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Flight delay and new destination

Was departing from Brisbane on Air New Zealand at 6pm to Auckland. A storm hit just before take off resulting in us being grounded for 3 hours! By the time we were given clearance to depart we were told that Auckland runway was closed for maintenance and that we would have to fly to Christchurch. They would work out our flights once there and put us up in a hotel.

It was 3.30am local time when we arrived into Christchurch.We all had to line up and one by one have our ongoing flights sorted and then be sent to an airport hotel. They were going to put me on a morning flight to Auckland but that would mean I would miss my connecting flight to Queenstown. When I explained I was going to Queenstown but needed my luggage in Auckland while I did the bike ride they eventually agreed to send my luggage on unaccompanied. It was 5.30am by the time I got to a very nice hotel ( no idea of the name! ) and had 2 hours sleep before having to be back at the airport.

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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