Air New Zealand Business Class Review

Air New Zealand Business Class Review | World of Wanderlust

As I boarded my 13.5 hour flight from Auckland to Houston I was convinced I was in for a long night of movies, snacks in place of plane food, and hopefully an hour or two of rest before landing in Texas. While that doesn’t sound too bad, I was about to find out that it could be much, much better. As I approached the line to check in for Premium Economy, I soon found my ticket rejected and – much to my disbelief – I was upgraded to Business Class. Winning!

Here is a full review of my Air New Zealand Business Class experience and I’ve gotta say, this is one of my all time airlines and business class products on the market!

Air New Zealand Business Class Review | World of Wanderlust

Air New Zealand Business Class

As I had only found out the minute I went to board the flight that I had been upgraded, I had spent the hours leading up to my flight trying to decipher a plan as to how I’d keep myself busy on board. As someone who needs a good night sleep to rest, I was reluctant to board the flight that had me landing in Texas 13.5 hours later and in the middle of the day. As someone who has battled jet lag and finally knows how to overcome it, I knew that switching my body clock sooner rather than later would be the only way I would survive once on the ground.

But alas, Air New Zealand had other plans. Other plans in the form of an upgrade to Business Class, complete with fully lie flat beds, a mattress, a cozy duvet and only the cutest eye mask + sock combo you have ever seen!

The airline staff were immediately warm and welcoming, though this hardly came as a surprise after flying with Air New Zealand for the past four flights throughout the country. The country as a whole is an incredibly friendly place, but this experience always starts on board your Air New Zealand flight into the country where each passenger is treated like a friend rather than a customer.

Shortly after I was being offered a glass of bubbles, juice or water. As someone who never drinks alcohol on flights I opted straight for the water as I settled in to my cozy seat and began perusing the on board entertainment selection.


Food & Entertainment

Not long into the flight I was offered another beverage and nuts but neither were too appealing, so I opted to wait for dinner. On this 13.5 hour flight the menu included a three-course dinner and a la carte breakfast, with snacks on offer in between.


For dinner I chose the vegetarian soup as a main and rhubarb the tart for dessert. While the soup was delicious and didn’t make me feel sluggish after eating it, the healthier options were slim as most dishes contained pasta or starch – something I always avoid, especially on planes! The dessert was pretty dismal but luckily the cabin crew saw that I had barely taken a bite and offered to replace it with the ice cream selection which was a MUCH better option (in hindsight I should have gone for that selection in the first place!)

The snacks in between meals consisted mainly of chocolates, crisps and muesli bars. I gladly helped myself to a few too many chocolate bars throughout the first half of the journey, before switching off my light and settling in for a full 6 hours sleep.

Roughly two hours before landing the breakfast service began. Being pretty skeptical of scrambled eggs on board any flight (yes, even in business class they look a little questionable!) I opted for the muesli and yogurt with fresh fruits. This was served fresh by the cabin crew at your seat so I could opt for more yogurt and an abundance of strawberries. Delicious!


Entertainment on board was quite good with a strong selection of new movies, classics, and a good range of comedies and chick flicks. The television selection would be the one area I think they could have improved on as each show only had a few episodes, whereas on most other airlines you can watch entire series.

All in all I really (really, really, really) enjoyed this flight and without the five star service on board Air New Zealand flights, the 13.5 hour flight would have been much less enjoyable. I’ll certainly choose to fly ANZ any time in the future, especially when I head back to New Zealand which already couldn’t come quick enough!

Air New Zealand Business Class Review | World of Wanderlust

Thanks to Air New Zealand for welcoming me to experience New Zealand for the first time! I couldn’t be more grateful to explore this beautiful country. My airfare was originally in Premium Economy but I lucked out on an upgrade at boarding which enabled me to write this review. Talk about a win!

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    August 15, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Oh I wish I would see more pictures! Would love to fly with Air New Zealand one day… with a one way ticket ;))

    August 10, 2016 at 9:21 am

    ANZ is by far my favorite airline. I loved their breakfast museli!

    August 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Free upgrades are the best! This looks amazing, didn’t know New Zealand Air had such amazing business class!

    August 8, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    my dream is to visit new Zealand some day.

    Megan A.
    August 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    We flew Air New Zealand roundtrip between LAX and Auckland, and even though we were in coach, it was still one of the best flight experiences I’ve ever had. Being able to request a beverage or snack from my seat’s screen at almost any point on an overnight flight was really nice. On the way back to the States, my husband and I were seated in the middle 4 seats with another couple. However, the flight wasn’t full so the flight attendant allowed the other couple to move and we got all four seats to spread out in! We flew them domestically while in NZ and were impressed with our flights then too. I would highly recommend the airline!

    August 8, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Lucky you! What a fantastic surprise. I adore Air New Zealand – I try and fly them as much as possible. Air NZ are definitely up there with Emirates. I think their service is impeccable and the planes are always nice and new.

    El's Escapes
    August 7, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Air New Zealand sounds amazing! My dad is actually from New Zealand and he speaks very highly of them. But that would be expected 😉 Glad to see it’s true they’re good!

    Danielle Jacek
    August 6, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Wow! Did they know you were a blogger wen you got upgraded!?! Lucky you! My dream come true on a long international flight home to get get bumped up!

    August 6, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Sounds wonderful! If this just happened, I’m sure you were regretting that cozy sweater the minute you landed here in Houston. It’s lovely (not) in August! Thanks for the review – I love your blog!

    August 6, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Better not to show your entire boarding pass with the QR code visible. Too much info on there.

    Hanka Gerretsen
    August 6, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I saw a coverage of Richard Quest’s programm Business Traveller on CNN, on which he entered some lounges of companies. The one of Lufthansa was the most luxurious with a room with your own bath and the one of Swiss air was the most beautiful constructed and situated. In the past I read some good news about Air New Zealand, so I was curious about your article. Nicely done! Thank you!

    Tessa Browne
    August 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Wow! First of all, congrats on being upgraded, that’s amazing, particularly on such a long flight! Business Class looks amazing, I’d love to be able to travel in it one day!

    Tessa at

    August 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Awesome post ! This company seems so luxurious

    August 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    That looks beautiful! xx

    August 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Looks amazing! What good luck you had.

    the adventurer
    August 5, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Great review! I flew Air New Zealand a few years ago and although I didn’t fly business class, I did fly coach but got the whole row of four seats to myself…so for me it was quiet the luxury =o)