Local endures 12-hour flight from Auckland


Queenstowner Kirsten Long’s scheduled two-hour flight from Auckland yesterday (Monday) turned into an exhausting 12-hour marathon. 

The Real Journeys national sales manager jumped on board her direct Jetstar flight from Auckland to Queenstown at 7am, expecting to behind her work desk by mid-morning. 

But fog played havoc with flights at the resort’s airport and after an attempted landing her plane turned tail and flew back to Auckland. 

Once there passengers had to disembark, collect their luggage and check in to board another south-bound plane. 

“So that was quite a surprise I guess,” Long says. “In the past, when I have been diverted, it’s been to Invercargill or Dunedin, so this was longer.” 

The second time round the plane didn’t even attempt to land in Queenstown, but was diverted to Dunedin, jetting in there about 4pm. 

Long finally arrived at Queenstown Airport by bus at about 7.30pm – half a day after leaving the city of sails. 

“I was sitting there thinking I could’ve been in Asia,” Long says.