Onboard menu revamp takes Aotearoa's treasures to the world

Air New Zealand is inviting customers to step onboard for a culinary journey through Aotearoa with its latest food refresh providing the next evolution of the popular 'A Taste of Aotearoa' menu.
3 April 2024

The menu is now onboard and features contemporary cuisine with a focus on showcasing the country's finest regional produce, taking local ingredients and unique New Zealand flavours to the world.

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the airline works hard to bring fresh and interesting meals to its customers.

"It's our privilege to showcase the best our country has to offer and share that with the world. This menu is an opportunity to spotlight the unique flavours of Aotearoa and champion regions like Fiordland, Hawke's Bay and the Coromandel."

The latest menu also delivers a nod to iconic Kiwi favourites such as confit potato with onion crème fraîche whip and chives, a twist on chips and dip, and ambrosia ice cream with raspberry frozen yoghurt, milk chocolate shards, marshmallow and sour cherry swirls.

Some of the latest dishes featuring on 'A Taste of Aotearoa' premium menus departing from New Zealand include:

  • Confit potato with onion crème fraîche whip and chives
  • Mānuka smoked rye sourdough
  • Smoked kahawai rillette with celery, caper, parsley salsa and citrus
  • Crayfish bisque with chive crème fraîche and sourdough croutons
  • Slow cooked wild Fiordland Venison with pancetta, parmesan polenta and balsamic roasted red onions
  • Seared New Zealand snapper with escabeche vegetables, smoked mussels, white beans and fresh dill
  • Ambrosia ice cream

"Our menu is different depending on where you fly and we change our long-haul menu twice a year, so there are lots of opportunities for customers to enjoy new and exciting dishes no matter how frequently they travel with us."

Customers travelling in premium cabins can experience 'A Taste of Aotearoa' on all long-haul flights departing from New Zealand. The menu will be identified by a distinctive icon, ensuring passengers can easily identify the featured dishes and savour the unique flavours of New Zealand during their journey.


Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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Air New Zealand's story started in 1940, first taking to the skies between Auckland and Sydney on a flying boat - a Short S30. Known for its warm Kiwi hospitality, today, the airline has operating aircraft ranging from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320s to ATRs and Q300s, offering customers comfort in the latest most efficient jets and turboprops. It's a modern fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of 8.7 years. Air New Zealand's global network of passenger and cargo services centres around New Zealand. In 2023, the airline flew more than 16 million passengers. Air New Zealand was named 2024 World's Safest Airline by the Australian rating service AirlineRatings.com, highlighting the airline's laser-focus on safety, and won Best Corporate Reputation in New Zealand in 2023 – the 9th year in a row.  

Air New Zealand has a well-connected domestic business, connecting customers and cargo to 20 different regions around New Zealand. Internationally, the airline has direct flights to major cities across Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands and the US, and through its strong relationships with alliance partners, offers customers more choice and convenience to connect further afield to hundreds of destinations. Air New Zealand has a particular focus on sustainability and its Sustainability Framework helps guide the airline's efforts in tackling some of New Zealand's and the world's most complex challenges. Airpoints, Air New Zealand's loyalty programme, is seen as the most valuable loyalty programme in New Zealand with more than 4 million members. It allows members to earn Airpoints Dollars™ and Status Points for VIP benefits in the air and on the ground. Air New Zealand aircraft are proudly identified by its distinct tail livery of the Mangōpare, the Māori symbol of the hammerhead shark which represents strength, tenacity, and resilience.


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