Airbus A380 in a couple of weeks or so from Zurich to Singapore. Then the Singapore Christchurch flight is great, you arrive in NZ in the morning having had a reasonable nights sleep on the flight. Done it many times.
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Re: Flying to New Zealand - Advice on connections

Thanks a lot for all the replies!
It seems that Singapore airlines is the way to go :-)

When the time comes (or now if you feel like), please also add some tips about things to do in Christchurch and surroundings. I have been reading already about the city and at least would like to visit the aviation museum (I'll have three full days to enjoy the city!)
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