Apart from Emirates, are there any other carriers that use the A380 from New Zealand?
I tried the EK A380 AKL-SYD two weeks back, got an exit row - food was good, service minimal (one drink run in 3 hours).
did the EK A380 MEL-DUB-FCO-CDG-DUB-MEL very comfortable, good food, drink runs were a bit sparse but you could get up/ring and ask for one, that flight actually came from NZ and flew onward to NZ on the way back. You get 30kgs baggage allowance in economy and free seat selection too.
if your that keen on an A380 you could fly to OZ and take QF.