Decided to try Premium Economy because I am really over the claustrophobic experience of economy class flying. It was well worth the extra cost, especially for the long haul flight. Seats were comfortable, the service was excellent, the priority boarding was a most welcome surprise. A little bit of extra space made such a difference for me.
Flying Air New Zealand was fantastic. I had heard good things about this carrier, and I can confirm that it was a pleasure to be with them. I highly recommend both the airline and the Class of service.