In my last post I talked about my relaxing wine tour around Gisborne during my visit to the in-law’s.
Gisborne is a nice place but it’s downside (and probably it’s upside too) is that it’s pretty secluded. My uncle once joked that if you fell off the world you would land in Gisborne.
You can’t fly to Gisborne from Christchurch without going via Auckland or Wellington first. And because Gisborne airport is so small, you end up flying in a plane that wouldn’t surprise you if they strapped the luggage to the roof-rack. Take a look at the video below to see my own experience.
Air New Zealand’s Beech 1900D passenger plane features about 12 seats on each side, a co-pilot that takes the job of the air-steward/stewardess and our own plane also featured a not-very-relaxing smoke effect (which was really steam of course, not real smoke).
The pilot said it was just something to do with the air-con but I’m pretty sure the kid sitting right next to it thought we were on our way down to crash on some island with polar bears and button’s that you have to press every 108 minutes or so (the buttons, not the polar bears).
All in all, I’m not quite sure that we got our money’s worth on this flight. Just shy of $1,200 for two people return from Christchurch to Gisborne. No kidding. I did start to explain to my in-laws that we could have flown to Australia’s Gold Coast for less but my wife kicked me in the shins.