Independent airport lounge scheme Priority Pass is boosting its presence in the region, signing up new lounges at Christchurch and Queenstown airports in New Zealand.
The Manaia Lounge awaits in Christchurch’s international terminal, located beyond security and passport control near Gate 29 and open from 4:30am-7:30am and again from 1:45pm-8:30pm daily:
Frequent visitors to New Zealand may recognise this as the lounge also used by Qantas passengers before flights to Australia, while in Queenstown Priority Pass members are too greeted by the Manaia Lounge, found before security and open from three hours before the first flight of the day until the last departure.
Both lounges offer complimentary refreshments, alcoholic beverages and wireless Internet access, while showers are also available to lounge guests in Christchurch.
Unlike airline-affiliated lounge schemes such as Qantas Club, Priority Pass members enjoy access to over 800 lounges worldwide when travelling with any airline in any class of service, giving them the freedom to choose the most suitable flight and airline without losing their lounge privileges.
Priority Pass is also tipped to add Brisbane to its map over the coming months with the opening of the also-independent Plaza Premium Lounge in the capital’s international terminal.
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