We did this before the Big Coronavirus Disruption of Life As We Knew It.
Unfortunately the time to fly back home was there, after checking out of the Swissôtel Sydney we boarded the train one last time to the airport. We would be flying back on a Singapore Airlines A380 to Singapore and onwards on Swiss via Zurich to Paris. When we approached the Singapore Airlines check-in desks four hours before the flight there was no one, within minutes a staff member appeared and checked-us in.
We were invited to use the express path to skip the non-existing queues at the general border and security checks. Of course my automated passport gated crashed when I was in it, so I was sent to the manual check instead.
After clearing security we strolled through the main shopping area towards the furthest pier from where Star Alliance planes depart and both the Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines lounges are located.
Our first stop was at the Air New Zealand lounge, after a very warm Kia Ora we were welcomed into the lounge. It is decorated in a very modern black and white design which looks very classy and futuristic. The area occupied by the lounge is pretty big and you have a number of different seating options, thanks to the wrap around floor to ceiling windows you get some amazing apron views.
There are two self-service bars and one bar where drinks are made for you. The dining corner also has a nice spread with a number of hot and cold dishes. Air New Zealand clearly tries to go for a healthy image as there are plenty of healthy options available.
A nice feature of the lounge is the children playing area, behind some glass panels to reduce noise.
In my opinion the Air New Zealand Lounge is a very nice place to spend some time in, especially as it was quite empty at the time we were there. I was pleasantly surprised by it as it was bigger and better than I expected it to be.
Have you been in an Air New Zealand lounge, and what did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!