Longest 3 hour flight ever!!
Trip Start Oct 19, 2005
25Trip End Dec 02, 2005
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We made it to check in on time, only to be greeted with a massive queue and the news that our plane was broken, and was unable to fly overseas. This meant a flight to Auckland to swap planes, and then we would fly from Auckland to Sydney.
On arrival in Auckland, they sent the wrong sized stairs for the plane, so we had to wait for about 30 minutes while they found another set
We had a good flight over to Sydney, but as we started to make our descent it suddenly got a lot darker... we were landing into a big electrical storm!! We landed fine, but then we were given the news that our plane had to wait until the storm had moved far enough away for it to be earthed by engineers. So we sat on the plane near the gate for over an hour, watching big forks of lightning. We were the last plane to come down that night. Everyone else was diverted to Adelaide...
Made it to our hostel at 10pm local time (about 5 hours later than planned). Luckily we had rung the hostel in Auckland, and so they had left our room key out for us... phew!