For those of us without the stamina and grace of a godwit, mechanized flight is the means by which we must travel. Above, a TEAL Solent flying boat crosses the Tasman sea and is about to make a water landing. Times have changed and we trans-Pacific travelers may expect a shorter (still 13 hours!) and more comfortable flight with TEAL's descendant, Air New Zealand.
Air New Zealand 747 in Lord of The Rings theme.