Lounge Review: Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown
The Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown is a modern lounge with decent offerings. While it’s definitely not one of the best lounges I’ve ever been to, it’s a decent enough place to spend time prior to your departure. Learn more about this airport lounge in our extensive lounge review.
Queenstown Airport is a rather small airport with a few dozens of daily services to other destinations in New Zealand as well as to Australia. Air New Zealand is dominating the market, but there are also a few flights with other airlines.
As I was flying Air New Zealand to Sydney, I had the chance to try the Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown, which I found to be a comfortable spot to hang out prior to departure.
Seating in the Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown
The Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown basically is just one big room, which is V-shaped. There are various seating options throughout the lounge.
Next to the buffet, on the one side of the lounge, there are a couple of dining tables and some high-top seating.
The rest of the lounge basically has different versions of couches and loungers, which look fairly stylish and modern. There are also a few random turning chairs as well as some stools.
While I didn’t find all of the seating in the ANZ Lounge Queenstown to be very practical, the design is quite appealing. The mix of fresh and bright colors and modern interior makes the lounge a place spending time at feels nice. In addition, the lounge has a lot of windows and thus natural light. The view is quite limited though as the windows are mainly facing the inside of the airport.
Anyways, I’d say that the Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown is all in all a nicely designed lounge. It was a little crowded during my visit though.
Buffet of the Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown
On the one end of the lounge, you can find a small buffet area. To my surprise, the buffet was way less appealing than at the Air New Zealand Lounge Christchurch. While I understand that Christchurch is a more important hub, I was still surprised about the limited options in Queenstown.
The choice available at noon included Pasta Salad, Greek Salad, a few types of finger sandwiches, cake, muffins as well as a selection of salty crackers, pretzels, cookies etc.
The quality of what I tried was decent enough, but I would have expected a somewhat more appealing selection. When it comes to drinks, there are the typical soft drinks, a coffee machine, one of those fancy water fountains and a selection of wine and spirits.
Overall, the ANZ Lounge Queenstown has an okay buffet, but I wouldn’t plan on eating properly here, but rather just have a small snack prior to departure.
Entertainment in the Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown
When it comes to entertainment, the Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown offers a very nice choice. There are several newspapers and magazines, all in English, available close to the reception.
Then there is a proper business center with a computer and a printer as well as spots to work on a proper office chair.
Other than that, the lounge comes with a TV corner, where you can watch news, live sports etc.
Last but not least, there’s complimentary WiFi throughout the lounge and the connection is very good, stable and quick.
Overall impressions of the Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown
If you are departing from Queenstown Airport with Air New Zealand and have the chance to visit this lounge, I’d highly recommend doing so. The lounge has a modern look, offers several seating options, daylight and very good entertainment options. The only weakness is the somewhat lacking buffet, but that’s not too much of a downside. All in all, I really enjoyed the Air New Zealand Lounge Queenstown.