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I love cities - glam - airlines  -  and photography.  All of the images on this site were taken by me on my travels around the planet.

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Air New Zealand Business Class Lounge Review - Melbourne (MEL)

Air New Zealand Business Class Lounge Review - Melbourne (MEL)

Air New Zealand has some of the coolest lounges in the world and it’s always a treat to visit one of them!  Bold colors, mod furniture, and fabulous food!  Definitely a fab place to pass time before a flight.

On a recent trip to Australia I had the chance to pop into their facility in Melbourne.  Here’s my review:

Ambiance

Club Like Feel - Air New Zealand Lounge Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Club Like Feel - Air New Zealand Lounge Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

The Air New Zealand Lounge in Melbourne actually feels like a hip nightclub – for so many reasons. To start, the place is lit with LED Hue lighting that emits dynamic blues and pinks. I felt a bit underdressed and half expected to see a dance floor! The cocktail chic furniture and partitioned enclaves further enhance the club-like atmosphere!

Mod Furniture Everywhere - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Mod Furniture Everywhere - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

The one deficiency in the Melbourne Lounge is that’s practically in the basement of the airport.  It’s actually at tarmac level – but under a lot of gate equipment so it’s a bit dark.  Air New Zealand does their best to overcome this with extensive use of backlit outdoor panoramas in key spots.

Food & Beverage

Food Stations- Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Food Stations- Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

I was there at breakfast and they had plenty of options on hand including an impressive array of morning shakes, yogurts, and mueslis.

Smoothies And Breakfast Treats - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Smoothies And Breakfast Treats - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

Hot Foods - Air New Zealand Lounge Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Hot Foods - Air New Zealand Lounge Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

There was a full buffet of breakfast favorites including eggs, ham, sausages, etc. All of that is normal in international lounge land…but they did have something rarely seen airside: hotcakes!

If you’ve ever stayed at a Holiday Inn Express you’ll be familiar with an automated pancake machine.  At the push of a button it prepares a fresh hotcake that emerges piping hot in under a minute.  Delightfully, Air New Zealand has one of these treasures in Melbourne!

Pancake Maker - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Pancake Maker - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

Coffee Bar - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Coffee Bar - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

Residents of Australia and New Zealand are serious coffee connoisseurs – and this lounge delivers a fabulous cup of java to meet their expectations.  I had a cappuccino from the coffee bar - and it was perfecto!

There's Lots To Drink! Air New Zealand Lounge- Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

There's Lots To Drink! Air New Zealand Lounge- Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

I was there at 7am – so I didn’t sample any of their spirits, but it looked like they had all of the standards at the bar. There was also plenty of glassware on hand - so I’m sure the place gets hopping later in the day.

Spirits - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Spirits - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

Showers

Showers - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Showers - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

Shower Vanity - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Shower Vanity - Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

The hipster vibe of the lounge even carries over into the showers.  They look fab! 

A striking grey stone-like tile covers the wall (I’m not sure if it’s real).  This definitely makes the place feel luxurious. Each room is also equipped with a New Zealand favorite: the boutique Antipods line of shampoos, soaps and lotions.

Antipodes - Air New Zealand Lounge  Photo: Calvin Wood

Antipodes - Air New Zealand Lounge Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne  Photo: Calvin Wood

Air New Zealand Lounge - Melbourne Photo: Calvin Wood

Melbourne’s Air New Zealand Lounge is a great place to visit if you’re jetting around the South Pacific!  It has a sleek ambiance, scrumptious-fresh food, and plenty of beverages!

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