Air New Zealand flies into
Auckland International Airport more frequently than any other airline,
which is of course not surprising. And only the pilots of Air New
Zealand can say, in addition to "Welcome to Auckland" - "Welcome home,
welcome to Our Place".
"Our Place" is also the English rendering of Te Papa, the
large national museum in the capital Wellington that celebrates
everything New Zealand.
Coming in to land in Auckland is always something special,
in particular when you have just flown halfway around the world to get
After crossing the wide blue
Pacific Ocean, that first glimpse of land as you descend, then bays and
inlets, roads, bridges, cars, green farmland and finally the approach to the airport
itself as the runway comes up to meet you and you see the planes at the
terminal, feel the dynamics of the aircaft as the flaps on the wings
open up to reduce the speed, hear the jet engines and the final safety
instructions of the crew before you suddenly realise you are on the
ground and the pilot is welcoming you to your destination.....
If you have ever flown into Auckland and want to relive
those magic moments once again (or again and again!), if you have never
been there at all and probably never will except in your imagination,
or if you are planning your first journey to New Zealand and would just
love to get a feel for what it is going to be like as you finally
realise the dream you have been pursuing for years . . .
Then take a look at this video filmed from inside an Air New
Zealand aircraft as it makes the final descent into Auckland and gently
touches down with a friendly"Welcome home, welcome to Our Place":